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@Fearedisx people (and I mean people I see speaking english on the internet, I don't mean people in Japan) use it these days to indicate that one is excessively knowledgeable about a particular subject that is usually japanese (perhaps by virtue of being inside all day reading arcane wikipedia texts, which might explain why the term comes up so much) or, more incorrectly, to just suggest that someone is passionate about something in particular


I'd like to see input from a Japanese speaker on the way otaku has been taken and applied to non-verbal english on the internet


anyway, even if he did mean to use otaku in that very strict sense, why would that not make sense? I know a lot about Toyota GT-One race cars, but I have never seen one in person, and all my "research" was done in the home. Why would a GT-R "otaku" be any different?

2 months ago on The Stuff GT-R Dreams Are Made Of

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@Hotcakes Uhlenhaut doesn't mean ultralight, it's the name of the bloke (Rudolf Uhlenhaut) who was Merc's chief of motorsports at the time, and who was ultimately responsible for the two enclosed SLRs. After Mercedes withdrew from motorsports in '55, Uhlenhaut used one of these two cars as his company car, and it's for those two reasons that they are both called by his name. That's also why you sometimes see one of the Uhlenlaut coupes wearing an enormous muffler as big as a briefcase, as the SLR is a very loud car, and obviously this was unacceptable for German roads. But neither car sees much road use today, so the muffler is no longer necessary


2 months, 3 weeks ago on Festival In A Blur: Goodwood Speeds Past

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@sonic2896 To keep all the bits of plastic or glass on the car if someone knocks it and shatters the lamp. You see this on lots of old track cars

3 months, 1 week ago on 5 Unexpected Finds At Tsukuba

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i don't know how anybody could see a Vector (one that appears to be running, no less) and take only one picture of it

5 months, 2 weeks ago on From The Canyon To The Sea: <br />We Love LA

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Seibu Keisatsu is the best show

alternatively it was the best way to send off your used Cedric in style

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Car Park Hunting: Mooneyes Style

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@EricSeanDelaney  i'd like them back to making a car that's worth at least the space it takes up first. an ugly version of a fiat 500 or bravo will not cut it

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Calling Carlos, Toyota Are Back!

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@speedhunters_dino @ComJive  Unfortunately not. I'm always on the lookout, but they're really rare here. My dream Panda now is one of those neat Panda 4x4s, but I'm trying to stay focused on restoring my Hilux without bankrupting myself. If I find one that runs and isn't primarily made of rust, I'll likely pounce, though. I'd also accept an Autobianchi A112, which seems to have been marketed primarily towards me anyway

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo

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Those OZ are gorgeous. I want them on everything I own, even my cat

6 months, 3 weeks ago on They’re Coming To Take You Away: Geneva’s Most Wanted

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I love Pandas dino. When I was a bambina my mamma had a Panda that would carry my whole family (So mamma, nonnina, my sister and I) around the outskirts of Milano at what felt like a million miles an hour. I would have learnt to drive in it had we not moved to America when I was 6. But I always loved the Panda, and the fact that I never saw them anymore only contributed to that (I dunno whether they sold them here or not, but it seems like most people in America hate Fiat for making decent cars that teach you the value of doing your own wrench work).  Until I was 10 I was convinced that my mamma's Panda could take a McLaren F1 in a race, but she was just too classy to accept the challenge


I doubt many of the Japanese Panda enthusiasts have that kind of a story about Pandas, but then I wasn't raised in a N-or-Z360 and I still want one of those

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo

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@Ant86 @ComJive  This car wasn't a good example for my argument, because those wheels don't look too big to me. I'm more worried about the aspect ratio of the tyres rather than outright diameter. I don't personally think low-profile tyres look good on most cars, but the aspect ratio here is fine. I'm thinking more of all the RX_ I see down there wearing wheels that more or less don't even have rubber on them, just black paint when I level this complaint.


And, I'll be the first to admit that I'm standing on very thin ice, because what I want cars to look like should in no way affect how other people build them. I'm more just curious why the big wheels on a tiny old car style seems so prevalent there, because I don't really see old japanese classics with huge (relatively speaking) wheels anywhere else


The brake argument works for me, at least here, where the car in question is a kei car that used to wear ten inchers, and where the power has been increased by, what, 500%? 600%? That makes sense to me

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Pouncing Kei. Hidden Ninja

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@132000 @ComJive  I wasn't saying it was right or wrong. It's not my thing but it seems to make you guys happy, so fair play to you. I was more curious why it's so prevalent

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Pouncing Kei. Hidden Ninja

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Yes! Classic cars down under with perfectly sized wheels! Thanks for proving me wrong, world

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Precious Metal: Kiwi Classics’ Big Day Out

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i know he's looking for a better suspension and wheel setup, so what I'm about to say MIGHT not apply to him (but really it most likely will): why do guys down under always get huge obnoxious modern car wheels for any sort of vintage car build, even if the car in question is from the 1970s and can barely fit 18s without getting it tubbed? I don't want to see an RX3 rolling around on 21 inch "rims." What's wrong with a nice vintage barrel, or, hell, anything with a bit of sidewall? I know too-big wheels are a worldwide problem, but I've never seen such a huge concentration of vintage japanese steel wearing what look like their 8 year old kid's trainers as I have coming out of Aus. and NZ. is there some reason for it? Are decent-sized wheels hard to come by down there? What gives?

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Pouncing Kei. Hidden Ninja

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i used to have that 037 model and the red porsche next to it

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Nostalgic Attack: Classic Car Life Never Stops

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I'm a big fan of '90s GT1 cars but winning the paris-dakar ina lifted supercar is hard to top. the fact that the support car was also a 959 puts it over the edge

1 year ago on Poll: The Greatest 911 Race Car?

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racing cars are so damn cool.

1 year ago on Manthey Racing: Porsche’s Nordschleife Masters

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I came to see if all the comments would be "THIS IS IRRELEVANT BECAUSE NURB TIMES ARE SKEWED, AND CAN'T BE TRUSTED, PORSCHE PROBABLY CHEATED. LUCKILY [car of choice, usually ZR1 for this argument]'S TIME WAS DONE BY AN PROFESSIONAL AND IF THEY HAD THE SAME TIMING EQUIPMENT THEY PROBABLY WOULD HAVE RAN A 5:01"

Weirdly there's none of that this time. Probably a different story over on autoblog

1 year ago on This Spyder Bites: Porsche Set New ’ring Record

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spoon all day

although saying i prefer spoon to mugen is like saying i prefer vanilla gelato to vanilla ice cream. it doesn't make a difference to some people and both are good, but sometimes once you've had gelato you can't eat ice cream anymore

1 year, 1 month ago on Back In Full Swing: Nisei Showoff

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it's the lamborghini 350gtv

1 year, 1 month ago on The Pebble Beach Experience

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 @Bradders yep, it was those silica dessicates they put in shoes i was thinking of

not sure why i mixed them up

1 year, 1 month ago on Bonneville: The Movement Of Light

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do the GT300 cars also have to adhere to these new dtm-centric regs, or are they still going to be mid-engine saloon cars that look like they melted onto the chassis? because for quite a few years now it's only been GT300 cars that have interested me

1 year, 1 month ago on 2014-spec Super Gt R35 Revealed

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You're right, the salt is pulling in moisture from the air. That's why salt is traditionally used to combat snow and ice on roads and stairs

1 year, 1 month ago on Bonneville: The Movement Of Light

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Wow, those poor isderas. That green one is so tastelessly modified.

1 year, 1 month ago on Old Times, New Heroes: Hidden Treasures

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Christ, those poor computers! I had a laptop once in the early 2000s that protested if its area was any more dusty than a hermetically sealed lab, I can't imagine that those ones in the prototyping room are doing too well with all that foam dust

1 year, 1 month ago on The House Of Style: Tra Kyoto

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I expected a lot more of these to just be normal films that happen to have cars in them, since when you asked what the best car movie was a while back, the answers were almost entirely in that category

however, you left out the obvious winner, probably to give the rest a chance. I still don't think that you can count a movie that has a car in some scenes a car movie any more than you can count a movie where someone uses a laptop to be a movie about computers. even if they use the laptop to digitally chase the baddy and save the girl it's not a laptop film

1 year, 1 month ago on Poll: The Best Car Movie Ever

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I always look forward to these articles, which is strange because I must admit I find the actual event unbelievably dreary. I guess anything is interesting when you have it narrated by a man who looks just enough like Paul Bettany that you hear everything he writes in Paul Bettany's voice

Really though, the insight into endurance racing is fascinating, especially from this perspective

 

1 year, 1 month ago on Edward Sandström: Pleasure & Blancpain At Spa

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it's brilliant, but how on earth do you use a shifter like that? i knew drag racing shifters were laid out in a way i didn't understand, but i didn't know they even had separate knobs. and it's an auto? if i were to paste a meme it'd be "my mind is full of fuck"

1 year, 2 months ago on That’s How We Rolls: Racing Like Royalty

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love those headers

1 year, 2 months ago on Swamp Rat Turned Hot Rod: The Rusty Demon

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he means the corolla coupe you can see the back end of in the first pic behind the two red celicas behind the liftback

1 year, 2 months ago on Hand-made Art: More From Toyota’s 1:5 Collection

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 @PaddyMcGrath  @JDMDONG so does the pedal act on the torque converter in some way? or did they simply replace everything that made it automatic with traditional standard parts?

1 year, 2 months ago on The seventh edition of the Players Show at North Weald airfield in Essex, UK

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 @PaddyMcGrath I hope this isn't about what I said. I don't care about the looks, '80s wedges are cool, I just think that the gaps could stand to be a bit smaller. I conceded that with that much power it probably doesn't matter, but still, in a sport where grams and millimetres make a difference, you'd think he'd have it looked at

1 year, 2 months ago on Reinventing An Icon: Krb’s 829whp Lotus Lives

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I still love it, but man that bodywork looks half assed. I know Kai had nothing to do with it (the bodywork) except for adding some corvette lamps, and I know that racing cars from times gone by rarely have perfect fit, but the way the door barely shuts and the slats over the engine droop (at rest I mean. In one pic of the car in motion, they're way lower and I assume that is because of aerodynamic witchcraft) just makes it look so... ghetto. Like the sort of thing you'd see on jalopnik: "Russian man builds replica lotus esprit racer out of paper mache and driftwood"

I hope that when you say it's far from finished, that making the panels sit flush with each other is at least a part of future work. Looks like all the important bits are mostly in order, though. And I guess looking like it's made of plywood that was wet when he started gives it a bit of charm, and I'm sure it's still ruddy fast so the panel gaps aren't that big of an issue

1 year, 2 months ago on Reinventing An Icon: Krb’s 829whp Lotus Lives

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Don't forget the terrible, awful Bridgestones they used, from the back of some F40s.

 

I take issue with the claim that the 15 was a Le mans success, though.The XJR-15 has little in common with either the XJR-9 or the R390s other than that its monocoque is a wider, taller version of the one in the 9, to allow for more interior space, and that the same monocoque was later used for the R390. The engine was vastly different, displacing a litre less than the 7.0 in the 9, and having only a group C bottom end in common with it. The suspension components were also different, being a bit softer, more suited for lumpy english roads because of TWR's firm insistence that it be a road-going racer (and also that they jacked the car to dizzying heights as you said)

Furthermore, when the car was built into the R390, it again received a new engine (a VRH35L V8 this time), and only shared the monocoque with the 15, everything else being bespoke to the Nissan

They're all brilliant cars that I like very much, but it's a bit like saying that a late '90s Mitsubishi Mirage is an excellent rally car because the Lancer Evo 6 won some rallies. They have things in common, but the important bits are different

 

I hope that this doesn't seem as hostile to you as it does to me, I'm not trying to have a fight here

1 year, 2 months ago on The Legends: Motor Head Issue 08

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if i had the money i'd be willing to fix all the XJR-15's problems, which ultimately is just that they decided that the engine really should be mounted about eight feet above the car. i'd hate to let that engine go but i'd be willing to do it if it wouldn't fit lower and that's why they stuck it so high up. plus i'd sort of like to go scandinavian and give it an engine that doesn't belong in a racing jaguar, like an enormous flat 12 from one of the later Testarossas (nobody cares about the 512M, right?)

1 year, 2 months ago on The Legends: Motor Head Issue 08

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I like the wheel colour, dunno how well it goes with a bright blue car, but i'm not gonna project the stuff i learned in colour theory onto you

what I will say is that you should ignore ANYONE who says you need to get some ugly ass bodykit just to make the car "look" lower, since it'll look retarded and the body of your car is already good looking. if you want it lower, then lower it, but don't get an eight inch tall bit of wavy urethane to fool people at a distance, plus, no skirt is ever gonna go well with the Z-Tune front end except maybe the little skirts the Z-Tune had, which aren't a lot lower than standard

1 year, 2 months ago on Shiny Red Boots: The Te37rts Get Fitted

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 @japanophile25 if he'd wanted bronze he could have saved a fortune and bought TE37s. He wanted TE37RTs and those only come in red

1 year, 2 months ago on Shiny Red Boots: The Te37rts Get Fitted

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that alfa is gorgeous

also i knew the uninspired (not that it matters) front intakes on the 458 GT racer looked familiar! they're copied almost line-for-line from that audi touring car

1 year, 2 months ago on Fos: (still) The Greatest Event On The Planet

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 @Jonathan Moore I think we would get along well at a british car show, until you became annoyed that I'm always stood in front of the cars you want to have photos of

1 year, 2 months ago on Long Noses And Kamm Tails: Amoc Spotlights

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E46 CSL

I prefer straight sixes to little inline fours, and the E36 does nothing for me. E92 is yet another german saloon car with a V8, hoo-ray (sure it may be one of the best of them but that doesn't automatically make it interesting. The very absolute best dental drill is still only interesting if you are, in fact, a dentist)

1 year, 2 months ago on Poll: The M3 Is Dead. Long Live The M3.

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wow, marcos and a real TVR in the same post? it's like you read my thoughts! next you'll be talking about the ugly but strangely endearing V8 zagato from the 80s

1 year, 2 months ago on Long Noses And Kamm Tails: Amoc Spotlights

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I guess it's because I wasn't alive during the original Bond craze that the DB5 never struck me. My first Aston experience was driving a DB7 in Need for Speed 3, my first video game, and my first classic aston was the DB6, in GT2. When you see the 6 first, the 5 looks like an obvious step backwards styling-wise

that said, I will admit to being an Aston philistine, because I really adore the Lagonda (that newer, rounded one you posted looks weird, i prefer the razor-sharp one) and my favourite vantage is the one from the '90s that weighs more than the stately homes you'd see it parked next to

1 year, 2 months ago on Aston’s Centenary Celebrations At Brands Hatch

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it means they've had the last half-century to improve upon the layout and design rather than beginning anew every few years

1 year, 2 months ago on Pikes Peak: Flat To The Floor, Full Throttle

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and on further research it turns out that the mini marcos was actually based on the DART design, the DART being the car that ultimately became the Jem - therefore the mini marcos is the awkward Jem clone!

1 year, 2 months ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow

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Also, thanks for that Mini Jem. At first glance I thought it was an awkward Mini Marcos clone, but then I realised that the Marcos obviously couldn't have been the only mini-based sportscar. But owing to their obvious similarities it's a car that I automatically like and want, though I prefer the Marcos for brand-loyalty reasons. I'm guessing there weren't many, if any Marcos of any sort present, it seems like I'm the only person alive that's a Marcos enthusiast

1 year, 2 months ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow

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 @Driveitlikeyoustoleit IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

1 year, 2 months ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow

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I agree with you about the exposure to the DB5, but my preference lies in the other direction - the DB6. For me, the DB6 has everything pretty the DB5 had, but with a back end that's actually had some attention by a designer rather than simply being the intersection of the roofline and beltline as on the DB5.

 

However, all the astons in the world can't help but be upstaged by the Giulia Sprint Speciale, which, when without crash bumpers, is one of the prettiest cars to ever appear in puvlic or photographs. Also happy to see such a number of 355Cs - still my favourite modern Ferrari.

 

Finally, Drayson's Dston looks more like a DBRS9 

1 year, 2 months ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow

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nice, but it's distressing knowing that there's now a hobbled, undrivable RS2 out there

1 year, 2 months ago on The Quattro Warrior: An Audi 80 Like No Other

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it's no climb dance, but it'll do (pig)

1 year, 2 months ago on Sébastien Loeb Attacks The Peak

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