Speed Star Racing (SSR) started off producing a solid alloy wheel called the Mk 1. By the 80s they were famous already and they already had a track record for the number of wheel designs in between. Then they introduced the SSR Star Shark (also known as the Colin Star Shark) in the 80s and it got the name because of the double star that cross each other like a shark, right?
Well this 80s ad really explains it all: We are Shark and We love Colin!
There were the two piece SSR Star Shark rim (eight spoke four point star), the two piece SSR Star Shark II (ten spoke) and (finally) the one piece SSR Star Shark Mini (eight spoke four point star) for sale. The mini is aimed at, you never guessed, the Mini and equally small Japanese kei cars. 😉
I love the design of the SSR Star Shark and yesterday I was seriously on the verge of buying myself a (dirt cheap!) set of 14 inch rims (for sale here!), but didn’t do that in the end because they are 14 inch rims and I really want 15 inch rims. Nevertheless they look awesome on an AE86 (or on the Celica XX above) or any old Datsun! So I started googling on the SSR Star Shark to find out what it looks like on a Carina and bumped into this ad.
Ad found at: JDMEuro (hence the JDMEuro branding)
Yesterday I posted a documentary on the Toyota Crown and in one of the scenes I spotted a very familiar background:
You just feel immediately with your entire body when you see your home country used in the background of a movie, so obviously I immediately recognized the Netherlands in this documentary when they displayed the Toyota Crown S120.
As the majority of the documentary consists out of footage of old ads I started to investigate the Toyota Crown S120 ads and found the one that actually takes place in the Netherlands: Continue reading
I had a big WTF while watching this Suzuki Alto Works CA72 ad. In a typically 80s Japanese style the Alto is announced with a big Liding High, Alto Woks:
Disclaimer: I’m not trying to mock the Japanese here and we all know they have difficulty with foreign languages like English. The funny part is that the ad is lacking the R and high is spelled hi. Now it feels like someone is saying hi with the Alto Works. 😉
You can watch the full video below: Continue reading
What does the SSS stand for in the name of the Nissan Bluebird SSS Turbo? Super Sports Sedan?
According to this 1981 JDM commercial it is Super Star! (Sedan?)
You can watch the advertisement below: Continue reading
Just found this excellent blog through one of the users in my Youtube subscriptions: it simply is bringing you brochures/catalogues, commercials, leaflets, tiny small details or just anything related to the Skyline!
Take for instance these two mid pages of an awesome Skyline 2000GT brochure! Just awesome stuff!
So go check it out: Since 1957
Back in 1982 Kazuyoshi Hoshino was the star of the Grand Championships around Japan: he both competed within the long distance Group C races and also in the more popular Group 5 (aka Super Silhouette) races where he drove his Hoshino Impul Silvia:
Two races on the same day: isn’t that a bit too much for a man?
Now this advertisement from 1982 shows you how he pulled off that trick: Continue reading