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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Honda CB900F Bol d’Or

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The Honda CB900F Bol d’Or was essentially the next step up from the venerable and staggeringly successful CB750, a motorcycle that had almost single-handedly launched the high-performance, large capacity Japanese superbike on the world in 1969. Although it’s almost sacrilege in many circles to speak ill of the CB750 it did have one major caveat….

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Nissan Fairlady Z 432

Nissan Fairlady Z 432 3

The Nissan Fairlady Z 432 sits alongside other Japanese icons like the Toyota 2000GT and the original Nissan Skyline GT-R as seriously collectible and rapidly appreciating motor cars. The emergence of vintage Japanese machines onto the global market has been a long time coming, but the past two years have seen some of the rarer…

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