April 23rd, 2012
NUMBERSIXCUSTOMS MX-5. I’m heading back to Japan this weekend for a few weeks, to look over various posts published over the past 12 months from my 2011 trip click here x
April 5th, 2012
Shirtstuckedin is where all my Japanese content ends up, don’t get me wrong, however I don’t feel it is necessary for feature cars as such. In saying that I’m all for featuring cars, having a closer look what lies beneath but I don’t think it really fits here. For this post, on the SuperMade SR20 Nissan Gloria it’ll be a handful of photos for you to simply enjoy to see what this gorgeous car is made up of. A company such as SuperMade definitely leaves people hanging, wanting to know more about the car, so here you go.
Compared to the S15 the Gloria hasn’t had such a big impact on the internet, in saying that I think it is just as cool, if not groovier. Why? Well in comparison to an S15 it isn’t as popular of course so when one is done to this standard it really makes you respect the hard work that has gone into it.
Filling the guards are a complete set of 18″ Work Meister’s in a contrasting black with the white, pearl paint.
The Y34 has had a bit of a change from the regular 2.5 litre. A well-built SR20DET has been installed. The power figures, I’m unsure but it definitely doesn’t hesitate when on the track.
It was quite surreal shooting the car as the sun was setting at Meihan Sports Land, some of the photos were by far my favourite from the trip last year.
Inside, two BRIDE seats have been fitted, a kevlar version for the driver and a lower model for the passenger side.
Up front there are a few minor changes such as another handbrake, power FC and a few gauges, apart from that the Y34 still remains partially in tact.
As stated above the Y34 not only looks groovy parked up but produces an awesome look when it’s drifting at Meihan. Both the S15 and Y34 came to the Wreck `Em day parked up but I think Yoshida-san felt as if he had to show us a lap or two. Lucky I had the camera ready!
This, is by far my favourite shot. The painter from SuperMade in front of the Glorious Y34. I had about 7 minutes to shoot this car and about 10 to shoot Jesse’s PS13. T- 21 days x
April 3rd, 2012
Bihoku Highland Circuit, Okayama, Japan 2011.
March 31st, 2012
For all the KP61 fans. This little Kp61 sitting on XR-4′s and Watanabe’s was such a perfect little car sitting in the pits of Bihoku.
March 30th, 2012
The roll of film I’ve been waiting for. The last drift day of our tour last year from the Kansai region of Japan. A few days before we departed we headed down south to Okayama which is in between Osaka and Hiroshima, almost exactly half way. The drive is about 3 hours on the expressway which passes through a handful of long, dark tunnels that cut through a gorgeous range of mountains. Exiting the expressway and finding the circuit is a little difficult but once you’re on the right track it’s a very scenic trip. In case you didn’t notice Bihoku is located on top of a mountain top, therefor it receives a mass amount of snow in the colder seasons which you have probably seen throughout videos on the internet.
Entering the gates of Bihoku, I was expecting to see the Highland Circuit immediately, however, it was this little track that you first drive past in order to get to the Highland Circuit which is located just behind this one. After spending some time prepping the cars and having a little chat to the locals TJ and myself decided to go on the A Circuit as there was not a single car driving it. So, without any more talking here are a handful of photos I managed to capture whilst TJ was tearing up Bihoku in his RPS13.
The first track is so tight which has plenty of elevation…
…running through trees…
…down into super tight hairpins.
Hopefully on our next trip we’ll be able to head down to Bihoku again!
March 28th, 2012
Twin 2011, more to come.
March 26th, 2012
ここ いちばんや. Coco ICHIBANYA, I think I lost count how many times myself and the crew, especially Sam had a mouth watering curry from these restaurants. Seriously, you can’t go wrong for ¥800.
Just over 4 weeks till I can have my fix.
March 23rd, 2012
A reason I love to keep my 35mm body around my shoulder when traveling. Clicking the shutter release with a film body even once costs you a small sum of money. Digital, not so much, you have the rechargeable batteries, memory card and the camera paid for, all done. Film, you have a huge range of 35mm film to choose from and then to purchase the negative film to inject into the old, rigid camera bodies. I think that whole process slows your mind and let’s you think things two or three times before pressing down on that shutter. Double checking your exposures, ISO etc. Most of all, the framing in my opinion. The most exciting part is not being able to review what you just froze. The thrill of not knowing what you captured, when it was captured or sometimes where is the exciting part. When I received my photos from Chris after processing it was definitely a refreshing sensation.
I’m glad I shot what I did in Japan with my 35mm because there are some interesting cars and angles that I didn’t capture with the digital machine.
These photos had to be posted, this car was an all time favourite at the Wreck `Em Meihan day. The combination of the 15″ XR4′s and Mesh flow so well on these old 4 door chassis. Best of all, the guy behind the wheel was an unreal driver just like the rest of Meihan’s residents x
March 23rd, 2012
The sights of Japan continues with a few more chosen images out of the dozen rolls that I shot over the two week period in Kansai. Quite a few people enjoyed the break from cars to overlook some of the sights in the Osaka region so here is a few more to enjoy.
More to come x