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EDITORIAL – MITSUBISHI KILLS OFF THE LANCER EVOLUTION LEGACY EDITORIAL – MITSUBISHI KILLS OFF THE LANCER EVOLUTION LEGACY

Can you imagine a world without the GT-R? Or perhaps a world without an STi... 

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FEATURE – REMEMBERING COLIN MCRAE AND HIS 1998 S4 GC8 FEATURE – REMEMBERING COLIN MCRAE AND HIS 1998 S4 GC8

The loss of WRC legend Colin McRae to a tragic set of events that occurred on... 

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FEATURE – REMEMBERING COLIN MCRAE AND HIS 1998 S4 GC8 FEATURE – REMEMBERING COLIN MCRAE AND HIS 1998 S4 GC8

The loss of WRC legend Colin McRae to a tragic set of events that occurred on the 15th of September 2007 when his helicopter, a Eurocopter AS350, crashed 1 mile north of the McRae home in Lanark, Scotland, was felt ( and is still felt ) deeply by motor sport fans all over the world. The fact that 2 of his friends and his own 5 year old son Johnny perished along with him, was nothing short of devastating…  Read More →

FEATURE – AN FR-S THAT’S OUT OF THIS WELD FEATURE – AN FR-S THAT’S OUT OF THIS WELD

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Atsushi Ito is one of those Japanese tuners that flips the bird at conformity and the status quo. His brand, Weld Techniques Factory, has been around for a long time now and Ito has carved out a nice little slice of tuning stardom not only through his exploits in D1 with pro driver Koichi Yamashita and their fire breathing MkII Toyota but also through custom tuning circles with cars like the FR-S you are seeing in this special feature, exclusively to 7Tune…  Read More →

SUPER GT 2014 – GAME ON AT THE SUZUKA 1000km SUPER GT 2014 – GAME ON AT THE SUZUKA 1000km

I found myself relaxing in an onsen up in the hills just outside Nagoya after a long few hours of shinkansen and bus travel, allowing myself a little luxury to soak and think about what was about to unfold on race day; Rossiter and Nakajima on pole with the title coming down to the wire, ever tightening…  Read More →

SUPER GT 2014 – ROUND 5 FUJI SPEEDWAY – HONDA RISING SUPER GT 2014 – ROUND 5 FUJI SPEEDWAY – HONDA RISING

Both Tomohiro and I are excited for the day ahead as we barrel down the highway towards Fuji Speedway at 7am, Top Gear (subtitled in Japanese) playing on the mini screen in the VW. I knew the typhoon heading our way was an issue but was hoping it would blow over before it reached us. I couldn’t have been more mistaken if I tried…  Read More →

SUPER GT 2014 – ROUND 4 SUGO SUPER GT 2014 – ROUND 4 SUGO

During the three plus hour journey from deepest Tokyo to the most northern track in Japan I had plenty of time to reflect upon what might go down in Round 4 of the 2014 Super GT championship… it turned out to be a cracking, chaotic and unpredictable race with a number of surprising results… Read on to find out how the race unfolded…  Read More →

LEAVE THE 2015 STi ALONE! LEAVE THE 2015 STi ALONE!

Call my jimmies’ rustled. Since the release of the 2015 WRX and WRX STI, the Subaru has been copping some slack for bearing too much of a resemblance to its arch rival, the Mitsubishi Evolution X…  Read More →

EVENT – ART OF SPEED ASIA 2014, A TRUE CELEBRATION OF KUSTOM KULTURE EVENT – ART OF SPEED ASIA 2014, A TRUE CELEBRATION OF KUSTOM KULTURE

Following up from the teaser I posted up a few days back for AOS Asia, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the full coverage of the Art of Speed Asia 2014. From cars to bikes, USDM to JDM, one can really see the diversity that makes Art of Speed what it is. AOS, as it is more affectionately known, has become one of the premier events in the region that truly celebrates Custom Culture. Avid enthusiasts and passionate tuners from all over congregate at Art of Speed to supply a visual treat and there was definitely something for everyone... 

EVENT – ART OF SPEED ASIA 2014 TEASER EVENT – ART OF SPEED ASIA 2014 TEASER

Appreciation and respect for one another in the world of motor sports and automotive culture are goals that many people aspire to achieve and Art of Speed has certainly fulfilled those goals with absolute flying colours. From retro to contemporary rides, all types of two wheeled beauties ranging from old, new, custom and downright crazy, they are all welcome to be showcased for everyone to appreciate.  Read More →

FEATURE CAR – THE BEE-RACING B80R FEATURE CAR – THE BEE-RACING B80R

Kiyonori Imai is a really interesting guy. Known in professional drift circles as not only the boss of Bee-R in Machida and team manager for Tezuka san in D1 but also for the mind blowing creations he comes up with year in, year out.

 The craziest machine of them all might well be the one you’re looking at in this 7Tune exclusive…  Read More →

EVENTS – RETRO HAVOC 2014 PART 1 EVENTS – RETRO HAVOC 2014 PART 1

It’s time to take you back to Retro-land boys and girls. Back to an event that blew everybody away with its diversity and quality of machinery. Many people don’t expect Malaysia to have such a strong presence in tuning circles but the Malaysians are serious about their cars and one look around Retro Havoc and even the most jaded or cynical of enthusiasts would admit that what they see before them is nothing short of spectacular. And you’re about to see the best of it, right here on 7Tune. Read on…  Read More →

FEATURE – RISING FROM THE ASHES FEATURE – RISING FROM THE ASHES

Before I set these two cars up for the shoot, I was just pondering with a friend on how people say these cars are so hard to find and so rare and yet, I have come in contact with so many of these rare beauties. Even a couple of my friends are getting into restoration of S30Z’s. From hidden personal restorations to internationally acclaimed zetto artisans, Star Road, I have been witness to a great variety of Fairlady’s and have found a deep and profound sense of appreciation for all of them, regardless of what state or style they... 

SUPER GT 2014 – THE FUJI SPEEDWAY 500KM ENDURANCE RACE SUPER GT 2014 – THE FUJI SPEEDWAY 500KM ENDURANCE RACE

Golden week here in Japan is a nightmare for anyone with a car and an intention to drive it. It felt as if every man and his dog decided to descend upon Fuji Speedway for this, the second round of the 2014 Super GT championship. 90,000 people it turns out…  Read More →

FEATURE CAR – FERNANDO MONTERO’S FIRE RED CHILLI – THE PERFECT AE86? FEATURE CAR – FERNANDO MONTERO’S FIRE RED CHILLI – THE PERFECT AE86?

Every day at 7Tune, we get dozens of messages with attachments of the rides people have or are building. Sometimes we aren’t sure what we’re looking at and other times it isn’t really what we are looking for but when Fernando Montero from Uruguay contacted us with some preparation he was putting into his AE86, let’s just say my interest was well and truly piqued…  Read More →

FEATURE – BULLETPROOF AUTOMOTIVE “CONCEPT-1″ FR-S FEATURE – BULLETPROOF AUTOMOTIVE “CONCEPT-1″ FR-S

Good friend and fellow JDM fanatic, Ben Schaffer, owner of Bulletproof Automotive, set out to do something very special with an FR-S. But the aim wasn’t to just slap a Rocket Bunny kit on it, a nice set of wheels and maybe some other simple upgrades and call it a day. Not even close…  Read More →

MOTORSPORT – SUPER GT 2014 ROUND 1 AT OKAYAMA MOTORSPORT – SUPER GT 2014 ROUND 1 AT OKAYAMA

Catching the first flight out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport was always going to be a tough ask considering how little sleep I usually get, but making my way down to Okayama International circuit in western Honshu to cover the season opener for Super GT 2014 more than got me motivated. 2014 is an important and exciting year for the series as it ushers in a potentially great new slew of changes that can realistically spur this series to greater heights now and in the future years to come…  Read More →

EVENTS – RETRO HAVOC 2014 PREVIEW EVENTS – RETRO HAVOC 2014 PREVIEW

Retro Havoc 2014 was an event that really took a lot of people by surprise, including me. I had no idea what to expect for my third visit to Malaysia but for all intents and purposes, the promise of over 300 of the countries best classic cars, crammed into one giant aircraft hangar on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur made for a tantalising proposition that couldn’t be missed!…  Read More →

EDITORIAL – MITSUBISHI KILLS OFF THE LANCER EVOLUTION LEGACY EDITORIAL – MITSUBISHI KILLS OFF THE LANCER EVOLUTION LEGACY

Can you imagine a world without the GT-R? Or perhaps a world without an STi Impreza? No, neither can I… but Mitsubishi suits and corporate management got the bright idea that the world didn’t need or want a Lancer Evolution either and so, I am sad to say that, with immediate effect, we all have to sit and watch as a beloved moniker goes from being a “King of the rally stages” to a “Queen of the kitchen”… The Lan-Evo is dead and it’s official…

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