14th Nov2018

JDM Legends 2018 Season Closer

by Michael Chandler

It’s the middle of November.  The NASA season is over, the Salt City Drift season ended on Saturday, and JDM Legends threw an end of the season meet on the same day.  Because I had my fill of driving out to Utah Motorsports Campus for the year, I made my way to Murray for the JDM Legends meet.

Parking is at a premium at the shop, so pretty much everyone (myself included) was parking on the street.  And of course I manage to park behind 2 Focus RS’s.  One of which was red, which is a rare color.  Or so I’ve been told.  After snapping the photo, I began to make my way down to the shop.  Snapping photos along the way.

I finally arrived, and after talking to some friends, I made my way around the meet.  There were some interesting things here, one of which was watching the crowd part as someone was leaving, or just moving their car.  But there were other interesting things that weren’t watching people move out of the way of a Cosmo.

There was this legal R33 Skyline.  It wasn’t a GTR, because those aren’t eligible for import yet*, but this was still something cool to see.

This gorgeous 911 was just hanging out.

This FD was packing a big, single turbo, and some neat details.  Check out how that headlight cover has an inlet that feeds the turbo!

And then there was Doug’s little turbo Chevy Sprint.  Such a rad little thing!

And then there was this: a Pandem kitted E46 M3.  Those big over-fenders are filled with Volk ZE40s covered in Toyo R888s, with giant Brembos behind them, and a set of Ohlins coilovers behind those.  It was awesome to see this thing pull in.

Enough talk, here’s the gallery from the meet:

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05th Apr2018

The CAMcast with JDM Legends’s Josh Martin!

by Michael Chandler

Hello you lovely listeners you!  Welcome back!  Or if this is your first time: welcome!  You picked a great episode to start with, because we had Josh Martin of JDM Legends on to talk about filming a TV show (premiering April 17 on Velocity), the work they do at the shop, and cats.  They (Mike, Dave and Brandon) also talk about

  • Formula 1 is getting a mascot!
  • Also title contenders will probably hit each other
  • Tony Stewart settles the wrongful death suit
  • THEY’RE BULLDOZING THE TOP GEAR TEST TRACK!!!
  • And the cars from the year you were born that you want to own!

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13th Oct2017

Joey Did a Thing

by Michael Chandler

I had Monday off, which meant I was hanging out in my sweatpants.  It was another mellow, relaxing day when Joey informed me that he did a thing.  I asked for clarification, and he elected to come show me his thing.  Preparing for anything, I put on real pants and grabbed all of my cameras.

And it is quite the thing, as you can see in the video.  But there were some things that didn’t make it into the video.  Awesome, fun things.  

If you remember his old LS400, then you know this thing is destined to get some neck pillows, knots hanging from the rear view mirror, and other VIP bits.  One thing this bad boy won’d need are curtains, because it has these shade dealies on the rear windows!  It also has one on the rear window, but the motor is a bit tired so it needed some help rising.

Those, along with those DVD headrests, will make his naps in the backseat much more enjoyable.  Anyway, here are some glory shots of his Q45 in a church parking lot!

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30th Mar2017

The CAMcast Guestpocalypse!

by Michael Chandler

Another Thursday means it’s time for another episode of the CAMcast!  Pizza Dad is still off getting milk and cigarettes, so we’ve brought on two guests!  You read that right, two.  This week Mike, Dave, and Gavin are joined by Josh Martin of JDM Legends, and Trent Bray the co-founder of this very website!  The guys talk about the GT350 owners lawsuit, racing liveries, answer some listener questions, and so much more.  Stream the episode below, download it here, or head over to iTunes and grab it there.  While you’re at it, could you leave us a review and a rating?  We’d really appreciate it.  We’ll be back next week with another episode, and maybe another guest!

 

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21st Sep2016

The New Classics: SaltCityTinners 2016

by Michael Chandler

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Every year the Utah Japanese Classic Car Community gathers to show off their projects, swap stories, provide support, and occasionally race Hot Wheels.  This year was no different.  Except that the meet had out grown it’s old location, and had to move to a bigger one.  One with a big hill leading to the parking lot…

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This year’s meet brought out a wide variety of classics, from the ever popular Datsun 240/60/80Zs…

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To the first of the modern Skyline GTR’s to be legal for import.

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The meet wasn’t limited to cars, there were a nice selection of off roaders, like this diesel powered Nissan Patrol.

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Best Of Show, Best Datsun, and People’s Choice was awarded to Hunter Heller for his orange S30, which he brought from Montana! It was a great meet, on a beautiful day, and the jackassery was kept to a minimum.  Can’t wait until next year!

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03rd May2016

Just Some Skylines

by Michael Chandler

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Bask in their glory and power!

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08th Feb2016

JDM Legends RX7

by Michael Chandler

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What happens when the JDM Legends guys get their hands on a SA22 RX7, and work their magic on it?  You get their now infamous RX7 that stole the JCCS show back in 2012.

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02nd Sep2015

JDM Legends End of Summer Meet Up

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Last year, JDM Legends had their First Thursday series of meets at their shop.  It was cool to have Eric and the guys open up the shop to us: the lowly, unwashed masses.  This year the meets were absent, but last month the doors opened up, the cars were rolled out, and a meet was held!

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Plenty of S30s came out for the meet.  Seeing any number of these gorgeous coupes together in one place is always a welcomed sight.

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There were also some more modern classics in attendance.

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Inside the shop there were a couple of ongoing projects: a Hakosuka an a 240Z that looked eerily similar to a certain hero car.

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Outside was the car I’ve been dying to shoot photos of: the now legendary RX-7.  It was just hanging out, just chilling with its IMSA flares and Work wheels.

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We always love it when the doors go up and the cars come out at JDM Legends, because we always know something cool is going to roll out or we’ll see something awesome tucked away in a corner of the shop.

30th Oct2014

2 + 2 = 260: A Rare S30 Variant Gets The Spotlight

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

The S30 chassis Datsuns are some of the most gorgeous cars to ever be shipped off of the islands of Japan.  The curves and swoops of the coupes will forever remain a pinnacle of automotive design.  But something you might not know is that all S30s aren’t coupes.  Between 1974 and 1978  they built 2+2’s: longer 260zs (163 inch length and 90.6 in wheel base for the coupes vs. 175 and 102.5 for the 2+2s) with room for two more passengers!

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And they’re rare too, while Nissan built them between 1974 and 1978, they were only available in the US as 1974 models.  Of the 49,671 260Zs sent to America, only 9,499 were the 2+2 variant.  And only one of those 9.499 belong to one Mr. Taigon J. Rider.

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The 260Zs had larger engines than the previous 240Z, but didn’t make that much more power due to restrictive emissions equipment and retarded timing.  So Taigon stripped all of those pesky emissions things off of the L26, and set the timing to an appropriate mark.  While he was stripping things, he was also adding things: like an entirely straight piped exhaust and a wrapped header.  On the other side, the intake side, he traded up to a pair of SU Roundtop carburetors topped off by MSA air trumpets.   He also addressed the forty year old ignition system.  He installed a Crane Cams Fireball XR700 electronic ignition, along with an MSD Blaster 2 ignition coil and a sextet of NGK spark plugs.  Most of the afore mentioned modifications aren’t visible unless the hood is up, but one thing is: the Hayden Cooling Systems oil cooler.  That oil cooler is a convenient segue to the exterior of the car.

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Which is utterly striking.  The deep, rich blue paint accentuates the curves inherent to all of the S30s.  The blue is contrasted by the white custom front grille and Roberk fender mirrors.  Below the grill is a Xenon urethane air dam to accentuate the car’s strong jaw line.  And the flares!  The massive MSA flares on each fender not only add to the aura of the Datsun, but are also necessary.  Underneath them sit massive 15×10 -40 American Racing Eagle Alloy 028 wheels, with 195/60 Falken Ziex ZE612 tires stretched over their massive width.

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Inside the different cabin are a pair of racing seats: a Corbeau TRS seat for the passenger and a mystery seat for Taigon.  No matter the seat, the occupant is held securely in place by Takata harnesses.  The driver grips a MOMO Competition steering wheel for most things, and a OEM “Z” shift knob to change gears.

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A rare variant of a classic chassis has been turned into something more unique, by a man with a unique name and Instagram handle: @taigonrider

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13th May2013

RallySport Direct’s Eat, Greet and Swap Meet 2013

by Michael Chandler

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May 11 was the annual RallySport Direct swap meet.  What started as an opportunity for RSD customers to free up some garage space by unloading parts has turned into a sizable event where you can also meet people and eat some free food.

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For the longest time RallySport was synonymous with Subarus and Mitsubishis, but they have since expanded their offerings to include Mazdas and even the new Focus ST has found a home in their stable.

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Everything was there for you to ogle, from all out race cars to high dollar exotics (The LFA is an exotic.  Deal with it)

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To classics and super stanced vehicles.

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Even grocery getters found some love!

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All in all it was a gargantuan success.  Multiple parking lots were filled, products were raffled away and most everyone got free food.

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Did you miss it?  A tragedy that.  But good news!  There’s a Facebook album with some more photos and it’s only about another year until it comes around again!  Even better news?

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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