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Rusty AE86 pair, Mazda 929, GT86 spotted and random brochure/magazine pick revealed! [episode 6]

February 11, 2017 in what did i watch this week by banpei

Welcome to another Banpei Weekly video! Today we are at the sixth episode already and we feature a rusty AE86 pair, Mazda 929, GT86 spotted and more! Also the random brochure/magazine pick gets revealed, and be prepared for a big surprise!
Banpei Weekly [episode 6]
As you may have noticed, the format got renamed. Last time I asked if anyone could come up with a good name for the newer format, as it started to get bigger than just what did I watch this week. AE86 Standard came up with the Banpei Weekly and I liked it a lot! Thanks again, AE86 Standard!

I also added a little down on the street in here. I spotted a Toyota GT86 (aka 86 / FR-S) in the parkinglot at Fosdem. I didn’t want to disturb the owner (he was calling someone on his phone) and I returned later to take a few pics and videos.

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Japanese Custom Vans, Dutch Zokusha, Toyota Tank and AE86 rally [Episode 5]

February 10, 2017 in what did i watch this week by banpei

Welcome to episode five of the What Did I Watch This Week, where each week I make a selection of videos/photos that I enjoyed very much during the week.
What did I watch this week?
This week we have Japanese Custom Vans, Dutch Zokusha, Toyota Tank, AE86 rally and more for you!

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Importing an AE86 from Japan! [part two]

January 29, 2017 in Imports by banpei

Welcome to the second part of importing an AE86 from Japan series!
Importing an AE86 from Japan
In the previous part I had five tips on what you need to do, preparing yourself for getting a car from Japan before rushing over to the first exporter you can find. In part two I will have another five tips, but this time on getting an agreement with an import/export company in Japan.

Importing an AE86 from Japan

Here are the tips that I cover in this video:

  1. Buy a car from an auction or dealer
  2. Who can you trust
  3. What is the fee you have to pay
  4. How to pay for the fee and auction
  5. What is the paperwork you need to fill in

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Auction cars, Gamera, E-AE86, Tsuchiya drives a Levin [Episode 4]

January 28, 2017 in what did i watch this week by banpei

We’re already at the fourth episode of What Did I Watch This Week! This week we have seven videos in total: Auction cars, Gamera, electric AE86 and Keiichi Tsuchiya drives a Levin!
What did I watch this week Episode 4

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OMG! I bought an AE86 from Japan!

January 24, 2017 in Imports by banpei

Yes, you are reading that right: I bought an AE86 from Japan! Well, actually it will be AEU86 (the company, not the forums) that will get the car from Japan. The plan, so far, is to get the car from Japan, fix it up and resell it after a few months. I know for sure I will regret selling it…
Getting an AE86 from Japan (part one)
The whole idea of importing an AE86 has been going on for a few months already. I don’t have a bucket-list, but if I had one this is one of those things you want to get off it. In timelines I reckon the whole process from start till end takes about four months, but that’s something we’ll have to see and experience. It took me quite a lot of work to figure most of it out upfront, as not many people have documented this process from start till end. So I’m also planning to share this experience back to you in a couple of vlogs.

If you haven’t seen it already, I made two videos on this topic so far. The first video is an announcement video: Read the rest of this entry →

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DIY JDM Christmas tree with Hot Wheels ornaments

December 23, 2016 in christmas by banpei

As this year is nearing it’s end, I thought I should do something special this year. The Christmas holidays are coming up soon, and in all it’s joy and glory fits a Christmas tree. I got one at home, but I didn’t have one in my office. And since my office is partially a JDM shrine, the tree should be one as well. A JDM Christmas tree to be more exact!
DIY JDM Christmas tree

JDM Christmas tree

The idea for this came when I received a red Hotwheels AE86 as a present for Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas is the Dutch Santa Clause and therefore I thought I should do something with it. So I wondered how much work it would be to convert a Hotwheels car into a Christmas tree ornament. It couldn’t be that long?

Watch the video below on how to create one yourself: Read the rest of this entry →