Author Archives: Ben Hsu

JNC THEATER: Someday Into the Glare

Though it came out in 1992, there’s still plenty of 80s car-nage in Kinji Fukusaku’s Someday Into the Glare (English title, The Triple Cross). Fukusaku’s ultra-violent crime stories were a staple of Japanese cinema in the 70s and 80s, but by 1992 a … Continue reading

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NEWS: Toyota celebrates 35 years of TRD, revives 1980s Super Off Road video game

One a giant indoor dirt course at the Chicago Auto Show today Toyota Racing Development celebrated 35 years in the US by launching a new lineup of TRD Pro trucks. Though Toyota’s in-house tuning skunkworks has been responsible for everything … Continue reading

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NEWS: Street debut of the Nissan IDx Concepts

Over the weekend Nissan did something very unusual. They took their priceless, one-of-a-kind concept cars all over SoCal to meet the public face to face. This would’ve been a ballsy move for any concept, but for the Nissan IDx siblings, … Continue reading

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NEWS: Initial D reboot to hit Japanese theaters August 23

A new Initial D movie is in the works, and the release date has just been announced. It will hit movie theaters in Japan on August 23, 2014. According to Initial D World, the film will be the first of … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest JNC rivalry?

Now that the SuperBowl is over, it might be time to ask what was the greatest ever contest of wills involving at least one classic Japanese marque. There have been many throughout the ages. Datsun vs Alfa Romeo in SCCA … Continue reading

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JNC THEATER: Boso Panic – The Big Crash

1976′s Boso Panic: The Big Crash was your typical action movie from the era. All the gritty ingredients were there: bank robber anti-heroes, a femme fatale, gunfights, and loads upon loads of car chases. What sets it apart is the fact that it … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Toyota 2000GT drift!

So you have the most badass — and expensive — Japanese classic ever built. Why not take it to the track and mash on the pedals like they’ve got spiders pouring out of them? It’s exactly what one Japanese driver … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the coolest factory decal package?

Throughout 70s and 80s decal packages were a fact of life. Some were awesome, some were awesomely bad, but they were emblematic of the era. What’s the coolest factory decal package? We don’t know if it’s the greatest, but Mazda‘s … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1968 Paris Auto Salon Mazda 110S

Mazda Cosmo Sports are rare already, but this particular specimen has the added provenance of being a show car. According to the seller, it was displayed at the Mazda booth at the 1968 Paris Auto Salon. Additionally, this is an export … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? FJ40 Land Cruiser sells for $101,750

It’s auction season in Arizona, which means another round of stratospheric values for old cars. Last year FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser prices reached new heights, going as high as $88,000 for a blueprinted 1981 at Barrett-Jackson. Now a 1977 model … Continue reading

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