January 31, 2012 in Uncategorized by banpei
Don’t laugh, but this magazine was actually the Christmas present from my wife!
When I was in Hungary during the holidays my wife bought this magazine in the Tesco because she knows I like old rusty cars. Especially the name of the magazine is an Hungarian pun and would roughly translate into rustpile. She thought of it as a joke and so did I…
Until I opened up the magazine halfway and found this feature of an immaculate second generation Honda Accord coupe:
Nice, huh? It reminded me of this Honda Accord coupe near my son’s school.
Even nicer was this picture: Read the rest of this entry →
January 30, 2012 in video by banpei
Remember round 2 of the Corolla/Sprinter N2 cup? Rocketpencil just uploaded part 3!
This time it is not just a 15 lap race, but a 1000 kilometer endurance race a the Fuji International Speedway!
The race is seen from the perspective of the TOM’s Sprinter N2 (number 36) which has a camera onboard: Read the rest of this entry →
January 29, 2012 in down on the street by banpei
How often do you encounter a rally car parked down on the street? I guess almost next to none. So how about encountering a Datsun 240Z rally car then?
On my way home from doing groceries I spotted this 240Z immediately. It was parked next to the local Japanese teppanyaki restaurant, so I stopped by to take a couple of pictures. Unfortunately I only had my phone with me and to make things worse: it was the elcheapo one too. So these 640×480 pictures are the best I can offer…
Anyway, I got closer and noticed the 240Z was actually a rally car. Just look at the interior:
Equipment for timing and navigation and also the necessary stickers of the sponsors. The second sticker on the front fender actually was sponsored by the teppanyaki restaurant it was parked next to, so being there was no coincidence.
The 240Z was first registered in June 1971, but only imported into the Netherlands in 2003. No idea where from but it must have been a good country since I couldn’t find a spec of rust on its original paint.
Too bad the picture quality of my phone is so bad I can’t even make out the names of the drivers, so I’ll drop by the restaurant later this week to see if I can track them down. 😉
January 27, 2012 in WTF by banpei
Zeppann13J is known for his extensive collection of deep dished vintage rims. But what more can such a collection offer?
A gigantic collection of centercaps of course! So how many different can you count here? 😉
As you can see the picture stops somewhere in the middle, so here is the other half of the collection:
Amazing! They are all there: SSR, SSR Longchamp XR4 Equip, Hart Racing, Gallop Racing, you name it and he’s got it!
Found at Zeppann’s blog
January 26, 2012 in Green by banpei
When looking through a bunch of Minkara accounts when searching for Tokyo Auto Salon pictures I found this small photo regarding a very green Police car:
It is a Honda Insight used by the Tokyo Police. Apparently they are changing their mindset to green.
Found at Minkara
January 25, 2012 in carina sightings by banpei
Can you still make improvements to the Tomica Limited 1/64 scale Carina GT-R? Yes you can:
It is a modded version of the diecast: some tightly fitting mesh wheels and a huge front airdam have been added. Never thought someone would come up with that!
In the overview video of the Old Car New Year 2012 Awaji Island meeting (near Kobe) I found a pair of Carinas in the background: Read the rest of this entry →