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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 →

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Timelapse drive to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

May 15, 2016 in video by banpei

Welcome to this timelapse video of my drive from Santa Cruz to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Timelapse drive 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 →

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Unmolested Nissan 240SX [Down on the Street]

May 6, 2016 in dots by banpei

Welcome to another Down on the Street video!

Unmolested 240SX

I found this unmolested Nissan 240SX in Santa Cruz while driving towards the beach. I stopped and jumped out of the my rental car and shot a short video. Unfortunately nobody was around and I couldn’t make any inquiries about it.
Unmolested Nissan 240SX [Down on the Street]

Drift car

With unmolested I obviously mean it has not been converted into a drift car. It is even rarer to find a bone stock S13 than a tuned or lowered one. Read the rest of this entry →

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Mudflaps from Auctions Yahoo [unboxing]

April 15, 2016 in video by banpei

It is birthday time! And a present (for myself) has arrived yesterday!
Mudflaps from Auctions Yahoo
So let’s start unboxing a package from Auctions Yahoo containing an incomplete set of Toyota Carina GT-R AA63 mudflaps! Read the rest of this entry →

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Mazda MX5 NB by I.L. Motorsport [Down on the Street]

April 4, 2016 in down on the street by banpei

Welcome to another Down on the Street video!

Mazda MX5 NB

Today’s car spot is a Mazda MX5 NB with a very interesting body kit. I found it parked on the market square in my home town in front of the cinema. From a far distance I spotted the little MX5 and the closer I got the more interesting it became. I noticed the twin exhaust pipes and the wide flared fenders and decided it was definitely worth making a video of this car.
Mazda MX5 NB I.L. Motorsport [Down on the Street]

I.L. Motorsport bodykit

It took me a while to find the manufacturer of the bodykit and I only managed to find this picture of it. The bodykit has been developed by I.L. Motorsport in Germany somewhere in 2003 and thirteen years later there is nothing more I can find out about it.

Sex Spec Styling

The styling of the bodykit has aged a bit and it leans against what Marty and Moog from Mighty Car Mods call sex spec styling. Read the rest of this entry →