Archive for September, 2010

Garage Slipway - Building Badass Since Ages Ago.


A chap on the JNC forums recently shared this find and purchase with the forums.

A rare Mitsubishi, in Oregon!?

How cool is that?  Not only is the Debonair a rare car, even in Japan, but it’s also one of the coolest looking cars ever built and most certainly one of the coolest cars that Mitsubishi ever made.  How odd for one to be kicking about (albeit in tatty condition) in the United States.  I can only imagine the excitement that ‘city hunter‘ had when tracking it down was similar to mine when I found my S21 locally.

You can follow the project via JNC, here; city hunter’s 1965 Mitsubishi Debonair

I know I’ll be keeping a close eye on it.


Caning round Taupo in the DR30

September 13, 2010

Friend of mine finally ripped the footage from when he rode shotgun in squid around Taupo a couple of weeks back. His camera is ancient and the sound quality isn’t the best, but it gives you an idea of the track layout (as well as my dismal efforts at piloting the car around).

Need better brakes and some bigger cohones!

Right at the end of the video you can hear me say “It’s running a bit hot”… the radiator top sensor finally carked it, meaning the cooling fan wouldn’t switch on (great design guys!) and as a result the water temp started creeping past 100 deg C on the gauge. Fortunately I managed to get it back below 90 deg on the cooldown lap which followed.

Video credits: APESHIT/Rob.

To keep the blog going while Michael recovers from the man-flu, here is a small spiel about my planned RX-7 retro audio installation. Overly ambitious? Perhaps, but by some small stroke of luck the vehicle happened to come with vintage Pioneer speakers already installed in the boot area (I’ve always been a sucker for Pioneer gear) so it makes the next few steps even more relevant.

These vintage TS-1200s go for around US$150 on the Japanese second hand market. Crazy.

with full tweeter angle adjustment (“Tilt Axial Two-Way”) these puppies are the epitome of 80s tech… and although 10W nominal power is nothing compared to the output of modern-day speakers, it doesn’t matter because I have a cunning plan:


The inimitable Paul Newman extols the virtues of caning a HR30 sedan across the beach.

Also, I want me some of those shades!