February 17, 2014 in video by banpei
Last week I discovered Ka Ko (via Rocketpencil) who posts Best Motoring videos on an almost daily basis!
One of the gems he posted last week is the very first edition of Best Motoring Hot Version:
As you can see there is a thrilling battle in this episode: the infamous Keiichi Tsuchiya battles with an (almost stock) Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 the (back then) brand new Toyota Corolla Levin GT Apex AE101 featuring the new 20 valve Silvertop 4AGE. The battle is very very close even though the AE101 has a lot more power under the bonnet!
What else can you expect from Best Motoring Hot Version Volume 1?
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 vs Toyota Trueno GT-Z AE101 vs Honda Civic EF
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (non-superstrut)
- Toyota Levin GT Apex AE101 (superstrut) vs Toyota Levin AE86
- RX7 Drift vs Grip
- Group A Nissan Skyline GT-R cup with Keiichi Tsuchiya drifting his Taisan GT-R R32 on a wet Fuji Speedway!
So I collected all four videos and composed a playlist out of it:
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February 16, 2014 in Family Album Treasures by banpei
This is probably the most awkward picture I posted so far… It is not only the farting bit but also to have to post such an uncomfortable picture with a Toyota Carina AA63:
I guess this one is just a combination of bad luck and wrong timing…
Found at: Minkara
February 14, 2014 in Commerical time, Valentine's day by banpei
Since today is Valentine’s-day it is the perfect opportunity to show some love to the JDM cars, with the Nissan Skyline Japan C211 in particular:
Watch the complete series of the I love Japan commercials here: Read the rest of this entry →
February 13, 2014 in video by banpei
Regular readers know I have a weakness for the third generation Mitsubishi Mirage (which is also known as the Mitsubishi Colt outside Japan) because it was my first car. I guess everybody has the same thing with his/her first car… So of course I was very excited to watch this ’87 Mitsubishi Mirage cup race taken from an 1988 Best Motoring video (posted on Youtube by Rocketpencil):
Of course my Colt wasn’t as quick as this the ones zooming over the circuit (mine actually featured the slowest 1.3 SOHC carb-ed engine) so I can only dream of what performance must have come out of the 4G61T powered Mirages. The specs on Wikipedia speak about the range of 200hp, so not bad for a 1.6 litre Twin Cam Turbo engine.
Anyway, here is the video: Read the rest of this entry →
January 24, 2014 in Magazines by banpei
I’m a subscriber to the Practical Classics Magazine and I just noticed their March 2014 cover:
British versus Japan?
Kujira Crown coupe versus Ford Capri?
Triumph 1300 versus Corona?
Allegro versus Compagno?
Marina versus Bluebird?
Cavalier versus Accord?
I think only the Kujira Crown is going to lose in this battle!
Oh boy, I can’t wait till it drops on my doorstep!