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Video: Ride height control on Mazda 323 GT-X

January 31, 2011 in video by banpei

Why would you buy a Mazda 323 GT-X? Most people would answer 4wd, but this video show you why your wife would buy one:

To lower the car when she needs to lift her shopping bags out of that big hatch! Now I never thought of that! ?(???)?

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DOTS: 1980 Mazda 626 Hardtop Coupe

January 30, 2011 in dots by banpei

Imagine when you go visit a friends party and you spot this Mazda 626 hardtop coupe parked on the parkinglot near the house:
1980 Mazda 626 Hardtop Coupe
1980 Mazda 626 Hardtop Coupe

Of course I immediately took a picture (with my phonecam, hence the crappy quality).

And another one up close:
1980 Mazda 626 Hardtop Coupe
1980 Mazda 626 Hardtop Coupe

A really nice preserved example! 🙂

So we went inside and enjoyed the party. Only after two hours my wife found out the Mazda was actually owned by one of the people at the party!
The owner inherited the 626 hardtop coupe from his mother, drives it ever since and even became a member of the Dutch 626 club this year. He doesn’t need the car as a daily driver and the car is parked safely in a parking under the building he lives in. He even took it the car all the way to Hammerfest in Norway! Nice to meet someone liking the old Japanese cars as well!

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Family Album Treasures: Kyusha style in the 90s!

January 29, 2011 in Family Album Treasures by banpei

Not only the Carina TA17 is entirely in kyusha style, its owner as well:
Kyusha style Carina TA17 in the 90s
Kyusha style Carina TA17 in the 90s

Don’t be fooled by the 8 in the date: that most probably stands for the 8th year of the Heisei period.

Found at [Pikawo]

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Hilarious: The A-Team dubbed in Japanese

January 28, 2011 in hilarious by banpei

I had a great laugh when I watched this A-Team opening in Japanese!

That sounded so great that I started looking for more footage on youtube…

Most of it is blocked, but I was able to catch this nice few minutes of good old Japanese dubbing:


Imagine what the Japanese might think of our good old Manga Video dubbing from the early nineties. Or worse: the Tokyopop Initial D dubs! 😉

Found at [Japan Sugoi

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Random: Tortoise (KP61) and the hare (AE86)

January 27, 2011 in random by banpei

I found this picture on Karl Alexander’s facebook wall and it put a smile on my face. The Tortoise and the hare, the Starlet and the Trueno:

">Tortoise (KP61) and the hare (AE86)
Tortoise (KP61) and the hare (AE86)

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Carina Sightings: Gymkhana Carina TA63

January 26, 2011 in carina sightings by banpei

I’ve seen a lot of (ab)uses for the Carina so far, but I’ve never saw one attending in a real Gymkhana before. That was till I spotted this Gymkhana Carina TA63 on Minkara:
Gymkhana Carina TA63
Gymkhana Carina TA63

As you can see: the owner has humor. 😀

You can see some more action in one of his videos:

He’s quite good at it! And the video even featured a few “bloopers” in the end! 🙂

Also a notable thing are his smoked tail lights (zenki). Really suits the car and maybe I’ll try to create my own when I can get my hands on a second set…

Found at [remnants of team]