1968 Toyota Corona Hot Rod

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 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

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

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

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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A Pristine 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 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

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 Research & Development CB500R Racer

The 1970s were heady days for the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, they were taking on the established players in the United States, Germany, Italy and Britain – and they were winning hands down. Much of this success was due to the money that was being spent on research and development – the Japanese might not have…

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Honda CB900F Bol d’Or

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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1972 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

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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Honda CB550 by Lossa Engineering

The Honda CB550 is a motorcycle that sits in the shadow of its larger sibling, the Honda CB750. Anyone who’s ridden both models will tell you that the CB550 feels quite different, and in stock trim the smaller engined bike tends to handle better – although the fact that I’ve just said that means I’m…

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