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Archive for February, 2008

25
Feb
08

Garage Miya 240zg

This has to be one of the most complete and stunning 240z’s in the world, add to that its a real zg and you have a very special car!

“The HS30-H Nissan Fairlady 240ZG was released in Japan in October 1971 to homologate the 240Z for Group 4 racing. Differences between the 240ZG and an export market Datsun 240Z include an extended fibreglass ‘aero-dyna’ nose, wider over-fenders riveted to the body, a rear spoiler, acrylic glass headlight covers and fender mounted rear view mirrors. The 240ZG was available in three colours: Grande Prix Red, Grande Prix White and Grande Prix Maroon. The “G” in 240ZG stands for “Grande.” Although the ZG was never sold outside Japan, in order for it to be eligible for competition in the US, Nissan sold the nose kit as a dealer’s option which is known as the “G-nose”.” – Wikipedia

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25
Feb
08

Masaru Tatsuki’s Decotora

Check out PingMag for an interview with photographer Masaru Tatsuki. Talk about commitment; Masaru spent ten years with the truckers of Japan’s highways.

These trucks are unlike anything you will ever see anywhere else in the world. They are decorated with intricate paintings of landscapes, people and anything else you care to imagine. Though, it’s not until the sun sets that these trucks really blow you away with their fantastic fluorescent light displays. Combine this with the photography of Masaru Tatsuki and you have some amazing images and a great incite into the Decotora culture.

22
Feb
08

Product review; NA6CE Eunos Roadster Engine Damper

I have read good and bad reviews about these things but I thought it was something my roadster would benefit from as I do a fair amount of B-road blasting and the occasional track day so I spent some money.

Fitting

Fitting was easy; One plate bolts to the head in the threaded holes for the engine lifting eyes and the other to the shock tower. This may cause some issues if you are running a strut brace but it fitted fine for me, even with the stock air box. The damper then bolts between the plates and can be adjusted to the correct tension. All the fixings were provided in the kit I bought and it took about 15 mins to fit from bonnet up to bonnet down.

Driving Impressions

Traffic driving seemed to be a lot smoother when you are on and off the clutch. High RPM shifts are a lot crisper and it kills that millisecond dip as you drop the clutch for the next cog. Coming down the box fast and double-de-clutching is also slicker. The car feels generally more solid with the damper fitted.

The only downside is there is a small amount of vibration transmitted into the cabin, but if you are fitting one of these for performance reasons, this won’t bother you.

OK, so the above improvement could just be a symptom of the standard engine mounts (it’s worth mentioning that mine are in good condition) so chances are if you are running Mazdaspeed mounts this won’t make a lot of difference.

Overall rating

7/10 – Reasonably cheap, easy to install mod that looks good and will improve the feel of the car under performance driving.

Where can I get one?

Mine came of Ebay, yeah I know, I’m not JDM tite but it looks good and works well.

If you are a brand whore check out Weapon R. They also dome some seriously sexy bracing, sus and engine parts.

20
Feb
08

Three, it’s the magic number

After a wicked summer last year having my car featured in Banzai and getting to have it at the shows with them, tonight was the real cherry on the cake;

I opened up the new issue to find my KP had been voted 3rd place in the Car of the Year poll.

Massive thanks to everyone who voted and a special thanks to Andy Basoo for hooking me up with the feature, Matt Barnes for the stunning pic and everyone at Banzai.

Check out the Banzai Site HERE

P.S buy Banzai mag; it rules!!!!

20
Feb
08

Little Knocks S15 Spec R

Fresh out of the Little Knocks paint shop with a new look for 2008. Vertex, brown & Gram Lights; Not bad for a UK car!

Check out the build pics on Driftworks

19
Feb
08

My KP30

Some people have been asking to see more of my Toyota 1000. Well, as I’m a whore here you go;

It is currently off the road for a winter re-fresh and to add a few new touches. Oh yeah and because of this;

Check out my build thread on Retro-Rides.com for more info.

Here are a few vids of me at Mallory park at the Retro-Rides show 07.

Vid 1

Vid 2

Vid 3

Roll on summer…………

19
Feb
08

Boso How 2 – C211 Skyline Edition

I am a big fan of Bōsōzoku style cars. OK, so they are are low and impractical, but if you think that, then you are clearly missing the point and should probably stop reading now.

HERE is a cool site I found documenting the build of a Bōsōzoku C211 Skyline from a stocker to rocker. I guess this one of the more subtle cars so could be classed as Shakotan but I’m not splitting hairs; It’s cool and that what counts!

Before;

After;

Enjoy the gratuitous use of low offset SSR Mk1’s; full blown wheel porn.

The site also has loads of galleries from  as far back as 89 and other “how to” galleries !!

One really nice parts of the site are some of  pics of Team jackets and decals;

Incidentally there is a cool article on Retro Scene about Japanese car subcultures. Check it out!