Z32: A Stunning Example.

We have a serious love for 90′s Japanese cars at Mayday Garage. Supras, RX-7′s, NSX’s, MR2′s and even 3000GT’s are all cars we look up to and want to own someday. But the car that kicked everything into gear in the nineties for us was the Nissan 300zx. Debuting in 1989 and sold as a 1990 model, the all new “Fairlady Z” bursted onto the US scene with a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged VG30DETT 300hp monster motor and a new take on Japanese styling. 300hp by today’s standards isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but in 1990, it was enough to kick Corvette and Mustang ass all day everyday.

Although the US didn’t get “Godzilla”, the R32 GT-R, we did receive the classic and traditional Nissan Sports car with it’s low slung look and flush mounted headlights, it was what embodied a sports car. Although some people think the styling is dated, you have to keep in mind that even though these Z32 models ceased here domestically in 1996, the model continued to evolve all the way through the year 2000 in it’s home country. That said, some styling cues were updated including a new front nose/bumper to give it a newer feel. Stateside, there is a large following for these cult cars, and seeing a Twin Turbo model unmolested is a rare sight, but we love tuner cars, and there is a fine line of modifying a Z without making it dopey looking. We recently came across a stunning example of what a 300zx should look like at the last Houston Cars and Coffee, and took a few snaps.

That classic Z styling

The silver Work Emotion XD9's give the side profile of the Z a great racing feel.

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Ricer X

Happy New Year!

We just wanted to say Happy New Years to all of our friends, family, fans, and followers! 2012 and 2013 were a little rough for us, but 2014 we have set some clear goals for us here at Mayday Garage, and for real for real, we will start selling shirts and stickers ASAP, so look for that super soon. We have also set some personal goals for both ourselves as people, but also for our own cars. We will also be getting back into photography (more seriously) this year and will try to bring you some dope stuff as seen through our lenses. At some point, you will see some small changes on the site, and hopefully resolve our issues with making the site tablet/iPad friendly. We have many changes planned, hopefully for the best, and we want to remind you that we are here to stay for the long haul.

Oh, and also, we’d like to remind you that today is the first day of legally owning and driving the Nissan Skyline R32 (1989) in the states! HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM TEAM MAYDAY GARAGE!!

Doesn't take much to make a bold statement with an R32 GTR. Photo by Mark Strachan of Towside Photography

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

On the Street: Danny’s Sex 15.

At Mayday Garage, we are all about that street style, that street culture. Wether it be rolling out together to grab some burgers from Underbelly, a few local brews from The Hay Merchant, or going to show up to Ricer Wednesdays to look at other rice rides, we like to do everything on the street. Resident ricer, Danny Barber might be known for Catalina or his stints at The Idlers games in Japan, he is known to us as one of the ultimate street ricers. A great example is his authentic Nissan Silvia S15, a car that he imported with serious body damage, he was able to completely strip the car, replace what was missing, build an S15 SR20DET and drop it in all in the confines of his own garage, including all body work.

Ricing up the streets, photo by Danh Phan

Keep Tuning,
Ricer X

Event Coverage: 100 Drifters of December 2012

1 out of 100 December Drifters....

The month of December is an overall festive time of year that brings friends and families together for joyous celebrations.  Specifically, for the East Coast grassroots drift community, it’s time for the annual 100 Drifters of December event hosted by Summit Point Motorsports Park and Drift Nirvana.  This two-day “Slide Festival” draws in over a 100+ homegrown and semi-pro drifters. They travel from several surrounding states to this awesome track located in small town West Virginia.  For drivers, spectators, tailgaters,and photographers alike, a good time to be had by all!

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Announcement: MaydayGarage x Baker Tuning Presents- Wek’Fest Pre Meet 9/17

MaydayGarage and Baker Tuning are proud to present the official Pre-Meet for Wek’Fest this Saturday, the 17th at Baker Nissan!

Baker Nissan was generous enough to allow us to use their enormous facility to host our meet there. You’ll get a chance to check out some of the Baker Tuning cars as well as check out their huge shop. Food, music and free WekSos swag, and a chance to meet up with your fellow showgoers. Chicago had the same thing with Canibeat and Fizz Autosports for their Pre Meet, and now it’s our turn to show them how it’s done. If you can’t make the actual Wek’Fest Show in Ft. Worth on 10/15, you can at least attend this free meet right here in Houston.

Wash up those rides because you know we are going to take a butt ton of photos while we’re out there, and you know it’s going to be posted all over the interwebz.

For those of you who couldn’t come to our private meet, here’s your chance to strut your stuff, so bring that shit.


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David@maydaygarage.com

HD Video: Project Mothra Meets Smoky Nagata!

Here’s our HD follow-up video (I know we’re a bit late) to Project Mothra as Smoky Nagata tunes the 370Z at Secret Services Auto! Make sure to watch this video Full Screen with High Def on!

Project Mothra meets Top Secret’s Smoky Nagata from MayDay DavidD on Vimeo.

–David–
David@maydaygarage.com

Smoky Does Houston: Top Secret Dyno Tuning Day 3.

Wednesday was the last day for Smoky Nagata to dyno tune the last batch of Nissans in Houston which happened to be open to the public as well. Fans from all over stopped by Secret Services Auto to see the legend doing what he does best.

The guys from Baker-Jackson with Nagata san strike a pose

The guys from Baker-Jackson with Nagata san strike a pose

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Destined For Greatness: 3 370Z’s Prepare for the Arrival of Top Secret

Secret Services Auto was surrounded by 370z’s last thursday as Planet Zero, Swat Performance and Baker-Jackson Nissan were dynoing their Nissan 370Z’s in preparation for Smoky Nagata’s (of Top Secret Japan fame) arrival and tune starting on March 29th, just in time before Import Reactor Unlimited. I must have counted 5 or 6 370z’s that day in front of the shop, three of which sported a small “Top Secret” decal on the rear window.

On the rollers

On the rollers

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Breaking News: Smoky Nagata of Top Secret to Come to Houston!!

On March 31, 2010, Houston will experience the legendary Smoky Nagata of TOP SECRET Japan like no other has before. Smoky, along with one of his trusted Top Secret Mechanics will be coming to Houston as special guests to local Houston car show, Import Reactor. Smoky however, is not just coming as a guest, he will also be tuning TWENTY Nissan cars over the span of THREE DAYS at local tuner shop Secret Services with a new ECU prototype, Top Secret Process.

The Chosen Nissan Cars to be tuned will be selected from the Nissan 350z, Nissan 370z, Infiniti G35, Infiniti G37, and R35 GTR. Over the span of three days, the first two will be PRIVATE tunes only, no public access will be granted. But, on the third day, from 3:00pm until 12:00am the Houston tuning community will look on as Smoky Nagata puts his personal touch on the remaining cars to be tuned.

This is truly a golden opportunity for anyone who has dreamed of having their car tuned by Top Secret Japan. Not only will 20 lucky people be able to meet the one and only Smoky Nagata of Top Secret, but they will also be able to have their cars tuned by him as well.

Meeting Smokey Nagata has always been a dream of mine and in March, Houston will get to experience the legend himself. OH HELL YES!

For more information on this legendary event check AnimeMatsuri.com.

Stay tuned for more things to come at MaydayGarage.com

- JohnP

Keeping it old school: Van Luong’s 73′ Datsun 240Z.

There are people that like cars, and then there are people who are car enthusiasts. There are car enthusiasts that are brand loyal and there are some who love all kinds of cars, place of origin no matter. I would consider myself one of these types, as I have an admiration of all types of vehicles that go fast on four wheels.

And then there are car fanatics that are borderline obsessive. Van Luong falls into the latter category, and has the proof to back up that claim. The specimen in question is a pristine and restored 1973 Datsun 240Z that’s older than pretty much our entire readership.

Asian Antique? You betcha!

Asian Antique? You betcha!

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