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: 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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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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Photo: Can You Name That Car?

15th April 2015

It’s the most common sight on the streets of Tokyo, but this one was 3SGTE powered before being converted to an RB26 unit and used to compete in the D1 Street Legal Championship. It was for sale a while ago and still one of the few cars I’d really love to import.      

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Photo: Manga Store

25th March 2015

One of my favourite shops in Japan is Mandarake, not just because their slogan is “Rulers of Time”; but also because they sell everything an Otaku could ever wish for. The labyrinth of manga leads to models, toys and all sorts of awesomeness. Here’s a photo from inside the Sapporo store…  

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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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Photo: R246 Akasaka, Tokyo

21st February 2015

If you’re a Gran Turismo fan, you may recognise the final hairpin of the R246 track in the photo. It wasn’t planned, but my hotel was located on the final corner of this fictional race track. We were coming back from Fuji Speedway when Mike pointed out that we were driving part of the track as we approached the hotel. As it was Golden Week and the roads were quiet, we…

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Photo: Driftworks S14a

10th February 2015

Driftworks’ D1GB Championship winning Nissan 200SX S14a was not only a legendary machine capable of keeping up with the Japanese D1GP stars; it grabbed the attention of the non-drifting community with its mid-body side exit exhaust and extreme styling. Its real advantage over the competition was the pilot. Phil Morrison’s flair, style and disregard for his own safety, ensured that this S14 was always on (and often way over) the limit…

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