Jul 22, 2018

Speed Build

The Garage Waizu 2JZ Powered S13 Silvia

by Dustin Mankin

I've gotten to do a lot of cool things in my life, but maybe sitting in the pits at a D1 event is one of the coolest. It probably ranks up there or surpasses hanging out in Chris Forsberg's pit area and trailer, and being invited to private parties at Vaughn Gitten's uncle's house.

Thanks to Yuri-san and Shimoda-san at Garage Waizu, that definitely got to happen. I was at Autopolis, D1GP Rd. 3 and had taken a couple of low quality cellphone videos of Shimoda-san's passes, which I sent along to Yuri-san. Just friendly stuff, since they had been so nice to me at their last drift day. Wasn't expecting to be asked if I was still at the track, or asked to stop by their pit. But I was... and I did.

I got in just in time to see the car coming back in from it's previous heat, and I thought I'd take the time to snap some video. I'm glad I did. This car is really pretty awesome. Even more so, when you realize it was built about a week or two before the event. I had been watching them via Facebook updates. It's really amazing to see something come together through the internet, but then inspect it up close in person.

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photos like this one. This was posted THE Day of the event.
That means you'll have front row access to JDM Drifting!

This car uses a ton of Uras parts, which I really approve of, since I do live in Kyushu, and Nomuken is from Fukuoka. He has done a lot for the Kyushu drift scene, and I love to see all of these Kyushu Drift Resources coming together! This Hood is using a Type-2 Uras hood vent, although the hood itself is an Origin fiberglass part.

Both the fiberglass wide fenders, and the overs are Uras units. I think these are the semi-works, which are a little narrower than what Nomuken runs on his own R34. Much with Kyushu style, the overs are not riveted on, but rather fastened with screws.

The rest of the kit is Uras, as well. It's a Uras Type-4 Kit. I've really been digging this kit myself lately. It's the same one that Nomuken runs on the red Uras S13 that his son has been driving.

Uras S13 Silvia being campaigned by Nomuken's son.
Another awesome car. You can see more of it below!
I took some video at Stance Nation Nagasaki.

A top mount GCG Turbo makes this 2JZ pretty strong... haha "pretty" strong. But one of the coolest things about this setup is the wastegate location:

Out of the damn sideskirt like a boss! You can get more engine specs from our video of this car below. But before that, we have to show you the cockpit...

OMP Steering wheel... and most importantly an S15 Dash. That's awesome. I've seen it in other cars, before, but I'm still always impressed when I see it in person!

Below is the video, which, in my biased opinion is a MUST WATCH:

And then below is a closer look at the Uras S13 running the same Aero. I love this car, too!

Jun 16, 2018

Mika Changing Tires

Girls' Festival Drift Day

by Dustin Mankin

I think she's using the exact same jack as me. I asked her about it and I'm awaiting a response, lol. She's a pretty good drifter and a great person!

This is from my latest upload. If you haven't watched it yet, you can check it out below, or visit the actual YouTube site and leave me a comment! I try to answer to everyone there!!

Girls' Festival Drift Day in Saga Japan

New Video On Our YouTube

by Dustin Mankin

We just dropped a video from the Girls' Festival in Saga, Japan. The areas that I could shoot from were kind of restricted, so it left me wondering how I was going to shoot this thing and edit it... then as usual, an idea came up and I made the most of it. I think it came out pretty nice!

Of course you can watch it below, but if you have a YouTube account, I'd appreciate a comment over that way. And if it's in your heart... a like and a share. We always have new content coming out from Japan, so keep your eyes peeled!

Thanks as always, your support is humbling. 

Jun 1, 2018

Hey guys! I'm back after a long hiatus on the blog. I think the blog will become more like a diary, so you can see more of the process behind the channel and Insta (and Facebook, too, even though their algorithm makes me not wanna really do anything there. And yes, I know Insta and FB are connected).

What a way to return to the blog, though! I am just now getting the time to be able to go through my drift footage, since the season was so busy early on! I am going to an event next weekend as well, but as it stands, my backlog is about 2 months behind! YIKES! I better get to editing! Anyway, here is the video, and if you could be so kind, please LIKE, SHARE, and SUB! I'm trying to get my videos to more people and grow our community, but I can't do it without you!

Aug 7, 2017

As the dawn turned to night, my car spotting was coming to an end. I had just enough daylight to grab a few snaps of the best used car dealership, ever. I won't go into too much detail here, but let's just say that the Japanese service industry is on full display here. Hopefully I can cover it more in a video later. This particular GT Net is in Fukuoka, so I should be able to organize a trip.

Without giving too much away, you can see that this car dealer deals in one thing and one thing only... Sport Cars (Shouldn't that be the only type of car?).

Saving the best for last.... what is that hiding away in the show room window?

Anyone that has played a Gran Turismo after GT3 should recognize this... the C-West Razo S15 Time Attack Silvia. Dear God, I about blew the front out of my shorts when I saw this.

Don't you wish this was in the U.S.? Or wherever you happen to be reading this from right now?

Jul 31, 2017

I was walking past a random garage when I saw this amazing car sitting in there.... Now this thing should look amazing. The sign on the garage let's us know that it is a paint and body shop. And if this CR-X is any example of their work... it's good!

If you had any idea how much rarer it's getting to find decent cars of this vintage in this country. And too be honest, most of them aren't tuner cars, anymore. Just restored stock old cars that old farts drive out to a car show, then take back home for three or four more weeks in the garage.... sad.

Have you noticed as you get older that our throw away cars have become more expensive "classics?" Have you noticed something scarier? There are no decent cheap throw away cars to replace them...

Jul 24, 2017

Pig's Ass...

A C130 Nissan Laurel in the Wild

by Dustin Mankin

I've been going through some old folders while I've been gone.... FOREVER, I know. And I came across some photos that I snapped from when I first came to Japan.

This article was just named "Kyusha!!!" for a while, because I (ashamedly) had no idea what it was, at first. But a quick ID from friend and awesome YouTuber, Daniel from Wasabi Cars, and we now have a title. I also found out from Wikipedia that this car is known as the "Butaketsu" Laurel, because of it's lovely lady lumps of a rear end.

Why  "Butaketsu?" Buta means pig in Japanese, and ketsu means ass. As I mentioned above, it's rather large rear quarter and rear area helped it earn that name. I really enjoy learning about all the Japanese nicknames of cars, and it really gives you an air of credibility when you are talking with other Japanese car enthusiasts.

If you'd like to read a little more about the C130 Laurel, my awesome Wikipedia cut and paste skills may help, and below that is a video from Wasabi Cars featuring the SAME car. If you haven't ever visited his YouTube, I highly recommend it! www.youtube.com/wasabicars .... and while you are in the YouTube mood, why not swing by mine at youtube.com/exitevideomagazine, if you haven't already?

From Wikipedia:

 In April 1972 the second Laurel generation appeared, again in four-door saloon and two-door hardtop coupé form affectionately known as the Butaketsu Laurel ("pig's butt") because of its ample rear quarter panels and tail section, with the taillights incorporated into the rear bumper. The saloon now was endowed with a rear beam axle and leaf springs, while the coupé clung to independent rear suspension. In addition to the 1.8 and 2.0 L four-cylinder engines, a 2.0 L inline-six was now available, joined, from October, 1973, by a 2.6 L six; the latter was replaced by a 2.8 L six in late 1975. The G-20 4-cylinder and L20 six-cylinder engines were equipped with SU twin carburetors but were eliminated February 1976 due to emission regulations.
The styling of the coupe appears to be influenced by the 1970 Ford Torino and the 1971 Mercury Cougar, reflecting a popular styling trend during the 1960s and 1970s called "coke bottle". Sales in Japan (very few were exported) ran to about 96,000 per year, with three-quarters sedans.[3] The Toyota competitor was the Mark II coupé and sedan.

Datsun 200L sedan (Europe)
Engines available at the time were the four-cylinder 1815 cc G18 and 1990 cc G20, and the six-cylinder 1998 cc L20. Both the G20 and L20 were available with twin SU carburettors as an option. However, only the G20 equipped cars outwardly announced this with a “Twin Carburettor 2000GX” badge.
In October 1973 the first Laurel with the 2565 cc L26 six-cylinder engine was added and badged as “2600SGL”. Since the engine was over two litres, it was not restrained by the size limits imposed by Japanese regulations, and therefore it was fitted with bigger bumpers than regular Laurels. The installation of the 2.6-litre engine in Japanese models helped identify this generation as a luxury car, as the larger engine obligated Japanese drivers to pay higher amounts of annual road tax.
In September 1975, in order to meet the new emissions regulations for that year, the L26 was replaced by the larger yet 2753 cc L28 six-cylinder. By October the carburettors in the L20 were replaced with electronic fuel injection and the engine was now dubbed L20E. Because of the difficulty in meeting the emissions regulations, the twin-carburetted engines were all discontinued. The 1,770 cc L18 replaced the G18 in the lineup.
In February 1976 carburetted 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre engines which met the 1976 emissions regulations were introduced, and were identified with the Nissan NAPS badge.

Jul 22, 2017

One of the best parts about living in Japan is visiting the different UpGarages around the country!

Here are just a few of the awesome S-Chassis Cars that I saw at Stance Nation Nagasaki 2016! Check out the wild cars from my friends at Neo Project!

The 3 Deep Drift Team in Japan had some incredible cars.... Here is one of them, with a whaaat under the hood??

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