Basics of tuning, style and drifting

Hi readers.

Yesterday while talking to my mate about drifting and the style of some of the cars I though it would be a nice idea to write a post about it, so I am doing it.

I am gonna focus on the !street style! or the low-budget drifting, in Spain people tend to use BMW for drifting ”because japanese cars are quite expensive” In fact they are due to the drifting trend, but obviously it is not the same drifting in a BMW than a Skyline 32, or Silvia’s.

The Street Style is quite different to the cars you can see in D1 Grand Prix or the Formula D, drivers focus more in the mechanics but some of them give a nice touch to the exterior of the cars. If you are a big fan of Drift Tengoku you will see lots of these cars.

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                                                         (In picture: Nissan 200SX by Kids Heart)

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Tobidasa Night’s. At Mie-Ken

So, last satuday I decided to joint a car meeting with my friend Shota from Nara street team. I had the pleasure to be part of that team. We are based in Kansai area, specially in Nara so I am probably the only one living in Kyoto and being part of a Nara team by the way. I left Kyoto around 7.30pm and I took the shortest way to the reach the place where I meet Shota and I friend who drive a Infinite G37, then we moved to the car meeting spot located somewhere in a highway in Mie-ken prefecture. As usual there were a bunch of car fanatics and as you may well know, Kansai area is about stance, USDM and Hellaflush. I took pictures of many car that were at the events, but I specially focus on those cars I like it.

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This one was one of the most admired cars in the meeting, a USDM Infinity G37. Left hand drive car driving on Work Wheels. Is not usual to spot USDM car in Japan if they are not Hot Rod’s or Muscle Cars.

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Roadster are still alive in the country in case you don’t know, they maybe not the most popular car over here but many people love them and I have to say I like them a lot and they are so fast and also fun to drive.

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Another surprise to me was to find that Mini Cooper S GP Works rocking BBS. The yellow headlight just make the car look superb.

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You maybe not used to spot the Toyota Vitz sedan in car meeting’s. But the Vitz’s/Yaris is the sedan version of the Toyota daily city car and here there is one on a superb stance. I
This particular car is becoming very popular in the region and telling you the truth I like so much when people choose rare cars as a project cars.

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Such an spot. A Top Secret body-kit in that awesome Toyota Supra. Was very annoying to see how people didn’t even care much about standing in front of a Top Secret Supra, but you then say to yourself; well this may happened because this is Japan and nothing is special enough.

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Here are a couple of examples about the Honda culture. And those are different cars.

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About the the Honda culture… what to say. No, definitely. Is not everything about Kanjo Race Car’s. In fact many Civic’s are built under the stance culture and many of them are EK9. This one above had detached spoiler, rear lip and fitted with a B20, and yes the VIN was a real EK9.

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No more to say every time I go to a japanese car meeting a have a surprise. Maybe because the people I met, maybe because the cars I found, sometimes only because the experiences I have driving the japanese roads. See you in the next meeting.

Scale Models at the Toyota Historical Garage

Inside the Toyota Historical Garage there are some other ways to spend than only admire classic cars from all eras. You can also admire scale models, from 1:43 to 1:8. There many, several, thousands of them.

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The are european cars, american cars and an spectacular collection of japanese models. Here is just a bunch of examples, I really just prefer that you go and visit and try to spend a couple of hours visiting and taking your time.

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I specially liked this one. Trampio livery for the AE86.

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Bluebird vs Carina

Is probably truth that in the early ’70s maybe Datsun/Nissan was probably the most successful car manufacturer talking in development and real performance cars. Specially thanks to the well known Skyline GTR. From Hakosuka to Kenmeri.

But under that high spec coupes, and also not forgetting the hyper performance car produced by Mazda with the Cosmo 110S as maximum expression of design and performance from Mazda and Toyota with the 2000, apart of those high spec coupes, the people of the seventies were already demanding less powerful and probably, as main problem, less expensive coupe cars. The boom for the joy of car in the country was about to start in the follow years.

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The way that Toyota and Datsun/Nissan used to save cost was very easy and clever. By producing sedan, coupe and wagon version the development of a car become cheaper effective and more affordable for the buyer of that time.

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Is very obvious that the Toyota Carina coupe is not as popular as the Bluebird. Not now and not even at the time the were for sale, maybe also the design of the Bluebird was more sporty and beautiful but that also from everyone’s point of view.

But the followed evolutions of Toyota Carina were and are quite popular between the Kyusha fans and car builders. Specially the versions A40 and A50.

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What happened was that Datsun put so bigger effort into getting the Bluebird much popular, the Bluebird’s were racing in Japan and also in America (were the Bluebird was sold under the badge 510), taking victories and making sportier version of the common Bluebird.

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Today the 510 is such a good looking car and swapping an SR20DET you know is a very good way to power this small coupe created more than 40 years ago.

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Visiting the Toyota Historical Garage. Tokyo.

If you ever visit Tokyo there is place that you have to hit, the Toyota Historical Garage. Is very easy to reach, just take a train to the island of Odaiba and stop in the station with the same name. The are so many other things to do in the island, mainly all them related with having fun and enjoy with your family in case you have kids.

But  today were are here for cars. The museum is located inside the Shopping Mall in front of Toyota MegaWeb. That Shopping Mall has its singularity as you can walk your pet inside, the do shopping with your pet. But being back to the museum I have to say that is free admission and you are free to take photos if you want to re-visit every time you want when you go back to home. There are three sections, one for shopping, one for scale model exhibition, and the car exhibition. We will see today the car exhibition.

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The first car you spot is that red Jaguar E-Type, fully restored, clean and with the bonnet open to appreciate it well.

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It is a museum is owned by Toyota and has its name on it, but is more like a kind of car history review. With one of the most iconic cars of always.

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This Levin is the second car you spot when entering the Museum, also fully restored and so immaculate. It had about 144.000 km on the clock.

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Some euro rarities are also in the exhibition, from the Renault 4 you see behind this super rare MESSERSCHMITT KR that raced the Mille Miglia back in the time.

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Europe styled scenario for the Fiat 500, probably one of the most popular cars in south Europe in all the times.

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The japanese cars are placed apart, all them together, which creates a superb atmosphere, around you there are the most iconic japanese sport cars ever.

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This is a real Z432, this car was restored by the museum during the last spring. The workshop is inside the museum and your are able to see the technicians working in real time as you will see in some other photo.

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The Toyota 800, the car who has the honor to be the first sports car produced by Toyota.

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Another car very rare to spot in the street or even in the classic meeting is the Mazda Carol, with a very uncommon desing specially in the rear, this car makes you realize how family cars having changing over the years.

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One exotic, the Ferrari Dino. Today one of the most expensive Ferrari ever.

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Toyota created the Toyota 2000 after being successful with the development of the S800, the Toyota 2000 was probably one of the most clean and best designed Toyota’s until today.

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There were also a bit of American history in the museum, the good looking Mustang never gets old.

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Yes, there was a time when Citroën created great, powerful and luxury cars. Yes, it was long time ago.

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This is a 3SGTE engine developed by TRD. Toyota raced that engine on the JGTC Toyota Supra. This was a winning engine.

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On the workshop inside the museum a Cosmo is being restored and almost ready to be in the exhibition. Soon we will be able to appreciated in a closer look.