The one thing that always gets me excited about running this website is the amount of surprise cars which pop up that I just have to see in person. Ireland is action packed full of surprise builds. Owners who really build cars for themselves are what get me excited the most. Similar to the KE70 we featured a few months back, this RX7 appeared on the internet out of nowhere and when it appeared in my news feed I had to find out its story. Throughout the boom Ireland purchased its fair share of these beauties but the common feeling amongst people towards these cars is fear, due to the Rotary engine set-ups which was a relatively new thing to Ireland… Most car enthusiasts would have a fear of these cars because of the high maintenance which would steer people most of them away from ever really touching such an incredible looking chassis.
After a somewhat silent winter it was nice to see the crowds and drivers arrive at Ennis. We all know what the recession is doing to the car scene, every Evo, skybus and Silvia has been replaced by TDI power, which in ways has brought some interesting stuff as people explore new car platforms but the fuel prices and Tax has and loss of jobs has crippled pretty much a mega chunk of the Irish scene. This is why I have to give the utmost respect to any driver competing this year….
If your pondering the internet bored this evening you should sit down grab some food and enjoy this classic snippet of early Japanese street racing. Megalopolis Expressway Trial or Shuto Kousoku is a series of films about illegal street racing on the Shuto Expressway in Japan released between 1988 and 1996.
So it has to be openly said this was one of the best events the country had seen in a long time. The most important part was the amount of effort people put in the make it to the show.The recession was winning the battle and probably still is in many minds when it comes to cars. Things were looking very gloomy but I have to admit, heatwave and then Japfest brought a very positive vibe back into the scene.
It has to be said that Japfest 2011 was such a good day, not because team need for speed came to town… which don’t get me wrong was a good part of it too, the amount of people and cars that showed up was really something. It just goes to show that the scene is still holding it down regardless of this economic bullshit. Everyone should give themselves a pat on the back for effort. The car park usually has just as much interesting machines as the show your attending, that’s why here at Juicebox we love lurking the car park to see what the people are driving.
So since there is a nice gap in between the next Prodrift event, Mondello had another track day for drift practice, owners could pay 140 euros to drive on the track all day in pretty much whatever they choose. These days are just as if not more interesting then some of the professional events down to the fact that the track is a mix of Decent and learner driver’s so things can be very unpredictable. Most cars come home with at least one love tap or maybe two…
Usually we wouldn’t go ahead and do some sort of a movie review on this website, Wednesday Is usually dedicated to highlighting some of Ireland finer car’s or something to that effect, but this week we just had to talk about 200 MPH the movie. Now I’m sure many of you are like what the fuck? Or maybe your not, either way we have to talk about this film. When fast five came out, everyone was all talk for Vin diesel and The Rock fucking shit up. But holy shit are you in for a treat with this film 200mph movie. You have to read on for more goodness….
The guys over at Titan Auto works went to the HKS Premium day at Fuji speedway and sent on some cool pics.
Lets continue where we stopped with part 1, looking at some super nice examples of some of the countries nicest ae86′s.
The weather was sketchy, but it managed to hold off. Thankfully we didn’t have a repeat of last year. Which as you can remember was a bad time.
The bar was raised with some of the cars that were on show this year, there really is a lot of clean cars coming out of the woodwork and its definitely nice to see.
I take it some of you have played forza or do play forza, and i take it some of you like to enjoy an oul bit of drifting at the tsukuba circuit. If not i recommend it on rainy, shit or boring days, or maybe even good ones. But there is a long corner at the end of tsukuba just after the long straight and i guess you may have hit it once or twice when you have spun out, its just before the pits. I found these pictures a long time back on noriyaro and they really show how bad it would be if you actually hit the pit wall in real life. The driver walked from this. Thank fuck this rx7 and Japan cars are RHD!