Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 Ladies: Part II

April 30, 2009 by  
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Here we go with some more lovely ladies from from TAS 2009. Read more

HyperRev HyperMeeting Pt II Drift

April 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Drifting, Events, Latest Articles

As promised, here is part II of the HyperMeeting photos! This one I will dedicate solely to the drifters out there. Read more

HyperRev HyperMeeting! Part I

April 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Circuit Racing, Events, Latest Articles

Recently as you may know、the publishers of HyperRev magazine and the famous Hyper Tuning guides, put together one of the most anticipated circuit events of the year. The event, aptly named HyperMeeting, brought together some of the hottest modified Mitsubishis and Subarus to that very well known temple of speed, Tsukuba Circuit. Read more

Lexus LF-A to enter Nürburgring 24hr Endurance Race Once Again

April 21, 2009 by  
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Lexus will once again enter its LF-A prototype sports car in the 24 Hour Nürburgring endurance race on 21st – 24th May. The car will feature new race livery and more sponsorship from Gazoo (Automotive website produced by Toyota) and other racing-spec safety equipment and aero parts. Mechanically the car will differ little from last year although we’re told the whole car has been retuned for better performance. Read more

IS-F Evolution Pricing Revealed

April 21, 2009 by  
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New rumors that the GT Killer IS-F from Lexus is out and about being tested have sprung up.  Sources in the know say that at a recent test drive event put on by the maker, the IS-F was rapidly drawing closer to production and has been slated for a summer 2010 release. Read more

DEC Circuit Sekia Hills Goes Under

April 19, 2009 by  
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Well known drift track and MSC Challenge venue DEC Circuit, or more commonly known as Sekia Hills, has closed down. It’s not all bad news as there might be a buyer interested in taking the circuit on, but in the mean time it’s out of business. Read more

Ebisu Drift Matsuri – Almost There!

April 18, 2009 by  
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I was just checking my calendar and schedule for up coming events earlier this afternoon when I stumbled upon something all circled and highlighted. I’ve been so busy recently that it had almost slipped my mind! But in about two weeks from now I’ll be gathering all of my stuff and getting ready for the annual pilgrimage to drift Mecca aka. Ebisu Circuit! Read more

Retro Driving Games: Taito Side By Side 2 Evoluzione

April 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Odd Spot

I’ve always loved arcade driving games no matter how old, especially the ones which featured tuned Japanese performance cars like the Side By Side/Battle Gear series. By the very early 1990s the driving games being introduced finally had vaguely realistic graphics and the improved physics of the cars were great to see and step above 1980s classics like Outrun. Read more

Damage Control

April 17, 2009 by  
Filed under JDM Feature Cars, Latest Articles


Long time readers may remember Jesse Streeter from our Industrial Strength Domestic article we ran back in July 2007. Well he’s back and the car is still around albeit in slightly more abused condition! Actually it’s pretty surprising the car is only slightly worse for wear even after its most recent crash at Meihan Sports Land a little over a week ago. Read more

New Honda Beat On The Horizon

April 15, 2009 by  
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The original Honda Beat (May 1991 – February 1996) was one of the few “Kei” (lightweight) cars to offer rear wheel drive and a mid-engined layout. It made 64PS with its naturally aspirated 3 cylinder engine and quickly became a cult car among Kei car enthusiasts. Well Best Car Japan once again has the news and this time a new Honda Beat is on its way but, mechanically at least, will differ quite a lot from its predecessor. Read more

086A Spotted Testing Two Different Body Styles

April 14, 2009 by  
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Although there have been a few reports about the 086A Toyota/Subaru jointly developed compact sports car recently, there’s been only a few new pieces of information to come out. This time around we’ve got something that should keep us guessing right up until late 2011. Read more

Tokyo Auto Salon 2009 Ladies: Part I

April 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Car Shows, JDM Girls, Latest Articles

Recently we here at have been throwing around different ideas on what kind of content we should be putting up and what kind of work we should be doing to keep you, our beloved readership, coming back! Read more

JDDA West Round 1: The Racing

April 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Circuit Racing, Events, Latest Articles

The Japan Drag Racing Drivers Association (JDDA) was established to provide a structured competition for professional and amateur drag racers all over Japan. The competition is divided into East and West divisions with four rounds in the East and three in the West. Read more

Toyota Motor Co. Joking Around or Genuine Code?

April 11, 2009 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Odd Spot

I’m still not quite sure what to make of this. While visiting a parts export company in Minoo, one of the staff handed me this small plastic bag containing what looked like a wiring loom bracket from Toyota Genuine Parts. He asked me to look at it closely while trying to hold back a big grin. After a few seconds wondering what he was talking about, there it was right above the part number… Read more

Meihan Sports Land, Nara Prefecture, Japan

April 9, 2009 by  
Filed under Drifting, Latest Articles

It was a long time coming but I finally got out to Meihan Sports Land in Nara Prefecture and what an awesome day it was. Less than 30 minutes after arriving I was in a crash involving Jesse Streeter’s S13 Nissan Silvia and another car which put an end to Jesse’s driving for the day. Read more

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