Jan 31, 2014

Ok, so this is going to be a lesson in how to be a man and take care of your business, all while still having fun. That's right, being into racing is no excuse to bounce on your kid, from a woman you knocked up, just so you can play Takumi.

This guy looks like he has a handle on things. I saw this Skyline parked at a Sukiya in Usashi. If you don't know what Sukiya is, it's a Gyudon shop. If you don't know what Gyudon is, I'm going to do an article on it next month. It's pretty much the best thing, ever.
4-door screams GTST at best, although he has done a GT-R front end conversion. You know let's just run down the parts now. He definitely has front and rear wide fenders, although most companies' offerings are so generic, he's probably the only person that knows what brand they are. Aerocatch hoodpins keep the raised bonnet latched while rolling down the street. The mirrors look like Hipo Sleek aero mirrors, although, once again, several brand make copies of this style. The trunk is rocking a tasteful and modest lip spoiler, and his front bumper has a tow hook peeping out of the front, just in case he needs to call JAF for a tow.
From this angle, we can see that the car is lowered on some brand of coilovers, and  it is rolling on legit Advan tri-spokes. To be honest, there is no reason not to get legit rims in this country. A used set of name brand wheels costs less that a knock off set from a certain southeast Asian company. I'm sure he is running some flex preventing bars, but I couldn't tell from what I could see. While he is running stock size brakes, he does have vented drilled rotors.
But even though this guy is a man who hasn't run from the duty of fatherhood, it looks like he has NO PROBLEM thrashing this car about, if the condition of the front bumper is any indication. Love it. We can also see the front mount that keeps his (probably) RB25DET supplied with cool forced induction air. I'm thinking the flex hose on the right either supplies fresh air to the brakes on that side or (more likely) delivers fresh air to the intake.
This shot just shows some NACA duct love.

Oh shit.... somebody raided The Fast and the Furious’ Mitsubishi Eclipse for a Tach. But it looks like it compliments a bevy of other gauges as well, so I'm going to let the tach slide. Brides and a Nardi wheel round out the car's interior. It looks like tunes are supplied by an older (but cool) CD/MD player combo. 
To be honest, I have no reason to get a Mini Disc player for a car, but I still really want one. Maybe it's because it's "Mad JDM Tyte, yo!"

And how you may ask, do I know that this guy is a dad? Well, on top of seeing a guy eating in the restaurant with a female significant other and a child while wearing a Nismo racing shirt....
He's proudly got that ish displayed on the back of his race car.

Don't be a deadbeat dad.... take care of your kids.

This article was originally written before the untimely passing of Mr. Paul Walker, and the line stating "The Fast and Furious Eclipse" originally read, "Paul Walker's Eclipse." As I was changing the text, I couldn't help but feel saddened by the loss of a man I never knew, except for his movie roles, including his role as Brian O'Connor in a movie that forever helped to shape my life. I know that's lame, but for anyone that was between the ages of 16 and 25, that movie really impacted our car lives. This is an article about father hood, and I will honestly say there was never an interview where he didn't mention his daughter. You will be missed by your family, friends, and fans, Mr. Walker. May you rest in peace.

Jan 28, 2014

Ahhhhh.... back to the touge. But, in mini-van hell. The van can't corner, obviously, and Muto can only remember back to the days when he had his DR30.

I was just telling Shino that sometimes the old guys and I get to talking about when we were racing. And sometimes we are going on and on like it was last week.... only to be interrupted by a low and drawn out "daaamn." That was 11 years ago (we were most active in 2003-2007, I think).

Old memories are the best, but sometimes it's hard to realize that your time is passing...

Jan 21, 2014

Alright, ladies and gents. Sorry about the delay, but I've been really damn busy with this whole Japanese driver's license thing....

BUUUUT, to set things right and to help kick off the new 2014 design of the blog, I gave you a double size issue this week! Hope you enjoy it!

The doc is giving his opinion on what it means to be fast, and, like Schwarzenegger, Muto-san is lying to his wife.... but unlike Ah-nuld it's not about sleeping with the babysitter, it's all about the touge. See you next week! If you have comments, drop 'em below....

Jan 19, 2014

I won't make this a secret. I DO NOT like the RX-8 in the slightest. I drove one, one time... it was the least inspiring drive I have ever experienced in my life. Even my Honda del Sol felt like a better sports car than this thing.

That being said, I know they have a fan base, so I need to cover all fan bases. Car fans deserve it.

This car is always parked at a Pachinko Parlor in Nakatsu City. One day when I have the time, I'm going to go and try to find some more info about this car.

It's easy to see it has an aero kit and canards, as well as a GT wing. The wheels look like Rays, but I can't be for sure until I get up there. This car actually looks like it has good quality work done to it. Even though it is not my exact style preference. I'd really like to do a solo video just for this car and it's owner.

We will see how it plays out.

Jan 8, 2014

Hey guys (and gals)! Some of you may be noticing that I changed the look. More of you may have noticed that there was no RPM this week. I am truly sorry about that, but I am currently updating the look of the blog. I will be full steam ahead next week, I just got buried behind New Year's stuff. New Year's carries the same importance that Christmas carries in the U.S. To make up for it, there will be a double RPM post next week. Also, you should finally start seeing the new logo, and photo styles creeping up on the blog next week.

I don't make resolutions, I make decisions. I hope you will be happy with the decisions that I have made, because I always have a better experience for you in mind.

This photo above is a picture of Sakura that I took at Tochoji Temple in Fukuoka in March of 2013.

Have a great New Year and stay safe!


Jan 5, 2014

So the rain made it difficult to get good pics of this car, since it was covered up. But, it is awesome that they care enough about the car to cover it up.


The day after these pictures were taken the rain cleared up, and I grabbed some video. There will be shots of this car in the upcoming Super GT video edit.

この写真を撮影した翌日には雨があがったので、私は今度はビデオカメラを手にしました。こちらの動画は近日Super GT ビデオのページでご覧になれます。お楽しみに

Jan 2, 2014

This is an ASL Garaiya that Autobacs has fielded in Super GT since 2003. 

When Tommy Kaira faced financial difficulties in the late 90s, Autobacs bought the company and changed the automotive manufacturing division to Autobacs Sportscar Laboratory, or ASL. The Garaiya is based on the Tommy Kaira ZZ1, and weighs 900KG or 1984 lbs. It is powered by a Nissan SR20VE that produces 180HP.

That's all of the information that I could dig up on this car. I am not in love with this car, but if I was mega rich, or Jay Leno, I might add one to my garage...just because it's so different.
By the way.... wouldn't it be nice to do an SR20DET with VET headswap on this beast? 450HP would be pretty amazing.

Jan 1, 2014

And the last of the solo "Raw Feed" Clips from Autopolis...This Z33 Z Car. I really want to steal that wing, lol.

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