Nostalgic Wednesdays: RS Watanabe Wheels

Welcome to another edition of Nostalgic Wednesdays!

Today’s topic would be the RS Watanabe wheels! Say your oldschool ain’t oldschool if you ain’t got these 8-spoke magwheels!

Funny how i said “magwheels” because it’s a rare term used specially now a days. These high quality wheels are produced by the company Racing Service Watanabe. The signature 8-spoke wheels have been rolling since 1968.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: 1984-1989 Toyota MR2

The first generation MR2 (AW10/AW11) would be my favorite out of the 3 generations.It was Toyota’s experimental project with the Lotus corporation in its prototype phase of the M90 concept. It’s name ment “Midship Runabout 2-seater” also dubbed as the “poor man’s Ferrari” or “mini-Ferrari” by some, it was something that you wouldn’t expect from Toyota.

it's official when its on Watanabes.

Toyota, well known for producing economical and practical family cars; created a non-practical 2 seater, light weight, mid-engined compact that wasn’t even really born to be a sports car, but was just a fun enjoyable cruiser.  The MR2 was the first japanese car to use the MR layout. Enjoyable cruiser? Definitely! Strategically bolt in the legendary 16V 4AG-E, later on supercharging it making a 4AG-ZE, then loading it with Momo commissioned steering wheel and shift knob. The slapping in some Recaro Seats and branding it “Super Edition”..lightweight high reving roadsters; now THAT’s classic DNA of a sport compact car!

Traces of Toyota are still visible in a Lotus. As of today, it is still rumored that Lotus is still in subtle contact with Toyota ; visible in the Esprit’s, the Trueno tail lights, and the Elise and Exige using the Matrix XRS’ VVTL-i 1.4 motor.

Sadly, the succeeding generations of the MR2 died slowly in my book. Toyota needs to bring some Midship goodness back!



Nostalgic Wednesdays:BRE 1971 Datsun 510

From humble beginnings, the Datsun 510 roadster was introduced to the US market as an entry level non-aggressive coupe. A well engineered and affordable car that saw itself competing with the “all-American”  muscle cars.

Sales did good during its debut, but it proved nothing, Datsun/Nissan wanted more;

what better way to sell the Nissan/Datsun image than to include the 510 in a national racing competition; The SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Trans-AM 2.5 Series.

Brock’s Racing Enterprises (BRE), a familiar name in tuning domestics and imports, stepped in and formed their own Datsun Racing Team. The rest my friends is history…

1971 SCCA TransAm 2.5 series,  guess who murked BMW 2002s, Herb Weston and his Alfa Romeo GTAs?

39 years after, John Morton and his championship Datsun; what a timeless beauty.

one of the best liveries in my list; BRE Livery = Datsun Racing.

The BRE Datsun 510, an iconic piece of engineering, proved to the American racing clubs that great things come from humble beginnings.


Nostalgic Wednesdays: The Koguchi World 180sx.

I’ve always told myself, if I ever end up with an S13 240sx, I would make it as clean and simple like the famous Koguchi Power 180sx. Nothing to me looks more street style than his car as it was in early Drift Tengoku (Doriten aka Drift Heaven) magazines. The simple classy OEM style body is something overlooked in today’s drift world filled with enormous body kits and double decker wings.

Simple. Classy. Clean. Business.

This is the video found in one of the earliest Drift Tengoku videos ever released.

Mmmmmmmm. Tasty.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: “Countach” Manga by Umezawa Haruto.

JohnP did a Nostalgic Wednesday on both the ever popular Midnight Wangan and InitialD series Manga in a couple of past entries. I love both of these series, but let’s face it, I’m sure you guys have heard of both before you saw it here. If you’ve been searching for more of these types of Mangas, then you’ve probably came across Shakotan Boogie as well. I’d like to show you guys another Manga in that same style, featuring a very well known Italian car called “Countach” by Umezawa Haruto.

Just another normal day in a Lambo.