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.
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 →
October 11, 2016 in carina sightings by banpei
Welcome to JDM Trivia #12 where I describe the Toyota Carina A60 history.
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
September 8, 2016 in dots by banpei
I found this shabby Infiniti G20 parked next to my hotel in San Mateo, California.
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 →
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.
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 →
May 15, 2016 in video by banpei
Welcome to this timelapse video of my drive from Santa Cruz to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The timelapse drive will start at my hotel in Santa Cruz, drive down highway number 1, stop at Monterey and then drive down highway 68 to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Laguna Seca Raceway is famous for its corkscrew corner which is considered to be one of the most difficult corners on any circuit in the world. The corner has a steep drop in the shape of a corkscrew. The circuit also has been made famous by Gran Turismo. Read the rest of this entry →