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.
As you can see in the catalogue of S57-6 (June 1982) the Carina featured in the Paris-Dakar rally. According to the Carina page on the Japanese Wikipedia it featured in 1981 and 1982. However I could not find any reference that they actually did attend in 1981, especially not on this list. I did find a Toyota Starlet attending Paris-Dakar.
I did find that Masaru Kubota and Masahiro Uchida joined Paris-Dakar in 1982 and 1983 with a Carina, and Kubota was driving the Starlet in 1981. They became 34th in 1982 but did not finish 1983.
They entered as a private team (no factory backup) in the normal unmodified class, so their Carina was almost bone stock!!
Perhaps the Japanese Wikipedia page is mistaken about the years, maybe the conversion from Japanese years was done wrongly or maybe they traveled to Paris before 1st of January and of course counted it as 1981. We’ll never know.
The book originated inside a thread on 2Channel which is a forum in Japan. This thread was meant for single men on the forum and the writer, later on called Densha Otoko (which mean train man, however Otoko is actually worse than Otaku), wrote that he saved some women on the train from a drunk man who was herassing them. He received two thank you gifts from the women, from which one of them was sent by a young girl. He actually meets the girl again and has dinner with her and that’s the actual start of a long story of “coming to age” for an otaku.
I must say the book is very readable if you are used to read forums, and lucky enough I’m quite an expert in that. ^_^
I do find some translations very annoying, like for instance otaku gets translated into “techie” or “geek” which does not cover it at all. Ah well, you can’t have everything and lucky enough I already watched the J-Drama.
Just won this Carina GT-TR badge today on http://auctions.yahoo.co.jp:
It’s not meant as badge-tuning, but rather keeping it for the future: when the engine (and transmission) will be swapped and it should be badged as a GT instead of DX.
Oh, and I realized lately what most probably is the height difference is between the GT-T and GT-TR and the GT and GT-R: R spec cars had bigger wheels (kouki spec had 15 inch instead of 14 inch) so the height of the car increased as well!