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.
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!
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!
I know it's odd, but when I approached this curve in Fukuoka.... I could just imagine this camera angle as well as a few others filming a huge ass smokey drift. For some reason, i can picture Nomuken's 2004 Gunmetal R34.... maybe because he's from Fukuoka, too.
I've got a soft spot for wagons and hatches. So when I saw this thing I was pretty damn excited. Sporty or not, a wagon just doesn't last long in this country. As it gets older and less desirable, it gets shipped and parted out to 3rd world countries, or worse yet... crushed. It's just too expensive to keep an older car on the road in this country.
I remember always wanting the older Accord Wagon, based on the 90-91 vehicles. It was ok. But THIS thins is sexy. If God ever see fit to throw an ridiculously large wad of cash in my lap, and I can get the car collection that I want... one of these will go in it.
I'll be honest, I didn't know much about the Si-R wagon.... so I spent some time at Wikipedia.
"Accord Wagon SiR (CH9 FWD 1999–2001, CL2 AWD 2000–2001)
The SiR wagon model included the only 2.3-liter H23A DOHC VTEC
H-series engine in the Honda line-up. The H23A engine was rated at
200 hp / 190 hp (AWD) at 6,800 rpm and torque of 162.8 lb·ft (220.7 N·m)
at 5,300 rpm, 10.6:1 compression, 87 mm (3.4 in) X 95 mm (3.7 in) bore
and stroke, and a 7300 rpm redline like other H-series VTEC engines from
factory. The H23A also came with a blue valve cover and was the largest
displacement of the H-series Honda engines. The H23A was mounted with a
tilt towards the driver. The H23A had a longer stroke than the H22A.
Specifications for the H23A were; 87 mm (3.4 in) X 95 mm (3.7 in) bore
and stroke and H22A has 87 mm (3.4 in) X 90.7 mm (3.6 in) bore and
stroke. The H23A had better acceleration because the peak torque
occurred sooner at lower rpm when compared to the H22A."
So there it is, pretty interesting stuff for the guys that are into engine swaps. 200HP won't break your neck, but for a car that looks like it's ready for a trip to the market... it's not bad. Slap a turbo on it and you could probably squeeze 300 out of it, and still be perfectly streetable.
Sorry, I know I missed the mark by a few days, but this week's been a little hectic, getting back in the groove of everything and editing a brand new video. This one from an event in TN.
This is a good example of a build you could pull off on a super tight budget. The wheels don't even look like custom steelies to me, just painted. The stance is brought down, which to be this low, says coilovers, but maybe a budget brand. The paint, however, looks really nice, and I would imagine, unless he sprayed it himself, that it was the most expensive thing on the build. We also have the mandatory roof rack, as well as clear corners.
and a lip.... does that look like garage door molding to you? If it is, it still looks good, and the only error was that top corner looks like it stops just a little bit short.
Still when coupled with the other CR-X in the background, which was featured here, makes a nice little budget duo roaming the streets daily.