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The cars of Initial D – Manga Car Spotting – part 1

Manga Cars

Ever wondered which cars are featured in Initial D? And perhaps also wondered which model, make and type these manga cars are? In this third episode of Manga car spotting, I’ll be spotting cars in the first book of Initial D! This first book is the US version of the Manga by Tokyopop and covers chapters 1 to 10 of the Japanese Manga.
The cars of Initial D - Manga Car Spotting - part 1

Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno

I don’t think Initial D needs an introduction: it’s the classic racing manga / racing anime series that gained huge popularity during the mid 1990s in Japan and mid 2000s outside Japan. The manga itself contains many layers of depth and isn’t just about cars, but also about (family) relationships and harsh training by commitment and determination. These first 10 chapters are mostly the introductory of the characters and the setting, so not a lot of action will happen. Still it was fun to do!

You can find the video and the high resolution scans of the panels containing manga cars below:

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DOTS: Nissan 200SX S14a in Passau

I’m finally back from my holiday in Hungary, so posts will be more regular than in the past three weeks! 😉

Bad news is that Hungary is noticeably having less old cars on the road (and obviously old J-tin), but the good news is that during my way to Hungary I encountered this nice Nissan 200SX S14a while driving to the hotel:
Nissan 200SX S14a
It had been parked next to a Suzuki motorcycle dealership and lucky enough the next morning it was still there and I took two quick snapshots.

The S14a has been lowered a little bit, has a bigger intercooler and put on a set of (currently) popular BBS alloys: Continue reading

DOTS: Nissan 200SX S14 in fall (the end?)


Down on the street on Thursday? Why?
Because it is a sad day for the Nissan 200SX S14 rustoseum:
Nissan 200SX pushing the daisies
Nissan 200SX pushing the daisies

The 200SX passed on! This car is no more! He has ceased to be! The S14 expired and gone to meet his maker! He is a stiff! Bereft of life, he rests in peace! He be pushing up the daisies! HIs metabolic processes are now history! He is off the twig! He’s kicked the bucket, He’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-CAR!!
* sorry for misuse of the dead parrot sketch *

When I returned to take beautiful fall pictures of the S14 yesterday it had vanished. As you can see the dead leafs even cover the spot where it once stood:
Nothing but dead leafs
Nothing but dead leafs

I checked the RDW (Dutch license plate registration) to see if it was now re-registered by someone else, but its entry has been removed from there meaning it is no longer a valid registration. That can either mean it has been sold off to some foreigner or has ended up at some junkyard. I fear for the latter…

DOTS: Nissan 200SX S14 in fall (part II)


Last week I realized I haven’t posted about the Nissan 200SX S14 rustoseum since the end of March. Would it still be there?
Yes it is still there:
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010

It is only the beginning of fall, so not many leafs are on it yet…

But the low sun gives a great opportunity to shoot pictures like this:
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010

A bit dark and gloomy looking S14! 😉

Summer didn’t do the car much good either, just take a look at this:
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010

It is not only birdcrap that is on there, there is also mold on the steeringwheel. You will have to focus on the top of the steeringwheel to actually see it… I’ll take my manual lenses with me next time to be able to capture the mold better.

Also the left mirror has been smashed now:
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010
Nissan 200SX S14 in October 2010

That means the same thing as with the Legend: things will only get worse from now on. 🙁

I’ll see if I can shoot some pictures of the car covered in leafs upcoming weeks. Would be cool to compare with last years picture. 😛

DOTS: tuned Nissan 200SX S14

Last week I posted the Nissan 200SX S14 at the end of the winter and now suddenly it has been tuned and fixed up again:
Down on the street: Nissan 200SX S14
Down on the street: Nissan 200SX S14

Nah, just kidding! I spotted this identically colored Nissan 200SX S14 last summer somewhere in an industrial zone. After this single shot (crapcam died) I only saw it occasionally and each time I was in a hurry or I didn’t have a camera with me…

The 200SX has been tuned lightly: it still has the original rims but it did have a very thick huge exhaust pipe. Also the headlights were swapped and a few other cues have been changed. IMO done with taste! 🙂

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