September 23, 2006

●Busted by Option Magazine....

So I was flicking through the latest issue of Option Magazine and to my surprise I spot a picture of myself driving the GTR!! Seems that without even knowing it I was part of a survey done on Route 315 (Kuramaebashi-dori) on August 27th. I was one of 5 Skyline GTRs that drove by between 10am & 2pm on that particular stretch of road. Out of 4185 vehicles Option counted 145 sports cars, first in the lead was the Legacy Wagon with 17 cars, second was the Altezza with 16, third the Skyline with 15 while the GTR came in 8th with 5 cars. Out of the 145 cars 53 were Toyotas, 31 Subarus and 29 Nissans.

The guys at Option seemed to think that my GTR with Nismo bumper and Rays CE28 is "Sporty"
Well cheers 'cos that's the look I'm going for this season;-)

Some pix:

Main Page Scan

Zoomed Scan of the GTR

And since I'm talking about Option, congrats to Mr. "hipogtr" for getting as nice 2 page spread of his now, even shinier, engine;-)

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September 19, 2006

●Car/bike spotting Japan Style

Both of these were spotted in one day. First the MV Augusta F4 Vento D'oro spotted at Fuji Speedway. I have never heard of this bike and I can't find any info on it either. Seemed to be really kitted out, even had Brembo Racing radial calipers. Beautiful machine to say the least.

F4 back

F4 side

And driving back from FISCO on route 246 a little before Shibuya I couldn't believe my eyes. A road-spec Lancia Stratos!! This was no replica....

Stratos 1

Stratos 2

Stratos 3

Apologies for the quality but the pix were all taken with my mobile

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September 12, 2006

●New plates for the GT-R

Been meaning to change the plates on the GT-R for some time after my recent move to another region. With such an opportunity it would have been a sacrilige not to go for the only plate a BNR34 should have;-)

Was pretty luky on the small top number too!!

Chassis number check
Pic 1

Placement of the number plate regional seal
Pic 2

Parked up at home
Pic 3

Pic 4

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September 09, 2006

●Crazy AE86

Just picked up this AE86 from Newera Imports today. Will be doing a shoot up at Ebisu Circuit on Mon so make sure you check back to see the pix.

Apologies for the poor quality....taken with the mobile





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September 08, 2006

●Herman Miller Aeron

Recently picked up a new gadget for the office. What you see below is the Rolls Royce of office chairs! Design aside, which I personally really like, I doubt there is anything out there that would even come close to offering the seating comfort the Aeron provides. Once you set up your preferred seating position, through the multitude of adjustments, the chair supports you in a natural and comfortable fashion. Since there is actually no metal structure in both the seating and backrest areas there is no chance the circulation to your legs will get restricted, a problem I've always had, especially after spending hours in front of the computer. Furthermore the optional PostureFit lumbar support is just what I needed to keep my lower back happy! More info at:

Herman Miller

Some pix:

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Spins around pretty well too...

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Thanks for all the e-mails about my last entry on the pup-up image query. Maybe I should have made it clearer that I'm not trying to find a web-host for my pix but rather the actual code necessary to get the image to display in thumbnails. These GTROC blogs are run on Movable Type Publishing Platform. Any help is still very much welcomed.
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September 05, 2006

●Thumbnails & pop-up images

Anyone out there have any idea how I can get my images to show in thumbnails & then pop-up in full-res when clicking on them?
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●Garage Kagotani BNR34 Time Attack monster!

This is one of the most sought after demo cars in Japan, not to mention one of the fastest out there with a 57.232 around Tsukuba! Believe it or not this is actually a customer car, built to become one of the most unique BNR34s ever made. A custom built GT-style wide body kit is what sets this GT-R apart from others on the road (well not technically as its not road registered!), and it sure attracted a lot of attention at TAS 2006! The kit, unlike the majority of ill-fitting stuff out there is of excellent quality and yours for a cool million Yen.

Some pix:

Exterior 1

Exterior 2

Exterior 3

Exterior 4

Exterior 5

And this was the first ride to wear these impossibly cool Rays titanium-effect wheels!:


And what lies beneath that carbon bonnet you may wonder...:


A T-78 blown RB28 capable of unleashing 700 PS through an OS Giken sequential transmission:


The interior is, well, spartan to say the least. Only the basics have been left untouched, what is not needed to go fast around a track has been relegated to the bin!:


Had to use TE37s for rolling shots as the new Rays were only a prototype of the wrong offset and catch on the AP Racing brake calipers:


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September 04, 2006

●997 Twin Turbo in Japan

Apologies for the lack of entries over the summer but between some technical problems and other things I've had little time to add to the blog. I have a lot of material to upload so keep checking back regularly from now on! Saw my first 997 TT in Japan the other day in Tokyo and a second today in Narashino. Luckily this white Tiptronic example was parked so got a few snaps with the cell phone. I don't know what it is about this car but I just can't make myself like it. Performance wise it's an amazing machine but aesthetically wise it looks like its been tarted up by an after-market tuner. And the wheels do nothing for it! Pic 1 Pic 2 Pic 3 Pic 4
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