BMW Cup @ Fuji Speedway

Another weekend, another cool ass event……in Japan that is. I’m talkin’ bout the BMW Cup at Fuji Speedway! Now, when I say BMW Cup, I mean some track ready German machines! Minis included!

Photos via MINKARA <——— Make sure to click the link for more!



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For Love of Scaled Models #2: LaFerrari x SSR Koenig Monster

The thing I love most about scaled and model cars is that you can do whatever you want to them and just let your imagination run wild. So, you might not be able to own a slammed LaFerrari on old school SSR Koenig Monsters in real life, that doesn’t mean you can’t in a scaled down version…

And who am I kidding, I don’t think any of us will have the privilege of owning even a bone stock LaFerrari anyways…

Photos via Yahoo Auctions



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Wekfest Japan 15′: Onevia Spotlight

So Wekfest Japan just went down last weekend and I’ve been keeping a close eye on all the coverage coming through. Needless to say, I wasn’t very impress with the showing this year. As I mentioned in previous posts, I think the Japanese tuning scene, with the exception of shop cars, have been leaning heavily towards an American approach to tuning. They put so much emphasis on “stance” these days, that sometimes they go overboard and completely wreck the look of a car. With that said though, it doesn’t mean every car can’t pull off an insane stance…..Take this Onevia for instance, you can’t pull off this kinda look with just any car…

Photos by Yoshitaka Kato via FLICKR



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Out of all the cars I’ve seen from Wekfest Japan, I’d have to say this is my favorite.

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I love that they opted for the 180 front end and mounted a custom splitter on it. Clean, aggressive, and unique!

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The footwork is pretty impressive as well with them super aggressive Work MS1.

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Under the hood is equally impressive as the exterior.

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JDM Theory: 2.7L R34 GTR

So I’ve been browsing the web for some Wekfest Japan coverage and I must say that I’m less impressed with what the Japanese tuning scene has to offer these days. It’s almost if they are turning into their American counterparts with the saturation of nothing but stanced out vehicles. You may call me old school, but I’m not all about that stanced life, especially when it comes to Japanese tuning. For me, I always feel like the Japanese way of tuning cars is with class and functionality at the forefront but I guess times have changed. However, that doesn’t mean function AND form is in the history books, cause they’re still plenty of fine examples of old school Japanese tuning…

Photos via Yahoo Auctions



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Others prefer stance, I prefer looks and function.

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Nismo exterior is always a nice touch to any GTR.

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I LOVE this simple exterior with Nismo pieces and Volk Racing TE37SL 2012 Limited.

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My favorite view of this car has got to be the back quarter shot. Simply perfect <3

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TE37SL Limited over Trust Grex BBKs is one way to achieve proper footwork.

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Under the hood is a bored out RB26 to 2.7L thanks to some internal work courtesy of tuning shop ATTKD!

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A relatively mild 550HP is achieved thanks to HKS GT-SS turbochargers, and HKS/ATTKD cooling components.

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Interior is very straight forward with a roll cage as well as Recaro SP-G driver side bucket and Recaro SR III recliner for the passenger.

Final Form FD

If I had to choose the best FD in North America, I’d say this Mayday Garage RX7 is probably on top of that list. I mean, talk about no short cuts taken, owner David Do did a tremendous job on visualizing and executing a spectacular build that has so much Japanese influences but yet made it his own. The Pro Shop Fukuoh front end though, is probably my favorite aspect of the car; it’s one of those pieces that sets it apart from the rest.

Photos by David Do via FLICKR



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This FD looks literally like the shop cars of Japan, and I fucking love it!

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That Fukuoh and RE-Amemiya mixture is absolute perfection…not to mention the Volk TE37SLs x Project Mu combo as well…and every other part on this car.

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One of the things I love most about this FD is that from every angle, whether it’s front, side, back, engine, or interior, it’s got tasteful modifications throughout. And that’s exactly how you’re suppose to execute the perfect build.

The Baddest Grocery Getter: 420HP Forester STi

The Subaru Forester, a name rarely spoken around the spectrum of car enthusiasts. I mean, lets be honest, this car sits three feet off the ground from the factory, comes with standard fog lights and roof racks, clearly not a sign of a car enthusiast’s dream. But like they always say, there’s always an exception, right?

YES. And it goes by three letters. STi.

Now as we all know, any models that Subaru Technica International touches on is packed with performance upgrades and enhancements, this holds true for the Forester STi as well. Straight out of the factory, the Forester STi is packing upwards of 320BHP, which is incredibly impressive considering it is still a crossover wagon. But in many cases, factory spec is just not enough. Enter specimen below.

Photos via Yahoo Auctions



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Now THIS looks nothing like a standard Forester.

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Lowered on Aragosta suspension and 19 inch Advan RS, this Forester is definitely meant for something other than off-roading and grocery getting.

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But the real magic of this car is under the hood where you’re feasted with a host of HKS upgrades.

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Of course the centerpiece of the whole engine bay is definitely the rotated HKS GT3040 turbocharger.

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And finally, the very subtle interior with minimal upgrades to keep comfort levels at its maximum.