Gallery: Bank Holiday Weekend @ Gurston

30th August 2016

Here are a few of my fave shots from the MSA British Hillclimb Championship at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb in Wiltshire, UK. Photos of the competitors are available to purchase for £5 each. Get in touch with your race number.      

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Akina Media Raises £400 for Second Harvest Japan

8th May 2016

Thank you to everyone that donated and purchased photos over the last few weeks. We have raised an astonishing £400.00 for Second Harvest Japan! As the earthquake relief effort continues, your contributions will make a real difference to people’s lives. Here’s a photo of Power House Amuse’s GT1 S2000 for no related reason, I just thought it was better than another Kumamon pic. I spotted this in a car park…

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Appeal: Selling Photos To Support Earthquake Victims

20th April 2016

As you may know, I don’t have a web shop to sell my photos; in fact, rarely do I even promote their availability. However, in the past week a region of the world very close to my heart has been affected by a number of devastating earthquakes. In my day job, I am fortunate to work very closely with Japan and people traveling to this amazing country. These natural disasters…

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Feature: Takayama Koi

20th August 2015

  The picturesque city of Takayama is located in the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. At around 5-hours from Tokyo and 3.5-hours from Kyoto by train, Takayama is a great place to visit if you fancy a break from the big cities. Taking the Shinkansen from either Tokyo or Kyoto will require a change of train at Nagoya. If you plan your trip correctly, the second half of your journey will be…

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Feature: Formula 5000 Lola T142

22nd July 2015

Whether it’s the late ’60s Formula 1 looks or the roaring 5.0-litre V8, the Lola T142 is a British racing icon that conquered the world in the late sixties and early seventies. So dominant was the relatively budget Lola chassis, it all but killed off the F5000 racing in the USA. The series switched to sports car style bodies and resurrected the Can-Am championship in 1977.     Unlike the…

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Feature: Dodge Coronet

22nd June 2015

  Having been to Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb a few times I thought I had the competition sussed, until now. Whilst it is never going to compete for top honours, John Harrison’s late-’50s Dodge Coronet is simply badass. The 325 cubic-inch engine (that’s 5.3-litres to you and I) probably kicks out less power than a modern sports hatchback and weighing in at over two tonnes – by today’s standards, it’s a prehistoric dinosaur….

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Feature: Cheddar Motopark

7th May 2015

  If you’re following me on Facebook, you’ll have seen me going mad with the MotoX (Motocross? – I don’t know the prefered way of writing it, so let me know if I’m doing it wrong). About 40 minutes from me, is Cheddar Motopark; a facility in middle of nowhere that houses one of the best tracks in the south west (according to very little research and never having ridden…

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Feature: Volkswagens of Ginza, Tokyo

23rd March 2015

It’s a well known fact that all cars look cooler with a Japanese license plate, here are some examples of how the Japanese can modify and restore Volkswagens with a touch of class. I know nothing more about these cars, other than they were all cruising around Ginza on a Sunday afternoon. Ginza is more famous for its high-end department stores than its car culture and you are more likely…

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Feature: Itasha Culture

8th March 2015

Akihabara (also known as Akiba) is known as Electronics town. The area became famous after World War II and was THE place in Tokyo to buy radio and electronic equipment on the black market. Nowadays, Akiba is synonymous with the Otaku subculture. Often misrepresented as ‘nerds’, the term Otaku encompasses anyone with a passion for something; usually comic or gaming related. Akiba is a hub for manga, anime and gaming; so when you throw…

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Feature: A Museum Unlike Any Other (Part 2: Cars)

27th January 2015

Having looked around the Toy part of the museum, it was time to explore the classic cars of the Yokota Collection. Masahiro Yokota has collected and meticulously restored some of Japan’s most iconic cars. Spread over three floors, they range from the modest to the marvelous. We start on the lowest of the three floors and are immediately introduced to some of the weird and wonderful cars that kickstarted the…

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