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REAL CAR CULTURE

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  • Micro EV Designed By “Dragon Ball” Author Akira Toriyama Is Back!

  • Decoding Sensuality: Exploring the Captivating Costumes of 2024 Osaka Auto Messe

  • Elevating Impact: Gullwing Doors and Maziora Color in ‘KAZUKUN 8181’s’ Award-Winning ‘C-HR’

  • Classic Charm: A Journey Through the Mazda Eunos Roadster’s Timeless Appeal

  • The GR Yaris Evolution: PONZ’s Journey from Daily Driver to Customized Marvel

Quest Fulfilled: The 20-Year Journey to Acquire a Nissan Gazelle

Did you know that the sibling of the Nissan S110 "Silvia" was the "Gazelle"? Here is the story of the owner, Mr. Sarutani, who has been searching for a turbo model of such a Gazelle for 20 years and finally obtained it. What kind of car is this model that he has admired since he was in junior high school?

Interview with STI’s New President: The BRZ Developer’s New Role at STI

Mr. Hiromi Tamou, the new president of STI, is a key person in the development of the first-generation BRZ. In this interview, we asked him what he would like to do at STI in his new position. He is a car enthusiast who says, "The response to the steering wheel is what is important," so we have high expectations for new developments.

Spirit of Microcars: A Deep Dive into the World of Mitsuoka K-3 Enthusiasts

As they say, "The Germans invented the car, the French turned it into a business, and the British play with it", and in the field of cars, Britain has long been a major hobby nation. One of the unique British car hobby cultures is the 'kit car' genre. So when you hear the word 'kit car', you first think of the UK, the home of the genre, but of course it is not exclusive to that country. In Japan, Mitsuoka Motor, well-known for its small cars, also sold kit cars.

Revving Up Commutes: A Rare Glimpse into the Honda ‘Life Light Van’

The Life Light Van is a derivative model of the Honda Life. This light van model is a rare vehicle with very few units produced. The owner, who uses such a Life Light Van for commuting, also owns several other Honda 360cc vehicles. What kind of a luxurious old car life is this?

Crafted Brilliance: Toyota Estima with Double Stacked Lip & DIY Acrylic Custom Audio

Toyota "Estima" with handmade finish using professional-looking acrylic work. The owner, Mr. "yu-kun" is proud of the custom audio system he created himself. What are the tricks he used to give his Estima the ultimate custom audio system and individualistic style?

Chronicles of Restoration: Bringing a Camel Trophy Defender Back to Life

Among the many unique Land Rover Defenders on display, from rare limited editions to custom cars, one that stood out was the camel-colored Defender 90. We thought it was a replica of a common Camel Trophy car, but when we asked the owner about it, he told us that it was a real Camel Trophy participant. We asked him to introduce us to the real equipment.

Artistry of Innovation: How Startech Transformed the Land Rover Defender 110

Among the many Land Rover Defenders, from rare to the latest models, one that stood out for its individuality was a complete car customized by Startech. The rare Defender with a glass rear was an extremely rare model, of which only a few were available in Japan.

Craftsmanship of Customization: Sylvia Parts in a Daihatsu Esse

The popular "Tohoku 660 Series" is a race contested exclusively by kei-cars. We would like to introduce the machine of veteran driver Mr. Takeshi Otsuka, who competes in the Tohoku 660 Championship, which is contested by cars equipped with the new NA (naturally aspirated engine) standard. We will be looking at the secret of his machine makeup, in which he uses parts from vehicles other than mini-cars.

Art of Racing: From Commutes to Competition in K-Cars

The "Tohoku 660" series is a race for kei-cars only in which many racers, from youngsters to veterans, compete. In this issue, we introduce a young man who has just made his racing debut. He is one of the racers who has experienced the fun of driving as well as the rigors of racing and is looking forward to growing up. What is the practice method he used to improve his driving technique when he was at university?

Decoding Success: The Budget Formula Behind Daihatsu Mira’s Racing Triumphs

Introducing the machine of Mr. Hidaka Komatsu, the 2023 Class 2 champion, who stepped up to Class 1 of the popular kei-car race "Tohoku 660 Championship". Based on the Daihatsu "Mira", he has evolved it by pouring his know-how into it. Here are some of his specialties.

A Decade of Automotive Love: Exploring the Nissan S13 Silvia to R32 GT-R to Ford Focus RS Journey

Today, Ford is divided into two major groups: Ford of the United States and Ford of Europe, which was established through the merger of Ford of the United Kingdom and Ford of Germany. This time, we would like to introduce some of the participants from the European Ford Meeting 2023, an event for European Ford owners.

Decades of Legacy: Unveiling the Secrets Behind a 46-Year-Old Toyota Celica Liftback

A closer look reveals a Toyota Celica Liftback with various customizations. The owner, Mr. Kobayashi, inherited this car from his brother, and has maintained the original paint job, making it a virtually one-owner vehicle that retains its original appearance. We asked him about the reason for its excellent condition.

The Legacy Lives On: Uncovering the Journey of Nissan R32 Skyline GT-R Across Two Generations

The Nissan R32 "Skyline GT-R" went on sale in August 1989 and was produced until 1994. Since 24 years have already passed since its birth, it is natural that many of them are over-matured, but at an event, we found a low-mileage car with mileage still less than 30,000 km. We would like to introduce Mr. Chihiro Miyazaki's car, which has been carefully passed down from father to son for two generations.

Shift of Preference: Choosing the New Defender Over a Jeep

At the Land Rover Defender gathering, which attracts many unique vehicles, we spoke to one of the owners of the new Defender 110 about his car. Owner Mr. "Oaty" used to drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee for about 10 years, so why did he decide to switch?

Journey of Influence: Why Japanese Ford Enthusiasts Choose Fiesta ST-2 After Importer’s Exit

European Ford Meeting (EFM) 2023 was held at Hamanako Garden Park South Rotary in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture. This was the 8th EFM, although the event had to be canceled due to the Corona disaster. This issue introduces the Ford Fiesta ST-2, which took part in the event.

Exploring the Next Chapter: Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ Enter the ‘C-Type’ Era

The GR86 & BRZ have been partially improved for the second time now that they are current models. These are the so-called 'C-type' models: the BRZ has undergone only minor changes, while the GR86 has been modified to the point of changing its ride quality. The BRZ also got a new 'STI Sport' model, while the GR86 got a special edition model to mark the 40th anniversary of the AE86's birth.

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