It’s often hard to comprehend just how vast and deep automotive culture and passion spans in Japan. Last year I had the chance to help put together a program that attempted to show just this, looking at some of the biggest names out there. It was a pity it was only shown in Japan, but we all knew it wouldn’t be long before it was released online. It’s over forty minutes long so sit back and enjoy the show.
When Nakai-san got started working on Porsches over a decade ago, little did he know what his vision was going to create. The either love it or hate it approach he has to turning regular 911s into RWB masterpieces is something that Chinawat of Autohaus noticed. He decided to fly to Japan to meet Nakai-san, and the rest as they say, is history…
Konnichiwa Speedhunters! As you’ve probably noticed, we have decided to launch a #maximumattack on Tokyo Auto Salon this year. Things have been practically non-stop for me since I arrived at Narita on Wednesday, and all the madness is already taking its tole on my body and soul, but that’s the price we pay as Speedhunters! [...]
Japan is such a special place. Its car culture runs so deep and is so widespread it’s almost unbelievable it can keep so detached from the mainstream. If you live your day to day life in Japan your exposure to cars will be very uninspiring, a sea of vans of all sizes, eco cars and the odd import make up the majority of the carscape on the roads. Ads on TV are the same, everything is eco-related, nothing that unleashes even the remotest of emotion. Dig a bit deeper however, and you will be astonished at your findings. That is what Retro Car Kings is all about. This all new program which I worked on earlier in the year will air on Discovery Channel Japan this coming Saturday at 5 pm and will showcase shops that we all know and love, places like RWB, TA-Auto and Rocky Auto as well as others we have yet to cover on Speedhunters. For now the program will only be aired in Japan but maybe will be shown elsewhere in the near future through the power of the internet.
Looking through the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER Tumblr feed, I can’t help but be amazed at the variety of images coming through. It’s the same on Twitter and even our e-mail inbox is getting a huge variety of love on a regular basis. What makes this even better is that all of these fantastic images from around the globe are coming from you, our readers. You’re helping to create an amazing record of car culture, the likes of which I’ve never seen before. The details of how you can contribute are at the bottom of this post.
The Japanese really are masters of style. Approaching a big event like Slammed Society in Fuji definitely is quite the chore. Three days on and my legs are still aching from the non-stop squatting I had to do to capture close to every car that showed up. And when there are 400 impressively unique vehicles [...]
Following on from the success that the last two Hellaflush shows have had in Japan, the Fatlace crew was back in Fuji Speedway yesterday for the first ever Slammed Society event in the land of the rising sun. With 400 cars present, representing every extreme of Japanese car culture there was plenty of awesome cars [...]
Paper will always remain paper, no matter what. Over the last decade the web has really reinvented the way we get clued up in anything from the latest news, to the thing we all love the most here, cars. We are all now used to seeing awesome content from each corner of the world, presented [...]
I’m often asked what I like most about being a Speedhunter. There are many answers to that question, but naturally it’s the constant exposure to cars that comes to mind first. My colleagues and I spend most of our waking moments (and many of our sleeping ones) thinking about cars. We never stop thinking about photographing them, driving them, building them, or writing about them. On top of that, what I like most is that we aren’t locked into one particular genre or style of car.
Last week before I headed to Antioch for the Billetproof show, I made a stop by the Fatlace Paddock in San Mateo to catch up with Mark Arcenal and company. Despite the fact that I only live a couple hours away, this was actually my first time to visit The Paddock.
I’d heard that the guys were working on some pretty cool projects for the upcoming SEMA Show, so I was excited to get a peek at those and to check out the shop itself.
The 911 has a reputation for being one of the finest driving machines on the planet. Its unconventional rear-engine layout has become a proven recipe that works well on both the road and the track and since the beginning has dictated the way the car looks. And it’s these looks in particular that have captivated [...]
What would our celebration of 911 day be without some awesome RWB Porsches. This video was put together by the guys from RWN Thailand who early last month flew over to Japan and participated in the idelrs 12h endurance race in Twin Ring Motegi. Press play to get an idea of what it’s like to be part of the RWB brotherhood. Live, breath and drive Porsches!
In the sport of baseball the term “doubleheader” refers two games played consecutively by the same teams on the same day. In the sport of Speedhunting a doubleheader is anytime you shoot two separate events, or cars, at two separate locations in the same day. Saturday would be one of what will only be plenty [...]
No matter how many times I go to Rauh Welt or spend time with Nakai-san I am always impressed and literally left in awe at what he has managed to create. And I am of course not only talking about the cars here. Over the last week I have spent quite a bit of time [...]
With the Hellaflush Kansai event pretty much wrapped up after the awards were handed out by Mark, I decided to hang around a little longer… …and check out the cars from the main paddock head out. After looking at parked cars the whole day, hearing engine sounds truly added to the experience, especially when it [...]