Author Archives: Dan Hsu

Game of Thrones author’s humble Mazda RX-7

So despite earning $15 million last year for his Game of Thrones series, author George R.R. Martin drives an FB Mazda RX-7, which Yahoo cyberstalked and found parked outside his Santa Fe, New Mexico house. His personalized license plate has his … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Original owner 1987 Honda CRX Si

In the 27 years Chris Hoffman has owned his 1987 Honda CRX Si he’s seen his model of choice transform from econobox to tuner king to Japanese classic. Now his well-preserved car is also the subject of Petrolicious‘ latest video, titled “Original Fanboy.” As it … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Kaz — Pushing the Virtual Divide delves into the mind of Gran Turismo

The Gran Turismo series transformed the way an entire generation was introduced to cars. Among its game-changing achievements — ultra realism, actual manufacturer unveilings, developing world-class race drivers —  is one very special triumph for JNCers. It was not only the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Challenging Spirit of Honda

At the Tokyo Motor Show last November Honda released a short video called “The Challenging Spirit of Honda.” Chock full of 1960s racing footage from Honda’s first foray into Formula 1, it begins with Old Man Soichiro’s world-beating RC motorcycles and … Continue reading

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NEWS: The first street-legal imported R32 Skyline GT-R

Just one day into 2014 and it’s happened. Enthusiast Trevor Cobb has become the first person to legally import an R32 Skyline GT-R into the United States under the 25-years-and-older exemption. You get the idea he’s been waiting a while. 

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VIDEO: What it’s like to own a Le Mans car in Japan

Japan’s shaken roadworthiness inspection is one of the world’s toughest. But it’s not strict enough, interestingly, to stop you from registering a full blown Le Mans prototype racer for street use. Motorhead and Maiham Media have produced a fantastic video … Continue reading

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KAIDO shirts now available in the JNC Shop

Our Kaido shirt that we did for this year’s JCCS was hugely popular and sold out at the show. It’s been a while but we finally made more so people who missed it at the event can get one, just … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Electric Federal does the Datsun 240Z

Electric Federal has done some great videos of the Toyota Celica and Honda CB350, but in the latest video they turn their attention to the quintessential sports car that defined a generation: The Datsun 240Z. And the owner is none other … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: So apparently Louis CK was conceived in a Toyota Corona

If you are not yet familiar with comedian Louis CK, do yourself a favor and look up his stuff on YouTube. Artist Jaeil Cho recently drew a comic version of one of CK’s bits about kids asking “why?” ad infinitum. … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: Return of the SSR Formula Mesh, but with a twist

The SSR Formula Mesh is one of the classics, a vintage barrel whose design looks fantastic on cars from nearly any era. The good news is Speed Star Racing is bringing them back. However, the catch is that they’ll only … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Fredrik Sørlie’s 2JZ Cressida drift machine

No big deal, just your average 2JZ-powered X30 Cressida drifting on a closed road in Norway. This is Norwegian drifter Fredrik Sørlie preferred commute. Watch the video below.

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92-year-old man buys 32nd Nissan from the same dealer

Peter Butler loves Nissans. The 92-year-old man from Somerset County in the UK has just bought his 32nd Nissan from the same dealer, where he’s been a customer for 41 years. 

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VIDEO: “Silver Bullet” Honda CB350 Cafe Racer

The last time we saw Electric Federal they were chatting with Brian Karasawa about his 1977 Celica Liftback. Now it’s time for some classic Honda love (of the two-wheeled variety). Gasser Customs builds classic cafe racers like this Honda CB … Continue reading

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NEXT VERSION: Honda S660 Concept pays homage to S600/S800, Beat

The Honda S660 Concept is set to debut at the Tokyo Motor Show late next month. The name recalls the S500/S600/S800 of the 1960s, the first use of the S-Series name since the demise of the S2000 in 2009. In … Continue reading

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VIDEO: “Chain of Subaru” ad transforms 360 into BRZ and everything in between

In the latest Fuji Heavy video, called “Chain of Subaru,” a Subaru 360 transforms into its descendants like a giant robot from Cybertron. That’s the cool part. The rest is jammed with happy, beautiful people driving Subarus, frolicking, and driving more … Continue reading

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NEWS: NFL running back reunited with restored Mazda 626

NFL running back Alfred Morris got his 1991 Mazda 626 back today. As you may remember, Morris recently signed a $2.2 million contract with the Washington Redskins, yet continued to drive the car he’s nicknamed “Bentley.” Upon hearing of his … Continue reading

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MUSEUMS: Tour the Honda Collection Hall on Google Street View

Don’t want to fly to Japan? The Honda Collection Hall is now fully tour-able on Google Street View. The museum, located on the grounds of Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture, houses three stories packed with Honda heritage. It’s … Continue reading

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NEWS: NFL player Alfred Morris’s Mazda 626 under restoration

Despite signing a $2.2 million NFL contract, Alfred Morris has chosen not only to keep his 1991 Mazda 626 5-speed, but to restore it. Until recently, Morris daily drove the car, which he’s named “Bentley,” to his job as running back for … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2013 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 03 — Mad Tuning Styles

The Japanese Classic Car Show showcases a wide variety of makes and models, but perhaps even more diversity can be found in the subject of this week’s QotW — the multitude of tuning styles. Not only are there differing genres … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Crossing the country in a bone stock Datsun 510

You thought you drove a long way to get to JCCS? Meet Randy Lewis. Earlier this month Randy purchased a barn find 1972 Datsun 510 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and drove it 2,500 miles to his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Then he … Continue reading

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