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Fast! Leather-covered wolf in sheep!

May 24, 2008 in 20v by banpei

While searching through Carina pictures in (search phrase “????”) I came across a really nicely done AA63:

AA63 leather covered wolf front view
AA63 leather covered wolf rear view
See more here

I don’t like the interior though: a bit too much ricer…

After translating the text through Google Translate I got some really nice grammar:
WANOFU created at the 5-valve 4 AG + BORUTOONTABIN NOTSU it is also an official car
MAPPINGUDETA, save the other.
Fast! Leather-covered wolf in sheep!
Back to old people and they may be macho (laughs)
Can you create a tuner
But in terms of maintenance questions or relieved?
It Big normally, it can wield a stylish car Official
Audio ENSUTA outside of a strange one on board?
We are embarked is the net price shops
Persistent strong-arm sales and sales also will
Please feel free to contact us online.

Read the full version

I know, online translations still suck, however most of the time the look okay. Didn’t see bad grammar like this for a long time now…

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New avatar / icon

May 23, 2008 in mx41 by banpei

Just found this great Carina AA63 drawing by MX41:
AA63 by MX41
Immediately changed my avatar/icon on the AEU86 forum. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find more of his drawings here:
Carina, Celica and Corona or all drawings

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Toyota LASRE engine

May 21, 2008 in plasma by banpei

Of course you may have spotted the LASRE acronym among several Toyota catalogues (especially the Carina catalogues) like this:
Lasre & Carina acronym in Carina catalogue

I was wondering what it actually meant and I found this description for the acronym:
LASRE: lightweight advanced super response engine

I can’t imagine the 3A being a lightweight, nor a super advance response engine… But apparently it should be a lot more lightweight than the 2T featuring my car. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, Lasre sounds really cool! Almost the same as Laser, which is a real 80s buzzword. Could it be that some Toyota mechanic misspelled the word “laser”??

I did some more digging and quite naturally found that Nissan used a similar acronym: PLASMA. It actually was intended as the counterpart of the LASRE lineup.
Look at that engine! Plasma was just like laser and turbo another buzzword of the early 80s! I’d expect big explosions inside that engine!!

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Reading: After Dark by Haruki Murakami

May 19, 2008 in reading by banpei

Since I finished Densha Otoko (train man) I had to start with a new book. My girlfriend already packed most of our books because we’re moving so my choice was limited.

Lucky enough she didn’t pack After Dark by Haruki Murakami so I started with that book last night.

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

I must say that the book starts the usual Murakami style and the same goes for the atmosphere: a lot of references to his personal favorites. Makes me more curious to some reference to the background music of the part I read last night… I had the same with The Elepehant Vanishes: I even looked for secondhand Duke Ellington on Queensday and immeditately bought every single one I found.

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Reading: just finished Densha Otoko

May 15, 2008 in reading by banpei


Just finished reading Densha Otoko. Amazing! Much better than the J-Drama: Train isn’t such a wimp in the book as in the Drama. He’s more direct to the point and the story drags less on. In the end it turns out that he’s worse than an otaku (translated into anorak): he’s really into Hentai D?jinshi (translated into fan-porn) as well! If that isn’t enough: his favorite is Sailor Moon and Keroro! ?????ยด)

For all you out there doubting whether you should buy the book or not: do buy it, it’s definitely worth it!! Otherwise you can read it all here: Densha Otaku original (Japanese) or project DENSHA:The ‘Densha Otoko’ Translation Project. IMO the online version is better than the book, but reading the book is much easier. ?????????????????

Shameless ascii-art rip:


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Carina sightings: From Bejing with love

May 14, 2008 in carina sightings by banpei

I’m going to add another section: Carina Sightings.

This section will contain sightings in films, magazines and other references and will be updated regularly.

Today I have Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (From Bejing with love) which is a Chinese action movie. I really like the description of the plot by IMDB: An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull

One of the agents tries to escape with a Carina (I suspect SG by looking at he trim so type would be SA60 or AA60) and the man she just assassinated steps in (bulletproof vest) and joins her. Some Jaws lookalike cyborg guy stops the car by lifting it while they try to overrun him full throttle and doing a burnout. After they shoot him he lets go and they manage to finally overrun him.

The carina features from 3:55 till 5:30 in this Youtube clip:

I don’t really have the idea that I really should have seen this movie and I feel kind of disappointed now… Lucky enough I really like the wannabe 007 and his enternal cigarette so that makes up for it. ๐Ÿ˜‰