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. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A new parasite surfaces...

I logged in to the Z forum a few days ago to be greeted with a fresh thread by a new avant-garde, cutting-edge enterprise: American Plastic Tech. And, yes, their products are as creative as their name. They sell… Surprise Surprise… replica parts!

Fakes on fakes on fakes...

I did a bit of research and found out that this company is actually the spawn of another company that claims to have been around for 40 years, copying the designs of Japanese companies such as Nismo and INGS+1.
For over 40 years, KBD and American Plastic Technologies have been fulfilling customers needs by supplying the highest quality polyurethane parts at the lowest prices. Over the years, our parts catalog has grown to offer the sought after body kits, bumpers, wings and more for almost every vehicle. We are expanding our polyurethane product line on a daily basis, so make sure to check our applications regularly! If you are looking for a certain application and would like us to make it, please feel free to contact us.
Not an uncommon tactic, it seems as though this company would love the consumer to believe they are their savior. A particular phrase in the above extract from the company's website really sums up the essence of what it is to be a replica company.

"...our parts catalog has grown to offer the sought after body kits, bumpers, and wings…"

Translation: We take no risks. There is zero creativity, innovation, or originality in what we do. We do not design our own parts. We sit back and wait to see the next big thing; what the true talent of the aftermarket industry comes up with. If their designs are a hit and become popular and desired, we simply copy them and cash in.


Replica companies are not going anywhere. They are here to stay. They will continue to be successful as long as "enthusiasts" continue to support them by cutting corners with their builds. I am simply hoping to convince some readers out there to save their money for just a bit longer and buy authentic.

Be the funk. Don't fake it.

JDMphasis… Innovation over Imitation

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Amuse R35

Just a random snap of this beastly R35 of Powerhouse Amuse…
(Representing my friends at Bulletproof Automotive with the sticker on the skirt…)

Saturday, October 3, 2015