OTWeb: S30 Z’s, how I love thee.

I love most all cars, but I have strong feelings towards Japanese nostalgic classic cars. There are just so many, from classic Toyota Celicas, Mazda rotaries and Datsun dimes to Mitsubishi GTO’s and Honda S500’s. Unfortunately, many of the kids nowadays don’t know about classic Japanese cars past the Toyota Corolla (AE86). That is, unless they’ve been playing Wangan Midnight on their Playstations and Xboxes.

The Datsun/Nissan S30 240Z was Nissan’s very first affordable sports coupe available to the public masses back in the early 70’s. With it’s timeless styling, punchy inline 6 cylinder motor, and it’s very trackable suspension, it was easy to see why these cars were so popular. These cars have an almost cult-like following, and is not just limited to Japan, but all over the world.

So sexy, it hurts. A modified Z is an instant classic.

So sexy, it hurts. A modified Z is an instant classic.

OTWeb: THIS is drifting madness!

Just watch, and you’ll understand the drifting orgasm this video represents. I’ll let
the video do the talking. No words can describe this video.


Done? Awesome.

This leads me right into Texas’ next big drift event held at Mineral Wells, The Lonestar Bash presented by Fabricated Motorsports. The event will be held on October 18th and you can bet your ass Mayday will be there for awesome drift coverage!

Lonestar Bash. 10/18/09. Be there. We will be.

Lonestar Bash. 10/18/09. Be there. We will be.

–David–

Houston: One Clean 240sx

In the last few years, 240sx’s have been synonymous with drifting. Although this is still true today, many people also have an image of a busted, tracked, beat-down, multi-colored and big bodykitted car teeming with dents and “drift damage”. To many, this look is desirable and even sometimes considered “cool”, and for some others, it just won’t do.

Stance is everything. Please take notes.

Stance is everything. Please take notes.

OTWeb: Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s longest drift record “unofficially” broken?

A post released this morning at MotorMavens.com, blogger Faruk M. Kagay wrote that professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s longest drift record, of 6285ft (non-stop on one set of tires in dry condition), was “unofficially” broken at the International Drift Series’ Round 5 in Germany by Alexander Gräff. Faruk mentions, “Alexander Gräff had come to the event to not only compete, but also to try to publicly break the unofficial Worlds Longest Drift Record (in the dry, with one set of tires) set by Vaughn Gittin Jr. Unfortunately an accident, with his wife (yes, his wife is also a pro drifter!), ended his hopes of doing it in his own “Polizei” BMW 528i drift car.” Going on Faruk explains, “Alex had the motivation to continue to attempt the record in a LPG C6 Z06 Corvette provided to him by GreenAutoGas. Recording over 2,500 meters (8200ft!), he broke the record” More information on this can be found at Faruk M. Kagay’s story on Motormavens! .

To make this official, does Guinness, or some type of committee need to be present? Also, for the record, Vaughn Gittin Jr. DID perfom his feat in a showroom stock Mustang. I wonder if this has any impact on this attempt. I am sure if Vaughn Gittin Jr. unleashes with the Falken Mustang, he might be able to break 10,000 ft, any takers?

JohnP

Houston: Texas VIP Style movement

At a recent car show I attended, I spotted this G35 that I had to take pictures of. TunerlifestyleTV hosted this show and of all the cars at the show, there was one team that stood out from the rest, Refined Elegance. For those of you outside of Houston, Refined Elegance is a local group of luxury-minded enthusiasts who show hard with their VIP-inspired rides.

Funny how many people from different states think that only Cali knows how to build VIP styled cars. Not true. A perfect example is Zeem’s (aka KalvinMaui) 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan. The car was originally black, but an intricate color change to a very cool Lexus IS350 Glacier Frost Mica brings out all of the smooth flowing lines of the G35. The car is slammed thanks to the air ride and compliments the Leon Hardiritts perfectly. The rear fenders were subtly widened to accommodate the larger wheels without any issues.
This car is an awesome of example of planning and execution done right.

Zeems Super Slammed G35 Sedan

Zeem's Super Slammed G35 Sedan

Full res pic HERE.
For more information on Zeem’s car and Refined Elegance, visit http://refined-elegance.net/

–David–

OTWeb: Exvitermini hunting

I have a fascination with an old website that used to be around called www.exvitermini.com.  Although, if you go to that site you will receive this message, “server crashed :( exvitermini will be back soon!” I don’t know what they mean by soon, as this site has been down for years.  The site be a holy grail of videos that portrayed a variety of tuning aspects in Japan and some from Europe. Some of the classics consisted Smokey Nagata’s Wangan runs, street drifting, high hp drag skylines, and much more.  Below is a short clip of one of the drifting videos that used to be linked on that site. I “think” this video is a clip from a Best Motoring or some other compliation at the time. I am probably wrong, feel free to chime in. Pay attention to the aesthetics of this car, the offset, and the stance.  I believe this video was made pre 2003, (first time I saw was 2004) but I am not exactly sure.  Hopefully someone can chime in on the driver as well, as they are mixed answers everywhere I check.  I love the cinematography, this is classic, pre-HD, driver focused filming.

Only 2 minutes

And here is another classic FROM the exvitermini people. High HP Skyline.

Serious, exvitermini was the bomb. If anyone has the old exvitermini videos saved, I would love to catch some! Let me know,

JohnP