Breaking News: Smoky Nagata Will Be Bringing His V12 Toyota Supra to the 2011 Texas Mile

Well it looks like things will be getting interesting this year in Texas for a few things, but this particular instance takes the cake. Legendary Japanese tuner Smoky Nagata returns to Texas for the 2011 year and this time he is bringing some heat with his one-off V12 Toyota Supra making an appearance at local car show Import Reactor and will be looking to break records at the Texas mile. The release can be found at Speedhunters.

Picture Courtesy of Linhbergh Nguyen

Picture Courtesy of Linhbergh Nguyen

– JohnP

Nostalgic Wednesday: THE FERRARI 288 GTO Evoluzione

the Evoluzione Project

the evoluzione project

I don’t know where to start, but I will say that the Ferrari F40 is just too awesome in epic proportions of all time!!! (Insert Kanye West). A car that needs no introduction is the F40, for the car itself is already an introduction.  Rated by many automotive enthusiasts as one of the greatest super cars ever built. The F40 was the last car commissioned by the late Enzo Ferrari, built to celebrate 40 years of production at Maranello.

born to be wild

To most, the F40 is the titan of Ferraris, the late Enzo’s last hurrah, his Mona Lisa! Sorry to break hearts but, as much as I adore the F40, it is a rehash of our today’s Nostalgic Wednesday topic. I know it’s a bold statement to say but it is a known fact that the F40 was built as a downgraded road worthy version of the 288 GTO Evoluzione.

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Nostalgic Wednesday: The Alfa Romeo 155 TI V6 DTM

So while playing GranTurismo and thinking of what would be a good topic for Nostalgic Wednesday, it dawned upon me, my love for the original DTM cars!!! Meanwhile I was having a debate with my good ol’ friend about what would be an all-time favorite DTM car. As much as I love the Mercedes 190e and the BMW e30 m3, there is another that I have a special kind of love for, the Alfa Romeo 155 TI V6 racecar.

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Texas Drifting: The Fabricated Motorsports Tech Day Prelude to the 2011 Drift Series

In case you haven’t heard yet, Aaron Losey the organizer of 98% of drift events in Texas will be hosting a Texas drift series this year in 2011. The introduction to this series was a “dial-in” day held at local tuner shop Powerfab that was composed of horsepower ratings, weight and steering angle for every car. Although all cars competing in the series were not present at the event, you get a general idea of the competitors in the series. Check out the video for the details, definitely a great intro to the 2011 Texas drift series.

Fabricated Motorsports Tech Day 2010 and GGP fun from aaron losey on Vimeo.

– JohnP

JohnP @ MaydayGarage.com

Keeping within the Lines: Dennis Meriel’s Do-Luck Acura NSX.

Sunday morning, 6:00am downtown was the meeting spot for Dennis’s NSX, myself and Mayday Danh as we patiently waited for the sun to rise. Greeting us with Kolaches was the man of the day, Dennis as he stepped out of his Do-Luck kitted red Acura NSX. A Couple of things came to mind when Dennis rolled up, first being how tired I was at the ass crack of dawn on a Sunday morning and secondly was how that slumber can be easily eliminated by a nicely executed NSX. The sun however was nowhere to be found. This was nothing however as there is always something there to throw a wrench in the plans of a shoot. So we grabbed our gear and headed to the first shoot location to give justice to the Japanese exotic. Improvisation was in effect.

They say red brings good luck.

They say red brings good luck.

Mayday Garage in our hometown

The previous day Mayday David and I were scoping spots that would have been harmonious with the lady in red. The country? Nah. Parking Garage? Hell No. Graffiti wall? Oh HELL no….then it hit, Chinatown. Well, more like ol’ Saigon in our case. But really, what better way to awaken the ricer in you than to hit up and pay respect to your local temple?

Johnny Tran would be proud.

Johnny Tran would be proud.

The NSX is an awesome platform that can be opened to multiple styles of tuning. Dennis’s car is a prime example of a NSX built within the lines. Nothing too over the top, Do-Luck aero adds aggressiveness but still retains the OEM lines and the Advan RS-Ds coupled with Spoon calipers grace the machine with a undercover race look. It is the first of two different styles that we will be featuring over the next month here on Mayday Garage.

The subtleties.

The subtleties.

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Nostalgic Wednesdays: Lancer EX 2000 Turbo

redhead

When we Associate certain cars and the engines that made them famous, we come up with a list;

Toyota Corolla and the 4A-GE

Honda Integra Type-R and the B18C

Nissan Skyline GTR and the RB26DETT

GM Corvette and the LS1

Mazda RX7 FD and the 13B

Subaru STI and the H4 boxer.

and of course, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the 4G63.

But this harmonious relationship between the Evolution and the 4G63 wasn’t love at first sight.  In 1980-83, the Lancer EX 2000 was equipped with a 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.It was the first Lancer to use the very first 4G63.

serious moustache is serious bitnit.

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