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  
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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

EVENT – KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2013 – EFFICIENCY IN MOTION

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The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is back this year in full force, with an extensive 10 day showcase of cars from the past, the present and the future held from the 15th of November to the 24th of November. It has been a long while since my last motor show visit and this is certainly a refreshing experience to see such an eclectic mix of cars on display, with a stronger emphasis on hybrid and electric technology cars, even having 2 popular hybrids available as lucky draw prizes. The reason for this influx of environmentally friendly vehicles is relevant to the theme set for this year’s show, which is “efficiency in motion”. Read more

EVENT – FORMULA DRIFT KUALA LUMPUR 2013 – WET & WILD

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Formula Drift returned to Speed City Kuala Lumpur this year with an extremely diverse line-up of drivers from all over the world. Names like Ken Gushi from the US, Daigo “the Ninja” Saito from Japan of which has remained undefeated since the beginning of the Formula Drift Series, Local Malaysian drifting royalty Tengku Djan Ley of which owns the venue turned Battle grounds for this event, Japan D1 drifter Masao Suenaga and Frederic Aasbø
of whom is piloting the beastly V8 powered RS*R Toyota 86 were just some of the star studded entourage of superstars in the Drifting game that participated. Read more

FEATURE – HAND ENGRAVED EG CIVIC

March 22, 2013 by  
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I have to admit, when Shawn Lisjack, founder and CEO of Exotic Engravings contacted me, I was sceptical. A hand engraved Civic with 5000+ hours of Dremel work put into it? “This has got to be another case of spam for sure…“, I thought. But through our correspondence, I started to learn about a project I had never known existed and received a huge amount of details on the build from Shawn. With each mail that arrived, the more stunned and amazed I became… Read more

BREAKING NEWS – TOYOTA TO RELEASE 86 CONVERTIBLE

February 1, 2013 by  
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Look out Mazda. Toyota, after absolutely piling on the sales for their new sports FR platform over the last 9 months, in all corners of the world, have green lit a project that will arguably drive it toward a different segment of the market – one that likes to rock out with the top out… Read more

FEATURE – MAX TV THAILAND

It was back to Thailand for me at the end of December to enjoy another crazy week at one of the absolute best racing festivals on the planet; the 2012 Bangsaen Festival of Speed. My hosts for the week, MAX TV Thailand, graciously arranged for the entire trip, and in very short notice mind you, so all that was left for me to do was pack the Nikon D3, a couple of lenses and document as much of their weekend ( and everyone else’s ) as possible. Here’s how it all unfolded… Read more

EDITORIAL – THESE DON’T MAKE YOU JDM AS F*CK, YO.

October 8, 2012 by  
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No doubt all of you reading this are familiar with the green/yellow “leaf” and orange/yellow “tear-drop” symbols that Japanese motorists are required to have at various stages of their lives behind the wheel. In recent years, these are being increasingly seen in overseas tuner circles with some pretty crass variants having sprung up; all of which, an element of the industry appear to be defining as the things to have if you want to be “JDM as F*CK“, whatever that means. And on top of all this, a lot of people don’t actually know what these symbols actually signifyRead more

ODD SPOT – UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SENNA’S MP4/4 IN MCLAREN OSAKA HAKKO

June 25, 2012 by  
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F1 racing has always been an open wheeled, open tempered affair. From the likes of Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Jacques Villeneuve, and Michael Schumacher, fans have seen some of the greatest racing ever to grace the tarmac. But as of late, no F1 driver has had more presence than the legendary Ayrton Senna De’Silva… Read more

SNEAK PEAK – FIRST SUBARU BRZ SPOTTED ON THE STREETS IN THE WORLD? IN SINGAPORE?

March 21, 2012 by  
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First Subaru BRZ (a brother to the Toyota 86) in Singapore? Read more

FEATURE – SOME SIDEWAYS FUN IN THE SNOW WITH AUDI & FRIENDS PART 2

February 24, 2012 by  
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In the last post, I gave you the warmup to what unfolded the night before the snowy action in Nagano. In this post, you’ll be seeing all sorts of awesome cars going very sideways on the trickiest surfaces you can imagine. The best thing about the Megamiko Snow Driving Park is that the entire place is so well managed and totally safe for car and driver – you can really have a ball here and not have to worry about damaging your car unless you are a complete and total idiot… Read more

FEATURE – SOME SIDEWAYS FUN IN THE SNOW WITH AUDI & FRIENDS PART 1

February 24, 2012 by  
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Audi was good enough to offer me a bright red A1 to play in the snow with for the weekend and I met up with a bunch of friends shortly after for a whole load of fun up at the Nagano based, Megamiko Winter driving park. This awesome place is a couple of hours drive north from Tokyo and offers a safe haven to practice your snow and ice driving techniques… Read more

EVENT – 2011 SESSIONS PLATINUM VIP FUJI SPEEDWAY MEET

Dom Bloemhard is a great guy to have on the 7Tune team. One reason besides being awesome to down pints with is the fact that he is so deeply ingrained into the VIP culture that it was an insta-yes the second he told me about the Sessions Platinum event at Fuji Speedway not too long ago. Read more

VIDEO – CAR MAKE CORNS

June 6, 2011 by  
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If you own an MX-5 and don’t know who Car Make Corns are then please educate yourself quickly. A dedicated workshop purely focused on MX-5s in Japan, who built up a very loyal following for a very good reason. Want a rare instrument cluster with a discontinued front lip and a roll bar for your NA6 MX-5? Then look no further than Car Make Corns!

 

 

 

Thanks to HoonTV for the video!

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