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Sanctuary: the Initial D Fujiwara Tofu shop (Haruna)

Yes, a new idea/section/regular just emerged: sanctuaries!
Why? Well basically last night I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason my mind wandered to the original Initial D Tofu shop which is located in Shibukawan next to Mount Haruna (the town called Akina in Initial D) and that the original tofu shop has been demolished about three years ago. This is the photo Alexi took to prove it has been demolished:
Sanctuary: Intitial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop in Haruna
So I was wondering how many fanboys actually posed (or their cars) in front of the tofu shop when visiting Shibukawan or Mount Haruna, so here is a whole gallery of cars, tofu shops and people posing in front of it!

Also in case you are wondering where to find the place, this is the location on Google Streetview: Continue reading

Hilarious: recreate Lexus LS400 ad FAIL!

Back in 1989 when Toyota rebranded the Toyota Celsior to the Lexus LS400 it introduced the car with an almost unbelievable ad: a stack of champagne glasses was placed on the bonnet while the car drove 145mph (240km/h) on a rolling road. The champagne glasses remained steady even though the engine under it revved all the way up to 5000rpm. Amazing!

This Lexus owner tried to recreate that stack on his brand new 2009 LS460 (XF40) and see if it would be as good as the LS400 and his Youtube video went viral this week. He utterly fails and the stack collapses around 4000 rpm:

Now, you may think that the ad was wrong, but in reality the owner actually failed to stack the champagne glasses properly.

Lexus responded by recreating it on both a 2009 LS460 and 1990 LS400 and amazingly the stack remains stable:

Now how about that?

Also fun to watch, a parody on that 1989 ad:

Now that’s more like it! :D

Found at [Jalopnik]

Hilarious: Japanese custom cars

A popular Japanese TV show called Sokon Tokoro featured a couple of fantastic wacky custom cars last week:

The first car is the George Tokoro’s (the TV show host) Subaru R1 badged as a Ferrari. Not very hot. :(
But then a large line of wacky customs arrive around the corner of the stadium:
– A 1994 Cadillac limo lowrider limo with plush pink interior. The paint joib contains 11 colors!
– A dragster disguised as a tank! It is powered by jet engine capable of pushing more than 25000 hp! Even the fireproof camera can’t stand its blast! It can reach a speed of 400 km/h!
– A factory stock Campagna T-REX, but for people who do not know this bike it is certainly wacky! ;)

The second video:

More bizarre cars:
– A BMW E66 which at first sight looks quite normal. Then the Buddhist priest gets out and shows the trunk is decorated with sutras written in Swarovski crystals!
– The priest also owns this Toyota Celsior with gullwings, scissor doors and a split hood and way too many displays! Even the headrests have display panels (to watch with the eyes in the back of your head!)
– A Dekotora van with a Batman theme.
– A 1981 Daihatsu Hijet with a Rocket launcher on its back. The rocket does work and is propelled as an ordinary water-rocket!
– A replica of the Earth Defence Force’s Pointer from the Ultra Seven TV series showed in the late 1960s. The car itself is based upon the original car it was made of: the 1967 Chrysler Imperial.
– A Hitachi ASTACO of the Tokyo Fire Department immitating a giant crablike monster!

IMO they missed one car/owner in this video: Daisuke Shouten's Bosozoku styled Toyota Celsior UCF11 vip car
Daisuke Shouten’s Bosozoku styled Toyota Celsior UCF11 vip car


Ryu wannabe wrecks Kia Sepia

Most of you have played at least one of the Street Fighter games in the past. Of course I did also had my share of it even though I was a bit more fan of the Mortal Kombat series…

Well, some people just played it too much, like this Ryu wannabe in the US:

As you can see the guy succeeds to wreck the car about as much as Ryu in Street Fighter II.

Compare that guy to Ryu in this bonus stage in Street Fighter II:

Like a proper bosozoku Ryu manages to wreck this new Toyota Celsior/Lexus LS400 lookalike!

However keep in mind that this IRL Ryu wrecks a Kia Sepia and not a first generation Toyota Celsior! So, is this guy as tough as Ryu? Don’t think so! The Celsior was built to last while the Spia was built to wreck. Maybe he should have wrecked that Mazda 929 in one of the background piles! That would be a bit more like the size of the Celsior!

Most probably this is a viral movie because they really had to express that it was shot with a certain Korean camcorder. So Korean camcoder records mutilation of Korean car… I understand why they didn’t take the Celsior or the 929! :P

Found at [Jalopnik]

Hilarious: Daijiro Inada versus Bosozoku master part 3

I just couldn’t stop laughing when I watched this video!
Remember Daijiro Inada visiting the bosozoku master Daisuke Shouten in part 1 and 2? (If not, don’t worry: a reminder is in the video itself) Now Daisuke Shouten finished his project on the Toyota Celsior UCF11 (Lexus LS400 outside Japan) to create a bosozoku VIP car! Or should I rather say a bippuzoku car? Or even better: bippuzokusha!

Have a look at it yourself:

t is amazing what he did with the car: he extended the front and the back of the car to 6.7 meters! The front was replaced with a set of headligths borrowed from an early 80s Toyota Crown S110. He added another row of seats where the trunk used to be and at the rear he replaced the taillights with a set of a Nissan Skyline KPGC10 GT-R! A fridge is placed where the front passenger seat used to be. And I did spot a fax machine in it to make it a real VIP car while a 24cm steering wheel and a tsurikawa dangling from the ceiling to finish it off as a true bosozoku car! ;)

Fortunately enough I did manage to find two pictures of this car which were taken at the Massuru meeting in 2005:
Bosozoku style Celsior VIP car by Daisuke Shouten
Bosozoku style Celsior VIP car by Daisuke Shouten

Then they just pick up this girl, asking if she would like to have a ride in it. Damn, even with a bippuzoku car you can pick up girls without any trouble!

Bosozoku style Celsior VIP car by Daisuke Shouten
Bosozoku style Celsior VIP car by Daisuke Shouten

It is also really funny when they meet up with this limo driver at 7:53. The limo driver also drives a Toyota Celsior and can’t believe that the car underneath is the same! And they also get a lot of respect from the kyusha style GX61 Cresta driver at a traffic light!

Thanks to White_Raven for finding this video! :)
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