Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Volk Racing TE37V Mark-II

I know we are a little late to the party on this one, but we LOVE this new wheel from Volk Racing. Clean, classic, versatile, and just plain beautiful. Like the many other variations of the timeless TE37, this new wheel is a forged monoblock design, but it is now made to accommodate the ever-increasing various widebody applications - 5 different depths and 2 faces. As previously posted on JDMphasis, the TE37V is very likely my favorite wheel design of all time, so, needless to say, I cannot wait to see the way this wheel dominates the scene.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

I laughed at this job posting...

I just stumbled across a job posting on one of the forums of which I am a member. It is from, Surprise Surprise, a replica company. I understand my sense of humor is probably not in line with that of many others out there (and I do hope people catch the hyperbolic nature of this post), but below is a portion of the job posting. See if you can understand why I find this humorous. By "humorous" I mean exasperating/infuriating. (You need not look much further than the job title…)

We are an established automotive aftermarket company, hiring for the position of Marketing Coordinator. With over a decade in the industry, we are one of the largest in our field, due in large part to our young but energetic team. We are looking for a motivated professional with a passion for the automotive industry to join our team and help contribute to our continued success. 
Job Duties/Responsibilities:
- Maintain comprehensive files and documents relating to department projects
- Manage and maintain sponsorship programs and project vehicles
- Work with industry contacts on various projects to grow existing relationships and create new ones
- Coordinate the planning and execution of vendor booths at various automotive shows and events
- Manage marketing campaigns across various social media platforms
- Assist in the creation and implementation of new campaigns
- Report to the Marketing Manager on the status and progression of numerous projects

Marketing Coordinator? Oh…

Marketing Coordinator for a company that specializes primarily in the production and sale of replica parts; parts that are copies of parts from legitimate manufacturers. Marketing Coordinator that reports to the Marketing Manager. My questions: What kind of marketing is needed here? How many marketing positions does a replica company need? You have already ripped off the design of another company. You have taken zero risk and put nothing on the line. You are selling a knock-off a tried-and-true part. You need someone to coordinate in marketing these parts? The original company has already done all the work. The original companies have done all the marketing necessary. You know the parts are in-demand or you would not have copied them in the first place.

It is a sad state of affairs when one can log onto forums nowadays and there are "enthusiasts" who legitimately do not know that certain parts are replicas. They do not know the original innovators. They do not know that the parts they covet are actually stolen designs. 

Buy authentic. Support originality and innovation. Support the true talent of the industry.

Be Real. Buy Real.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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.

                          RS-Silent System with 'A' body and tails

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Manziel in the doghouse again?

I suppose it's old news at this point, but who cares? 

The headline-hunting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns found his way back into the news this past week and, surprisingly, not because of any on-field accomplishments. After a day of drinking, Manziel was questioned by police following the call of a witness to police after observing Manziel's white Nissan driving recklessly on I-90 in Cleveland. It was reported that Manziel and his girlfriend were involved in a "domestic argument." No charges were filed. 

Normally JDMphasis would not post a story/non-story of this nature. However, I learned that, in what is most certainly an attempt to smooth things over with the girlfriend, Mr. Manziel introduced a puppy into the tumultuous equation. A puppy is the answer to everything. Right?

Cute pup.

But that steering wheel…

And the rest of that "White Nissan" from the news story…

After seeing that picture of the pup on his lap, I do recall reading about Manziel picking up a GT-R last year. It is apparent to, well, the entire world that Johnny Manziel's problems extend far beyond the confines of a football field, yet he seems to have two things figured out: 1) One can never go wrong introducing a dog into your life. Period. End of story. No debate. Dogs are wonderful (even if purchased to assuage a significant other…) 2) Driving like an idiot notwithstanding, a 540+ HP R35 is a pretty nice choice for a daily driver.