Archive for December, 2008

Automotive Highlights of 08

Posted in Cars on December 31, 2008 by Jason

Well, this has been a great year. If you have been reading my blog.
Thanks even if I don’t know who you are because I leave my comments off. haha
Anyways, here are my automotive highlights of 2008. (in no specific order)
[BEST, WORST, TRENDS of 08] 

BEST HIGHLIGHTS OF 08
-Debut of Speedhunters
[At first, I was skeptical because it was EA. But I'm satisfied by the way its running with the top photographers and bloggers.]
-Debut of the Nissan GTR and the controversies that came with it.
[validity of Nürburgring time, transmission, and launch control.]
-Debut of the ZR1, Camaro, and Challenger. 
-One Ring to Rule them ALL.
[Nürburgring of course, what were you expecting? Lord of the Rings?]
-Debut of Powered by MAX/DMAX/SexyStyle in the USA. 
-Ziptied/JustDrift All Star Bash
[East coast also made the same name but had different intentions of how it was originally done.]
-C’s Garage
[holy shit....Yellow S13 coupe + Purple 180sx = THAT'S how it SHOULD be done, take notes.] 
-The exposure of Risky Devil through blogspot.
-ILL PHOTOGRAPHY
[awesome photos, no matter where the environment.]
-More car blogs are exposed in a good way.
[check the blogroll then check theirs.]
-Red Bull Drifting World Championship. 
-Ueno’s last run in his Soarer to move up to the BMW 3 to be powered by a 1JZ.
-Don’t like Vespas? Go with the Ruckus.
[You can modify them too.]
-A bit redundant but the two raddest Porsche modifier and the raddest drift crew both starting in Rs.
[RAUH-WELT + RISKY DEVIL]
-Watching Geisoku GT on YouTube.
[Because I don't live in the land of the rising sun. YouTube user:kanburi777]
-Violent Running TV (http://violentrunning.squidd.org/video/
+ T2Films (http://vimeo.com/user554238)
[One in CA, One in Chicago. Both have awesome execution of filming drifting.]
-Exposure of MSC Challenge.
[We need more of those here in the US. Why? people are taking drifting way too seriously, just like the internet. I thought drifting was driving and having fun hanging out with your buddies late at night at the track.]
-Lewis Hamilton wins F1 Championship
-Ken Block’s Gymkhana video
[FUCKING A....speechless.]
-VIP gaining more exposure
[with subtle Bosozoku styling from other tuners.] 
-Exposure to Bosozoku to those that don’t know. 
-Team Funky, Team Mouse, Team Magician, Team Spirant and Team Burst.
[The 5 teams that made an impact to me in Japan street style.] 

WORST HIGHLIGHTS OF 08
-Max Mosley Scandal
-The Claw
[asks to test drive a R32 GTR, runs away with it, someone takes a picture of him...the rest is history]
-FreshFail
[uses someone else's picture to front in a Benz forum, original owner of the car posts his....the rest is history]
-JoeDono
[shop does $20K worth of work to his automatic Celica, turns out it's titled to his MOM, can't pay shit....the rest is history]
-Horrible body shop experience
[kit didn't fit on the 350z, tacks and screws, lots of money....the rest is history]
-C6 Z06 Engine not covered under warranty
[http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c6-z06-discussion/2203669-c-6-z06-blown-engine-not-warranted-by-gm.html]
-Greddy (Trust) filing for bankruptcy.
[Sparked numerous counterfeit products vs. legit products based on price and priority debate.]
-Turbo Magazine, Luxury Exotics, and Sport Compact car getting the ax.
-Big 3 Bailout.
[The Big 3 were stuck, flew over in a jet, got called out for flying in a jet, came in cars, asked for money, they got it, now they have to pay it back within 102 days...the rest is history.]

TRENDS OF 08
-Windshield banner with witty phrases.
["I'M KILLING IT" got overrated because people started to make their own "I'M KILLING IT" If you aren't driving your car REALLY HARD, then don't rock it.]
-Wheel Fitment
[People have stepped up to the game and have been successful. Even Hondas joined in.]
-Vinyl wrapped cars
[For some, it was a cheaper alternative than just painting a car. It got interesting results. From DIY to Pros and from average cars to supercars joining in on the action.] 
-WILD engine swaps.
[2JZ in a S15, LS1/LS6 in a 240sx, SR20 in a AE86, SR20 in a RX8, LS1 in a M3, 2JZ in a Camaro I'm sure there are more, let me check.] 
-Rotas are still #1 for 350Z/EVO/STi owners.
[I don't get why...they spent $30K on their car now they want cheap shit. The wheels make or break the car. I think Rotas break them.....or should I say...shatter them. pun intended.]
-Volk Racing wheels on Muscle Cars
[Looks pretty good actually.]
-Rotarded owners.
[Volk Racing stickers on Rotas.]
-JDM Tyt3 yo stickers
[Not my cup of tea. + some of those stickers translate into a exhaust maker company. LOL. So whose more stupid? The buyer or the seller?]  
-New Driver/Old Driver Japan Badges…[Umm. yea, this is the USA. Don't put that on your car. If you do, Japanese people here will think you are just a nOOb at driving or a old guy. If you rock one, the only perception I will have is "nOOb" or "old". If you got it just for the JDM approval....eh..You're doing it WRONG.] 

R.I.P. Hideki Tanabe
[Founder of Powerhouse Amuse]
R.I.P. Andrea Pninfarina
R.I.P. Paul Newman 

09 RESOLUTIONS FOR THIS BLOG
-More positivity
-Less Ranting and Blasting [only if there are HOT cars to make up for it.] 

What’s in store for 09? who knows?

Top 20 Grassroots [drift] cars of 07-08

Posted in Cars on December 30, 2008 by Jason

Here is my list of the Top 20 Grassroots [drift] cars of 07-08
(In specific order. You will notice a pattern.)
This is my list, not yours. Don’t complain. Make your own if you want to.

240sx fastbacks
REVGASM-Risky Devil
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dousan-Pink Godzira
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C’s Garage 180sx
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Grip Gambler
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Onevias/S13 coupe
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CleanS14
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Grip Gambler
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Goldmember S13-West Slide Connection
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Henry Chan-Supermade S13
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S14 Zenki
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Green+Purple Zenki-West Slide Connection
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Mark Arcenal-Fatlace
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Courtney Day-Supermade S14
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S14 Kouki
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Risky Devil
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Altezza-Risky Devil
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RX7
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Truckasarus RX7
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Risky Devil
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image credits: Auto Otaku, Brendon Lester, C’s Garage, D.LIRA PHOTO, Fatlace, G-Tastic(Allen Chu), Garpot Studio, Herb Rreal ’07, Ill Photography, KaizoPhoto, PKF2, Risky Devil, RX7Club, Speedhunters, SpeedSyndicate, Squidd (ViolentRunning), Touge Factory, Zilvia, and Ziptied.

1)Once again, this is my top 20 list. Ok, sure, 2 of them don’t belong there but Supermade is classy.
2)No one payed me off with cash or crew stickers for me to make this list. I don’t think any of them know.
3)file02471“SHIT IS EPIC.”
4)Maybe your car might be in the next top 20 list of 09-10.
[If you really think your car is the shit and have both the looks and modifications to make up for it, then ok, act like a cock. If it doesn't. HAHA. I find your lack of taste disturbing.]
5)Step your game up and wow me for 2009-2010.
6)If I missed your car, It will probably be up in 2009-2010 list.
7)Have a great new year.

GS on Leons

Posted in Cars on December 29, 2008 by Jason

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“Let’s chill”

Posted in Cars on December 28, 2008 by Jason

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RB26 powered Kouki

Posted in Cars on December 27, 2008 by Jason

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RB26 powered Kouki. The garage is so nice.
Already got SOLD. [the car, not the house.]

Random Shot #6

Posted in Cars on December 26, 2008 by Jason

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Merry Christmas

Posted in Cars on December 25, 2008 by Jason

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VIP Elantra

Posted in Cars on December 24, 2008 by Jason

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Doriten Haruguchi

Posted in Cars on December 23, 2008 by Jason

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subtle and clean

Posted in Cars on December 22, 2008 by Jason

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