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.
Yuji Itoh is a self confessed Porsche nut but he’s taken things a few steps further with what is probably the craziest 930 I’ve ever had the chance to shoot. It’s risen from the ashes once before, thanks to a little incident that Yuji had at a circuit a few years ago but looking at it now, you’d have to say it looks absolutely amazing in its current form. Wanna take a closer look? Read more
It seems as if everyone in the foreign media in Japan is jumping on the RWB bandwagon of late and we are unashamedly too happy to take the drivers seat in bringing you these awesome creations; the two latest cars to grace the 7Tune site coming courtesy of Yuji Pogi and Takashi Ishii. When I visited Nakai san at RWB a few weeks ago, Ishii san was there with the brilliant red 964. After a spirited chat that afternoon, we decided to meet up in Yokohama at a later date to give the car the appropriate 7Tune treatment… Read more
7Tune was on location in the upmarket Hollywood-esque surroundings of Ashiya, Kansai last weekend to shoot a feature for RAUH Welt Begriff’s latest creation, “Rough Rhythm”. Owner, Toshi “Tom” Ichiraku was kind enough to work out a schedule for the day with us and praise be to God, the weekend held more than a few pleasant surprises… Read more
For as long as I can remember, the Podlewski’s and the Zillin’s have had some history. We’ve all been involved in cars and motor sport in one form or another for decades; Simon’s dad Mark is a long standing friend of the family and a guy who also owns the respected Australian tuner, Morpowa… Read more