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AE86 jet fighters, Motocompos, Mount Haruna and Osaka Kanjo Racers [Episode 1]

December 9, 2016 in video, what did i watch this week by banpei

What did I watch this week? This week’s What Did I Watch This Week is all about AE86 jet fighters, Motocompos, Mount Haruna and Osaka Kanjo Racers!
What did I watch this week - Episode 1
This video is something new that I’m trying out: a weekly vlog on the videos I watched earlier that week and what I liked or disliked about them. See it as my new way to do my regular blog posts in a vlog. 😉

Watch the first episode below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota 4AGE overview [JDM Trivia]

October 19, 2016 in JDM Trivia by banpei

Today’s trivia is about the Toyota 4AGE. I will give you an overview of all the different 4A-GE models, how to recognize them, what their (basic) differences are and on which cars they were available.
4A-GE overview

All five Toyota 4A-GE NA generations

The video contains all five 4A-GE naturally aspirated generations: from the first 1983 bluetop 16 valve till the last 2000 blacktop 20 valve. We will go over each and every generation with their specifics. Some may have had changes since the previous generation, like the oil squirters in the 4AGE smallport.

I will skip over the details of the 4A-GZE and the TRD/Formula Atlantic engines as I will do a separate video on those engines. Watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Toyota Carina A60 history [JDM Trivia]

October 11, 2016 in carina sightings by banpei

Welcome to JDM Trivia #12 where I describe the Toyota Carina A60 history.
Toyota Carina A60 history [JDM Trivia]

Carina, Corona and Celica combined

The Toyota Carina A60 started its life when Toyota decided to combine the platforms of the Corona, Carina and Celica. This delivered a floorpan that was identical for all three cars and some of the Corona and Carina body panels are even exchangeable.

Toyota Carina A60 generation

This generation of the Toyota Carina was produced between September 1981 and April 1988. For Toyota this was considered to be a very long lasting production. It obviously helped that the Carina derived van stayed into production till April 1988, but also the sedan and coupe were available till the end of 1987. Read the rest of this entry →

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Widebody Honda CRX Mk II ED9 [Down on the Street]

October 9, 2016 in dots by banpei

This widebody Honda CRX Mk II ED9 has been featured two and a half years ago in the down on the street photo series.
Honda Civic Mk2 Widebody second time
Back then it looked like the build was relatively new and I shot a few photos of it. I even made an attempt to shoot a video Wasabi Cars style, but as it was winter the lack of ambient light made it look horrible. And then it disappeared and probably went back to Poland.

Reunited

You can imagine how happy I was to see the CRX again, and this time even closer to my home. Read the rest of this entry →

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Shabby Infiniti G20 [Down on the Street]

September 8, 2016 in dots by banpei

I found this shabby Infiniti G20 parked next to my hotel in San Mateo, California.
Shabby Infiniti G20
Its paint has eroded by the Californian sun and the interior looked quite worn. Not only was the paint peeling off, someone did a very dodgy job covering this up by adding a black layer of matte paint. Basically converting it to a two-tone scheme. The G20 was covered in pine needles, indicating that it has been standing there for some time. Well, at least after September 2015 according to Google Streetview. Read the rest of this entry →

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Walk around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

May 20, 2016 in video by banpei

Last week we drove to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and this week we will walk around the track a bit.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
The Laguna Seca Raceway was originally built in 1957 near Monterey, California. In 1988 the track was heavily modified and the inner field has been added between turn 2 and 5 of today’s circuit. In 2001 Mazda became the major sponsor for this circuit and the track got renamed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Read the rest of this entry →