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
Kenneth Blanck is a good friend of mine and not your ordinary R34 GT-R owner. Since picking up this pristine, low kilometer Bayside Blue example from renowned resellers Global Auto and now the second of two owners of this highly prized 2000 model GT-R V-Spec II Nur, Kenneth has literally thrown the book (and his wallet) at the car, ending up with a monster truly worthy of the greatest Pokemon trainers… Read more
Every once in a while I get a reality check. I’m reminded of the true depth of the Japanese automotive culture and am forced to look at things a different way. Even at the age of 35, the secrets of the deepest oceans of Japanese tuning history continue to unlock, forcing me to re-evaluate, re-consider and re-assess the way I previously saw things… Read more
After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. Read more
The signature yellow, Rocket Bunny wearing, drift machine from Bee Racing in Tokyo, has caused a stir and created a lot of discussion since its conception late last year. Arguments have sprung up on all corners of the net debating what it actually is and Kiyonori Imai from Bee-R just sat back and laughed at all the attention it is receiving. You see, it’s not a Scion FR-S despite wearing Scion badges and anyone with half a brain will also figure out that the Scion FR-S is a LHD model since it was a North American designated model… Read more
It was an absolutely MEGA end to 2012 for 7Tune – with almost a dozen events to attend, countless people to meet and a couple of international events to fly to. Here is a rundown on what you can expect on 7Tune in the coming weeks during the first month of 2013… Read more
I simply could not believe it. I just stood there staring at it in disbelief, wondering if it was really the genuine holy grail for all Zed lovers. Could it be the rarest and most valuable Fairlady Zed in the world; the Fairest Lady of them all? Read more
I’m going to show you around an extremely special little EF9 that is packed with modifications and built to such a high standard but at first glance you may just pass over it without a second look at it because it appears…normal. And yet, there is so much under the surface here, that it’d be foolish to overlook it! Trust me, this EF is properly hardcore. I had some quiet time with the car to see what really made it tick and then a rundown on what went into the build with the owner… Read more
Finally the day arrived where I was able to put the new Toyota 86 through its paces in real life situations and I came away from the test really impressed with the car. I wasn’t blown away, nor was I expecting to be since the base model is where you start with the package but for what it is, and the price it drops in at in Japan, it makes for a compelling and delicious argument… but now I have a major problem on my hands… Read more
The one car which completely blew me away at this years Nostalgic Car Show in Yokohama was this original KPGC10 Hakosuka 2000 GT-R that is having an entire book of EPIC modifications thrown at it. It is going to be one of THE most hardcore classic sports car to come out of Japan this year and I’ve got the details on what’s gone into it ( and what’s going into it ) at this stage of the build. Wanna know all about it? Right this way please… Read more
I must admit i’m not really a daytime kind of person. I’m at my best after the sun is down, the city lights turn on and the streets are abandoned. It has something to do with the magic of an illuminated city that awakens me and drives me onto the streets. I’ve seen many enchanting city’s in this world but nothing compares to the streets of Tokyo by night.
The very first thought that ran through my mind when Dan’s Evo 8 drove towards me was “How the hell does this thing have plates?” I’ve stood next to less imposing, quieter race cars on pit lane before. This raw and purpose-built machine clearly looked out of place being driven on the street. That’s not to say I was disappointed to see it on the street – quite the opposite. Read more
From the moment you arrive in Kuala Lumpur, you see nothing but Protons and Peroduas. But in the right place, at the right time and suddenly you are overwhelmed by what you can see. But once in these little oasis areas you feel the joy of seeing hundreds of JDM cars packed together. A little slice of Japanese automotive heaven in hot and humid Kuala Lumpur. From this clean Mitsubishi Evolution VI to an immaculate workshop, which we will be showing more of later, Kuala Lumpur has it all. Check out the wheels on that R34.
I’ve never been intimidated by a car before but with the Lamborghini Super Leggera, I clearly met my match. The Rambo Lambo quite frankly terrorized me that first night I had it. Every throttle push, every savage gear change, every minute steering input pushing me into a corner within my mind that I had never been before. Was it psyching me out? I had to stop 3 times and literally get out just to stare at it in awe and wonder before continuing home with a resting pulse rate of 150bpm… Read more
Yamata no Orochi. Orochi. The 8-Forked Serpent. The 8-tailed monstrosity. Fire bellied. Eyes red. It’s size dwarfing 8 valleys and hills. This mythical creature forms the basis of a study in modern coach building. It’s sole purpose to turn heads with it’s organic form and exemplify hand-made craftsmanship in a modern chassis.