Monday, February 8, 2016

Anddd… Here we have our latest leeching bottom feeder.

It was only a matter of time, right?

I recently came across a link to yet another [ironically] not-so-creatively-named website vending replica aero components. This time the Rocket Bunny Z33 aero of Kei Miura has been ripped off. This company slings their fake goods via a website so cleverly named 'carbon fiber hoods [DOT] com.' Just throw a set of spaced-out XXR or Rota wheels on your Z with this kit and, no doubt, social media will be abuzz in no time… [Shakes head disapprovingly.]































If you are passionate about your project, do not cut corners. If you are passionate about your project, support the true innovators of the industry; not their underminers. If you are passionate about your project, save your money for a bit longer and buy authentic.

Take pride in your ride. Buy REAL.


JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Voltex...

Just a random shot that I really like…



I believe I have mentioned this gentleman previously on JDMphasis, but Jason Hoang takes some pretty cool pictures of his projects. I have no idea why, of the hundreds of photos you can find on his blog, that I chose to post this one, but I did. Deal with it. Check out his blog and his project FRS.



Okay… A couple more of this beautiful swan neck Voltex wing. 



Just do yourself a favor and check out the blog!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Amusing Photography...

My affinity for the parts of the Japanese Domestic Market is not based on a personal assessment of performance superiority. It is about design, quality, and attention to detail. Likely my biggest obsession of the industry, Power House Amuse is quite possibly the superlative of JDM parts. Hardly boring or run-of-the-mill, the products that come out of their facility in Chiba are not simply functional components to be admired momentarily pre-installation only to be forsaken shortly after brusque acknowledgment of any performance benefit or gain. Every Amuse part contains an all-too-real element of genuine automotive artistry.

                    Z33 sporting an Amuse RS-Silent (w/ Gold Ring option)


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

2016 New England International Auto Show

Okay, so it is certainly not Tokyo Auto Salon 2016, but I was offered a ticket to this year's New England International Auto Show in Boston this past weekend. There are worse ways to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. I attempted to snap a few pictures with my phone, but that proved rather challenging as there were about a hundred people in, on, and around every vehicle. I went to this event a couple years ago and I quickly remembered why I was not in a rush to go back: the crowds. People everywhere. People in line to sit in every parked car and pump the brakes, jiggle the shifters, adjust the mirrors and seats… People outside of every vehicle caressing, rubbing, touching, and brushing up against the exterior of every vehicle, transferring the greasy oils from their hands onto the shiny paint. Unsupervised screaming children running around playing tag and other non-car-show-friendly games. Anyway, enough complaining. Here are a few shots from the show…

R35… Enough said.


A few Aston Martins...



I'll take the black...

R8.

BMW I8.


I actually do not love the new Vettes, but I liked the wheel choice on this one… HRE P101.

American muscle… Mean.


These little cars look like a blast to drive...



German automotive artistry… Porsche GT3RS.



2016 Nismo Z34...



Digging the rear...

I liked the color combo on this Lexus GS F. I wonder why...

Same exterior/caliper color combo I am using on the Z33...

And the car I went back to a few different times… Liberty Walk R35 on air.






I LOVE the matte white...

Finished the day with an adult beverage from an ACK brewery I have been known to visit on occasion...

Thanks for looking...

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Friday, January 15, 2016

You know you have the right project vehicle when...

…you are not deterred at the fantastic thought of an endless budget.

I was one of the millions of Americans who, over the past couple weeks, found himself enamored at the incredible prospect of becoming a billionaire overnight. I purchased roughly ten Powerball tickets for myself, as well as contributed a few dollars to the office pool. Of course the odds of winning are highly unlikely, but it is fun to imagine. The "What's the first thing you'd buy?" game is entertaining - a momentary respite from the everyday grind. I would argue it is worth the $2 investment to fantasize; worth it for a shot at that miracle.

In creating that list of purchases to make upon winning millions of dollars, of course a few automobiles find their way on that list. I would likely have a stable full of vehicles had I won over $1,000,000,000 this past Wednesday evening. However, I truly believe that I would still maintain a strong desire to build the best Z33 I could build. Yes, of course I would have a Maserati GranTurismo, perhaps a Lamborghini, maybe an LFA, a couple Porsches, obviously a couple GT-Rs among others, but I think I would still need to have the car that stimulated my passion for Japanese cars and the JDM culture. I find myself picturing my car when it is done and constantly scheming, imagining, creating ideas and possibilities in my head. I look forward to the e-mails I receive from my partners in this build. I cannot wait to take a razor blade to the packing tape of those cardboard boxes with Japanese writing and stamps all over them revealing the parts upon which I have been waiting for months...

I think believing that I would still want to complete my Z33 project, upon winning a Powerball jackpot, knowing full well that I could own any car in existence, is how I know that I have the right project.

I know I have posted these images in previous posts, but here are a couple shots of a Z33 that I view as inspiration for my project…

















JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation