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September 20, 2013 in Events by banpei

I kind of forgot about this meeting until I realized that it is already September. And September is HaCHiRoCK FESTA month, right?
Well it isn’t…
HaCHiRoCK Festa 2013
It will take another month *before* we can actually drool over all the photos of those beautiful hachis… Or actually get the hell over to Japan and visit the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest on the 20th of October…

And they actually made another effort of surpassing the awesomeness of the 2012 flyer. Well done guys!

More info here: HaCHiRoCK 2013

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JAF 2013: Last but not least, the Akina Speedstars Skyline R32

June 7, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013 by banpei

This is the last posting about the Japanese Autosport Festival and I saved the best for last: a black Nissan Skyline:
JAF2013: Nissan Skyline GT-S R32
I’m not too sure about which variant it is, but it certainly ain’t no BNR32 GT-R…
I suspect, based upon the bootlid spoiler, that it is a Skyline GTS-t (HCR32) where the RB20DET outputs a decent 212hp. Given the bigger intercooler on this one it surely will output a bit more than that.

This Skyline has been imported from Japan 9 years ago, but what surprised me is that it used to reside around Mount Haruna in the Gunma prefecture: Read the rest of this entry →

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JAF 2013: Ebay tuned Skyline GTS-t

June 4, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013 by banpei

One of the people from AEU86 met Bruce Morris earlier and convinced us to hop over to the pitlane (yes it was accessible!) and meet him. Actually I met his car:
JAF 2013: Bruce's Skyline R33
A Nissan Skyline GTS-t R33 that has been tuned by sourcing (almost) all parts through ebay! Now that’s a totally new achievement! Ebay is, of course, a bit bigger in the UK than on the continental mainland but we surely have equivalents. However sourcing parts for about anything through Ebay is a whole different thing!

Bruce surely makes good use of the car: Read the rest of this entry →

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JAF 2013: Eagle white MR2 AW11

June 3, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013 by banpei

This eagle white MR2 AW11 is not Allard van Grafhorst’s old AW11 but another white one:
JAF2013: Toyota MR2 AW11
It looks equally great and certainly drew my attention.

At the rear you can clearly see the car is in perfect condition: Read the rest of this entry →

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JAF 2013: RWD from the 70s

June 2, 2013 in event, Events, jaf2013 by banpei

There wasn’t that many 70s cars around at the Japanse Autosport Festival. Probably got to do with the fact that anything sporty from the 70s nowadays is tucked away in a museum.
JAF 2013: Mitsubishi Celeste
This Mitsubishi Celeste also looked like it belonged in a museum. Period correct number on the license plate and it looked almost as stunning as the Mitsubishi Cordia! And of course this one is based on the Galant A70 series, so it is rear wheel drive!

Another stunning looker was this track prepped Sunny B110: Read the rest of this entry →

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JAF 2013: the Mitsubishi Cordia barn find

June 1, 2013 in barn find, event, Events, jaf2013 by banpei

At the JAF this note on a 1983 Mitsubishi Cordia drew my attention:
JAF 2013: Mitsubishi Cordia barnfind
For the non-Dutchies: it states the car has been in a barn for 28 years and now after 29 years and 5 months it had 2 MOTs and 3500 kilometers on the odometer! Yes, that’s for real!

This is what the car looks like: Read the rest of this entry →