Okay boys and girls, admittedly we’ve been teasing you all with Skylines over the past couple of months: we’ve showcased some pretty amazing R33′s with some fairly serious modifications but, for me at least, this is the big one. Whatever your Skyline preference, there’s no denying that the R34 garners the most attention, both good and bad. Its’ situation in the U.S. is tumultuous to say the least, with an illegal Grey imports business resulting in the R34 becoming outlawed, it’s infamous in the truest sense. However, despite all of the bureaucracy and red tape, the R34 is more than a middle finger to the suits and briefcases: it personifies affordable supercar-beating performance in arguably one of the most attractive packages ever to come from Japan.
Yes we’re once again coming at you straight from Japan, continuing our Okinawa series we’re bringing you another Nissan Skyline, but this time it’s a little bit different. The previous two cars from Okinawa we shot, wrote about and presented to you were built and owned by US natives who have settled in Japan after a career in the armed forces. Not to take away anything from those guys, their cars are certainly both awesome, be sure to check those builds out on the site too, but this time we’re featuring a car from a Japanese native. The jdm scene after all is not just the cars but the influence and style from Japan that goes along with it, so this build is perhaps the most indicative of all as to what jdm really is. Read More
Japan, a Country known for a rich history, honor and culture, after all it is the land of the Samurai. Besides that, in the car world Japan is known for some Gods of the machine world. One in particular in the Skyline GTR. Let it be clear that the current Nissan GTR is often mistaken as a Skyline but it is not…… Nissan only used the R35 chassis name because of the GT-R’s heritage and the GT-R is the current successor to the Skyline GT-R.
Now, as I sit here writing this latest piece for you all to enjoy reading, I have a bit of an inner conflict brewing as how to start this off. On the one hand I could go in depth about the Impreza’s history: how Sainz and McRae tore across continents in world rally iterations of the scooby in the 90′s; how this is a 4wd rally car for the road, how the evo/impreza battle of the 90′s waged on in the stages and the street, so on and so forth, overused cliche after overused cliche, I’m even guilty of doing this myself. But, perhaps for a change, I’ll just save you from the history lesson and get to the point. This is owner Richard Duwel’s 1999 GC8 Impreza Sti RA limited and, I’ll be straight, it’s bloody awesome.
Oscar Wilde once said ” Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”
Edgar Degas also said “art is not what you see it’s what you make others see.”
A gorgeous work of art is exactly what Christopher Calimlim has created with his MK IV supra. Growing up Chris was surrounded by surpas he had Three uncles that owned Supras including two MKII Celica/Supras and on MKIII Supra. Needless to say he fell even more in love with his dream car after watching the first of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Chris was eventually in the financial position to purchase his car after serving in the Hawaii Air National Guard. Stock the car came with 320 hp powered by a US spec twin turbo 2jz. Did I mention it was painted in that incredibly hot Renaissance Red?
The Wrath of Khan
I was very indecisive as to how I should start this article. Maybe elaborate on the history of the Evo and how it became what it is today or take the nostalgic route and tell you what car I had coming out of high school. Then it dawned on me, this car and owner has so much personality that I should just jump right into it and not bore the readers. Read More