SUPER GT 2014 – ROUND 5 FUJI SPEEDWAY – HONDA RISING

August 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Super GT

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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

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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!

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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

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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 at the event. Read more

EVENT – ART OF SPEED ASIA 2014 TEASER

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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

June 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Drifting, Latest Articles, Odd Spot

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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

June 1, 2014 by  
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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

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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 arrive in… Read more

SUPER GT 2014 – THE FUJI SPEEDWAY 500KM ENDURANCE RACE

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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?

May 17, 2014 by  
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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

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under JDM Feature Cars, Latest Articles

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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

April 11, 2014 by  
Filed under Circuit Racing, Latest Articles

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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

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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

April 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Japanese News, Latest Articles

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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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DRIVEN – SUZUKI SWIFT SPORT ZC32S

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It is a normal assumption for everyone that a car that focuses on performance does sacrifice some ride comfort albeit there is in existence cars that have managed to maintain a balance of both performance and comfort but unfortunately, these cars do come at a hefty price. If you are in the market for an affordable car that has been built upon the balance of performance and comfort, then the Suzuki Swift Sport might be able to fulfill that criteria. Read more

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