October 4, 2015 in dots by banpei
When I spotted a Toyota FJ Cruiser in the centre of Amsterdam I immediately thought of Mr. Regular‘s review of the FJ Cruiser. I think it was his most intellectual review so far and he starts yakking about simulation and simulacra.
The general idea is that the Toyota FJ Cruiser is the car that was made as an hommage to the original short wheelbase Land Cruiser but kind of failed as it turned out to be a suburban beast. I kind of agree and disagree on his view: the FJ Cruiser *could* be also used properly in offroad conditions but as it has ordinary tires mounted it generally sucks at that.
Long story short, watch the video below: Read the rest of this entry →
October 3, 2015 in carina sightings by banpei
I stumbled upon this awesome red Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 on widened steel rims with stretched tires:
One of the differences between the Carina GT and GT-R was the lack of alloys, or better: cool looking steel rims that were too narrow (5.5J I think).
This GT-R swapped its alloys for the GT items instead:
I keep forgetting that when widened the steel rims also look awesome.
Also notice the flashlight creating a white pinstripe suggestion in the first photo. Perhaps I should do a similar black pinstripe to my Carina? A cool and simple touch that makes the car look way nicer!
October 2, 2015 in WTF by banpei
After hoarding AE86 parts for over 20 years AE86Lan decided he needed a clean up his garage:
An entire kei-truck is loaded with various AE86 parts like T50 transmissions, complete subframes, complete 4AGE engine blocks, valve covers, cams, camgear covers and many smaller bits and pieces. What a bloody waste: I think many of the AE86 enthusiasts could probably have used some of it…
See the video below: Read the rest of this entry →
September 19, 2015 in dots by banpei
I spotted this Honda Civic EK with red painted rims on a Sunday in my hometown when there was a big happening in the center of town.
Perhaps the Civic is owned by a visitor, perhaps it is owned by someone actually living here but the fact is that I never saw it in town before.
I think the first thing I noticed were the red painted rims, only then I noticed it was a Civic EK. Read the rest of this entry →
September 17, 2015 in WTF by banpei
What would be your first thought when you would drive a 1992 Suzuki Alto?
The two girls in this ad go visit some aquarium, look at the octopus and immediately head off to the nearest takoyaki food cart around the corner. Weird!
Takoyaki is a Japanese dish which roughly translates into octopus dumplings: Read the rest of this entry →