Entries Tagged as 'Features'

Event Hype: We Visited The 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show! (Gallery)

Posted on 09.21.15 | Andrew Beckford 2 Comments


We really like going to car shows so it really sucks when several of them happen on the same day and we’re forced to choose.  Such was the case last Saturday as SubieFest, Japanese Classic Car Show 2015, and Hot Import Nights were all going down.  Not exactly at once but close enough to each other that we had to make a choice.  As the title of this post suggests we decided to go with the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) and we’re totally glad that we did!

Nothing against SubieFest or Hot Import Nights but JCCS just seemed to have a bit of everything we wanted and it was also closer so there’s that.  There was (as usual) a ton of cars at JCCS this year and great involvement from several OEMs.  Mazda brought out the new MX-5 in addition to several choice selections from their unofficial car museum.  Toyota brought out their famous James Bond 2000GT, and Honda really pulled out the stops by bringing the very first car they ever imported into the USA. Literally the first car!  It was in shambles but Honda is actually going to restore the car and document the process via social media.  They even filmed a commercial for the initiative at the show to kick things off.  To keep up with that just search the major social media networks for the #HondaSerialOne hashtag.

While the OEM presence was great, what really stole the show were rows of amazing privately owned restoration builds or resto-mod builds of everything from vintage Skylines, 240Zs, Toyota 4 runners, RX-7’s, Datsun 510’s, you name it and there was an amazing example of it in attendance.  Oh and just to illustrate how popular this show is: we arrived at the show just as it opened and the parking lot was already nearly full.  Meaning people were likely there at least an hour or more before show opening!  Parking got so packed that pretty much anyone who showed up after 10am had to park in near by downtown Long Beach and take a shuttle to the show location.

If you’ve never been to JCCS I would highly recommend you check it out next year.  Its a great event with lots of amazing cars.  Just make sure you show up early and dress for hot weather!  If you want to see some of the best cars that were at the show feel free to check out the gallery below which has over 100 pictures.  Just click any thumbnail for a larger version.


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Hype: Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Gets Full Reveal (Gallery)

Posted on 09.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


About two weeks ago Bugatti released some glamour shots of their Vision Gran Turismo project promising that its real life counterpart would be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year.  Well, the show has officially kicked off and this beautiful concept has been introduced to the planet at large!  There is something about seeing such an outrageous design made tangible that is stimulating to the ol’ eye balls.

Seriously this car looks amazing!  Since the car had something of an early debut with the first shots there isn’t much new information to be had with its official reveal.  In fact there is something of a lack of information when it comes to this particular car mainly that despite two reveals, it hasn’t been stated as to when Gran Turismo players can expect to download the Bugatti Vision GT for gameplay.

This leads me to a theory … WARNING: SPECULATION ALERT!  The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) starts next week and with the complete absence of anything Gran Turismo related at E3 and at Gamescom, I strongly believe that Gran Turismo 7 will be announced at (TGS) this week.  Could the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo be the first Vision GT car for Gran Turismo 7?  Is that why it hasn’t been officially said that it will be available for Gran Turismo 6?  I have nothing official to bolster this theory but certain things line up.  I guess we’ll find out for sure this week!  For now you can scroll down and check out the gallery of official photos from the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo reveal.  Let us know what you think of the car in the comments!

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Gaming Hype: We Race Spa-Francorchamps At Night In Forza Motorsport 6! (Video)

Posted on 09.04.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of the biggest new additions to Forza Motorsport 6 is night racing.  Its what fans have asked for repeatedly before every new Forza game and this time they have it.  Microsoft has given us a little bit of wiggle room on our full-game embargo so that we can show off a few slices of game play footage.  In the video below we take on Spa-Francorchamps, (a track that isn’t in the demo) at night in an Audi R8 V10.  Check it out below!  For our full Forza 6 review stay tuned as it will release next week!

BONUS VIDEO! Racing at night with no headlights?!

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Hype Video: Antonio Alvendia’s “86 Life” Is The Subject Of The Latest Petrolicious Episode

Posted on 08.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Here in southern California the car culture “industry” circle is somewhat small.  What that really means is eventually, certain people will stand out and they’ll be that person that everyone knows in one way or another.  Antonio Alvendia is one of those people.  Ever since I started attending events in a professional capacity I could almost count on seeing Antonio there with his camera (or cameras) chatting it up with everyone (especially the models *wink*) and making friends.

The guy has pretty much been a staple of the industry and the culture around here for a while and his career demonstrates it.  However, if there is one defining characteristic about Antonio its his love for the AE86 Toyota Corolla/Trueno/Levin/Sprinter/Hachi-Roku, whatever you want to call it, its his obsession.  The man owns five of them for god’s sake!

In the latest episode of Petrolicious Antonio explains his love for the AE86 and how the car is possibly responsible for his entire career.  He speaks a little about some of the land marks in his career history like helping to start a certain website owned by EA games, to the formation of his current site MotorMavens.com, to the birth of 86 Fest.  Its a great episode and worth checking out if you want a little background on one of the most well known AE86 lovers in the country.  Check out the episode below.

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Event Hype: Stance Nation x Nisei Showoff 2015 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This past weekend, it was hot in California.  Like…seriously hot…  I’m talking triple digits here.  Do you know what Californians do when temperatures hit triple digits?  They stay their asses at home, that’s what!  They move as little as possible unless it involves getting into a cool body of water.  However, for some there are exceptions.  There are instances in which a person can listen to their local weather person plead with them to stay inside and yet still decide to leave the house.  For people like me, one of those exceptions is the annual Nisei Week Showoff.

If you’re truly an import car enthusiast and you live anywhere in the vicinity of Southern California then you know that the Nisei Showoff is easily one of the top car shows of the year.  In the last few years Mainstream Production’s Showoff has increased even further in quality due to their partnering up with StanceNation.  As such, I (and hundreds of others) braved the relentless heat to make the trip out to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles for this year’s StanceNation x Nisei Showoff.

As per usual, the quality of cars on hand did not disappoint!  The show was stacked as always and what was even more delightful is that there were plenty of cars there that I haven’t already seen at other shows that took place earlier this year.  There was a small issue though; and this issue is totally on me and not the show production.

See, Ken Miyoshi (the godfather of Import Showoff) is a smart guy; and smart guys have foresight.  Typically, Nisei Showoff is held in an out door parking lot in the middle of Little Tokyo.  Ken, (again using foresight) figured that with a record heat wave attacking the city; that spot may not be the best place for the show this year.  So, he moved the venue to an (mostly) underground parking garage.  The first level was still in the daylight but the further you went into the show the farther away you got from that giant nuclear reactor in the sky we call the sun.  It was a brilliant idea and likely saved many a back from sunburn.  However, due to the constant fluctuation in lighting conditions it made taking pictures a bit tricky.  As a result my gallery is a bit lighter (in number) than usual.  However, this is not me saying that having the show at this location was a bad idea.  Quite the contrary.  This was a damn smart move.  I just wasn’t quite prepared for it as I should have been so for that I apologize.  Despite that though I still feel that I did a pretty good job of capturing the best cars there.

With that said, feel free to scroll down and check out the 100 image gallery below.  Also, if you’ve never been I would highly recommend going to Nisei Showoff next year!  Yes, it will probably be hot but I promise you that if you like import cars and the like as much as I do then it is totally worth it!  Thanks to Ken Miyoshi, Mainstream Productions, and StanceNation for inviting me out once again.  Ok now stop reading and check out the pics below!

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Event Hype: Nitto Tire Brings Auto Enthusiast Day Back To Anaheim (Gallery)

Posted on 08.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


What is better than a car show with tons of cars, vendors giving away free stuff, and 5 car wide drifting exhibitions?  A car show that has all that stuff and is also completely free to get in!  That is exactly what Nitto Tire did for a second time at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.  Despite the heat, tons of people came out to enjoy the cars, drifting, and wait in line to buy some BBQ.  It was all in good fun!  I paid a short visit myself to check out some of the talent on deck and it was pretty sweet.  Check out the full gallery below and if you missed out on Auto Enthusiast Day this year make a note for next year!  Its hard to not recommend a free car show!

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Hype Video: Our Five Favorite Cars From Marvel Movies

Posted on 07.10.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


By the time you read this Comic Con 2015 will be in full swing.  Hundreds of thousands of people have descended upon San Diego for the world’s biggest nerd party.  And we’re missing out!  Yes, unfortunately, we were unable to make it to Comic Con this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t combine our love for cars and comics in honor of the event.  In the video below we go over our top 5 favorite cars from Marvel movies.  Scroll down and nerd out with us, won’t you?

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Hype: The TL3 Racing Simulator Is The Closest Thing To Having A Track Day Inside Your House (Video)

Posted on 07.08.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Racing games have gotten more and more realistic over time.  Games like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport and Project CARS have all aimed to get as close as possible to bringing a real driving and racing experience home.  However, as realistic as these games are they can only go so far into replicating the true experience.  It doesn’t matter how awesome Forza Motorsport looks, if you’re playing it sitting on your couch holding a controller it just isn’t going to measure up as well to the real thing.

There are other ways to further enhance the experience such as using a racing wheel peripheral rather can a controller.  One could also make use of a rig such as the type sold by our friends at Playseat Racing.  A wheel and a proper seat rig can really take the experience that extra step to really make players feel like they are racing.  Although, if you have the desire (and the money) you can take it even further than that.

That is where the TL3 Racing Simulator Pod comes in.  As the name suggests, the TL3 is a full-sized simulator made specifically to re-create the racing experience as realistically as possible.  The TL3 pod features a 200 degree wrap around 6 million pixel seamless screen so that users can look full left or full right and be completely surrounded by the virtual cockpit and racing environment.  The seat in the TL3 can be adjusted to different positions depending on the type of racing involved (more upright for rally and GT racing and more of a horizontal position for open wheel racing) and moves on 3 axis’s hence the “3” in the TL3’s name.

It comes with a powerful PC to run its racing simulator as smoothly as possible and also comes with a high end racing wheel peripheral with realistic pedals to make the experience that much better.  The makers of the TL3 really wanted to make sure they were as accurate as possible.  In fact they even worked with an F1 team to develop the TL3 and many customers of the TL3 are professional drivers who wish to hone their skills at home.

So, how much does a set up like this go for?  The TL3 retails for about 34,995 British Pounds which is about $54,000 in the good ol’ USA.  The TL3 is definitely not cheap.  There are stripped down versions that can be had for less money though.  There is a TL2 (seat moves on two axis’s) and the 200 series which has a more stripped down exterior.  Both of the aforementioned units can be had for less money.  Although, if I could afford it I’d definitely go for the flagship TL3.

How about you?  Would you fork over $54k for the TL3?  Do you think its worth it or a complete waste of cash?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.  If you want to see how the TL3 works check out the official video below.

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Hype Video: New F1 2015 Trailer Lists New Game Modes And Shows Off Beautiful Capabilities Of New Game Engine

Posted on 07.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it.  We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it.  Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it.  But, that seems unlikely at this point.  Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster.  They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well.  Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!

F1 2015 “Features” Trailer:

F1 2015 Silverstone Gallery:

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Hype Video: Watch A Rotary-Swapped Mazda MX-5 In The Midst Of Track Battle

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity.  Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine?  Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes?  Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine?  While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions.  Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?

Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself.  That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5.  Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine.  For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine.  Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results.  In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle.  The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste.  While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased.  In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!

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