October 15, 2006
●Subaru Legacy Wagon 3.0R
Well it had to happen sooner or later, the good old and trusty Honda Accord had to go after 13 years of trouble free use. With the odometer reading close to 200,000 km and Shaken running out this month, it had to go.
I've been checking out dealers, internet second-hand-car data-bases and even went to USS auctions over the last couple of months. I wanted a comfortable and refined car, something that would feel right at home blasting up and down the expressways of Japan. In the end I decided to go for a Legacy Wagon 3.0 R. It packs a 250PS, 3-L flat six, permanent AWD and a 5-speed auto/tiptronic style gearbox. I've covered just over 1000 km in it now and I have to say I absolutely adore this car! The flat-six is creamy-smooth and has enough power to give sports cars a run for their money, the ride is extremely comfortable and refined while with flat-folding rear seats offer all the space you would ever need. The McIntosh audio system is sublime in every way...in fact there is very little one could fault on this 3.0R.
A few pix.
October 14, 2006
●Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider (1966)
Was leaving Unidy car park today when I noticed this little beauty parked in the car park! Interesting car to go shopping at a garden center with....especially when in the middle of a historic car race!! (notice the number on the door!)
October 12, 2006
Went up to Ebisu Circuit today to shoot Kumakubo's D1-GP Impreza. After getting up to the track I found out all the cars from Team Orange were there so I really couldn't resist....
October 11, 2006
With a trip to Izu Skyline and Hakone Turnpike coming up I stopped over at Nismo Omori Factory to get a quick oil change done. Nice silver car parked next to mine;-)
Special thanks goes out to the mechanics who fixed my misaligned front diffuser! Top service as usual!
Wait a second this isn't my car!!
October 07, 2006
Was down at my local shaken place to get some new plates for my my new car (more on this soon) when I spotted this very clean El Camino. Notice the number plate...
October 01, 2006
●Tokyo Game Show 2006
Dropped by the TGS 2006 for a little bit. I only wanted to have a quick go on GT HD. After sitting in line for about 30 min I was taken to my driving cockpit and let loose on some Swiss mountain roads. My choice of car, a BNR32 Skyline GT-R (the only GTR available). Graphics on GT HD were better than GT4 on PS2 but apart form the resolution increase I was truly disappointed. The game kept on slowing down for 2-3 seconds at a time, while all through out my game play of about 4 min I had a black line, about 4-5 pixel tall popping up on the screen 80 % of the time. Game play seemed to be identical to GT4...even the Logitech wheel was the same one I've been using since GT Proto. While I was in line I noticed 2 PS3 crash which had to be reset by the strangely dressed Sony girls. All in all I was far from impressed. On top of this I heard rumors that the PS3 will be delayed even in Japan and from what the Poliphony Digital stand had to offer I wouldn't be surprised if GT HD was delayed a few months...nothing new then! ;-)
A few (mobile) pix from the show