While I might feel that car design peaked in the 70s, I have to admit that being a kid from the 80s, the one that captured my heart are the machines I grew up looking at. Welcome to the 80s and the 90s. With the emerging popularity of the cars from the decade of excess, […]Read more "Nostalgic 2 Days 2020 – Hachimaru Heroes"
With several automotive events catering to every niche happening throughout the year, there are few better places in the world to be an auto-otaku than in Japan. And if the Tokyo Auto Salon has gotten way too crowded for your liking, how about hitting up one the slightly smaller but just as exciting shows on […]Read more "Nostalgic 2 Days 2020 – Historic Youth Part 2"
With our 4-hour shinkansen ride coming to an end as we pulled into the Central Tokyo station just before dinner time, there was just one extra pit stop we had to make before we head towards our base at the Celestine Hotel in Ginza. Our favourite ramen joint, Rokurinsha. Eat your heart out Ichiran, you […]Read more "Nostalgic 2 Days 2020 – Historic Youth Part 1"
If you, like me, were a kid of the 80s or 90s and grew up stuck in front of your television playing Gran Turismo since the beginning, chances are that this car needs no introduction. One of a handful of Mine’s tuned vehicles offered to players in the second iteration of Playstation’s flagship racer, the […]Read more "Gran Vision: Otto Mobile’s 1/18 Mine’s R34 Skyline GT-R"
I think it is safe to say that it’s been common knowledge that in Japan, the love of speed has been around for quite several years. With Japan pumping out serious cult speed machines since the 80s through to the early 2000s, midnight street racers shooting down the wangan expressways maketh the dreams of all […]Read more "Double (miniature) Trouble: Tomica Limited Vintage 1/64 Porsche 912 and Nissan Bluebird Wagon 警察車"
When someone mentions the name Nissan Skyline, chances are, you’d be thinking of the holy trinity of Nissan Royalty, the R32, R33 and R34 GTRs. Or, if perhaps you’re into Kyushas, the first one that comes to mind might be the OG Hakosuka. But since we’ve already taken a look at the Hakosuka previously, I […]Read more "Miniature Dreams: Ignition Models’ 1/18 KPGC110 “Kenmeri” Skyline 2000GT-R"
Japanese Nostalgic specialist Star Road brought along a couple of lovely retro machines to the Tokyo Auto Salon but this was my favourite, not just amongst Star Road’s cars but pretty much of one my favourites for the entire show. And judging by the constant crowds surrounding the car throughout the day, i’m sure many […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Star Road’s Skyline 2000GT"
For the past few years, with the rise of aesthetic mods and high-end motors taking centerstage at the Tokyo Auto Salon, those wanting a taste of true blue authentic JDM tuning goodness were happily catered for in a special event space located just next to the main halls. With a lovely selection of vehicles specially […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Option Magazine’s Tuning Car Meeting"
During the duration of the Auto Salon, there were some notable cars that, even without the allure of scantily clad models, had a constant stream of crowds surrounding them. Top Secret’s VR32 was one of those cars. No stranger to wild and powerful builds, the latest creation from local hero Smokey Nagata and his Top Secret […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Top Secret’s VR32 GT-R"
Now that we’ve got Toyota out of the way, let’s head over to the cars from Nissan. While Toyota might be the biggest automobile manufacturer from Japan, when it comes to naming the most famous speed machine from the land of the rising sun, there can only be one and only, Godzilla, the Nissan GT-R. With this […]Read more "Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Nissan"