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Fast & Furious Paul Walker Visits Japan & Godzilla

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Paul Walker gained massive recognition from the first installment of Fast & Furious as Brian O’ Conner. On screen his constant abuse of Japanese cars eventually rubbed off on him, and despite once having no interest in JDM, he’s now added a few to his collection of cars that range from an Escort Cosworth to a rare lightweight BMW M3.

A very nice Supra takes up a spot in his collection alongside an R33 Nissan GTR and a Datsun 240Z.

In this video we see a very excited Paul Walker in Japan at the wheel of one mad R35 Godzilla GTR.

I wanna Drift… Maybe

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There’s a part of me that respects the JDM scene – for those unsure, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) is buying a Japanese import and maintaining or modifying it with 100% Japanese parts. I also like the Japanese culture and their car scene that goes hand in hand with keeping a car JDM. There’s something almost geeky about it, and I fear this is what appeals to me. It means surfing for parts and being strangely satisfied the car’s heritage remains in tact.

I own a Subaru Impreza WRX, although it isn’t JDM. This led me into considering an import but didn’t fancy ragging a daily driver, also the WRX’s 4WD system doesn’t really allow for drifting. Keeping my WRX and what is essentially a toy separate is what I thought the best solution.

So with that little dilemma dealt with, I then considered a good drift car – I’ve always liked the look of the retro Nissan 200SX, especially when they are transformed into drifters.

Although drifters make it look fairly simple, it isn’t. A lot of people think you just floor it, over-steer, and then hold it, but there’s more to it than that. There are a handful of ways to initiate a drift too, but once you’ve managed a drift, it has you… for life.

Talking to drifters online, I’ve learnt a thing or two, and the most common problems they face is A. Money and B. No social life.

I’ve taken these points into consideration but am not (as yet) deterred. I get that I’ll get through more tyres and clutches than I’ll eat hot dinners, but it’s still cheaper than some hobbies, I guess.

If anyone reading this is a drifter or a Nissan 200SX owner, tell me your woes in the comment box; I’d love to hear them.

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Mighty Car Mods – A Must Watch

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I don’t know about you but I love cars so much, terrestrial TV doesn’t satiate my hunger and need for horse power, racing and sideways action. One YouTube channel I subscribe to and often watch is Hot Rod Magazine’s Road Kill. This I highly recommend if you like big blocks and burnouts; however, if your tastes are more European or Japanese, you need to check out Mighty Car Mods. These two Aussie chaps (Moog and Martin) started their own little mini series set on Martin’s mum’s driveway. They are both naturally funny, offer extremely helpful and insightful tips, and have become so popular in Japan, their series has grown with sponsorships left right and centre.

Here’s my favourite episode to give you a little taste.

Thank god there are guys like these two out there – as much as I love Top Gear, their antics are getting a little tired.