Apr 1, 2015

Box Car:

Hakosuka at Bungo Takada Car Show

by Dustin Mankin

"Box Car? That's dumb. This isn't a Scion xB or Nissan Cube..." I can here you saying now. I'll share something that I just learned 2-weeks ago from my Japanese teacher, while asking him a question about the RPM Manga (did I mention it will be back in two weeks?). He was laughing and asked if I knew why this generation of Skyline was called Hakosuka.

Hako = box + ka- = car. Quite literally, it means boxcar, due to the iconic roof shape. I already knew what both of those words meant alone.... I just never thought to put them together within the word "Hakosuka."

This one is a pretty standard Hakosuka, complete with the standard wheel arches, as seen below. I'm a little disappointed that the car has a "500" number plate. If you don't know what that means, don't worry, I'll go over it in a few weeks, after the coverage of the car show is over. I found a real gem, based on number plate alone, last week.

Lookit dem meats on those classic Watanabe's, son!

And what's the MG Midget looking thing in the background? That's tomorrow my fair readers. For now, just remember.... sometimes "box car" can mean more than a riced out xB....

Mar 31, 2015

Nissan Sunny:

Bungo Takada Custom Car Show

by Dustin Mankin

So the next several, several posts will be dedicated to the cars that I saw at the Bungo Takada Custom Car show on Sunday, 3/22. I'm going to try to get some stuff posted and set to auto post, that way I can free up some time to work some more on editing the videos for project 180, and renting/buying a house with a garage... more on that later.

This was the first vehicle that I saw, walking up to the show, so it's only fitting that I showed it first. I don't know if many of you remember, but my first ever post on this blog was of a red sunny, which you can read more about here. I don't want to go too much into detail on rehashing that article, but basically due to "chicken tax" laws in the US, we were never allowed to get the Sunny truck, as it was listed as a "light truck" and banned from import at the time.

Have you ever noticed that? We are the "Land of the Free," but have more bans on imports than North Korea, it seems like. Lol. 'Murica!

This truck wasn't pristine by any chance, if you look at the bed. But that's ok, pristine trucks are for guys that don't need trucks to begin with. If I owned this, it would be a stylish parts-fetchin' truck. I'm sure the bed of mine would look much worse. When I saw this bed though, my eyes did get a certain twinkle to them.

This thing sure does look goo, sitting on these vintage SSR Starshakes. Makes me get an idea for my water hose holder at the new house... I'd say they are around 13's or 14's. I didn't take time to look, because there was something else amazing next to it that was calling my name... tomorrow.

Mar 27, 2015

Fukuoka HiAce

by Dustin Mankin

Just a quick post... this particular van is called a HiAce, and it's made by Toyota. I actually want to get one of these to turn into a speaker van. Probably a huge front air dam, and a bigger rear spoiler. I'd fill the rear up with more 12 inches than a porn star at a gang bang shoot...

But, if you need a more PG image of this car, look in Initial D Stage 4. You can see some HiAces, along with a Kei Van (Possibly a Suzuki Every) used as support vehicles for the team. I'm editing some shots from a car show we had last weekend, and that will be the focus for the upcoming month. That will probably be starting next week.

I also have no idea why, but these guys love throwing NASCAR style steelies and tires on these things.

OHHHHH, and a big spoiler, if you actually read my blog.... look for RPM to return in the middle of next month.

Mar 26, 2015

Throw Back Thursday:

A Lovely Yellow S2K

by Dustin Mankin

Throw back Thursday is all about this S2k. This is circa 2011. I would kill small children who haven't gotten a chance to fully appreciate life for the carbon-kevlar intake on this car. The Weds look nice too. I've always thought that the yellow with golden-bronze wheels was a good combo. But, then again, a nice bronze goes with any color, really.

Black CTR in Fukuoka

by Dustin Mankin

Hey guys... and now everyone is asking... WHERE the FUCK have you been? I'll just say around. I was getting a little burnt out with everything for a while, so I just bounced out. But hey, for the Civic guys, I'm coming back with a great EK9, and when I say EK9 in Japan, it means a REAL honest-to-God EK9.

Found this thing wondering around Fukuoka, and I thought it looked pretty good. Definitely good enough to share on the blog!

It's kinda odd, because everyone in the states that does a CTR conversion always goes with Phoenix Yellow or Championship White, but this black looks good, too. One of the few exterior mods is the mid-wing on the back, and too be honest, I've never been a fan of those.

Sitting pretty on what looks like Advan RGIIs. I'm gonna say they are legit, used wheels are too cheap here to buy fakes. There is also an Advan triangle sticker, if you look on the front fender in the very first picture.

And a stock interior.

Sorry for the delay guys, I'll try to be around more often. I'm gonna throw up the Throwback thursday also, so you'll get a double shot today!

Jan 26, 2015

Quick Snap:

A Shot Straight From Gran Turismo's Photo Mode

 by Dustin Mankin

This scenery would make for the perfect car shot.It would be nice to park a car just a little closer to that perfect row of trees. Reminds me of the forest setting from Gran Tursimo...

I really need to remember how to get back there with my beat up old Nissan.

Jan 24, 2015

Phoenix Rising:

Phoenix Yellow ITR in Fukuoka

by Dustin Mankin

I was actually coming back from the area with the go kart pic, when I found this DC2 Teg Type R in what must have been the perfect photo location set up.

I love the old building's all muted colors, and how the Phoenix Yellow pops against it.

The car itself is stock, but that doesn't stop it from being a work of art. A stock DC2 is still no laughing matter.

For a few more Honda "R" vehicles, check out this NSX-R Pace Car, and this Accord Wagon Euro R

Jan 22, 2015

Small Engine Madness:

Retired (?) Go-Kart in Fukuoka

by Dustin Mankin

I was coming back from a day of walking all over Fukuoka, and I came across this. I didn't go into the store, because I admittedly don't know a thing about a go-kart, except that you can strap a Hyabusa engine on the back... and that's pretty cool.

It looks like it has seen better days, so I'm assuming that it's retired and just outside to announce the intentions of the shop inside... which is to sell you crap for your racing go-kart, obviously. I kinda want to put pvc over the tires and slide the fuck out of it though... who's in?

Then I saw this sign. After knowing katakana, I know that the name of the stor is actually R <3 Very, but at the time I thought it was Rovery (The heart looked like it wanted to be an "o."), which we all know would be great Engrish for "Lovely." Just food for thought.

Jan 20, 2015

RPM: Red Passion Men's Story

pt. 35

Well, damn. Whose side is Muto's dude on anyway? His or Rumi's? Why is it, every time you try to step up in life, someone's trying to step on your toes? I guess we'll see what happens next week. I'm working on scanning it in, right now!

Jan 19, 2015

RPM Special Feature:

DR30 Skyline in G-Works Magazine

by Dustin Mankin

I normally don't just scan magazines as an article, other than the RPM Manga Translation, but this tied in so well. Last week's episode, and this week's coming episode talk a lot about the Tekkamen, and the features, such as the red valve cover, etc. perfect timing, since this month's G-Works features a damn near mint DR30. I thought it would be nice to see a real live one in color. It was awesome to me, so I'm going to share.

It's hard to tell in the manga's black an white illustrations, but the red and black two tone DR30 is definitely something to behold. The car I'm about to show you differs only slightly, and that is mainly in the wheels section. The G-Works car is running some gold meshies, which is another popular wheel choice. Muto's has RS Watanabes. Also, the grille section is different, the magazine car has the Zenki bar style grille. Muto's is actually a Tekkamen, which in English means Iron Face.

Just click on any image for a full size image! These files are huge!

After seeing it in real photos, isn't it a lot easier to see how it can elicit these feelings and actions from the characters in the story? Or is it that the story has made me fall in love with them that much.... you know... they are over 25 years old, and I can import one if I ever come back.... hmmmm. Wonder what the future-wife would say?

What do you think? Hit me up below! I really want this blog to turn into a discussion forum. I love hearing different opinions!
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