Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (Haruna)

January 14, 2014 in sanctuary

Yes, a new idea/section/regular just emerged: sanctuaries!
Why? Well basically last night I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason my mind wandered to the original Initial D Tofu shop which is located in Shibukawan next to Mount Haruna (the town called Akina in Initial D) and that the original tofu shop has been demolished about three years ago. This is the photo Alexi took to prove it has been demolished:
Sanctuary: Intitial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Haruna
So I was wondering how many fanboys actually posed (or their cars) in front of the tofu shop when visiting Shibukawan or Mount Haruna, so here is a whole gallery of cars, tofu shops and people posing in front of it!

Also in case you are wondering where to find the place, this is the location on Google Streetview: Read the rest of this entry →

JAF 2013: The first impression

May 22, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013

Unlike last year I wasn’t a visitor at the Japanse Autosport Festival in Assen as my Carina was present on the paddock between the various sportscars. This year AEU86 decided to ask for a club spot on the paddock and we were granted a large spot in the mid-center of the paddock! Awesome!
We managed to get a total of six Hachis and two Carinas. A small impression of our spot:
JAF 2013: The six hachis of AEU86
Cars from left to right: Corolla GT (4AGE+ITB), Corolla GT (3S-GE BEAMS), Corolla GT (3S-GE BEAMS), JDM Sprinter Trueno GT Apex (4AGE), Corolla GT (4AGE)
Another panda red Corolla GT AE86 was parked behind the Carinas (behind the banner) and apart from ours another four Hachis were present atthe Toyota Noord club so altogether ten hachis were present outnumbering various other cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbos and such. Not bad at all!

I did not have a lot of time to walk around and shoot pictures of all the cars, but at least I got a decent share of the most impressive cars. One that immediately drew my attention was this pink Impreza: Read the rest of this entry →

DOTS: Subaru Impreza WRX dumpster

October 30, 2011 in down on the street

I can imagine a Subaru Impreza WRX GD wagon makes a perfect family car for the wannabe street racer, but utilizing it as a dumpster??
Subaru Impreza GD WRX wagon
Well dumpster may be a bit exaggerated, but it was used yesterday to haul stuff in a trailer to the local dump. And even worse: it is owned by a posh looking bloke.
Then again: I used my almost-classic-Carina in a similar fashion. ;)

Hilarious: Bunta drives a Toyota Picnic!

June 25, 2010 in hilarious

What would Bunta Fujiwara drive in 2008?

A Toyota Ipsum (called Picnic outside Japan):

Funny he didn’t buy a Toyota Estima because the Ipsum is FWD and the Estima RWD (MR).

The Japanese Estima may be a bit less well equiped than the American supercharged version, but it sure does have potential:

Manji drifing on the streight!!! :D

So the big question is: why would Bunta Fujiwara favor the Ipsum above the Estima then? IMO I think it is quite natural of Bunta to do such a thing: Takumi first learns to drive the Trueno AE86 (FR layout) really hard. Then he gets beaten by Bunta in an AWD Impreza, so he has to learn to drive that AWD really hard as well. Logically Bunta would then have to beat Takumi with a FWD, so what better car to totally humiliate Takumi with???
Right: the Toyota Ipsum!

Edit: video doesn’t work anymore, so here is a picture to compensate that:
Toyota Ipsum (picnic) next to Fujiwara Tofu shop
Toyota Ipsum (picnic) next to Fujiwara Tofu shop

Picture was found here

WTF: MR2 SW20 in British Cash for Clunkers

April 7, 2010 in WTF

I spotted this picture on Jalopnik yesterday:
British Cash for Clunkers: 14000 clunkers
British Cash for Clunkers: 14000 clunkers

That’s 14K of pretty good drivable cars packed together on an airfield waiting to be destroyed. That’s even worse that the German CFC where the cars may be reused for parts…

Normally I wouldn’t have posted this here, but when I read the full article on the Daily Mail I spotted this:
British Cash for Clunkers: 14000 clunkers
British Cash for Clunkers: 14000 clunkers

What sick mind trades in their SW20 MR2 in a Cash for Clunkers arrangement?? I can understand trading in the Corolla EE80 above (or the AWD Subaru GL somewhere in the middle) because it is a good deal. However a MR2? Did the owner think it was worth less than 2000 pounds??

BTW: someone also traded in their (immitation?) Ford Racing Puma on the mid right… Weren’t those limited to 500 cars? Or is it an imitation bodykit?