Have you ever wonder who would win in a race between a sports car and two men dressed like flying squirrels? Well apparently so has Nismo. The only difference between them and us is that they actually have the resources to make it happen; so they did! They grabbed a Nismo 370Z, Nismo driver Peter Pyzera, and wing suit pilot Dave Barlia to the top of a mountain in the swiss alps. Nismo also strapped the driver and the wing suit pilot with biometric telemetry devices to send data to a Nissan Juke chase car as they raced to the bottom.
So who won? Scroll down to find out. Also if you want a little “behind the scenes” look at how they pulled this off that video is below as well.
If you are in to Japanese cars and culture chances are you have heard the word “Bosozoku” at least once. For those uninitiated out there Bosozoku started out as a term used for Japanese motorcycle gangs but over the years that culture slowly merged with the Japanese car culture resulting in crazy over-the-top super widebody vintage J cars.
One such example is seen on the GARAGETUNED shirt above featuring a Bosozoku style Mazda RX3 illustrated beautifully! If you dig it you can pick it up at the iLoveRacing online store for 20 bucks!
Even though we may get older and our tastes change, we never really lose our soft spot for the cars that we loved growing up. And if you’re my age some of those cars are now thought of as “classics”. Its beautiful and sad all at the same time! But I digress… This past weekend was the annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) in the shadow of the Queen Mary here in Long Beach. I have been going to this event off and on for the last few years this event has seen tremendous growth. Heck, I got to the show less than an hour after it opened and the massive parking lot was nearly full!
I was astonished to see how many people showed up so early. Although, really I shouldn’t have been surprised. Its no secret that the JCCS is the country’s biggest gathering of vintage J-cars. This event was proof that the rise of vintage JDM love is not just a fad. In fact, this was the 9th year of the JCCS since its start which just shy of a pretty big milestone. Only the legit events last as long as JCCS has. Further evidence is the increasing participation of the OEMs in this show. Yes, OEMs! It started with Toyota but this year Mazda and Honda have joined in on the fun!
In fact, Honda brought out a few gems from their museum, including the original 1984 CR-X Mugen prototype test vehicle! Mazda brought two of their 4 rotor LeMans race cars as well as a pair of 2014 Mazda3s. Toyota provided plenty of vintage eye candy including a few 2000GT’s and mint condition Land Cruisers. Maybe for the 10th anniversary Nissan will get involved? There were plenty of privately owned classic Skylines on hand. Actually, there were plenty of privately owned beautiful classic cars on hand. Rows and rows of mint condition gems that would make anyone with a pulse stop and look at least for a little while.
If at all possible, plan ahead of time and make the trip out to Long Beach for the 10th annual JCCS show! If you love cars you will not be disappointed! In the meantime, if you missed this year’s show we have a Facebook gallery of nearly 200 pictures to enjoy!
Today I have a triple collab to tell you about! Pac Rim’s new brand “GARAGETUNED” got together with Evasive Motorsport to create a skate deck featuring their famous Scion FR-S time attack car! However, rather than just use a photograph JDMEGO was brought on to illustrate Evasive Motorsport’s track beast.
If you want one hit up iLoveRacing.com ASAP! These decks are only 50 bucks each so they’re bound to go fast!
Did you think that you needed to have an exotic Italian supercar or BMW to rock an authentic Liberty Walk body kit? As it turns out, if you are conscious about the environment and bought a Toyota Prius then Mr. Kato thinks you are cool enough to make product for. Feast your eyes by clicking on the thumbnails below on the official Liberty Walk Prius body kit. If you want to see even more I highly suggest you hit the link. Seriously, don’t think for a second that Liberty Walk went easy on the Prius because its some small hybrid car; these guys went all out. Besides the aero kit, there is a full suite of interior mods as well. Its nuts!
If my math is correct (which it probably isn’t) the exterior parts alone (not counting the LED taillights) will probably set customers back about $5,500, plus whatever the cost is to import the kit to the states. Although its well worth it if you are a fan of Liberty Walk’s work.
Guess what? Just like JDMEGO, Pacific Rim has re-designed and re-launched their website as well! Along with the re-launch comes a host of new goodies and apparel from the Pac Rim team. In this new shirt dubbed “Hatchbacks” wearers can celebrate the evolution of the Honda Civic hatchback all the way from the EF up to the EP chassis.
Look, I’m not even going to go into some spiel on the quality of the wood in this skate deck or its weight or how it would be any good for the actual act of skateboarding. It probably makes for a great board but that is totally irrelevant here. What is relevant is that this thing looks FRESH, there are only so many in existence, and someone likes JDMEGO even a little bit they should be clicking until their fingers are raw to order this immediately!
Many might think Ford has it all wrapped up in Gymkhana and Rally with their fleet of six figure Fiestas but Subaru Motorsports has a fleet as well, including one WRX STi purpose built for Gymkhana GRID and piloted by David Higgins. During the practice sessions yesterday the Gymkhana STi seemed pretty dialed-in and David seemed so comfortable that he was giving ride-alongs! Check it out below.
I love cars. Generally that means I hate it when a car is broken, smashed, or taken apart for purposes other than motorsport or customization. However, not even I could hate what Deviant Art user “ProgV” did with his Dad’s old Nissan truck. According to Prog, the truck had just been sitting for a long time collecting dust ‘n rust.
So, naturally Prog did what any artist would do: he took the whole thing apart and began to build a life-sized anime-style mech statue out of it. Although, as stout as the truck was, it wasn’t enough explains Prog. He actually ended up going to a junk yard to source more parts to finish the mech.
According to Prog, it took over a ton (literally) of parts and a month to complete the mech; which makes this even more amazing. I wish I had the ability to create something like this by myself in that short amount of time!
I am a child of the 80s and back then cartoons were freakin’ cool. Today, not so much. In fact kids cartoons these days straight out suck. There is nary a transforming robot to be found. Instead, there are shows based on trading cards and abstract weird characters created by hipsters who grew up in the late 90s. However, there is one exception: SpongeBob SquarePants.
SpongeBob is awesome. I can and have watched that show all day without getting tired of it. You want to judge me? I dare you to watch one episode and not laugh once. I DARE you!
Anyhow, if you really love SpongeBob then you’ll really want to pay attention to this. To help launch the new family friendly Highlander SUV, Toyota has partnered with Nickelodeon to build a SpongeBob SquarePants themed Highlander to go on tour across the country. At these stops families can come and check out the SpongeBob Highlander, play games, win prizes, and other fun stuff. Alternatively fans can go to www.nick.com/Highlander to design their own SpongeBob Highlander and enter a contest to win a Highlander of their own (more details in the press release below).
Click the thumbnails below for a better look at the SpongeBob Highlander and then ask yourself: would you drive it? Spoiler alert: I totally would!
NEW YORK–July 12, 2013—Nickelodeon and Toyota are making this the best summer ever for SpongeBob fans with the creation of the first SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired vehicle. The SpongeBob 2014 Toyota Highlander will feature a custom SpongeBob-themed exterior and an interior design that captures all of the beloved character’s high-octane energy. The one-of-a-kind concept vehicle will be unveiled on July 13th, during Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Day at the Padres vs. Giants game in San Diego, Calif. The car will then hit the road for a “Happy Driving!” promotional tour throughout the U.S., bringing SpongeBob’s special brand of fun to seven locations across the country.
“We are thrilled to partner with Toyota to produce this truly unique SpongeBob SquarePants-themed Highlander,” said Pam Kaufman, Chief Marketing Officer, Nickelodeon Group. “Through the ‘Happy Driving!’ program, SpongeBob fans across the nation will have a chance to interact with SpongeBob in a whole new, four-wheeled way.”
“We are pumped and honored to partner with Nickelodeon, and especially SpongeBob, to help launch the all-new 2014 Highlander. Like the Highlander, SpongeBob is family friendly and just plain fun – what more could you want in a family vehicle and cartoon?” said Jack Hollis, VP of marketing, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
As part of the “Happy Driving!” campaign, the SpongeBob Toyota Highlander will visit seven locations, including Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando, Fla. (Aug. 2-4]; SpongeBob Shellabration, Hollywood, Calif. (Sept. 7-8), Artscape Festival, Baltimore, Md.(July 19-21); Eat Real Festival, Oakland, Calif. (Sept. 27-29); Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minn. (Aug. 9-11); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Chicagoland Speedway, Chicago, Ill. (Sept. 15); Gourmet on Gore Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 2); LA Auto Show, Los Angeles Calif. (Nov. 30-Dec. 9). These events will feature character meet-and-greets and photo opportunities, a prize wheel where kids and families can win exclusive SpongeBob Toyota Highlander branded premiums, airbrush tattoos and interactive areas where kids can create a fun SpongeBob GIF to share with friends online.
The SpongeBob Toyota Highlander summer-long promotion will also be supported online with a dedicated website and promoted through digital display advertising and social media. Now through November, fans can log onto www.nick.com/highlander to create their own design for the SpongeBob Toyota Highlander; download kits for family road trips that include SpongeBob branded printable games and coloring pages; watch special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the SpongeBob Highlander; play SpongeBob online games; and enter the “SpongeBob Highlander” sweepstakes for a chance to win a Toyota Highlander. Additionally, fans can go to the Nickelodeon, SpongeBob and Patrick Facebook pages to see photos of the SpongeBob Highlander’s road trip and the intricate design details of the vehicle.
The redesigned 2014 Highlander made its global debut on March 27 at the 2013 New York Auto Show. The “Happy Driving!” tour offers the chance to showcase the all-new model of the mid-size crossover SUV. The 2014 Highlander has plenty of cargo room, enhanced safety features and a sophisticated interior – making it the perfect family vehicle to help people go places and make memories together. To learn more about the all-new Highlander, visit Toyota.com/Highlander.
Beyond the Toyota partnership, Nickelodeon will be celebrating all things Bikini Bottom this summer with a myriad of SpongeBob-themed activities taking place nationwide, capped by the first-ever SpongeBob Fan Shellabration at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 7-8. This summer, Gallery Nucleus will curate and host a fan-created SpongeBob-themed art exhibition in Alhambra, Calif., July 27-Aug. 11. In August, Nickelodeon will announce the winners of the first-ever SpongeBob SquareShorts: Original Fan Tributes, a global competition that encouraged SpongeBob fans to create and submit short films, across all genres, featuring everyone’s favorite porous pal. The winning short will be screened at the inaugural SpongeBob Fan Shellabration in September.