Gallery: Skylines at Daikoku Futo

29th December 2016

Throwback to 2006 and my first trip to Japan. Meeting up with the Skyline GTR gang from the bay area and driving down to Daikoku Futo Parking Area (just off the Metropolitan Expressway Bayshore Route or Wangan-sen, between Tokyo and Yokohama) thanks to Dino from JTuner/Speedhunters. It started raining on the way home, but the video below shows us doing over 280 km/h (170 mph) when we hit the dry tunnels. Good…

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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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Photo: Downtown Osaka

6th October 2015

Dotonbori (道頓堀) is one of the main tourist destinations in Japan’s second city. The bright lights and lavishly decorated storefronts are not unique to Osaka, but the riverside setting and great atmosphere make it a must-see on any visit to the area.        

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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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Gallery: Civic Type R Crash

20th July 2015

“Motorsport can be dangerous.” A sentence that is written on every ticket for every motorsport venue around the country for very good reason. Andy Greenen found this out first hand as his day finished early with a very bent EP3. Fortunately, Andy walked away and looked relatively unhurt. Andy shares the Civic Type R with his brother, Adam. They are currently sharing the lead in Class 4A (Roadgoing Production Cars…

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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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