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EPIC: Nissan Skyline OBRUT-TG

November 25, 2010 in epic by banpei

I don’t think I can add anything to the picture of this Nissan Skyline HR30:
Nissan Skyline HR30 OBRUT-TG
Nissan Skyline HR30 OBRUT-TG

Plain OBRUT-TG would suffice I guess! 😀

Found at [Pelican digit Niya]

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Carina Sightings: Ironmask’s worst enemy

November 24, 2010 in carina sightings by banpei


The person who shot the pictures of this Carina AA63 GT-R is actually a Skyline DR30 fan. He went out to take a look at, as he calls it, the Iron Mask’s worst enemy:
Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R
Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R

It does make sense in some way… Sure the Carina GT-R does looks (about as) intimidating, was produced in the same era, has roughly the same dimensions but it never came with power output near what the FJ20ET produced (the Carina TA63 GT-TR came nearer).

I must say that the metal surrounding on the headlights look very nice on the Carina!

The Hayashi Streets sure look great on this Carina:
Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R
Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R

Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R
Iron Mask enemy: Carina AA63 GT-R

And am I seeing this right? Someone made the R in GT-R red? 😀

Found at [Godsigma]

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Video: drifting on Kurume in 1991

November 23, 2010 in video by banpei


I think these three videos are about the earliest drift videos to be found on Youtube so far!
Be prepared for an overkill of Hakosuka Skylines, Corolla Levin AE86s and Sprinter Trueno AE86s, (brand new) Nissan Silvia and 180SX S13s, Mazda FCs, MR2 AW11s, Isuzu Gemini, Eunos Roadster, Lancer Turbo, Toyota Carina and even an Isuzu Piazza right at the beginning! Two of the videos are shot on the pass next to Kurume (Fukuokai) and the other one on Yz circuit in Mizunami!

In this second video it really shows how dangerous the drifts of these guys actually were: I stopped counting after the tenth near accident with oncoming traffic!

Yes, a real bunch of lunatics!

There is some serious action on the YZ circuit going on and at 4:36 you can spot an occasional zenki Carina GT twice:

Looking at all this track action I get the feeling the aftermarket for springs and shocks wasn’t as big as today! Most of the cars drift like a boat! 😀

I understand why Shuichi Shigeno got inspired by his drift friends back in the early nineties! These guys really were way before drifting went from fun to pro.

All videos found at [Pipiyumio]

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Family Album Treasures: daytime daddy, nighttime drifter

November 22, 2010 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

How cool can your daddy be? Well if he drives a heavily modified S13 in 1997 he can surely drive his daughter around town during daytime:
Silvia S13: Daytime daddy
Silvia S13: Daytime daddy

And drift down narrow touges with his mates at night:
Silvia S13: Nighttime drifter
Silvia S13: Nighttime drifter

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DOTS: Mysterious old racecar

November 21, 2010 in dots by banpei

This mysterious old racecar wasn’t particularly Down on the Street, it was more or less on a roof:
Mysterious old racecar
Mysterious old racecar

I passed it several times when I went to work on a different route but never actually took the time to have a good look at it. It really looks like a small old racecar from the early 50s.

But this time I had a better look at it and brought along my camera. As you can see from this angle there is a figure sitting in it:
Mysterious old racecar
Mysterious old racecar

Eventhough I do think some original parts (e.g. shocks and such) were used it is probably a sculpture! 😉

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Around the world in 40 days

November 20, 2010 in bosozoku style by banpei

No, I’m not taking on any bets and certainly not going to do Michael Palins effort in half the time…
It is all about this envelope I received earlier this week: one of the orders for the Bosozoku Style Coloringbook than was returned to sender. Not that it is that odd, but what was odd was the state of the envelope:
Around the world in 40 days
Around the world in 40 days

It went all the way to New Zealand (about on the opposite site of the earth for me) and back in 40 days! I do use thick and heavy envelopes with a solid back to send it to the buyers who are not on the continent. And miraculously the contents survived well enough to be resent to the buyer (with a new address) so it was a good thing to take those precautions! 🙂