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So true, that's one thing that annoys me greatly with most JDM related blogs and media in the US. Alot of what is presented as Japanese car culture is anything but. The best way I can explain true Japanese car culture is an extreme obsession with any and all things automotive, plus an intense pursuit of the experience there of...
Wordy I know, but the Japanese car culture is so nondenominational and varied. And even highly prized and rare cars are driven and driven hard - as well as modified. It's like a cultural embodiment of the most schizophrenic, ADD, anal retentive, obsessive car frantic you've ever known. I was always pleasantly surprised by the knowledge, admiration and respect that many Japanese car enthusiast had for ALL cars not just Japanese ones.
Inversely I am often disappointed here in the states by the almost willful ignorance of many US (JDM and Domestic) car enthusiast about their own car, let alone automobiles in general.
2 months, 1 week ago on Only in Japan: A Carspotting Story
"The R32 Skyline GT-R is the 5.0 Fox-body Mustang of Japan". Ha! I used to tell people that all the time while in Japan and when I got back. Nice to see I'm not the only one who noticed that. When I think back, I should have bought one while there. But at the time I was obsessed with JZ powered Toyotas.
@Charles Montgomery III
The engine is actually WELL BEHIND the front wheel centerline. This makes the car a Front-mid engined design. Par the course in modern sports car design (370z, c5-c7 Corvette, all of the current front engined Ferarris and etc)
4 months ago on Btm Continuation Cheetah: Up Close And Personal
these days all the high end sports cars are rear biased in their weight distribution. To include Ferarri, Maserati, and etc.
More like modern engineering catching up to "ahead of his time" genius.
Great article! i have to be honest, try hard as i may, i just can't get that high i get when driving, seeing, or fantasizing about 1970 or older iron. My dream garage would be bursting at the seams with cars from 1970 - many of them not even "performance cars" (like a 1970 455ci Buick Wildcat convertible) to name one. So many awesome cars from all over the world; race, street, custom, and so on. And in the performance realm (in the US at least) POWER and SPEED was king. Heck, every aerodynamic aide on the pictured 1970 Pontiac T/A worked! from the from air splitter to the deflectors in front of the wheels and the spoiler on the rear. Even the engine bay heat/pressure extractors on the front fenders all worked and were wind tunnel and race track proven!
Truly the last era of pure unchecked automotive excess for the sake of excess. Image and performance were key selling points and manufacturers were only too happy to sell it to you!
5 months, 1 week ago on 1970: THE GREATEST YEAR EVER?
never mind. just looked it up. as stated earlier, the pics are much more impressive.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on VAUGHN GITTIN JR'S FIRE DRIFT BEHIND THE SCENES
so where's the video?
Nice! I was beginning to think SpeedHunters readers were getting a little heavy on the "poseur" side. But the questions asked in this write-up were pretty in depth and I actually learned a few things.
More Question and answer sessions please!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Ask The Expert: Kw Answers Your Questions
agreed, BUT THAT'S WHY I LOVE EM!
6 months ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA
@TylerS13 if you look at the close-up pics it's plain to see that they DO rub. something tells me that Nakai could care less though!
So did Daniel Craig actually learn how to drive stick for the occasion, or did he drive that modified automatic monstrosity the built for the last movie?
6 months, 2 weeks ago on NO, MR BOND: I EXPECT YOU TO DRIVE…
Say what you want about Toyota being a purveyor of "Wheeled Appliances". One look at this Museum proves there is real passion behind Toyota's products.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on More Than History: The Toyota Museum Japan
I really wish that 1973 Trans Am wasn't all jacked up in the back. Those cars are not nor ever were intended to be drag cars. They are road race/ GT cars. The Trans Ams of the 70s (not particularly fast at the end of the era) were consistently reviewed and found to be great handling cars. To the point that many car reviewers of the era considered the Trans Am far superior to the Corvette, especially when optioned with the WS6 package.
Also the White Z28 is a 1974-1976 Z28. (more likely a 1974 *chrome bumpers no front air splitter*) Definitely 70s era!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on PARKING LOT HUNTING AT THE STREET CAR NATS
Even when I was a Kid and hated Gassers for their "nose high" stance (although I love em now); I couldn't deny they had a swagger that was hard to beat. If I ever get ahold of a 1961-62 Fullsize chevy 2dr hard top - I will fulfill a personal dream of having a all black, big block, gasser
B-body to tear around in. To me they embody a "Punk" anti establishment era of drag racing.
These wild cars that came shortly after Superstock fullsizers started dying off and just before factory midsize Muscle started dominating the strip.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Famoso ’57: A Lesson In Stance And Style
I'm on the Fence with this one. I like a real "street fighter/daily driver" as much as the next guy, but except for the flares, there's nothing really remarkable about this car. The paint is full of orange peel and the interior and engine bay reveal what is in fact; just a well used Majesta slammed on some nice rims with stretched tires.
I like it, but not as a feature car...
7 months ago on D’custom Freak Vip Style: Bee Dragon Majesta
@guReMcO Its' a common error in perception, like that fact that at the time they were considered "super cars" because honestly; short of a all out race car, NOTHING approached the HP and acceleration they achieved. In fact, the term didn't become associated with Exotics til the late 70s to early 80s). "muscle car" is a much later term as well. Do some research, you'd be surprised how many "Muscle cars" of the era were not 1/4mile focused.
The fact that their handling is regarded as "suspect" by modern, uninitiated enthusiast, is more of a nod to the fact that it took nearly 20 years for anything other than exotics to approach their performance abilities. As well as the fact that people easily forget that EVERYTHING in the 60s-early 70s handles like sh#t compared to whats on the road now. Yes even Ferrari and Porches. Also, a nearly 50yr old "Muscle car" is easily able to keep up with and be driven daily in modern traffic, the Exotic stuff is fragile, unreliable, and far less comfortable. So a Muscle car is more likely to be compared to modern steel, because it's still relevant in the modern street scene. especially in the States.
7 months ago on The American Dream: My Mustang Rtr Experience
I so want to hate this, BUT IT MAKES ME SMILE SO HARD!
7 months, 1 week ago on United Nations Of Car Culture: The 1jz Caddy
@FunctionFirst AGREED! One of my best memories is a cross country drive I took in my 1967 Pontiac Catalina 2dr Hardtop (same exact fast back roof as the Impala featured here but with a front and rear end that mimicked Jet intakes) It was in mint condition, gold with a white roof. EVERYWHERE I went people came from no where to look, ask or talk about the car. It got so I started dreading stopping to fill her up. That car drove 2800 miles in two days with nary a complaint except requiring a chassi lube after a severe down pour in Alabama. And I till remember vividly the soothing lope of it's big 400 Cubic Inch motor as I cruised into night at 70mph.
To this day I still keep an eye out for another car of it's caliber. There is nothing like pulling onto the open road at the helm of such a grand feeling car. You can't help but feel like a king behind the wheel of one. With cars like the 1967 Impala, it's no wonder GM and Chevy had the Top selling cars in the world at the time. Just think, this 1967 Impala Hardtop was a common man's car! Yet look at all the style and presence.
8 months, 1 week ago on Cruising New Zealand In A ’67 Impala
@JDMized @Mike Half the JDM scene displayed here regularly here is born from illegal street racing.
Drifting: ILLEGAL and continues to be so. No matter what anyone says the best drifting I saw in Japan was on the streets, not at the track.
Wangan Racing: ILLEGAL, yet half the top speed and super tuned cars from Japan are built and tuned by guys who cut their teeth and still sharpen their skills illegally speeding on the toll roads.
and lets not forget 1/4mile drag racing...the ORIGINAL illegal gear head activity! And when i was in Japan, a few years ago it was still attracting guys and gals all Friday and Saturday night.
But that's not the point. It's the cars! I'm talking about the CARS people. Bad Ass cars that were built solely to make money on the streets (and just as often on the track). When money is on the line, you put up or shut up. And a car that is is a legend in the streets is a testament to the owner and builder knowing their stuff.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Temple Of Speed: Let’s Daikoku!
@RemingtonBox @MikeYee @JDMized @Mike you're missing the point. Its' not about the street racing (which contrary to what you say is not even having the surface scratched by any media.) a few posers messing around in Civics or a old mustang, or a coupla cars crashing into each other is NOT street racing or street racing culture. That's idiots playing grab ass with their friends in their mom's car.
I'm talking about the CARS people. Bad Ass cars that were built solely to make money on the streets (and just as often on the track). When money is on the line, you put up or shut up. And a car that is is a legend in the streets is a testament to the owner and builder knowing their stuff.