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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 →

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Friday video: Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 “Next One” campaign

January 30, 2015 in video by banpei

Just hot from the press: Toyota released three mini movies (3 minutes each) called The World Is One in their Next One campaign featuring the Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 in three continents: Japan, Africa (South Africa) and Australia.
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
The movie really feels like following the Initial D vibe: two high school students, the nerdy one falls in love with a girl, works his ass of to get a license and a car and then buys a kouki zenki Toyota Corolla Levin AE86. They both go for a ride in the AE86: drifting/hooning off and then cruising along the shores. There the girl is found with another guy and see for yourselves the ending in all three parts. It is really well made!

Japan: Read the rest of this entry →