Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Category: video (Page 21 of 23)

Video: Toyota Celica TA64 in the Safari Rally 1985 (part 1)

Yet another great video by hiroun156: an in depth video of the 1985 WRC Toyota Celica TA64! Unfortunately he is only posting parts of the whole video and the current part count is at part 2.

The video itself is not an heroic aftermath video made 20 years after, but an actual 1985 report of the 33rd Marlboro Safari Rally held that same year. The Safari Rally is one of the hardest rallies: the 1985 edition was 5167.6 km long and consisted mostly of gravel roads.

The first video:

I found two inconsistencies in this video:
1. At 8:09 the camera switches from the driver position to the navigator. At this point the interior also switches from the TA64 to an AE86! ?(???;)
2. At 8:57 you get five seconds of onboard footage. If you look carefully enough you will notice it is an AE86 by both engine sound and upper part of the dash. (????)

My guess is that they did not have the appropriate footage and filled it up with some shots they did have of the AE86…

The second video:

During a jump of the Celica I spotted that the TA64 has, in contrary of the TA63, a solid axle. I looked it up and indeed it has a solid axle:
Live axle of the Toyota Celica TA64 TCT
Live axle of the Toyota Celica TA64 TCT

Now that’s an axle! ??????

Can’t wait for the next parts to be posted!

Video: 1960s Nissan Bluebird crashtests

I found these two vintage 1960s crash test videos of the Nissan Bluebird on Youtube. The first video shows the crash tests of a dummy sitting on the rear seat of a Nissan Bluebird 410 crashing at 50 km/h and 100 km/h:
Nissan Bluebird 410 crash test
Nissan Bluebird 410 crash test

Most probably these tests were done to see the impact of wearing seat belts at the rear seat at 50 and 100 km/h. As you can see the 410 two point seatbelt is pretty useless at 100 km/h: the seat belt fails due to the force of the impact and the dummy is launched and beheaded by the dashboard. Lovely slow-motion replays at the end of the video!

But believe me: even though the carnage looks bad, for that time these tiny 410s were quite safe! Compare that with these GM crash tests! But I still wouldn’t want to be beheaded by my own dashboard…

The second video shows the Nissan Bluebird 510 crash test at 40 km/h, creating a chain crash a few other 410s and a (new?) 510:

This test is actually very ingeniously done: no remote operated brakes, just a plain and simple wirecutter activating the brake system! It is like watching the Mythbusters from 1968! ;)

This test shows the advantages of using both a headrest and a seat belt. In the slow-motion footage at the end you can see that the dummy in the front car stays in place even after this car gets hit three times! The headrest saves the dummy from breaking its neck, while clearly the dummy of the second car wasn’t that fortunate: it hits both the windscreen and breaks its neck due to the front seat lacking a headrest.

Another thing becomes clear with this test: the 510 is a lot safer than the 410! Even though 410s receives a lot of damage on both front and rear ends while the 510 (third in row) crumples a lot more than the 410 to reduce the force of the impact.

I’m glad I’m driving a bit more modern car than these two! However, I seriously doubt a 27 year old car is considered safe according to nowadays standards…

Aoshima Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 1/43 diecast

One of my favorite postings at Japanese Nostalgic Car blog is the Friday Video. Most of the time they feature the old Japanese police cop series, from which Seibu Keistatsu the most frequently returning series is.

Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

I found pictures of this perfect Aoshima 1/43 diecast of the Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 (????RS1??) on a Japanese blog:
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

All (fog)lights in the front valance are correct!

Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

And I love the tiny details: a rear wiper on the rear window!

Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

This model is so detailed, even the stickers on the side have very very tiny decal saying 4 valve DOHC next to the bigger RS-Turbo letters! And even the window mouldings are silver! ??????

Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

This picture shows the additional features of the car, including the machineguns mounted on the roof!

Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast
Seibu Keistatsu Machine RS-1 diecast

And of course the inside of the car is just as detailed as the outside! The big computer console is just like in the series! ?(´??)?

Compare the pictures above to this video footage of the RS-1, RS-2 and RS-3:

It may not be as detailed as the perfect AE86 by AutoArt, but think of it this way: the AutoArt AE86 is 1/18 and this is a 1/43 diecast! So this diecast is more than twice as small and the total length is about 10 centimeters! Then think of all those tiny little details on it! Now that is small!

According to the blog this new detailed diecast is available since April 2009! Now all I need is someone outside Japan selling this diecast! ?(????)

Video: the universal language

Even though I don’t understand a word Russian, I do get the feeling I understood about 90% of what the guy said in this video about his Celica AA63:

From what I understand is the following:

Welcome to my garage. As you can see I also have a German Ford Taunus Mk III which is very very rusty. On the other side of my garage I have my Toyota Celica AA63 coupe. It features a 4AGE engine and GT seats. I stripped it completely bare because it is so rusty and I’m doing a full rebuild. To do so I needed an engine lift, which is in this corner, to remove the engine and transmission. That’s about as far as I got with my project.

Maybe it is because I’m getting used to watch and try to understand Japanese car videos or could it be that there is a universal language called video???

video: Ferrari versus Mini

You’re probably thinking: wtf? Is he mad or something? A mini versus a Ferrari?
No, I haven’t lost my mind yet and it makes perfectly sense to post this video:

It is an amazing achievement by this Japanese to keep up with that Ferrari (except on the straight) and it is amazing how much faster this Mini is in the cornering sections. This Mini is fast!

It is not the Mini nor the Ferrari that I find interesting: the cars they are passing are! :)

@0:23 a Starlet KP61, @0:42 a N2 AE86, @1:11 a Toyota Levin AE86 and a Nissan Sunny B310 coupe, @1:36 he gets passed by a RX7 FD (which he passes later on), @1:46 a Honda Fit (?), @2:13 a third generation Honda Integra, @2:39 another FD and a Toyota 2000gt, he does have some trouble with that Yaris Sport @4:00 and finally passes the Ferrari @4:43. Another oddity: @4:57 a rare VW Golf Mk2.

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