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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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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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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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: Hozomon Gate, Senso-ji, Asakusa

18th December 2014

Once you have battled your way to the end of Nakamise-dori, you will pass through Hozomon Gate, the Treasure-House Gate; this marks the inner sanctuary of Senso-ji and this photo was taken looking at the north face with Nakamise-dori in the background. As with most of my photos, it probably could have been improved with an ND filter and tripod – but this is vacation, not a profession. Handheld and set at f/22…

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Photo: Inaricho Station

15th December 2014

Inaricho was our local station when we stayed near the more popular destination of Ueno. Inaricho is famous as a Funeral Shrine town – so who wouldn’t like to stay there? OK, maybe being known as a Funeral Shrine town isn’t something that will pull in the tourists from abroad; but it is a great location for staying in Tokyo (especially on a budget). Inaricho Station is located on the…

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Photo: Honda NSX at Daikoku Futo

1st November 2014

This awesome Honda NSX was shot on my first trip to Japan back in 2006. I met up with Dino (from a time before he worked on Speedhunters) and a few other Skyline owners and cruised down to Daikoku (Daikoku Futo Parking Area) between Tokyo and Yokohama. Without a tripod or any kind of camera skill, I took a photo of this lonely looking NA1 NSX. It was parked at…

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