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    Thread: My recent trips to Japan...in (lots of) car photos

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      12-14-2013 08:51 PM #1
      I travel to Japan very often for business and as a massive car nut, I try to capture the cool and particularly rare (even if it's only to us Emurikans), whenever possible.

      Here's a small sample of some of things I was lucky enough to see in the last 6 months.

      These images were captured with my iPhone 4S, iPhone 5S, GoPro HERO 3+ Black Ed, and my XE-1, so the image quality and focal lengths vary quite a bit.

      I will keep the text to a minimum and let the pics speak for themselves. As the title states, this is Japan, in car photos BUT, let's start with Ginza at Sunset



















































































































































      iPhone 4S photos. Made an impromptu trip to Tsukuba and didn't have a proper cam on me. So as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you.



















































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      12-14-2013 09:01 PM #2
      Very cool. Thank you for sharing.

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      12-14-2013 09:01 PM #3
      This is me looking at every photo:




      ...and don't let me catch you using Photobucket again!
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      12-14-2013 09:11 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      ...and don't let me catch you using Photobucket again!

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      12-14-2013 09:14 PM #5
      Unbelievably cool, thanks for sharing. The Ram that's styled like a NASCAR Camping World Series truck is so cool to see in that setting.
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      12-14-2013 09:32 PM #6
      That R34 GT-R has me all kinds of envious. I rode in an R32 GT-R in Japan when I was a teenager and it was an absolute blast, will never forget it!
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      12-14-2013 09:38 PM #7
      Awesome pictures. I'm heading there in a few weeks for TAS - can't wait after seeing these.

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      12-14-2013 09:53 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      This is me looking at every photo:

      Same here. So many truly incredible cars. Going to Japan is at the top of my bucketlist, hopefully it'll happen sooner rather than later.
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    9. 12-14-2013 09:58 PM #9
      Did you get a better look at that 190e? Did it have ITB's?

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      12-14-2013 10:03 PM #10
      omg so many pics! My 56k!
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      12-14-2013 10:09 PM #11
      Awesome pics, thanks for sharing!

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      A bit hard to make out, but notice that this Alpina is left hand drive. Most of the Alpinas of this era (and a fair number of ///M cars and other german cars) were bought as LHD there. There is a community of enthusiasts there that prefer them this way, "the way they were designed in Germany" just like the RHD JDM-yo! guys over here.

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      12-14-2013 10:10 PM #12
      Whenever I see these 'pics from Japan' threads, I always wonder just how rare the cars I'm going to see are. So far this is an impressive one! But still, I await the day that I see a 1991 Chevy Lumina Z34 on the streets of Tokyo... THAT would be rare haha
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      12-14-2013 10:14 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by hushypushy View Post
      This is me looking at every photo:



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      12-14-2013 10:19 PM #14
      Excellent photos!

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      12-14-2013 10:52 PM #15
      What event did you find this at? I have never seen a yellow one before.



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      12-14-2013 11:06 PM #16
      That 190E Evo...
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      12-14-2013 11:13 PM #17
      Damn, great photos in here.

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      12-14-2013 11:39 PM #19


      Great photos, man.

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      12-15-2013 12:02 AM #20
      What's the story on the Ram and the Scirocco? And the race car in the dusty showroom? Cast off after a season-ending mechanical failure?

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      12-15-2013 12:50 AM #21
      Very surprised the Scirocco has US-spec lights. I would have expected something different, similar to Euro lights.
      The Perrier brand colored mirrors are cool, too.
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      12-15-2013 02:28 AM #22
      Could be a US spec car that made its way there somehow.

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      12-15-2013 02:46 AM #23
      Very nice photos.

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      12-15-2013 03:02 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      Very surprised the Scirocco has US-spec lights. I would have expected something different, similar to Euro lights.
      The Perrier brand colored mirrors are cool, too.
      [IMG]http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y193/bokunopics/UhrOpah_zps9bea86ae.jpg[IMG]
      Has euro bumpers and it looks like euro corner lights.

      Some euro/ROW models came with the four square headlight buckets like US cars, but with H4 e-code housings in them. no idea what the rhyme or reason was, seems to have been early cars especially.

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      12-15-2013 03:15 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by bronson75 View Post
      Very surprised the Scirocco has US-spec lights. I would have expected something different, similar to Euro lights.
      The Perrier brand colored mirrors are cool, too.
      I this

      Quote Originally Posted by s-rocc View Post
      Has euro bumpers and it looks like euro corner lights.

      Some euro/ROW models came with the four square headlight buckets like US cars, but with H4 e-code housings in them. no idea what the rhyme or reason was, seems to have been early cars especially.
      the mk2 Scirocco GTi in Europe for '81 & '82 had the headlights that s-rocc mentions above
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      Honda Beat. Mid-engine kei car.

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      12-15-2013 05:53 AM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by California 16v View Post
      the mk2 Scirocco GTi in Europe for '81 & '82 had the headlights that s-rocc mentions above
      It has dual wipers, so it has to be a late '84 or earlier model.
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      12-15-2013 06:04 AM #30
      Great photos! Thanks for sharing
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      12-16-2013 12:14 AM #32
      Thanks for all the props folks! Glad you guys appreciate this stuff



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      Did you get a better look at that 190e? Did it have ITB's?
      Didn't peak under the hood, but I spoke to the owner and he confirmed it was a real EVO I.

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      What event did you find this at? I have never seen a yellow one before.



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      What's the story on the Ram and the Scirocco? And the race car in the dusty showroom? Cast off after a season-ending mechanical failure?
      The Ram and the Scirocco were parked across the street from the track at a shop. Shop was closed, sorry no other deets other than the Ram appeared to be an actual Camp Series Nascar truck. The dusty racecar is the Leyjun Mosler MT900 campaigned some 6 years ago in the Super GT300 class.

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    33. 12-16-2013 12:34 AM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Mtl-Marc View Post
      It has dual wipers, so it has to be a late '84 or earlier model.
      I have a fairly early build 84 and it has dual wipers.

      Cool pictures.

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      12-16-2013 12:46 AM #34
      awesome pictures! thanks for sharing.

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