January 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Cars, Classic JDM Cars, Culture, Honda, Latest Articles, Workshops

It’s around noon on a cold day in January, I’m standing in the lobby of my hotel at the pay phone punching in the number that my girlfriend is reading to me from the computer. The phone rings and I wonder if I’ll even get an answer as it’s only a been a few days since New Years and in Japan, most shops are usually closed. The phone keeps ringning but as I was about to give up hope, someone picks up. I reply awkwardly as I didn’t expect an answer. Read more

2010 Osaka Auto Messe Part 1

February 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Car Shows, Events, Latest Articles

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the ultimate modified car show in Japan of course, but what comes second? Arguably it’s the Osaka Auto Messe which, while nowhere near as big as the TAS, still has 90% of the sights and sounds. Let’s check out what went on this year…

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Osaka HIVP Drift

January 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Odd Spot

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag about what this is too quickly.. Read more

Hankyu Sanbangai, Osaka, September 2000

June 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Odd Spot

Here are some more photos from one of my old albums, this time they’re from Hankyu Sanbangai (阪急三番街) in Umeda, right in the heart of Osaka. Things were pretty crazy back then and that night just happened to be when a certain Australian film crew were in town. Read more

Nanko Drifting In Its Heyday: October 2000

May 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Latest Articles, Odd Spot

I dread spring cleaning. As a male I can’t see the point of it really, but it does uncover some long lost treasures sometimes! I found some old photo albums from almost 10 years ago when I first came to Japan and my first visit to the Nanko area in Osaka and its now-infamous drift spot. Read more

Take Off EA11R Suzuki Cappuccino Race Car

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


I’m sure when Suzuki named their lightweight convertible sports car “Cappuccino” they never envisioned it’d be tuned quite like this. Take Off are renowned throughout Japan as the go to place for Kei car tuning and parts and all their know-how has culminated in this crazy Suzuki Cappuccino race car. Let’s take a look at this not-so-lightweight Kei circuit special… 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

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

Another Global Export R33 Drag GT-R

October 31, 2008 by  
Filed under JDM Feature Cars, Latest Articles



Another very tough R33 GT-R from Global Export, this one isn’t quite as brutal as our “Sleeper Drag GT-R” feature car but it still has enough in it to scare just about anything else on the street. Read more

Global Export, Habikino City, Osaka

August 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Latest Articles


Tsukasa Matsumoto from Global Exports was kind enough to show me around their new warehouse today. Global Export (the export division of Global Auto) is now it’s own entity with the new warehouse facilities and separate office. Read more

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