1973 Seeley-Kawasaki H2A

Seeley-Kawasaki 7

The motorcycle frames developed by Colin Seeley in the 1960s and onwards were so revolutionary that they had an enduring global impact on motorcycle engineering – an impact that continues to the current day. Colin grew up in a motorcycle family, his father owned a Vincent Rapide and they would both travel to the nearby…

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Honda CB550F Super Sport

Honda CB550

Honda introduced its CB550 series in 1974 as mid-sized alternative to the Honda CB750 – the bike for which the moniker “superbike” was invented. Being the little brother to one of the most famous bikes of its generation has never been easy for the CB550, or the CB500 before it – and even today the…

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Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser

The Toyota FJ55 Land Cruiser was the first station wagon 4×4 built by the Japanese marque offering seating for up to 7 adults depending on internal configuration. The original prototype for Toyota’s first 4×4 came thanks to a Willys Jeep that the Japanese found in the Philippines during WWII. The vehicle was sent back to Japan, shortly…

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1968 Toyota Corona Hot Rod

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The humble Toyota Corona isn’t a car that you’d usually associate with the Californian hot rod scene – the model was first introduced in 1957 as a reliable, economical, and clinically boring family sedan. In 1968 the Toyota Corona Mark II was released with styling by Italian legend Battista Farina, it was still an economical…

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Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota FJ40 Cutaway Wallpaper

Toyota released its first 4×4 for public sale in 1951, it was essentially a clone of the American Jeep but over the decades that followed the Japanese honed the design into something unique – and much loved around the world. Today the FJ40 stands as probably the most famous of the early Japanese 4x4s, and…

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Shinya Kimura – Chabott Engineering

Shinya Kimura Face

This short film by Henrik Hansen about Shinya Kimura first came out just over 6 years ago, and it had a huge impact on both the custom motorcycle scene and the burgeoning world of motorcycle-centric short films. I’ve met a number of people recently who’ve never seen Shinya Kimura – Chabott Engineering and so despite the…

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Original Honda CB750 Press Bike

Honda CB750

The Honda CB750 was released in 1968 by the Japanese marque to fill a request from their distributors in the USA who had been asking for a larger capacity and much higher performance motorcycle with high levels of reliability, an electric start and the ability to compete directly with the larger capacity motorcycles from Britain,…

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Documentary: Pluspy

Keiichi Tsuchiya

Pluspy is a low budget 1987 film that many credit with launching the popular drifting scene in Japan, from there it caught on in the USA and further afield, and today it’s one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world. The concept of power-sliding a car through corners was far from new…

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1967 Toyota 2000GT

Toyota 2000GT

The Toyota 2000GT is a car with a fascinating history. It was developed by Yamaha for Nissan, Nissan passed on it so Yamaha tentatively approached Toyota – a company famous at the time for its staid designs that were targeted at the budget conscious buyer. Much to the surprise of the Yamaha executives, Toyota jumped…

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Bimota 860

Bimota 860

Bimota is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer that specialises in engineering world class frames and suspension – usually using a Japanese or Italian motorcycle engine and transmission. The company was founded in 1973 by Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini. The three men decided to join all of their names together to create a portmanteau…

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1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser

Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser 10

The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and the Land Rover did battle for sales dominance across Africa, Australia, South America and Asia throughout the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and beyond. No clear winner ever emerged and the modern day supporters of each marque have a hard earned and begrudging respect for one another. The first Toyota 4×4…

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