Bear with me on this post; there’s a possibility that I could still be a little intoxicated. I’ll keep the grammar in check as best as I can. It seems like Nissan has lost the battle in trying to keep the R35 GTR a machine that needs no modification. In the hands of the Japanese elite tuners, nothing is sacred. Take, for example, the GReddy 35RX; a machine so deconstructed, that it retains little to no trace of the original form. I want to show you something pretty amazing – so click past the break.
Ahhh, Nismo Festival. A celebration of all things Nissan. Oh, wait. I already introduced this coverage with some mediocre commencement. Let’s dive right in to the second part of the Nismo Festival coverage with these RC cars. No, not radio controlled. RC stands for Racing Competition in this case; a series of cars built by the NISMO factory specifically for competition. When I say specifically for competition I mean just that – you cannot drive these on the street; and yes, they are expensive. But if the car isn’t enough, and you’re looking to spend even more money, you can also buy NISMO’s technical support upon delivery. Think of it as a warranty on steroids. Let’s check out some more past the break. You guys are in for a treat with this post…
OK, I’ve been putting this off for too long. AutoCon can wait – it’s time for Nismo Festival coverage! Held at Fuji Speedway annually, Nismo festival is the mecca of all things Nissan and, really, there couldn’t be a better venue! On clear days, like this, Fuji-san is a visually dominating feature. However, Nismo did their best to offer a variety of street and race cars to distract you from the great mountain view. The highlight of this year’s festival had to be the motor sports ‘garage sale’ that Nismo put together. Offering various wheels, and body parts from Super GT cars at extremely low prices – great for home decoration and collecting! Imagine taking home a pair of Mag Volk wheels from a Super GT machine for $10 each! How awesome of a coffee table would that make? Anyway, click past the break for volume 1 of the coverage!
I got such a good response from the Omori Factory built R34, that I thought I wouldn’t waste any time in posting up their S-Tune R32 build as well. The concept of the S-Tune R32 is to remain a street car. As a result, the body style has remained relatively unchanged. To obtain maximum street-able performance that does not exceed the chassis’s strength is an important key in Japanese motor sports. Thanks to our partner site JDM Clips for snagging these shots at Nismo Festival. JDM Clips is one of the most watched channels Japanese motor sports on YouTube with loads of awesome content. Be sure to click the link on the sidebar to check it out. Click past the break to see more.
I haven’t really had time to read on forums and other blogs about AutoCon because I’ve been so busy, but if I had to guess at what people are saying about it I would imagine some of the comments would be unjustly negative. People have a tendency to exaggerate things when they don’t go their way; but that’s just human nature. Anyway, aside from a few hiccups during roll-in that caused delays, I had a great time at this show. I didn’t attend last year, and had been really look forward to this one. I assumed the show would draw quite a crowd, so we showed up pretty early to have some time to shoot before gates opened at 12. Justin was great at organizing the media list, but unfortunately, due to the somewhat unorganized parking, media didn’t get to go in until general admission time. Again, not a huge deal, but it defeats the purpose of having a media list. With that said, I’d like to thank Justin and everyone else involved with Auto Connection and the cause it supports. I look forward to a bigger and better show next year – and of course, with time, things will get more organized. OK, if you’ve read this much your probably wondering why I opened with a shot of a M3. NDF is mainly Japanese, but I couldn’t help snap some shots of the German’s at this show. There were some awesome BMW builds. Click past the break for volume 1 of the coverage!
Nismo; the name itself inspires thoughts of Nissan specific performance builds. The list of performance related OEM divisions is long, but none are quite as powerful as the relationship between Nismo and Nissan. With that said, the name Omori often goes unnoticed. Omori is where Nismo is headquarted…well, was anyway; I believe it is moving to Yokohama. Regardless, Omori Factory has been the birth-site of many NISMO creations. Including the elusive Clubman Spec R34 you see here. Click past the break to see more of the elusiveness…
. Check out this video from JDM Clips at the recent Skyline Festival. Old school power. Mr.Kurosawa (nickname Gan-san) drives a racing Hakosuka! [Vehicle Info] – Name: Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (Hakosuka) – Model Year: […]
Welcome back to the second part of the R’s Meeting coverage from Fuji. I’m considering this a remote post because I’m actually not at home right now. If you’re a regular follower you’ll have seen my post about my computer crashing; so I flew to Oakland to get some software from my friend in Hayward. While I’m here I thought I may as well post up the second part of the Skyline madness. Remember we have a facebook page now – be sure to friend up on the side bar. Cheers!
Have you ever had one of those months that seems to last only a few days? Between work and my unnatural, incessant need to constantly be inside of an airplane, it feels as if I haven’t been home for more than a few hours each week. It shows in the site traffic too; so here to remedy this is the first installment of the GT-R Magazine R’s Meeting 2011 at Fuji Speedway. I gave you a preview of JDM Clips’ coverage when I posted the Encounter with Auto Gallery Yokohama’s R32, but past the break is the first round of event coverage. Enjoy.
This past weekend at Fuji Speedway, GT-R Magazine held ‘R’s Meeting 2011’, a giant gathering of Skyline owners and their cars. This event seems to be extremely similar to the Skyline Festival; which was sponsored by Nissan. Exhibitions and ride-alongs were given throughout the day from the various tuners that attended. One car that I will always be happy to see, and will eventually get to photograph one day, is the Auto Gallery Yokohama R32. This has always been my favorite Skyline build and I’m excited to share some photos with you – compliments of JDM Clips. Click past the break for a few quick snaps.
On my way back from LA tonight my friend Adolfo hit me up and told me to cruise by his house; he was installing his Tomei camshafts and wanted some company. We’re driving down to San Diego tomorrow (errr, today, it’s 3:31AM) to get it tuned, and wanted everything ready before the morning. I know that’s a random introduction to the second part of my Nisei coverage, but it’s also my excuse for it being late. If this post gets pretty boring halfway though, let me apologize ahead of time. It’s late, I should be in bed already, and have a lot of pictures to post. I’ll start off with this gorgeous S2000 that was part of The Chronicles GENERATIONS line-up. Joe has some great coverage of it up already so be sure to check out his site. Click past the break for more.
Alright, now that I’m back in the US and have access to a computer again, I can finally post up the last of the Skyline Festival pics. In addition to the meet that was held in the parking lot of Fuji, attendees were given the chance to race their cars on the actual Speedway. Among these were a few real race cars, as well as a handful of perfectly matched replicas. The R32’s were a hit in the road racing scene, and there was no shortage of them at the track during the Skyline Festival. Let’s take a look at some of the machines that were lapping Fuji.
Before I continue the coverage of the Skyline Festival, I figured I’d post up a walk around of the visitor’s lot, so you can get an idea of the caliber of the cars that weren’t in the actual show area. As usual, you can find some pretty cool stuff in these lots, as most enthusiasts pour their hearts into their own personal cars. You’ll see too, that even people who don’t own a Nissan can still appreciate the Skyline and what it has brought to the motorsports scene across the world. Click past the break for more.
Throughout the year, ノスタルジックカーショー (Nostalgic Car Show), hosts a series of events for classic makes of cars – included in this series is the beloved Nissan Skyline. Every year hundreds of Skyline owners and tuners gather to share each others passion for the Skyline. These one make car shows are great for getting an in-depth look at the history of the model, as well as capturing the individual creativity of each owner. Fuji Speedway was host to the event this year, and as usual, the owners had the opportunity to take their cars out on track. Click past the break for coverage.
I might as well just dive into part three of Wekfest coverage. This post is going to have a lot of Honda’s, and a lot of S2000’s – as if that were a bad thing. I was pretty surprised at the amount that were in attendance, and all of them were awesome. By this point I pretty much lost all determination to cover this show in an organized fashion, so most of these will appear scattered. Enjoy.
Let’s get on with some more Wekfest LA coverage from Long Beach, CA. I ended up writing this entire post before I even wrote the introduction. I never know how to start off the second part of event coverage. This second part has a huge variety of cars, which is pretty cool, but it made it look kind of sloppy. The grass section was gigantic and hard to cover methodically, so my pictures are a bit scattered. At this point I was also running purely on Red Bull and Skittles, so it’s likely that I got a little sidetracked. Oh well, enjoy.
The stragglers. Leftover pictures that didn’t make it into an event post. This is what you’ll get with the final It’s JDM Yo! event post. Seriously, these events are getting so big that it’s near impossible to methodically post every car that was in attendance. It’s too bad too because some really good builds go unnoticed sometimes. Anyway, I’ve been working mad 12 hour shifts at work and haven’t had anytime to dedicate to the site in awhile. I wanted to finish up with the final pictures before I go out of town once again. With that said, on with the pics.
Welcome back to the second part of the It’s JDM Yo! meet coverage. The sites traffic has been way up recently, I’d like to thank everyone who checks the site regularly. I’ll be getting some merchandise together soon too, so everyone that’s been interested in it, hold on just a little longer! Anyway, after we checked out what was in the outside lot, we ventured into the main warehouse building. They put up a DJ in almost every room in the warehouse, playing different music. I thought that was pretty sweet. Check out the pics past the break.
Alright, let me just start out by saying that this meet turned out to be way bigger than I had expected. I had originally planned to stop by real quick, say hello to a few people, snap some shots and jam to Aliso Viejo to the Tamiya RC track. Despite my attempts to hurry, we ended up staying for about 2 hours. The layout of the meet was really cool, with multiple doors leading to new warehouses; all packed full of self-built cars. Some were track inspired, many were heavily VIP influenced, all were cool in their own right. I didn’t have my 28mm with me, so the majority of these were taken with my 50mm – forgive the lack of full car shots, but at a meet like this, and the lenses I had, it was all but impossible to snatch a frame without anyone getting in the way. Click past the break to see the first of the coverage.
With a fully charged battery and a tastefully decorated G-Works body, it was time to finally take my R32 for a test drive. I went downstairs with my Nikon and let it rip. I gotta say – this thing is great fun. It’s fast and my new SkyFly transmitter is responsive, but I think I’ll spring for the GT Tuned motor soon. We could always use a little more speed. With the help of my co-driver, Anny, I snapped a few pics. Check um’ out past the break.
Ah, Monday. Hope you all had a good race weekend; congrats to Sebastian Vettel for his second 2011 season win! As promised, I’m posting up some shots of a Super GT Test Day at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. While these shots may be dated a bit, they are still awesome. This post will be followed up with some race day shots as well. Unfortunately, the Super GT series has been delayed due to the tragic events in Japan. I know we’ve heard it a lot, but let’s hope Japan can bounce back and things can return to normal soon. Thanks again to JDM Clips. Check out the NSX GT-R FR – looks so mean.
We were walking around some neighborhood in the evening and I happened to see this four-door Skyline in an apartment parking area. Upon closer inspection it looked like it hadn’t moved in a few weeks; which is no surprise because the Japanese drive far less than we do. I snapped a few pics.
In the same lot that I spotted the FD I posted last week was this completely stock R34. I can’t even remember the last time I saw one of these without any modification. Looking at it from the side, it looks a little too tall for my tastes – but how perfect would this thing be if it were lowered just a bit? I got a few more shots past the break.
Describing RH9 in one word would be easy; Power. The Record Holder 9 club is exclusive to those cars capable of running 9’s in the quarter mile, the 1320, 0-400m; whatever you wanna call it, these things can do it fast. Once confined only to GT-R’s, it seems like they’ve expanded to other platforms as well; like the almighty Garage G Force X above. When you think of Japanese tuning, you’ll probably think of a few companies that take part in this club; and you’ll see some of their creations here. It’s not uncommon to see RH9 badged parts created by these companies as well. When I picked through these, I realized a lot were on the CF card that had failed on me. As a result I’m missing some (unhappy face). There are a few other sites though that have coverage of the RH9 too, so all is well. Enjoy.
I hope you guys are still with me on this coverage! I know it’s taking awhile, but I’m busy with work. I’ll begin this post with a few shots of this slammed R33 clad in an anime livery. To my surprise, there were a lot of ‘Itasha’ styled cars at the Salon. For those who are unaware of this movement, Itasha is a term used to describe the otaku fad of modifying cars in an anime or manga theme; mainly with giant decals on the exterior. I’ve already admitted to my liking it for reasons unknown to me. It’s become quite popular in Japan recently, and there are regularly held meets throughout Tokyo. This particular Skyline was wrapped in 萌えコレ！(Moe Colle) vinyl. 三栄書房 (San-Ei Shobo) is a huge Japanese magazine publisher. If you’re a fan of this car, check out the wallpaper section. Click past the break for more.
Thought I’d break up some coverage of JCCS with a little look at the Fly Rat used car & part shop in Machida, Tokyo. This is literally right next door to the Up Garage in Machida, so it was a no-brainer to go check it out. Fly Rat is part of the やまや山口株式会社, or the Yamayayamaguchi Group in Japan. The parent company of both Fly Rat, and Jon Flat; both used and new car dealerships and parts dealers. This location had a few cool looking rides, especially this pristine R32 rocking over-fenders on both the front and rear.
The warm sun, the cool ocean breeze blowing through the trees; Downtown Long Beach makes the perfect venue for just about any get together – and the 6th annual holding of the Japanese Classic Car Show is no exception. Without a doubt JCCS is the show to go to to see the best in classic Japanese cars. Datsuns, Toyotas, and Mazdas from the 70’s and 80’s are littered throughout the grounds and parking lot. Some are daily driven, and some have been restored to show quality; there is definitely something for everyone. Take this Corolla for example; old school parts, executed with modern drift styling. It took me about 2 hours to walk through the show, and I tried to get a little of everything. Some photos will have a more retro look (i.e. warm temperatures, desaturated); I did this as a throw back to the era of the cars. Hope you enjoy!
. This pristine R34 is always parked out front of a Junior High School in the quiet neighborhood of かつらだい (Katsuradai); where my friend’s in-laws live. I’m guessing the owner is a teacher, or administrator […]
I stumbled upon this lonely Skyline during a walk one morning. The hotel we had been staying out was very close to Sakuragicho Station, which is in the みなとみらい21 (Minato Mirai) area; a large urban development by the water. This place is famous for many things, including Japan’s former largest building the Landmark Tower. This morning we were walking along the Red Brick Warehouse and saw this guy sitting all by itself in a parking lot.