Tag: RX7

Event: Nisei Showoff 2012 V.2

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Since there’s not too much left, I’ll go ahead and finish the rest of the pictures in this post.  Like I mentioned before, the day just didn’t really unfold like a typical car show day for me, so I got very limited shots.  I think most of these are going to be from around 6-7 pm in the evening, just as the sun was setting behind the hi-rises of downtown LA.  This was also when a lot of the show cars were leaving, which made it nice to get some solitary shots of each.  I’m always a little urked by how close together they park some of the cars; making it almost impossible to get a decent picture of them.  Especially when you have a lot of open lot space, you can give each car another foot of room or so and it would be much better.  I’ve never organized a car show before though so what the hell do I know?  I’m sure there’s reasons for it.  In a way I’m kind of glad I didn’t take many pictures, but rather enjoyed walking around and taking a close look at the cars – which is something I don’t often do.  The lineup of Honda builds, organized by Joey Lee from The Chronicles, was pretty amazing.  So in that sense, I’m glad I got a better look at them, instead of just taking pictures.  I’m sure he’ll have massive coverage, so be sure to check it out.  Click past the break for more.

Encounter: 7 Meet Under Bayshore Route

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One random evening, after a few passes through the infamous C1, my friend from JDM Clips and I decided to cruise through to the Daikoku PA to see if there was anything going on.  Unfortunately the entire parking area was closed for a reason that I can’t remember at the moment.  We’re not ones to give up so easily though, and made our way to a few other spots.  One smaller PA my friend had suggested we check out was located underneath the Bay Bridge – so away we went.  Turns out it was a good idea because there was a good handful of RX-7’s that were meeting up there.  We parked and took a stroll through the tiny lot, but didn’t really see anybody around.  I think most of the owners were inside grabbing a bite to eat or a refreshment.  I went back to the car, grabbed my camera and attempted to grab some decent shots in the dark lot with no tripod.  I actually wanted to post these up sooner, but considering today is the unofficial day of the RX-7, it seems fitting to post now.  Click past the break to see what was hiding under the bridge.

Close-Up: LS Powered Mazda Time Bomb

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You’ll have to admit, despite it’s growing popularity, the act of putting an American V8 engine into a Japanese car is still pretty bad ass.  As much as you hear about it, it’s still not that common either.  The swap has been gaining acceptance even from the die-hard fans of keeping a platform powered by it’s maker.  While these LS engines are filling the bays of many Nissan’s in the drift scene, there is one car in particular that seems to have been a trend setter in this field; and that is the Mazda RX-7.  This FD that was at KINOD6 is one shining example of how to turn elegance into brutality by adding 8 pistons.  Click past the break for more shots.

Event: Slammed Society x Fatlace Car Show – Long Beach v.1

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Like I had said in my previous post, I hadn’t planned on going to Formula D, and I really didn’t plan on inquiring about a media pass (although from the looks of it I probably should have!).  So, to say I was lucky I got in would be an understatement.  I didn’t get many great shots of the actual tandem runs because the track was pretty well fenced off and the parts that you could have possibly shot through had huge banners covering it.  That, and my zoom lens is a piece of shit.  Seriously, worst lens ever.  I don’t even know why I bother lugging it around.  It’s OK though because I have another new prime on the way – a must for the Super GT & Taikyu races I’ll be shooting soon.  Anyway, there was some serious down-time in between rounds so I had some good opportunities to snap the show that was going on in the parking lot.  Every year Slammed Society and Fatlace put on a car show concurrent with the Formula D event.  I never really bothered with it all the other times I went to Formula D here, but since there was nothing else to do I decided to check it out.  There was the usual mix of awesome and not so awesome cars.  I did get a chance to meet up with a few people, and make friends with some new faces which was great.  Take a closer look at the show past the break.

Close-Up: R-Magic D1 RX7

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At the beginning of the month, Super Autobacs Chiba held the 12th annual Rotary Meeting at their facility.  JDM Clips was telling me that the Chiba store has always had strong ties with the rotary platform.  So each year, it is host to a gathering of specially built rotary machines.  This car in particular, is built by R-Magic for Takayama to drift in D1.  Don’t confuse it with the R-Magic Super Lap machine, as they are two totally different cars!  Each awesome in their own way though – I particularly like the two different colored wheels on this one.  Check out more past the break!

Close-Up: Arios X Okuyama F16° Time Attack FD3S

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There were many RX-7’s on hand the other week at Tsukuba Circuit; all in a fierce battle to claim the quickest lap around Tsukuba’s 2 mile stretch.  The battle of the tuner’s unfolded throughout the day, as various time attack builds shot their way around the 14 corners of the circuit at top speed.  Among them was the Arios Okuyama Auto Sports FD3S.  This purpose built machine was among those in the dogfight on track, and surprisingly enough, did quite well against the heavy hitters – managing a best time of 58.818.  JDM Clips was on hand to get a closer look at this build.  Click past the break to see more.

Event: Hot Version Live Shooting v.1 – The Tsukuba Pits

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JDM Clips recently shot these last weekend during the live filming of Hot Version’s N2 and Advan Amateur Race at Tsukuba Circuit.  The Hot Version N2 AE86 event takes place every year, and has been going on for quite some time now.  This year, the Advan sponsored Fastest Amateur Tournament was combined on the same date and made for one hell of an event.  Many of the cars here are the same popular builds we see plastered on the pages of Option and Option2, as well as blogs around the globe.  The most popular tuners attend these ‘grassroots’ events to show off what they can do on the track.  Check out what Tsukuba has to offer past the break – like more of this RE built ドラえもん FD.

Close-Up: Craft Company Time Attack FD

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Craft Company is, among other things, just plain awesome.  Based out of Amagasaki, a city in an industrial area in the Hyogo prefecture, Craft Company toils away under the hoods of many cars.  Included in that lineup is their CCFD35 seen here – a car heavily partnered with FEED.  CC is a regular at these events, but came to Tsukuba last weekend specifically to take part in the ‘Advan Fastest Amateur Tournament’.  There were a ton of impressive cars at this event, most of them are regular time attackers we all know and love.  Despite the stiff competition though, the CCFD35 managed a 6th place time of 57.658 around the circuit.  To give you something to compare it to, Suzuki-san’s Scorch S15 posted a blistering 54.162 second lap time.  Click past the break to check out more pics of the CC built RX7.

Encounter: Freeway 7

. I finally hounded Jack enough to send me some random snaps of cars in Japan.  This morning my inbox received this Time-Attack styled wide-body FD on Advan’s.  I like the wing.  I’ve started experimenting […]

Event: Speedventures/Hontune Fontana v.1

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Here is some general coverage of the track day/car show at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.  Even though it seemed like the track was dominated by S2000’s, I was pleased to see a wide variety of cars present; especially at the autocross track.  Although my preference has always leaned toward Japanese manufacturers, I am a fan of all cars in general.  There were many Euro cars that I shot too, but seeing as how this blog is geared toward Japanese performance, I’ll stick to that.  Check out more below.