[Event Coverage] Japantown Shukai 2014 ( Part 3 )

Moving right along to some more coverage of the JTown Shukai event… I hadn’t realized how many photos I took since I was pretty quick on skimming through the entire show as I had my significant other with me as well. But as I’m going through all the photos right now, it looks like I managed to get a few hundred shots off that day! ( Of course I won’t be using all of them, but still )

So, with this post, personally I think the highlight would be the AWD lineup of Evos and STis. I don’t know exactly why but I always tend to favor the nicely modded Evos and STis compared to other cars of the same build caliber. Maybe it’s due to the fact that I was a previous Subie owner and I was pretty active in the AWD community. Anyways, I still got some more photos to go through but hopefully they’ll be up later tonight or in the AM. Stay tuned!

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This Speed Element FRS equipped with Rocket Bunny V1 is on point! Probably one of the best around.

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This 3 Series is always drawing attention, both good and bad.

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Hello Kitty anyone???

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Not sure how I feel about this kit, but it’s definitely unique.

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Some clean Bimmers.

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One of my favorites at the show!

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Cute little vintage (Fisher Price style) cop car.

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This lineup was pretty intense…

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This Voltex STi though…

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This Mature STi too……so sexy..

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And then the Ridox Supra and R33 to top things off…

That’s it for now folks, but stay tuned for more coming up soon!

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[Event Coverage] Japantown Shukai 2014 ( Part 2 )

Alrighty, it’s almost bed time for me, but before I go snooze, I thought I’d drop some more photos from yesterday on here for you guys to look over. Before I go into the photos though, I just want to say that this year was bigger and even better organised than the previous. I loved that there were a variety of music going around, the food trucks ( that were not there last year ), and also the fact that the booths are all setup together is a big plus for me. I also thought that there were a pretty decent amount of quality builds that were showing, and considering the fact that the show is free, I could definitely justify the 45 min drive down to SJ.

And for now, on to the pics!

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This R8 is FOR SALE BTW…

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This thing was absolutely mint!

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The famous ATS Garage Type R looking so fresh and so clean!

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Stay tuned for more!!

[Event Coverage] Japantown Shukai 2014 ( Part 1 )

Can’t believe it’s been a year since the last JTown event but I was once again, out there getting some sunshine and some nice coverage for the blog. I’m not gonna write a whole lot for this post since I’m in a time constraint, so I’ll just leave a few photos up just to get started…

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage and write-up soon!

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Testing Testing

The infamous Kyushu-Danji NSX ( not to be mistaken by the equally venerable Esprit NSX ) got caught in the paddock during a recent test session in preparation for the WTAC.

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Those Advan A050 wrapped ZE40s are so gorgeous!!!

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Out of Print

I’ve been meaning to do this post for quite some time now, but got side tracked and never got a chance to post it. But now that I remembered it and it’s #throwbackthursday, I thought it would be appropriate to reminisce on some of our most beloved magazines. As you guys have probably read by now, this year has been a rough one for the import car magazine industry… With the departure of Modified Mag, Honda Tuning, and Import Tuner from the news stands this year, we’re really only left with Super Street and DSport as the only mags left in print. ( I don’t really count PAS mag )

With that said, I just want to take some time to look back on some of the past publications that has had great influences in the industry that some of you may have forgotten..

With the internet being so accessible these days and with all the car blogs and websites popping up daily, I could understand how so many publications has gone under recently. But before all the StanceNations, the Canibeats, the Stanceworks, etc, there really wasn’t a way to feature cars unless it was published on a magazine. And given the fact that I was around when there weren’t online publications, I personally have a soft spot for prints. Two of my favorites from back in the day was definitely Sport Compact Car and Turbo. These two were around in the late 80s and early 90s, probably before some of you younger folks were even born! And back then, there was no fast and reliable internet, so these were a great way to learn and read up on parts, tuning, and what not.

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These two were some of the first to get axed as they were getting older and had less exposure and popularity compare to the new comers and the import model clad counterparts. I’m not gonna lie, I do prefer the Import Tuners and the DSports with all the models they feature, but it was still sad to see the “old guys” go.

Next up was Modified Mag which I absolutely LOVE! I think this was my favorite among all the tuning magazines because of how well made it was physically. Compared to the others, this bad boy was thick and had some really heavy duty pages, probably why I could justify spending the $6-$7 on it.

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When Modified got cut earlier this year, I was really surprised because I thought this magazine was really well put together and had some great features as well, but like the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.

However, nothing comes as a bigger shocker than the cancellation of BOTH, Import Tuner and Honda Tuning this summer. I mean, I didn’t think any of us saw this coming, but come it did, and I think that really killed print publications in general. ( There is still DSport and Super Street, but who knows how long they’ll last )

Two of the best and most unique :(

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With the changing times and the abundant amount of online publication, only time will tell how long the rest will last…

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Thanks guys for coming through and checking out this post! I know I left out some small publications and overseas ones, but this post was mainly focused on the most popular ones.

Also, drop a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite mag of past and present!

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This (now famous) aired out NSX from Japan is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but despite the somewhat unconventional look, I do appreciate the details that went into this build. I mean, first thing that comes to mind when I see this car is how clean and immaculate it is even though it’s over 20 years old! And I love the fact that the owner opted for a full direct-port nitrous setup, something you don’t see too much of these days.

Photos via MINKARA



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One Serious Golf

I usually don’t post too many VWs but damn, this Golf is pretty bad ass! This beast has got a fully gutted interior, race buckets and a host of exterior track bits in some Volk TE37Vs wrapped in Advan AO48 stickies and carbon fenders among other things.

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