Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Aurelia R32

Years of obsessive Gran Turismo thumb-hammering taught me that the coolest R32 Nissan Skylines were gunmetal grey. Then the early-noughties JDM scene span that on its head by producing an endless stream of icy white examples. So what do you make of this one, then? A brownish gold - that shouldn't work, should it?
Well, as it happens, I love brown cars. And given that this Skyline is really more brown than gold, it's kind of like the ultimate, most majestic form of brown there is with its alluring metallic shimmer. If that makes sense.

What we have here, then, is a GTS-T with a GT-R bodykit. The GTS-T is no slouch, with its single-turbo, 2.0-litre twin-cam offering 212bhp in bone-stock form. With an HKS induction kit and Japspeed exhaust, this one has a few extra horses, but plans are afoot for a larger turbo, and then... well, you know how these things go.
You can read all about it at SlamMedia.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

C20LET Kadett D

I do love a sleeper. From the outside, this appears to be a well looked-after and largely standard Opel Kadett D; it's a 1.6SR, so is the warm variant that sat below the GTE in the model range. Aside from the oversized steel wheels, it's pretty much as Opel intended.
...except that it isn't, at all. There's a C20LET under the bonnet - that's the turbocharged 2.0-litre twin-cam that you'd find in the likes of the Calibra Turbo. There's also an F18 gearbox with a Quaife diff, an organic clutch, and huge brakes. A high performance and thoroughly modern car under the skin, with factory-fresh retro looks. Perfect.
Click here.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Mazda MX-5 Coupé

The mkI (NA) MX-5 is one of the greatest cars ever built, and that's solid gold fact. The mkII (NB) is something I've never been as keen on - it dilutes the purity of the lines with flabbiness, squidginess and dullard headlights that replace the original's perfect pop-ups. I've always been very much of the mindset that there's no point buying an NB, when an NA is basically the same but looks better.
However, there is one NB that I'm very keen on, and this is it: the Coupé. Following a motor show prototype, 200 of these were built, solely available on the Japanese domestic market. Various companies have developed lookalike roof kits that can be grafted onto any old MX-5, but these ultra-rare 200 are the real deal. This particular one is located in Hiroshima, priced at around £16,000, and is wearing one of the coolest JDM aftermarket wheel options of all: Hayashi Streets. What are you waiting for? This is a bona fide collector's item...
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Rolls-Royce Rally Car

Well now, this is some thoroughly caddish behaviour. This is what Jeeves gets up to while Bertie's off pinching policemen's helmets.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Krispy Kreme Meet - December 2012

What better way to round off the 2012 show season than with a coffee and a few doughnuts? There was even a glimmer of sunshine and a spread of glorious blue sky above the New Malden Krispy Kreme for the last monthly meet of the year.
As you can see, the turnout was largely US-focused and suitably eclectic, with all manner of diverse machinery brought along by owners keen to stave off the winter chill with steaming cups of fresh coffee; largely NSRA folk, they're a hardy and tenacious bunch. And they've got some pretty badass cars too.
See you there in January...?

Friday, 14 December 2012

W124 + Planes = Awesome

There's a surefire way to make a car shoot spectacular: get a load of random old aeroplanes into the frame. It's a trick we tried at Retro Cars recently (Southend airport and a Pro-Street mkI Escort), and there's further proof right here: this shoot from the hilariously-named Polish blog Raceism gives off a wonderful vibe of mystery mixed with aggression.
The planes are, of course, Polish Air Force planes. The logo on the Mercedes W124's door is of the Polish Air Force. And the Merc itself is very shiny and very low. There you go, you're all caught up.
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...and a few shots without planes. Y'know, so you can see what it looks like when it's not surrounded by planes.