Atlanta, USA / Kyoto, Japan.
Cars and Video games. I write about them, I take pictures of them, I film them. I like to dream, right between my sound machine.
@zz @majik16106 @BigJim2031 You can "personally believe once they are registered in state thats all that matters" all you want too. But that isn't true. There are a ton of examples of GTR owners having their cars taken and crushed despite being plated and registered in the state they live. They absolutely exploit a federal importation law and like most things.. the DOT and NHTSA federal laws trump local traffic and state DOT registration stations. Having a plate and a registration, and insurance absolutely does not make the cars legal. It does not protect you from seizure. The feds find out, the car gets crushed, and you are entitled to nothing. Nobody is going to pay you for it. Nobody to sue. You just lose.
Do people risk it all the time? sure. Do they get away with it? Sure. It is worth noting though, that the longer the community in the US protects, defends and helps hide these people, the longer they help the gray market imports.. the longer and harder it is to get clearance. There are people in the DOT/NHTSA right now, fighting to just make the GTR illegal all together. Despite the 25 year rule. They REALLY don't want to deal with all the 90s turbo cars becoming legal. It aint over.
As for the R33.. its a very special case. Short version. Originally Motorex contracted JK technologies on the east coast to do the legalizing. They did the initial work on the R33, which was the first car motorex made legal. After the motorex debacle Jk technologies convinced the NHTSA they had done legit work and had their RI status kept. So now they are the only legal importers of the car. Of course, an 80k legalization package is silly so they priced themselves out of having a ton of customers. Is what it is.
1 week, 2 days ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
@BigJim2031 There were a few legit cars imported and sold years ago before the whole thing fell apart in the Us. Really long story. These may be some of those cars, may be gray market. -shrug- Only way to know for sure was if he had a picture of all the proper NHTSA paperwork. lol. Tons of people think they have legit cars because they managed to get them registered in their state one way or the other, but that won't stop the DOT from seizing and crushing if that importation paperwork is missing and they find out about it.
1 week, 3 days ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
Yah.... we are gonna need way more of the blue 3rd gen TA that Alok shot.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Feature Cars Of Gatebil
Thanks for including my question guys! Awesome answers. Great article. Aston is one of if not my favorite brand. So much history.
2 months ago on You Ask, Aston Martin Answer: <br/>Marek Reichman On Your Questions
if the render floating around was awd and turbocharged... i would buy the crap out of it.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Return Of The S2000? With AWD & Boost?
When dealing with a brand identity like Aston Martin, with so much heritage, how do you know when you can break the mold in design terms? How do you know where to draw the line to make original and innovative design or keep something obviously "Aston Martin"?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Question Time For The Century Man:<br/> Ask Mr Aston Martin
@jay8393 Yah I am surprised at how many people obviously haven't kept up with the news and are relying on Speedhunters. I mean, SH is great, obviously. But it isn't exactly the place to go for up to the minute automotive industry news. Most of the FB car blogs or whatever have been showing this news for a week.
It's funny too because there was rumors of a new EVO earlier this year. Even some of the Japanese cars mags were showing "leaked" concept art.
Oh well. Maybe we will see a new one in several years.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun
@Spaghetti Tokyo is easy.. go to Nakano Mall or Akihabara. You can't get away from them. Osaka you want to head into denden town, which is near Nipponbashi station.There are several places around the city. There is a cool f1 shop near Osaka station. My favorite place to shop though, is about an hour north of Osaka in Kyoto. B's hobby. They have a sister shop in Yokohama as well, just south of Tokyo.
4 months ago on Shizuoka: The World Capital of Scale Models
As someone who has spent some time with this car in person, and photographed it, it is nice to see some pics that do it justice. It is absolutely jaw dropping in person. These pictures do a good job capturing how low slung and mean it is. sitting still, even in a parking lot, or show space, this car just looks like it wants to eat something, like it wants to be driven hard. Awesome shots.
4 months, 1 week ago on Hiroshima Hero: Meet Japan’s Wildest S13
Push. Always push. Exorcise the curse.
4 months, 1 week ago on Project Evo: Can Cars Be Cursed?
@apex_DNA @majik16106 @Pwain I cant wait until the US gets more of them. then maybe.. MAYBE.. the r34 can stop being the most overrated car on the internet. lol
4 months, 1 week ago on Garage Envy. You Won’t Believe What’s Inside
@Pwain @majik16106 @apex_DNA Yah, see my other comment. Sorry I didn't assume you were from the one place they aren't really sold. International audience and all. I just took issue with the use of the term unicorn. Personally for you guys in the US.. i guess, but by that logic.. the r32 is a unicorn, and 33, and 31.. and evo 3,4,5,6.. and Excorth Cosworths, and st205s celica GT-fours, and s15s, and Lancia Deltas,,,, and I am sure you can see where this is going. Speedhunters is a pretty global audience as is car culture... so Im just not sure its fair to start labeling cars as unicorns that are commonly found in Canada, all over the EU, Aus, Jpn, NZ.. etc just because they aren't available in the USA. Just a stupid difference of opinion over semantics is all it really is.
@apex_DNA Ok, I guess I just don't consider it a Japanese unicorn because you live in the one country in the industrialized world where you can't own one. lol. Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand.. and obviously Japan.. not that rare. The unicorn in this article is the Prince. Thats Japanese and you don't see that.. anywhere.
@apex_DNA wat? A unicorn is a rare, mythical creature that nobody ever sees. You see r34s all the time...
@RBJKT @majik16106 @Speedhunters_Bryn Working on it! I just made that page in the last year as a bookmarker. I've got life issues but I am going to take a crack at doing what I think would be something different. Just have to wait unti I can.. you know? I don't have a bankroll.. just an idea.. so the first little bit will probably be pretty low quality in terms of technical stuff, go pro footage and basic editing from what I can shoot on a t2i.. but I guess it will test my theory. The content will have to sell it. Wish me luck.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on A New Way Of Doing Things? Vossen Shows Us How
@Speedhunters_Bryn @majik16106 Just dont get too lost in shiny. thats the big mistake everyone makes. The internet, and youtube, prove over and over and over again that content matters much more than dressing it up. big effects, heavily edited video.. wont matter. Car guys are simple, get someone believable as a host, make sure he/she has his/her facts straight and can talk to people, Get a good mic for sound. The occasional slo-mo is ok, dont over do it. IT doesnt have to be flashy.. the stuff car guys are looking for.. doesnt require hours and hours of editing.
I have been trying to pitch Speedhunters.tv for.. i dunno.. years. I mention it from time to time. I think it absolutely the next thing you guys should be doing. website/youtube channel. All you need is a host who can travel from site to site, hook up with the editors at shows and film some quick spots. an episode every two weeks or so. Some coverage, some test drive, some how-to. Let me know when to send in a video resume. :)
Missed you guys! heard you had fun at M&L. Please tell me someone got pics of the F12. I took a few. Nothing but wheels.. but that car is seriously pretty. I can imagine what features are coming. Pretty good show this year. Looking forward to see what you choose to show.
5 months, 1 week ago on West-Side Style: Osaka Auto Messe
Are you and Dino planning on coming down to Osaka for the Auto Messe in a few weeks?
6 months ago on Tokyo Bay Night Running
@roryfjohnston HAHA. You need to change your Avatar. I bet you'd go nuts for this sort of thing.
6 months, 1 week ago on 1 Way To Really Improve Your Driving
@O4ABDA @speedhunters_dino @majik16106 Yup. Like I said, definitely what I feel is my biggest weakness. I think its because of how I think about braking zones. Im so focused on getting down to proper entry speeds that I forget what to do when I lift off the brake. Maybe. Just practice I'm sure.
@speedhunters_dino @majik16106 I'd give it credit. Sounds better than a lot of other words I have heard instructors invent. lol
Awesome story. My problem has and always will probably be releasing the brakes. I mean, i can always improve in other areas but that is BY FAR where I have the most problem. My brain just cant seem to let my feet ease off the brakes when going into acceleration. Looks like an awesome experience though. Now I want to get back on track!
One Question: Since its a theme of inspiration.. are we just describing the photo/photos in general like a normal IATS submission or should we write a bit more about how we are inspired given this competition?
6 months, 3 weeks ago on It’s January! Who Wants To Be A Speedhunter?
Couldn't give us one more week to get some pics at the Osaka Auto Messe could ya? Guess its my big chance. I look forward to the challenge.
@speedhunters_dino @majik16106 Interesting. I think whatever was going on at Okayama was more mechanical but it may have been suspension stuff. I dont think it was tires heating though.. as it was raining at Okayama that day. lol. Maybe they are just having some trouble getting the suspension dialed in all together.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Ultimate NSX?</br>Esprit’s Time Attack Monster
@wheatgod Yah Tarzan had it on the track for a few laps at Okayama, it came in, went back out for a lap, then parked. Maybe it was just doing shakedown stuff. Not sure. It spent a lot of time on the jackstands. It and the Kakimoto NSX were side by side in the garages. Was really awesome to see them side by side.
I saw this car a few weeks ago. Was really awesome. If i remember right it was having a few problems. But very cool.
@MartinHsson @Simply P 9 bar is 130psi. The S4 engine was tested in lab once for strength at up to 5 bar (70ish psi) to make around 1000hp but in race trim the S4 saw 2.2bar or 32psi.
8 months ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
@MPistol I know you made this post awhile ago. But consider that you are speaking about the home of Audi. Sure they have access to a bit more stuff in Europe where it was a stronger market for the car.. but also this is a Gatebil car. So its a "shining" example of a build. There are not cars like this driving all over Europe. Its rare, in the world, period. Consider also the flipside. I know some guys who race American Iron in Europe and they always complain that we have the best muscle car stuff. Happens here in Japan too. They always look to Hot Rod and what we do in the states for newest and coolest in muscle car builds. The great thing about car culture is its like cooking.. each area has a specialty and they tend to do it "best". Everyonce in awhile a foreigner nails it and thats pretty special. Japan has some decent cheeseburgers.. but if I want a real one.. i go home to Georgia.. and vice versa. The US has some pretty cool import builds.. supras and such.. but if I want the "best of the best" I go to Japan.
8 months ago on Homemade Hero – A British Built Quattro
@EricSeanDelaney They posted the Delta Integrale.. there could be an S4 coming.
8 months ago on Rallying’s Roots, Muddy Roots
Rally month... posts by me incoming! Can't wait!
I know I pick my spots to post but you guys have really done a number with the recent Audi coverage. It's fantastic. Not the most popular platform in the US and almost impossible to find here in Japan. Seeing this one and the white race car a few weeks ago.. feels like being punched in the stomach. Its awesome and knowing how difficult it is to find and build one where I live.. it hurts. I love it though.. great work.
8 months ago on Legend Reborn: The Hansen Motorsport Quattro
I only come out of hiding for Super Gt coverage and the Gt300 BRZ. well thats not true.. but close. I got some great pictures of it at Suzuka earlier this year. I love this years cars. Thanks for the pit pictures.. the pass was too much at the time for me. At suzuka they had this cool little display out front with a "fake" BRZ car and the engine on a stand out in front. Really cool.
8 months ago on The Cars of Super GT
BRZ pictures. You know who loves you!
8 months ago on The Last Race: Super GT Fuji Sprint Cup
HAHAH. A Sera! That car gets absolutely no coverage and is completely 90s awesome. I'm not sure too many people stateside have heard of it. When I told my friends back home I had seen one they all had no idea what i was talking about.. and they are serious car people.
10 months ago on Only in Japan: A Carspotting Story
@roryfjohnston In regards to people coming over here to see cars. I would say to not be afraid to ask questions on Speedhunters. Because of a simple back and forth with the man above, we have become friends. and he helped me a ton when I first moved here to find the cool local stuff. Japan is wonderful. I need to start carrying my camera everywhere. Most of the time the phone just isn't cutting it.
I would say buick grand national, but instead Ill go Buick Turbo regal. Same car, less black.
11 months ago on Discussion: The Best Factory Sleeper Ever
@speedhunters_dino AAAAaaaannnnnd covered up and tossed back in the truck. dammit.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The Nsx Is Back In Super Gt
@speedhunters_dino Yes. But they are on display at Suzuka this weekend. Or atleast are today.. so they I would think they will still be out tomorrow.
Cant wait to get a closer look at this badboy and the new Lexus on Sunday!
@Rico05 You don't even have to go that far back. Remember when Audi said they wanted to try to compete at Le Mans with a diesel?
@Jonathan Moore WOOOOP !! THAT'S customer service! Pantera and Bt52 added. My Hero.Last time Dino came through for me I threatened to hug him a lot... i think it freaked him out so Ill back it down a notch this time. I owe you a drink!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Oldtimer Gp: I Am Legend
First no wallpaper of the Pantera, and now no wallpaper of the Bt52. You are killin me Mr. Moore.
@bigmac69 yah, the bensopra kit.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on The House Of Style: Tra Kyoto
@RB430 @py4age Its a worked gt4 body kit. and it looks so good. God I love those cars. They are so fun to drive.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Heaven’s On Fire At The Oldtimer Grand Prix
Ok, more of these pictures need to be available for wallpapers.. like.. all of them.
Also, that Pantera is delicious. So if I could request one more high res.. that one.
Failed me. No Wangan Midnight, shutoku highway battle. Much better than initial d. lol. and no Talledega nights or cannonball run. No grease lightening? haha.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Poll: The Best Car Movie Ever
Psst. Mike. It may confuse some people who don't know this story, but Aika starts out with a CRX, which is the car she has in the episode you showed the picture of. She later ends up with the Eg6, 2 in fact. I know you know this.. but you know.. other people.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Auto Otaku Library: Over Rev! – A Girl’s Story
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Poll: The Cars Of July