Feb 26, 2014

Power Box is located around Sasebo, Japan. For those of you who don't know, Sasebo's probably best known because it has a large U.S. Naval base. I believe this was on a Sunday when I went down to Sasebo with my GF to visit some family. I think it was a Sunday, because the shop was closed. None-the-less, I took some photos. I'm looking forward to visiting when they are open. Maybe I'll get a chance sometime this year.
In their front window, they have this lovely two-tone 86. I think I like it because it looks slightly refined and classy with the (i think) wine colored bumpers. Of course it also has and exhaust and Volk TE37s in their iconic bronze color...love those wheels so much.

I think I like this thing because it's not a panda. I mean don't get me wrong, I love the panda scheme, but it seems like after Initial D came out...that's all anyone wants to do is "panda" their Trueno. On the other hand, this is both fresh and inspiring.
If you are looking at the building and turn right, then you are looking at this FD. There are still people that do crazy body kits, and build their cars like it's 2000 and they are trying to get their car into the cast of "The Fast and the Furious," but it's calming down. This car though seems to strike me with that 1998-2000 Wangan vibe. That was the time when Super Street and even Sport Compact Car (who remembers that magazine?) were doing articles on top speed racing on the Wangan as well as drifting on the touge. That was right before the biggest JDM craze kicked off.
It looks like it has a Uras Type GT aero kit, and Regamaster Evo wheels. I can't be 100% about the wheels from this angle though, and it's been a long time, so I can't remember off the top of my head. Uras winker lights let oncoming traffic know where this guy is going. RE Amemiya headlights help shed some light on the road when it gets dark, and while we are speaking of RE Amemiya, they also made the rearview mirrors that are on this car.
It's hard to know who made the carbon fiber cluster that sits on the dash, because a few different companies make these things, and to be honest... they all look the same. I know it's hard to make out in this picture, but if you look close you can see that this car is definitely using Mazdaspeed seats...nice.
From this angle, the steering wheel almost looks like a Nardi, but judging from the yellow line markings at the top, I'd guess it's a Momo Drift wheel. The shift knob looks like a Mazdaspeed knob, and for the guages, I'm going to guess Blitz. That looks like Blitz bezels. Right in front of our face is a Cusco OS rear upper strut bar, and if you look close, you can see where they cut the rear strut tower interior trim to try to keep the inside looking nice. In front of that you can barely see a metal battery box.
 Looking up from the back of the FD, you can see a lot of cars. Whether they are customer cars, spare shells, or future projects, I can't tell..... but I can still look. I don't like to go into a roped off area, because they obviously don't want you in that area, and in Japan we try to respect that...but... that little concrete to curb to the left wasn't roped off. That means I'm about to tip toe on that and get some more pictures.
A pretty straightforward looking S14. But I must say the body is pretty straight on this one, and that's kind of rare for Silvias in Japan. Most have seen hard service on the drift track or up in the mountains, and as a result they look pretty cankered up. So depending on how you wanna see this it's either "eh, kinda plain," or "holy shit that' pretty clean." Moving on past the black Subaru B4 behind this red one...
We can find the shop's old and well used AE86 Levin. For whatever reason they let this one's condition go, but it's still the yard. Maybe that means at some point they are going to restore it and turn it into a project again. Only time can tell. When I go to Sasebo again, I'll try to check on progress updates on these cars. What's that grey car peaking up in the background?
 One of a pair of Porsches. Not for sure the exact model number, because I didn't go around to see, and even though I like Porsches, I can't tell the difference in the 900 series just from looking. I'd like to see RWB get his hands on these. And behind the Porsches waaaaay in the back all by it's lonesome is a AE86 Trueno... will it rust away? Only time will tell.
 And the last thing that caught my eye was this pair of old Civics. I know that most people probably think I'm anti-Honda or something, but that's simply not true. My second import was a del Sol and to be honest, I like Hondas, but I've never reached that stage to where I'm baller enough to have more than one project, so the 180/Silvia platform has my attention. Truth be told, I'd love to build a nasty ass CR-X Touge killer. In my area, I just don't see a lot of Hondas. In some odd fantasy land situation, I see more NSX's than Civics and Integras..... how does that work?
And that last shot before I leave this shop and post behind is of this Silver 180SX Type-X and the Z33 behind it.

I can't wait to visit this shop when it's open. I'd love to ask a few questions and get a few stories.

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Feb 22, 2014

This is actually the first part I bought in Japan, anticipating the arrival of my S13. I bought it on Yahoo! Auctions.

I know some of you are asking, why did he buy a brake master cylinder stopper as his first part. The main reason is that it seemed relatively cheap at the time. It was 10$ and I know these things new Go for about $120 US, and about 30-40 used here in Japan, so it seemed like a good cheap way to get accustomed to Yahoo! Auctions, which is VERY different from eBay. All said and done, it cost me around $25.

Yahoo! Auctions Japan puts all of the fee burden on the buyer. And you can usually only pay COD or by Bank transfer, both of which have extra fees imposed either by the bank or the shipping company. More and more Visa options are popping up, but getting a credit card is pretty difficult here.

My plan is to take a drill and wire wheel to this thing, and then blast it with a fresh coat of paint.

All in all.... I'm pleased with my first purchase, and now that I understand Yahoo! Auctions Japan, I'm going to keep buying stuff from there. It's like a treasure hunt... you just gotta find the diamonds in the rough.

When I actually get my car, and get around to putting parts on it, there will most definitely be a DIY. I just can't put parts on a car without doing a DIY video.

Feb 19, 2014

The brand new eXite video coverage of Super GT Kyushu is up. I was a little late in getting this up, but I'm furiously working away on other video stuff, so worry not...just enjoy this one, and I know you will!

It was rainy and cold both days, but the 2nd day had only a little of the rain. Still clear enough to race, which is good since the first day's race was cancelled.

Anyways, I grabbed some nice shots, and threw them together in this edit. Let me know what you think in the comments section. I have a youtube version and a Vimeo version. Pick the one you like. I finally got the codecs worked out for youtube (for now), and it's actually giving smooth playback... I've you have a PS3, I highly suggest favoriting on the PC, and then viewing on a BIG 1080P tv... it's worth it and it looked gorgeous on my Panasonic 50 here in Japan!!

Let me know what you think in the comments below, or hit me up at exite.video.magazine(at)gmail.com

Feb 18, 2014

RPM: RPM is steadily continuing forward. I've linked all the issues on it's page at the top of the blog. Also, I'm continuing on working to add the links at the bottom of each page. I hope this makes it easier for everyone to enjoy.

Super GT: Finally posting the Video for Super GT Kyushu. I've been burried in video work, and I've been lazy. No excuses...it will be up this week. Get ready.

Fukuoka Custom Car Show: Went to the Fukuoka Custom Car show last weekend, and shot video. I'm not a van of the fish eye adapter that I had, and I think the video quality will suffer. Let's see what we can do with it. Also I will be posting a review of this fisheye adapter. Really disappointed, because in the skate world, the Baby Death gets such praise.... I just don't see it.

Other: I am working on getting a store on here. It will be kind of primative, but until I can get my views and revenue up, I can't afford to pay a monthly fee. We will see how all of it goes... I want a full functioning store by the end of the year. Also, I have a lot of video to post, and I think that generally you will see the amount of video that shows up on the blog increasing.

Thanks for everyone that has hung with me so far. I see a general rise in traffic, and it makes me want to continue.

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Muto bought the ticket, and he's going to take the ride. Have you ever ridden with someone that you admire behind the wheel? What was your experience like? A little nervous? I got to ride a long with a great drifter about a week ago at a drift day in Ooita city. They guy was great, and I wasn't scared at all, but that doesn't mean the adrenaline doesn't get flowing. I mean, after all.... the rush is why we're all in this, right? Sound off below, I'm always interested to see what other people think.

Feb 12, 2014

Ok, I know this one is (near) stock, but when I saw it sitting there, I was just drawn to it for some reason. Not many cars can grab my attention in stock form. I always view them in a way that my mind says, “What if we added a spoiler here, or a fender flare there. What if I lowered it a little bit more and added (insert wheel name here)'s on it? What if...” What can I say? I love modifying cars, and I'm not ashamed of it.

There are maybe 6 cars that I could drive in stock trim (looks wise) and four of them are some iteration of the GT-R (R32, R33, R34, R35). The other two are the FD RX-7, and this car, the Toyota Altezza. In a non-schizophrenic way, it just speaks to me, inviting me into the cockpit.
I think the lines just flow seamlessly together. Even in stock form it looks ready to pounce. Everyone I know, whether they are a Toyota fan or not, loves the Altezza. The only comment I ever heard contrary to the pure beauty of this car is when my girlfriend said it looks like “an Ojiichan's Car.” Ojiichan means grandpa, so I would say “papaw car.” And to be fair to her, the car was in (silver), which is the least flattering and dullest color you can get this car in.

Mods wise, it just looks like maybe a drop spring job with a mesh grille and some aftermarket horns. The interior looked unmolested, and I don't recall an exhaust, which to be honest is rare. In Japan, almost EVERYTHING has an exhaust, even your mamaw's mobility chair... and even worse, the Prius.

If you were condemned to non-modified hell, what car would carry you through the flames, devil in your passenger seat?

Feb 11, 2014

Finally, Muto and Kidoh meet face to face since that last race. Tensions are high, but somehow, Kidoh seems to be a lot more respectful than he has been made out to be. I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to see where this is going to go. Will Kidoh make Muto crap his pants when they finally go for a ride? Sound off below.

Feb 5, 2014

I spotted this late model FD while in Minami-ku, searching for Uras. Simple seems to be the  rule of the day, sporting a factory lip, Bronze TE-37s, and what I'm pretty sure is an aluminum C-West GT Wing. It had coilovers, but it was dialed into a reasonable daily driving height, unlike in America, where coilovers are a license to slam. I'm not knocking dumping a car to the ground, I'm guilty of the same crime, but damn guys... on a sports car handling comes before looks. Sometimes too low causes the suspension to perform less than optimally.  Finally, you can see the vented headlight cover.

This second picture gives us a little bit better view down the side. It also reveals one of my favorite parts of any sports car.... battle damage. By now, it shouldn't be a secret that I love little dings and scuffs on sports cars. Honestly, it's very possible that the scuff was caused by some bad parking in a supermarket parking lot, but in my overactive imagination it was caused by trading paint while top speed racing down Fukuoka's expressways.

What do you guys think? Do you think plain is ok? Or would you do something different? Sound off in the comments below.

Feb 4, 2014

Muto sure is taking us back to his glory days. Do you agree that you can usually spot a more seasoned driver based on the car type? I don't know if I agree, I've seen an awful lot of fanboys and n00bs in S13s and AE86s. Sound off below.

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