Another big hit from TAS2023 was the unveiling of Veilside’s take on Nissan’s latest Z-car, dubbed the FFZ400 (with the “FF” nomenclature no doubt taken from “Fast and Furious”), Veilside’s latest build was again, another massive crowd puller. Also called, “Han’s 400Z”, this orange number was created in collaboration with Sung Kang and is also […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Highlights of TAS2023: Veilside’s FFZ400"
Causing as much if not more fanfare as Liberty Walk’s F40 was Nissan’s unveiling of their “new” GTR. There were so many people crowding around the Nissan stage that you’d be easily forgiven if you thought that the Cyberjapan dancers were about to jump out! But no, there were no Cyber dancers, only Nissan’s latest […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Highlights of TAS2023: Nissan’s “new” GTR"
One of the biggest surprises at TAS (for me at least) was Toyota’s unveiling of two AE86s by Akio Toyoda, a Levin and a Trueno. Both not only lovingly restored by Gazoo Racing but also retrofitted with a much more modern powertrain. The Levin, going full electric with an electric drive unit from their Tundra […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Highlights of TAS2023: The “ECO” AE86s"
Now that I’ve had a bit of time to sit down, ponder and sort through and edit some pictures, it’s time to bring you my highlights of TAS2023. This is of course by no means a comprehensive review of the event but rather, cars that I spent that extra minute or two savouring the sights, […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Highlights of TAS2023: The return of BMW Japan / BMW M"
Well, sort of, because technically I’m already back in Singapore. But with hundreds of photos to sift through, sort out and edit, it’s going to take a while before starting on my TAS highlights. Sadly, while I wish I could present to you extensive tales of my Tokyo automotive excursion, I was unfortunately hit with […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Hello from the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon!"
We’re back! Though not without some slight hiccups. I was planning to head over to Toyosu market early this morning for breakfast, but after 2 years of being away, I’ve forgotten just how overwhelming Tokyo can be and as you’d expect, totally underestimated just how exhausted I would be after spending an entire day out […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Otaku 2023 – Back in Japan!"
Now that the festivities, feasting and revelry have more or less concluded, I figured it’s time to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a blessed 2023. What a year 2022 was, from the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the resumption of leisure travel and the return to a sense of normalcy for many of us. […]Read more "Class of 2022: CARS & KOPI Winter 2022."
Carved, cast, or excavated from a single piece of material, the Monolithic design ethos is a purposeful one, born of strength, power, presence, and solidity. Eschewing delicate lines for sharp chiselled edges, soft curvatures for strong bold surfaces, and unnecessary visuals for a clean minimalist visage. Whilst BMW’s current design philosophy isn’t debuting on their […]Read more "Monumental Monolith: Driving the BMW G70 i7 xDrive60i"
I guess by now you would have noticed from the images that no, Project 2002 will not be done by the end of 2022. It is unfortunate, but these things do happen and it’s all good. While the car still looks like a hot mess, the main issues that require sorting out really have to […]Read more "Project 2002: Time Extended"
Don’t you hate rattling noises in the car? Well, I do, and ever since collecting the Mark II, there’s been this rather annoying rattle coming from the back of the cabin that has just gotten ever so slightly louder with each passing day. So, as one should do, some investigations were done with plenty of […]Read more "Project Mark II: That annoying rattle"