27th Jun2017

Here Are Some Photos of a Beat

by Michael Chandler

Last week Gavin asked if I could help him out on a shoot he was doing.  He needed a camera car, and corresponding driver, and I was free.  I had no idea what he was shooting, and I figured I’d be driving his Legacy.  Then I saw the Beat.

The Honda Beat is a Kei car with a 656cc, 3 cylinder motor. That little motor is stuck in the middle of the diminutive car, and spins the rear wheels. 

It doesn’t feature VTEC, or forced induction, but it has individual throttle bodies and the MTREC system.  MTREC standing for Multi Throttle Responsive Engine Control.

It was the last car approved by Sochiro Honda before he died in 1991. The body was designed by Pininfarina, you know the design house that designed a lot of Ferraris. They sold the design to Honda, and now we have the Beat.

BONUS: a picture of Gavin taking pictures in a gravel parking lot without shoes on.

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24th Jun2016

Weekend Wallpaper

by Michael Chandler

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Spice up your desktop with this photo of Erik Brooks’s 180SX!  Just right click and Save As, and show the rest of your co-workers or roommates who has style.

BUT while I have you here, we ARE going to be featuring this car.  Just not now.  We shot the car at the last Salt City Drift event, where Erik had some problems that ended his day early.  He was in good spirits, despite that.  I was stoked to finally be shooting the car, and unfortunately my stoke got in the way of me doing on critical thing:

Getting any useful information about the car.

I botched it, forgot to get a mod list; however, I did manage to get a few anecdotes that I will share with you now.

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Erik wanted to make this car as true to something you’d see at a matsuri in Japan as he could.  The hood vents, the sticker placement, even the super low wing help achieve that.  And I’d say he’s there.  I’m confident in making that statement, considering how hard I geek out on certain Instagram feeds and YouTube channels.

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His battery box is a real .50 cal ammo box.  Definitely different.  I was surprised to see it, and didn’t believe him when he told me.  But there it is.

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That windshield banner he has is limited edition.  Very limited edition.  As in one of ten.  I think his is #3.  Whens the last time you put something that rare on a car that could very easily be written off?

And there’s that: a wallpaper and a few anecdotes about the car that will be getting the full feature treatment.  And maybe a little bit more…

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09th Mar2016

Happy Hump Day

by Michael Chandler

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17th Feb2016

Nice Accord, Bro

by Michael Chandler

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It’s always nice seeing an Accord done up in a clean way

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19th Jan2016

Look, Drifting

by Michael Chandler

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Erik Brooks sliding his 180SX during a Salt City Drift event at Rocky Mountain Raceway last year.  He’ll be back out this year, but the 180 will be a little different.

17th Mar2015

Utah Japanese Classic Car Spring Fling

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Spring is in the air and we, as gear heads, need to take to the streets and enjoy this.  On Sunday the Utah Japanese Classic Car group got together at Sugarhouse Park to ring in the season with what they called the Spring Fling Pot Luck.  If you’re in to classic J-tin then this group is for you, and if you were able to make it out to the park you got to see some treats.

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There were a pair of classic Celica GTs in attendance.  Both coupes were 5 speed models, and were rather bright.  You can see some American muscle influence in the noses of these vehicles, very reminiscent of early Camaros and Challengers; however, while the Americans were spry for being as massive as they were the Celicas were just spry.

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This beautiful, Datsun wagon made its way out.  More impressive than the wagon, and its cloth sunroof?  The fact that it made it out of the park.  That exit is gnarly!

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Who doesn’t need more RX7s in their life?  Everyone does, and there were examples of all three generations out, but this FB really caught my eye.  It’s not a concourse car, but it isn’t a wreck that that’s rotting away.  It’s a simple driver that’s hopefully spreading the good word of Reagan era rotaries to the masses.

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FC RX7s have been on the rise for a while, and for good reason.  Like all 80’s import FR coupes, they look amazing.  A few simple exterior modifications can transform a mundane runabout into a jaw dropper, and there were plenty of turbo models produced.  Nary a man alive can resist the Siren’s song that is a turbo 13B.

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This was, arguably, the most gorgeous car at the meet and is in the running for most gorgeous car to ever be produced.  The FD RX7 didn’t look like its contemporaries when it was new, and nothing has come along since to rival it.  This one is a bit different than the ones you see running around.  There isn’t a Mazda badge on the exterior, but it does have an “efini” badge on it.  This is because Mazda, like Toyota and Nissan, opened up a luxury division.  Their’s was called efini, but only operated from 1991-1997.  And unlike the Lexus and Infiniti brands, efini existed only in Japan.  That fact explains the most obvious feature of the car: it’s a right hand drive model.  You’re not going to be finding efini RX7s littering your supermarket parking lot, so seeing one in person is like finding a unicorn.

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Second generation MR2s were out in force.  These mid-engine runabouts have been turned into Ferrari F355 lookalikes by some idiots overly enthusiastic people, but thankfully the ones at the meet were clean examples that weren’t sporting prancing horse badges.

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IT”S A SUZUKI CARRY!  WE’VE HIT PEAK JDM!!!  This is as good a place as any to end this post.  There’s a gallery below, but I won’t blame you for spending your day basking in the glory that is the Suzuki Carry.

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