Toyota Crown Wagon S80

It is true that after a long time without writing the blog, writing interesting topics is not easy at all. More certain is that the content search today is much more easy that never was before, today everything is available to the user with minimal searching through the deservedly popular Google.

For me telling the truth, today is no longer as it was yesterday, I no longer live in that wonderful place called Japan. Here in Spain things do not have the same interest for me personally but certainly not much less in content of interest when about the r32taka refers.

It does not mean what I just mentioned, I do have thousands of photos, some of them arbitrary about anything related to Japan. Among them I found this Toyota Crown Wagon S80.

I remember having found it in the lakes around Mount Fuji during an excursion to watch closely the volcano. I think it was the last day of stay around Mount Fuji when being in the parking lot drinking coffee I spot this Toyota Crown.

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The Crown has essentially the American spirit of the wagon of seventies American Wagons, not only by the yellow inspired by Mooneyes but also for the wheels and tyres. It has not even reduced the ground clearance.

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The double rear wiper is a very particular detail in this model, but certainly is still more, the rear registration plate holder saying clearly: think in yellow.

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Without a single JDM detail on this Crown, I think the owner managed to fully reflect his style and make it totally personal.

Sometimes when internet is full of similar cars with the same style, I think there must be a place where all car lovers have to appear. In this case I think this Crown deserves a place in the internet. The owner had a clear idea about his project, and has also managed to materialize it without a super economic cost. Cars are made to enjoy and customize them but not everyone has to follow the same patterns and this Toyota owner make a perfect example.

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The KEI to race

When we all think in race cars, probably everything that came to our minds are Civic, Silvia’s, Skyline, Supras… or in the case you are an Euro fan, the real popular Clio Sport and specially for European followers.

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But Japan has a really open mind when talking about races, and they do races whatever that has 2 or 4 wheels, and I am probably thinking that even more wheels are allowed when talking about racing in Japan.

For me, one of the most interesting races are the Kei Truck Championship, these consist in all kind of Kei Truck’s, open or closed all around Japan. As always some basic modifications for widely open fun. Always is the same recipe, good suspensions, good wheels and probably some exhaust and intake modifications and drive.

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These Kei Truck are daily driven so they keep license plates. Street legal tires and most of them of course Air Conditioning and power windows.

Now sit down and enjoy races.

Lubross Oil and GT Produce are supporting this race series and if you would like to find more info have yourself a website check. Note that these website are in Japanese but you can always use Google translate to view them.

Small cars, are you in?

In most countries specially America and also Europe small cars are not too popular when talking about performance, racing or today’s stance movement. But when we talk about small cars, and as many other times, Japan made again a revolution back in the days.

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Japanese case is the most obvious, when car space is reduced, the need of a small car increase at the top list. As you well know Japan also have special regulation for super small cars best known as Kei Cars, but today is not the case. Continue reading Small cars, are you in?

Back to the game

2 years have passed since the last post was posted in r32taka.com. In fact I did not realize it was too long, but I did also thought that I couldn’t remember when was the last time I did spoke about car to wide internet world.

Today obviously we have miss a lot of followers and daily visitor has got down to the minimum levels ever in the blog 6 years history, probably lower than the day two of the creation of the first blog when the car blog boom started back to 2009.

By that time I did jump the train and started seeninjapan blog, and then rapidly switched to r32taka.com. 3 years back in time I was so happy, many visitors and also many blog collaborations made r32taka enough for our aspirations.

Today everything has change as many blog are blown out by the big BLOGS and some just keep posting because they have the need of interacting and making tendencies. Also with the second boom created by tumblr, car enthusiasts found a beautiful place to share their content and spread to the word todays car tendencies.

Even with all that in mind, I realize I just want to keep posting content, my own content and also influences from the internet, what I think is cool to be posted, and what I think real JDM life is at its maximum.

So if you really want to allow me I will keep posting stuff, the best way I can, trying to show some real japanese stuff, nostalgia stuff, and whatever I think is not mainstream to be published in other websites.

Thank you for still being out there. See you next post.