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Friday Video: two hours non-stop 90s drifting

June 26, 2015 in video by banpei

Mr Yumio at Youtube just uploaded his private drift videos from 1990 till 1993. Half of the content takes place at local drift events but the other half is shot on various touges. You really can see how things evolved since this early 90s drifting!
Friday Video: non-stop 90s drifting
It is interesting to observe in this video that most cars at the touge are old “disposable” cars. For instance the Nissan Skyline R30 and Toyota Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno AE86 are popular cars. At the circuit a lot of new cars can be seen: Mazda RX7 FC, Nissan Silvia S13, Nissan 180SX, Eunos Roadster and a Toyota Soarer Z30. Still the AE86 is ubiquitous at the circuit as well.

Other extraordinary cars seen at the touge are: Nissan Skyline GT-R PGC10, Isuzu Piazza, Isuzu Gemini PF60 and a hot Nissan Sunny B310. At the circuit the most odd thing is a second generation Honda CRX SiR drifting in reverse!

I bet you can’t wait to spend the remainder of your Friday afternoon watching this video: Read the rest of this entry →

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Video of the week: Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10 cutaway model

May 13, 2015 in video by banpei

The video displaying this Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10 cutaway model was made by Daniel O’Grady from Wasabi Cars and I must say it looks awesome!
Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10 cutaway model
Its builder, Mr Junji Sawada, created something way cooler than an ordinary cutaway drawing: a cutaway scale model in 1/24 size and it is based upon a standard Tamiya model. You can see through most of the parts and if you look through the trunklid (or bootlid) you can see the special GT-R fueltank and spare wheel. The last two parts have been handcrafted as they were not part of the original.

Look for more details in the video below: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: Fuji Speedway 30-degree high bank today

February 20, 2015 in video by banpei

A few years ago I posted an photo of what the infamous Fuji Speedway 30-degree high bank looks like today. A few weeks ago someone in my subscription list on Youtube posted a video of the same thing: the Fuji Speedway 30-degree bank overgrown with grass, plants and trees.
Fuji Speedway 30 degree bank
The video can actually show you more details than one single photo: it shows details like old signs, banners, guard rail leftovers and overgrown tribunes. Really worth watching on a boring Friday afternoon at work!

You can watch the video below:

Direct link to video: 馬鹿が富士スピードウェイの30度バンクを見に行くと、こうなる。

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Friday Video: Mitsuoka BUBU 501 Ninja action

February 13, 2015 in video by banpei

I wasn’t really aware of Mituoka’s past and assumed they started building kit-cars at first and then creating their own cars. Actually they did manufacture their own cars before that! May I introduce to you the BUBU Shuttle-50:
Mitsuoka BUBU Shuttle-50
The Shuttle-50 is probably the most boring “car” you ever have seen, but somehow Mitsuoka managed to sell quite a few of them!

More interesting are the successors of the Shuttle-50: the Mitsuoka BUBU 501 (sedan) and Mitsuoka BUBU 502 (van)!
Mitsuoka BUBU 501
Both are nothing more than a fiberglass body on a tubular chassis and a Honda 50cc moped engine. As the BUBU branding was obviously not as appealing in Japan it was branded as the Honda Zoe Zipper overseas.

Reverse gear on Mitsuoka BUBU 501
As the Honda engine lacked a reverse the BUBU 501 also features an electric motor connected to a bar that directly connects to the tire and rolls the car backwards.

Now the Mitsuoka BUBU 501 may not appeal to you but I can ensure you that you can outrun a couple of Toyota Hi-Ace Ninjas on roller-skates with it! You can watch it here in action: Read the rest of this entry →

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Friday Video: cartoonish Nissan Laurel C130 chase

February 6, 2015 in video by banpei

When I watched this Seibu Keisatsu video by AE86Lan I thought I was watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon instead of a Nissan Datsun Truck chasing a Nissan Laurel C130 sedan. Chief Daimon’s men borrow a Nissan Datsun Truck (aka the Datsun 720 crew cab) over a couple of hills into the docks:
Friday Video: Cartoonish Nissan Laurel C130 car chase
Especially the cartoonish chase between the stacks of pallets is hilarious! You know the sort of chase: going in on side and getting out from the other. It’s something like that!

Watch the video below for the big finale involving a Nissan Skyline KGC110: Read the rest of this entry →