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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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: 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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Photo: JUN Super Lemon RII R33 GT-R

29th January 2015

For ‘Throwback Thursday’, I thought I’d upload one of my favourite machines from my time at J-Tuner. This photo was taken at the cover shoot for the March 2006 issue. I didn’t do the shoot (that was the work of Craig Pusey) and I hadn’t really played with cameras much at this point, so was pretty pleased with this shot. The 2.7-litre R33 was running 500bhp and was about to be…

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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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Photo: Itasha in Akihabara

24th December 2014

This pair of Itasha cars pulled up at the lights as I walked home from shopping in Akihabara. Both the Toyota Celica T230 and the Nissan Silvia S15 were adored with images of Hanayo Koizumi, a character from Love Live! School Idol Project – a manga/anime based on an Idol band inspired by Akihabara’s own AKB48.  

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Japan, June 2014: Day Twenty Two

5th June 2014

We planned to visit the Onsen resort town of Ikaho, at the foot of Mt. Haruna; however, with the rain beginning to fall, we made a last minute decision to head towards something based indoors. As we drove through Shibukawa, I spotted a VIP style Nissan Cima parked in a gravel car park and had to pull in to take some photos. Whilst I was doing this, the most bizarre…

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