FEATURE – BEHIND THE SCENES AT TOKYO AUTO SALON 2014

January 10, 2014 by  
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We’re back again for the biggest custom tuning show of the year; TAS 2014. And once again Rob from BackfromLeave and I were wandering around the halls backstage checking out what’s hot and what’s not. Click on to see our exclusive back stage coverage… 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

EDITORIAL – WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JUST SHUT UP AND TEST-DRIVE AN 86 OR BRZ

February 3, 2013 by  
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People should just quit their bitching about these cars already. Less than a year into production and all I hear is nonsense from people who know absolutely nothing about them. These people’s opinions are like ex’s; we’ve all had one and yet, most of what comes with the fallout is baseless trash talking. And the 86 and BRZ quite simply don’t deserve it… Read more

FEATURE – 2013 TOKYO AUTO SALON OVERVIEW

February 2, 2013 by  
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280,000 people, 800 cars, 4 days, 12 hours of sleep, 1 M6 convertible, 73 cans of Redbull, and 3000 shots later, the curtain (mercifully), fell on the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. Come with me as 7Tune takes a look back at the biggest TAS in years… Read more

FEATURE – THE BEE-R ROCKET BUNNY BRZ

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

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 – 7TUNE EXCLUSIVE 2013 TOKYO AUTO SALON PREVIEW

January 11, 2013 by  
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If you don’t like 86′s and BRZ’s, the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon is definitely not the place for you. Not only is this the biggest salon in years, but it is absolutely LOADED with Toyotas and Subarus. I must have counted one 86 or BRZ for every five or six other cars. There are easily over 100 of Japan’s latest builds on the twin platforms that are sweeping the world and making people gnash their teeth at the sometimes 18 month waiting list to order the cars… Read more

FEATURE – COMING TO 7TUNE IN JANUARY

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

FEATURE – 2012 OKAYAMA HACHI ROKU FESTIVAL PART 2

Having left the paddock, it was time to get serious and train the Nikon D3 and 70-200mm on the cars and drivers as they battled it out on the track. There was an absolutely packed schedule of action going on throughout the day, right from the opening sessions at 8am and culminating in easily the biggest parade of 86′s that I’ve ever seen at 5pm. Which left me with a lot of work to do… and a lot of shots to post… Read more

FEATURE – 2012 OKAYAMA HACHI ROKU FESTIVAL PART 1

September 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Shows, Circuit Racing, Drifting, Events, Latest Articles


Easily one of the best and biggest 86 festivals in the world, the Okayama 86 fest provided an absolute overdose of Hachi goodness in all shapes, colors and configurations. It was quite a hike East to get to the circuit but it was damn well worth it and there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started… Read more

FEATURE – OKAYAMA 86 FESTIVAL PREVIEW

September 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Shows, Circuit Racing, Drifting, Latest Articles

There’s just way too much content to go through for one or two overviews of this absolutely EPIC day down south at Okayama international circuit. Up to 400 of the countries best Hachi Roku’s converged on the place and I made the 700km south along with Keiichi Tsuchiya and the team from Hot Version to make sure every angle was covered. Go and check out the preview… Read more

EVENT – Showcased Presented By The-Lowdown.com


It was a beautiful sunny day in Sydney, Australia as it played host to the one of the best meets Sydney has ever seen; Showcased presented by THE-LOWDOWN.com. This was the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts from all over Australia to come together and share their love for cars, whether it’s a time attack machine or a show car on bags, this meet had it all. With cars from interstate driving more than ten hours to attend and workshops working overtime to get their car ready to be debuted at Showcased. Read more

VIDEO – BRZ RUNS 0-100 IN 6.2 SECONDS

June 12, 2012 by  
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On a recent test with the Subaru BRZ, I decided to verify the manufacturers claims on its run to 100kph. The results were a surprise. Many claimed that the car could only manage the sprint to 100kph in a tick over 7 seconds but I managed to get the car to launch and reach the marker point in a timed 6.2 seconds. I think the manufacturers are downplaying the performance of the car for some reason, perhaps in an attempt to drive hype but it’s a counter intuitive approach… Read more

DRIVEN – THE NEW TOYOTA 86 GT LIMTED

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

EVENTS – THE 2012 RB MEETING AT NIKKO CIRCUIT PART 1


This two part series on the fourth annual RB Meeting at Nikko is going to be HUGE. I’ve got over 80 filthy shots and plenty to say about one of the best events of the year at the famous circuit; The meeting an absolute must see for any fan worth his/her “RB” branded salt. There were Nissans, some other Nissans and again more Nissans just going at it hell for leather all day and into the evening with the weather playing its part; helping to keep festivities jovial and smoke clouds pouring off tires… Read more

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