Carlos Ghosn announced the return of the almighty Datsun nameplate! Unfortunately for the majority of us, it will only be available in emerging markets. They should really consider bringing it over to the states and have a serious Scion fighter. The Cube and Versa, for example, could easily be rebadged and sold under Datsun since they are already affordable entry level cars. Their halo car(s) though… I’m thinking a 2500lb car with sporty suspension, decent looks, and the 1.6 liter direct injected turbo engine lifted from the Nissan Juke. Sell it for around $20,000 in either coupe, sedan, or wagon form, and call it… the 510! Hell, even resurrecting the 240sx/Silvia nameplate would be ok. Another great car to have would be a svelte coupe, under 3000lbs, use the retired 3.5 liter V6 from the 350Z, and sell for mid to high $20k to hark the 240Z. Sell it with basic amenities so it won’t cut into the 370Z’s sales and it’s a done deal.
With the hype that the FT86/BRZ is garnering, I’m really surprised more automakers aren’t jumping on it. The people are shouting that we want our fun cars, and those that I build in my head would not only satisfy the young enthusiasts looking for a fun and cheap car, but it would also gain sales from the older generation who USED to have a 510 or Z car, and want to reminisce about their old ride.
Datsun, to thank me for my wonderful ideas, I’ll take one of each in orange.
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha, New Cars | Tags: Corolla, Datsun, Fairlady, Kenmeri, Lotus, Nissan, S14, Toyota, Wagon
I went on vacation (or a holiday for you British and/or Top Gear fans) and have been back home now for a couple of weeks, just screwing around. I flew up to Seattle to meet up with my brother, sister, and their friends to catch a Yankees/Mariners game (strike “see a Yankees game” off my bucket list), then to Oregon and San Francisco. That’s where things got interesting. A squabble with somebody close left me heartbroken, deflated and alone.
Fortunately, good friends in “the city by the bay” (JOURNEY ROCKS!) not only kept me company, but they also re-ignited my passion for all things vehicular. I got to hang out with the Fatlace crew in San Francisco, then the internet sensations known as the Heartbreakers in San Jose (I owe Henry huge for letting me crash at his place for a couple of nights). Then on a whim, I rented a car and drove down to LA at 2am to party with some old classmates for a couple of nights, before driving back up to SFO to fly home. Gotta see the silver lining in everything right?
One day, Jan from Fatlace picked me up from my hotel in Union Square and brought me to every man’s wet dream known as the Fatlace Paddock. So much cool stuff happening at that place… I would NEVER be able to work there, simply because there are too many toys!
Mark’s drift S14
R32 GT-R that was to built for Time Attack, but I heard it’s been put up for sale. Nonetheless, carbon fiber aero and Weds wheels are gorgeous.
Cool guy Kenny working with the lift so we could sneak a peak under the most amazing Lotus I have ever seen. And what’s that in the background?
Oh hello, my beauties… a completely stock Kenmeri Skyline and a gorgeous Fairlady Roadster. I never thought I would see a Kenmeri in the metal. This is the thing that dreams are made of!
Afterwards, they took me next door so I could give my expert opinion on their shaved ice, since I’m from Hawaii. Making it yourself is so much more rewarding than buying it from Aoki’s, Waiola’s or Matsumoto’s! Then it started snowing in the warehouse. A minibike was started up and donuts ensued. Hilarity at it’s best!
A day or two later, we all met up again by Berkeley to attempt, The Ring of Death. Basically, a hot dog, a plate of italian food, an ice cream sandwich, yogurt and something else. Or something like that. I failed horribly. As a consolation prize I did get to see what is hands down, the sickest Corolla ever.
My hands were shaking from excitement. KENNY… IAMNOTWORTHY!
Bad. Fucking. Ass.
I really wish I brought my camera. Big mahalos to the Fatlace homies. I still gotta send you guys some li hing mui!
Adventures from San Jose with the Heartbreakers coming in part deuce!
And on a side note, I gotta say… it feels weird finally meeting the people that you’ve been idolizing and emulating the last couple of years. The fact that I’ve met them through the internet makes me feel like a creepy Craigslist missed connections guy. HAHAHAHA!
Filed under: JDM, Kyusha, New Cars, Random | Tags: 510, Bellet, Bluebird, Datsun, Fairlady, GT-R, Hakosuka, Isuzu, JDM, Nissan, S13, Watanabe
Here’s a first for my blog. Isuzu Bellett GT-R. I honestly don’t know much about them other than the fact that they have a dual cam 1.6L engine and that they’re rare as unicorn poop. Somebody school me!
Proof that Watanabes look good on anything. I’ve been telling EVERYBODY who will listen to me that new(er) cars look great on small wheels and huge sidewalls, but not many believe me. This is the only picture that I remembered where I pulled it from. Props to Matt from Farm Of Minds
Watanabes again? Stay classy, Coupe.
I. LOVE. THIS. PICTURE. It’s like Pokemon. I need to catch ’em all. Bluebirds, Hako, Fairlady and 1200… OH MY!
Filed under: Kyusha, New Cars, Random | Tags: Corolla, LOCAL, Nissan, S13, Toyota
Line up of Hachis at the meet last Sunday.
Justin and Mike’s beautiful 3tc. AC and all.
Then the ice cream truck rolled by…
Rolled with Brice over to our friend Bryson’s house to check out his SR20’ed S13. Due to motor/money problems it’s been sitting for a while and a wasp decided to make it’s home right under the windshield wiper motor. After a few minutes of trying to kill it and looking like fools screaming and running around, we discovered brake cleaner is a great pesticide.
Brice actin’ like a fool.
Filed under: New Cars, Non-JDM Cars | Tags: Aston Martin, BMW, DeTomosa, Gallardo, GT-R, Lamborghini, LM-R, Pantera
After an exhausting Saturday of walking around Aloha Stadium in the blistering sun, Sunday morning started off the same way. Picked up my friend at the crack of 8:30 and headed over to the Ala Moana Shopping Center for Cars and Coffee. It was surprisingly disappointing.
A couple of friends that I spoke to at C&C told me that they usually have about 60 cars or so that come out but on Sunday, there were probably 30. I love my Kyusha, but I also love exotics. I was hoping to see the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV, Maserati MC12 and DeTomosa Pantera on 15″ SSR Formula Meshes that I’ve caught a glimpse of before, but alas, they didn’t show.
Ironically, his license plate is “FML”. Must be tough driving a Lambo around.
Super ballin’. M3 on LM-Rs? Yessssss…
Gallardo Superleggera LP570-4. Brand new, still sporting paper plates. It could use a drop and spacers.
‘Dat ass… Panteras are seriously an underrated car. So much presence.
Bond. James Bond. Daniel Craig is a good actor but the simple fact that they had to butcher a perfectly good, classic Aston and make it an auto because he can’t drive stick makes me sick.
The owner of this guy said it was built and tuned in the mainland by the SP Engineering crew. 750hp on upgraded turbos…
BUT CAN HE OUTRUN MY Z!?!
All in all, it was a little disappointing that the crowd wasn’t as big as I was expecting, but there were some beautiful cars there (not to mention some nicely enhanced ladies). Sorry, no Kyusha coverage in this post. Just wait for tomorrow!
Filed under: JDM, New Cars, Random | Tags: Chaser, JDM, Rims, Toyota, Volk
Hope everybody had a safe Halloween! Halloween is my favorite day of the year and we always get the buddies together for a night of partying.
I was the Kirin Samurai. The chest plate is aluminum, made from Kirin cans. It was a PITA to cut the cans up, but drinking the beer was good fun.
Anyway, check this out.
Sitting pretty on what looks like some old school Volks? IDK, but the stance is sick!
19×10 +20. 4 door R32. That is all you need to know.