Tokyo Auto Salon – Part 1 of 4

Well its taken almost 1 entire year, however Iv FINALLY now edited up HALF of the Photo’s from this years Tokyo Auto Salon based in Chiba.

Presents, Part 1 of 4.

Iv got the other half of these to upload tonight followed by Sundays photo’s to edit! Massive. In the mean time check out, Were hosting a JZX Tribute week!

Mata Ne!

JDMtas Meet Photos.

JDMtas (Japanese Track & Street) are still going strong, With the monthly meets held the first Sunday of each month its getting big.

Here’s some shots from the Sept meet we held. We ended up taking over part of the upper level and had security out numerous times. After the usual catch up sesh, photo bash and look see, we take a wonder in down stairs for a coffee followed by some food, be it at yO Sushi, Frankies, or just where ever people see fit!

Last night seen the October meet. Not as big as last month but still good to meet up with people again and see some new cars on the scene like the new s15 rolling round Aberdeen and Leith’s GT4. We popped down for some spanking burgers and pizza with pints in Frankies.

Great meet, thanks to all who showed up :D

-Ja Ne

JAE 2010

Here’s JAE in photos from how I seen the weekend. Or didnt as the case may be.

The JAE Weekender, Something we as a group have been going to for a long time now! First off joining other clubs such as the Honda Tech UK stand, The Lexus Owners club and then finally a few years ago; The first ‘Minty Fresh’ stand! Last year we went under the JDMtas name and we took home the gold for Best club of the show 2009!

We entered again this year under JDMtas and had a cracking time away! Spawned over several days down in sunny Kettering, We started our long wekeend off with an early morning wake up call on the Thursday. With about 30+ members we took sale to the roads and begun our 9 hours drive south!

The drive didnt take too long to be honest, or it didnt seem so. There was pretty much no break downs or problems other than some people falling behind, others getting off at the wrong services or missing their turn off and the likes, but it was rather smooth.

We got to JAE to find, There was no ‘Low Bawler Entrance’ which we had been promised from last year.. so the MX5 got stuck on several speed mountains, which was a shame and didnt do my sump any favours!

For those who didnt go, you missed a fair weekend – There cant be much more said about this event, other than JDMtas getting 2 black flags by the Friday… Sorry John! First being with Dan doing some sideways entrance as he finally got down.. the second with my reversing into a fellow club’s banner. Bad times, however bills were paid, hands were shook and we got on with the weekend! Was a cracker of a time!

This car right here did it for me – Once id seen this, All other cars just seemed tame. A Toyota Chaser JZX100. The only 100 at the show and i fell in love! Rest as you see it!…

-Ja Ne!

Kei Chan – New Shoes

Over a certain period of owner ship, you really do get attached to these cars.. upon selling them, is almost the similar feeling of your dog running away.. Its always good to come across your old ride to which you’v poured all your funds and time into.

The new owner of the s15 has been doing her proud with a full range up crazy upgrades, Mr Hawkins has just fired me through this snap of Kei chan with her new shoes on.. Think we can all agree.. looks the part ;) Keep up the progress mate.


- Mata Ne x

A visit to K-Style, Nihonmatsu

While up drifting at the world famous Ebisu, Andy took me in past K-Style to meet Kumakubo-san, and see some of their line up for the 2010 seasons ahead.

Located up in Nihonmatsu, its safe to say, things there are a little more laid back from the busier city type of the gaijin populated Tokyo.

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KEI CHAN – Gone.. yet not forgotten..

While browsing the MX5nutz forum, A member named Galliano posted up this shot of Kei down at last years JAE.

I must put a thanks out there, As its actually a good snap of her! Arigato^^ – I try not ever stick up photo’s that I didnt take, its just what Iv been going for since I started up ‘mintofruit‘ years back. However, I was asked tonight where the s15 was by chance haha.

It seems this s15 keeps popping up now and again on various blogs / forums, Its funny coming across it and seeing what peoples thoughts are. Im also, yet to see another one to this style.. Is that telling me something? :p hehe. Defo marmite maybe? You decide.

The s15 is now in the hands of a lad way way down the road, With the plans in store for Kei such as new BRIDES, Bigger turbo, Hydro handbrake, some SSR SP1’s and a BN Widebody Blister kit.. its not only going to look totally different.. but epic super bawler spec! Im looking forward to seeing the updates.. yet at the same time, Im so not! :p hehe.

Thanks again to Galliano for the pic!

-Ja ne

Daikoku Futo

“Just follow the C1 all the way till you see signs for the C2.. then head off towards Yokohama Park and the k4″… you’ll soon know when you get there.

This was my first time at Daikoku, and I was more than impressed. The amount of cars for the turn out before the Salon was pretty epic! Full of some super sweet rides! All things from super slammed VIP rollers, to Drifto and Grip weapons to the Bosozuka them selfs..

I got a video on the samsung of those guys basically annoying everyone there. What a noise they made! So when the police turned up, they made a scarp and heading back up onto the wangan.

When we left they had all been caught! Well.. thats what we thought, I was speaking to Dino yesterday and word on the street was that one of them fell off their bike.. a passanger, who was 90% likely to be female, So.. thats a bit rubbish.

For those who dont know what Daikoku Futo is. Its basically a giant PA (Parking Area) off the Wangan (Express Way  / Motorway) Which links Tokyo to Yokohama. This is basically the same as a UK Service station on the M6. But 10x the size, and an attraction to all things car related. Many companies / teams and shops organise meets here at Daikoku with some of the biggest names in the market showing face for certain events.

Now though, the police seem to be in force to boot everyone out rather early on.

After the Daikoku meet, Neil asked me to jump back into the Fit and head off up onto the wangan towards Tokyo. We hit up some more PA’s containing some sheer amazing cars, chatting away about how it is to actually live here with jobs, flats and the likes.

Was all a tad odd to me, I mean there was a fully prepped time attack NSX sitting next to me, a time attack FD3S, among a shed load of other amazing cars.. stuff like big single R34’s and then a ‘mint’ condition yellow RX7 rolled up and parked up.. and it just seemed the norm. . . After some more driving and a quick Wangan battle with his R33 v-Spec (he won) we found ourself’s at yet another PA and got some food / drinks, checked out the other cars and then got into some banter with the Japanese lads.

The white 14 you see was owned by Tsuji since 1996. He’s a grip driver running a T28 bb turbine, HKS full Hi-Power system and show’s his stuff up at Ebisu, I showed him the Ichigo to which he approved and we jumped back in and cruised home to the C1 for some tokyo win.

Was the best night of my Japanese experience so far.. off to bed though, Salon’s done with. Not anything amazing imo, worse than last year but was to be expected. Off to Up Garage tomorrow morning then Autobacs (again) then Ebisu drifting on Wednesday with Andy.

So far.. this place, the cars.. the food, the girls, the drifters… the gaijin.. are all full of utter WIN!.. the only let down? Was Nomuken.. that boy’s a bit of twat.


Autobac Attack Part San!

Here’s yet another batch of snaps from the good old Super Autobacs in Tokyo bay.

Starting this gather with this sweet little Miata Roadster.

Random Stingray found roaming the streets of Shinonome, After trying some moving shots in the street we waited for him to roll on up and park for a clear shot.

Hmm banana 3 with a fairlady. Some noice carbon fibre parts too.

This fairlady was hiding under the carpark.. couldnt avoid the Oly though. Remind’s me somewhat of a tamer Tokyo Drift DK version.

Super Clean FD3S sporting some Volks. He’s got my fogs ;)

Every time I see one of these.. I want one more!

Im not actually 100% sure what this car was, but it had CAD stickers on her.. hmm. Fire me a mail if you know.

Nice line up here.. 180sx, Tezza and a Porsche.. brilliant.

Super clean Legacy in getting some work done.

Another Skyline sitting inside the bays here at Autobacs.

Pretty standard looking s15 Spec R.. but damm, That colour is just nuts.

No real fantastic pictures but I do have a soft spot for this colour!

Were unsure what this little thing was, but it was being charged up as the owner was in buying some toys for it.

This JZX110 was too much noice.

Iv been wanting to snap this white thing for a while, finally got a chance to.

Were down in Hiroshima just now watching the new Drift Tengoku Vol.55 DVD. Also got the new Dori Ten Edition mag and the brand new Option 2 mag on release.. the joys of being here.

Weve been back to the Dome and the peace museum today, and tomorrow were heading to the Hiroshima castle.. then going out for a massive party.


-Mata ne!