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Friday Video: Honda City Turbo II races!

December 19, 2014 in video by banpei

Over a year ago I posted a picture of a Honda City Turbo II racecar. Today I have a couple of videos for you where these little bulldogs get in close combat on the circuit!
Honda City Turbo II races

First of all this great video of the John Player Special Honda City Turbo II trophy race: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu

December 12, 2014 in video by banpei

The storyline of this episode of Seibu Keisatsu is simple: some bad guys stole a bunch of cars (a Nissan Fairlady Z S30 and a pigsbutt Nissan Laurel C130) and Chief Daimon and his men are chasing the truck they are loaded on.
Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu
The Machine RS-1 (Nissan Skyline DR30) seems to have gotten an upgrade with blazingly new computers that can follow a transceiver (note the misspelling at 0:31) and lead them to the bad guys. Chief Daimon joins the chase with his Nissan Fairlady Z 200Z-T. Other notable cars are the civilian Nissan 260Z 2+2 and a Nissan Gloria 230 sedan (no hardtop) crashing with a Nissan Bluebird-U.

Of course in the end, as always, the bad guys get away before they can be caught.

You can watch the full clip below:

And I posted the big finale some time ago and you can find it here.

Direct link to video: 昔 カーアクション 昭和 旧車 古き良き時代 R30 日産 S130Z

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Friday Video: The Toyota Crown history

November 14, 2014 in video by banpei

Today I really enjoyed this Toyota Crown history documentary ranging from the first Toyopet Crown S30 to the 2008 Toyota Crown S200:
Toyota Crown history
My personal favorite remains the Kujira Crown coupe. If I had all the money in the world that Crown would be in the top ten of my wishlist!

You can find the ten minute documentary below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: hilarious Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive

October 3, 2014 in video by banpei

One of the Nissan Skyline C110s in this Seibu Keisatsu car chase ends up taking a dive into a pool:
Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive
Not only the pool dive, but the whole scene is hilarious: it all starts out with a bad guy leading two black Nissan Skyline C110 police cars to their hideout, setting off the bad guys fleeing in a Nissan Patrol. This kicks off the big chase including Nissan Cedric 430s and ending the chase for the Nissan Skyline C110 above in the pool

See below for the whole scene and guess how it ends: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: Nissan ATTESA E-TS explained

August 22, 2014 in video by banpei

As already posted yesterday by JNC the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 is as of today an official Japanese classic. Released on 21st of August 1989 means it is now 25 years old and legal to import to the US (about the only place on earth where it wasn’t) while in some other countries it no longer has to oblige to certain rules anymore (CO2 ratings and such).

The BNR32 Skyline was stuffed full with various electronic gadgets like the ATTESA E-TS system, SUPER HICAS 4 wheel steering and the twin-turbo PLASMA RB26DETT. Back in the 80s the Japanese car manufacturers loved acronyms!
Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32 ATTESA E-TS
Now if you wonder what the ATTESA E-TS system is: that basically gave the Skyline GT-R four wheel drive by splitting torque between front and rear wheels once it loses traction.

Coincidentally two days ago IKnowSkyline posted a clip taken from the Best MOTORing July 1989 edition featuring the all new BNR32 Skyline GT-R and an explanation of the the ATTESA E-TS system: Read the rest of this entry →