Nostalgic Wednesday: Autozam AZ-1

With the prices of gas fluctuating, the trend has pushed automakers to produce cars and trucks that can squeeze the best gas mileage. Options such as Hybrid, bio-diesel, EVs, and natural gas are becoming more  prevalent. Other than “green” tech rolling out the production line, we notice more smaller cars on the streets; Scion iQ, Nissan cube, Smart fourtwo, Fiat 500, and just the other day, I saw a Mitsubishi “i”. Are Kei-cars invading the US market? Honestly, these small economical “green” cars may be cheap, reliable and can be a mileage-meister, but they sure are ghastly.

One thing I admire about the Japanese car culture is they work with what they have. No matter what car they drove, they made/mod it their own; without an exception of the Kei-car culture. From VIPstyle, deko, Boso and race inspired, kei-cars were modified to fit one’s taste.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: Nissan Skyline “Ken & Mary”

the overall aura of this car is classic.

Another Wednesday, another time to look back and remember the cars that have shaped automotive history. Today’s topic would be the 72-77 Nissan Skyline C110 or popularly know and the “Kenmeri”.  The Skyline C110 got its popular nickname from its J-pop soap opera looking series of ad campaigns about a couple’s joyrides along the countryside; of course, their names… Ken and Mary.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: The Wangan Midnight Devil Z

If you have been paying attention to our blog in the past we have featured two Datsun S30 240Zs, Khanh Le’s and Van Luong’s. Therefore it is no secret that we hold a special place in our hearts for this classic piece of Japanese art.  Which leads us to this week’s Nostalgic Wednesday, the Wangan Midnight Devil Z.  Wangan Midnight is yet another classic Japanese Manga/Anime from the mother land that glorifies the art of the Wangan. 

A Sinister Love: Khanh Le’s 1972 Datsun 240Z.

It was 10:00pm on a Saturday night when I received a phone call from Mayday David.  David was out at a local car meet when he stumbled upon a classic beauty that we had yet to see in our neck of the woods.  At the exact moment of the call I was in the symphony listening to the legendary Nobuo Uematsu (the creator of the Final Fantasy music) getting my nerd on.  It was intervened by the call that went a little something like this, “John, where you at?” David said.  I responded, “Jones Hall, the symphony”.  David responds, “Well, you better get your suited up ass over here to this meet, because there is a Datsun you HAVE to see”.

Graveyards, fitting for the Sinister.

Graveyards, fitting for the sinister minded

We have featured a Datsun before on this site, Van Luong’s, which, in my opinion is pretty damn clean and hard to top, so if these guys are making me come out to a meet in a symphonic suited up fashion, then, this HAD to be an awesome whip, and they were right. One thing I was not prepared for was the perfection that I was about to cast my eyes upon, Khanh Le’s 1972 S30 240Z.

This, is stance.

This, is stance.