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Down on the Street: updated Honda Prelude Mk5

March 30, 2015 in down on the street by banpei

Remember this Honda Prelude mk5 I shared two months ago?
Down on the Street: Honda Prelude mk 5
Back then I stated that it must be owned by someone who appreciates JDM.

Well I spotted it again this morning during my daily bike ride to work:
Down on the Street: Honda Prelude Mk5
And it looks a bit different as the owner updated the Prelude to a new level!

As you can see a bit closer up the front fenders have been swapped for a set of vented FRP fenders: Read the rest of this entry →

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What if: the Saint would drive a Nissan Silvia CSP311?

March 4, 2015 in What if by banpei

I had an interesting thought when I watched BANKAKUEMIKO’s video on a white Nissan Silvia CSP311: what if Roger Moore would have driven a Nissan Silvia CSP311 in the original Saint TV series? The white Silvia looked so classy, elegant and exciting that the Saint certainly would have bought one if he could have.
Nissan Silvia CSP311
A little bit of background: The Saint (played by Roger Moore) drove a white Volvo P1800 coupe in the TV series where both the director and Roger Moore both owned one and used it for the TV series. They had to choose between the Jaguar E-type and the Volvo P1800 as they were brand new cars that got revealed at the Geneva Motor Show and chose for the latter. The Volvo P1800 initially was a hand built car by Jensen using a Volvo engine and suspension. Enter the Nissan Silvia CSP311: it was a hand built car using the Nissan Fairlady engine and suspension.

Now I know it could not have been the Nissan Silvia CSP311 as the original Saint TV series was aired from 1962 onwards (so filming started early 1962) and the Nissan Silvia CSP311 was revealed in September 1964 at the Tokyo Motor Show. So there was a gap of two and a half years. Also the main reason for featuring a foreign car on an English TV show was that it actually was built in the UK by Jensen so featuring an exotic car like the Silvia would have been out of the question. Still I would have loved the idea and therefore I made a terrible Photoshop of Roger Moore and the Silvia: Read the rest of this entry →

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Brilliant: Nissan Leopard F31 digital dashboard

February 24, 2015 in brilliant by banpei

Okay I admit that I love digital dashboards and I surely do love this Nissan Leopard F31 dashboard!
Nissan Leopard F31 digital dashboard
If you look at the complexity of it Nissan must have spent a fortune on getting these LCD displays fault free. ;)

The boot-up test sequence shows about everything the display can show you:

Not much more than the most necessary gauges but sufficient enough for a Gran Turismo like the Nissan Leopard F31

Direct link to video: デジパネ 日産 レパード F31 デジタルメーター UF31 NISSAN LEOPARD digital dash

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Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA

February 22, 2015 in dots by banpei

On the very same day that I encountered the snowy Subaru Impreza WRX I also made photos of a snowy Mazda MX-5 NA:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
This red Mazda MX-5 originates from November 1990 and was imported 14 years ago into the Netherlands.

As you can see a lot of things have changed on this MX-5 in the past 24 years:
Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
First if all the double exhaust pipes look brilliant on it. I have no idea if they are functional or not but they don’t look fake or something.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Then there is also a boot rack (trunk rack for the US) mounted on the boot/trunk which should increase luggage capacity for long weekend trips.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
The wheels are dished Rota RB rims (Minilite/Watanabe copies) but I’m unsure about the size as I did not make a clear picture of that.

Down on the Street: Snowy Mazda MX-5 NA
Last but not least: the snowy Mazda MX-5 NA reminded me of the Miatas from Cars in this photo. I tried to add eyes and eyelids but I simply couldn’t post it here, so you will have to do the same by squinting your eyes and see for yourself. ;)

Verdict: I really love to see this Miata every morning when I bring my son to school! It hardly ever moves but I hope the owner just suspended his/her daily commute in it during wintertime.

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Carina Sightings: Toyota Carina ST at Paris-Dakar

February 21, 2015 in carina sightings by banpei

Almost seven years ago I posted about Masaru Kubota’s and Masahiro Uchida’s Toyota Carina ST joining the Paris-Dakar rally in 1982 and 1983 and today I stumbled upon this amazing photo of the very same Carina:
Carina Sightings: Masaru Kubota Toyota Carina ST AA60 Paris Dakar
To be honest: I’m speechless here. So much awesomeness being pushed out of that boxy four door sedan by team ACP!

I think the photo is part of an unknown Toyota and/or Carina brochure as it states “…across the burning sands of the Sahara…” and underneath that “turn to center pages”. This indicates there are some center pages (brochures?) with more of this. I hope I will somehow uncover this in the future.