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Here’s How Japan Does A Giant Mazda Rotary Party

Every now and then there’ll be a weekend where the whole world gets together and dials its car culture all the way to 11—or in this case, seven. That’s what 7s Day is; a giant celebration of Mazda rotary engines on the weekend of July 7 and 8 that happens in many cities, including New […]

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A Visit to Italy’s Maserati Shrine and the Other, Lamer Ferrari Museum

I like museums as much as the next guy. Yes, even the ones with paintings of people who are most likely dead now and dinosaur skeletons. It’s a glimpse into artifacts from a bygone era and usually one of the few opportunities to see rare and exciting things. Sometimes they can be quite surprising, and […]

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The Alfa Romeo Museum Is The Greatest Car Museum In The World

In a country with a rich automotive history as Italy, there are bound to be some special automotive museums scattered around the place. On my last trip to Italy I went to some of the more obvious ones such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Pagani. This trip I was in search of some lesser known museums. […]

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How Italy’s Touring Superleggera Makes Some Of The Most Exclusive Cars Around 

Quite literally around the corner from Italy’s Zagato, in the same Arese industrial complex, in an equally unassuming building is Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera. Much like their neighbors Touring, is an independent run coachbuilder. The difference is at first glance Touring appears to be a much smaller operation,…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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An Inside Look At Zagato, One Of The World’s Wildest Coachbuilders

If there’s one thing I learned on my recent trip to Italy, it’s that style matters. Looking good is more important than looking where you’re going. So it’s no wonder the storied art of coachbuilding—creating customized bodies for cars—is still well and truly alive in the nondescript town of Arese, Northern Italy. Here…Read more… Continue […]

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The 2018 Honda Civic Type R Brought Me To Best Road From Initial D 

Life, as they say, is full of surprises. But how many of them are genuine? Every now and then something pops up that’ll genuinely catch you off guard. That’s the case with my recent drive on the Akagi touge, or officially known as the Joumo-Sanzan Panorama Highway, in the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. And […]

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The 2018 Honda Civic Type R Brought Me To Best Road From Initial D 

Life, as they say, is full of surprises. But how many of them are genuine? Every now and then something pops up that’ll genuinely catch you off guard. That’s the case with my recent drive on the Akagi touge, or officially known as the Joumo-Sanzan Panorama Highway, in the 2018 Honda Civic Type R. And […]

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I Met Japan’s Highway Racers In The Middle Of The Sea

The Tokyo Wan Aqua-Line Expressway connects Tokyo to Chiba, and boasts a six-mile long underwater tunnel—the fourth-longest in the world. I’m driving a bright green Lamborghini Gallardo Balboni following a gold Aventador S. We’re doing, well, let’s just say literally some speed in the tunnel, when all of a sudden a…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Japan’s ‘Venus Line’ Is The Next Great Driving Road You Should Experience

Ask anyone where their dream driving road ism and they’ll probably tell you it’s somewhere in Europe. Perhaps somewhere near the Alps, or that one road in Romania that was on Top Gear with the impossibly long name. Some might say the Pacific Coast Highway in California or Route 66. But most probably wouldn’t say…Read […]

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Inside The Best Car Show In The World

Villa d’Este brings up all those romantic images of Italy. The villa itself is 145 years old and surrounded by a private park and overlooks Lake Como—you know, the place where George Clooney has a house. It’s all very fancy like and the perfect place for a “competition of elegance,” a Concours d’Elegance, if you…Read […]

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I Rode With A Pagani Rally Through The Most Beautiful Parts Of Australia

Australia: home to some of the weirdest and most dangerous animals in the world, kangaroo-proofing for SUVs, and the world’s largest supplier of Hemsworths. For a country with as much land and space as Australia there’s one thing they’ve been short on—Paganis. Before this year the total number of Paganis in Australia…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Ludicrous 750 HP Walkinshaw Holden HSV Commodore Was Australia In Car Form

Have you ever seen a Tasmanian Tiger? Probably not. Neither have I, and that’s because they’re extinct. I didn’t know these even existed at all until my recent trip to Australia, where I also got to know another extinct beast a little bit better: the Holden HSV GTS. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Guy Converted A Subaru Race Car Into His Street-Legal Daily Driver And It’s A Riot

It’s an usually warm spring day in Tokyo. After a few days of winter refusing to relinquish the cold weather, we suddenly experienced temperatures in the high teens, or the mid-60s if Fahrenheit is your jam. Either way, I’m standing at an intersection in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo, famous for having the world’s…Read more… […]

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What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Subaru Levorg? 

Subaru showed off the handsome VIZIV Tourer Concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, hinting at a future WRX wagon. The level of excitement was appropriate, but there’s already a WRX wagon of sorts for sale today—the Subaru Levorg. Well, for sale if you live in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and…Read more… […]

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What Do You Want To Know About The 2018 Subaru Levorg? 

Subaru showed off the handsome VIZIV Tourer Concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, hinting at a future WRX wagon. The level of excitement was appropriate, but there’s already a WRX wagon of sorts for sale today—the Subaru Levorg. Well, for sale if you live in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and…Read more… […]

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A Search For Japan’s Best Driving Roads In A 562 HP McLaren Led Straight To Nirvana

When McLaren Japan offered me a 570S Spider to drive for a few days, I knew I had to take it somewhere special. This wasn’t some boring kei car—this was a car that needed to be taken on some proper roads. It would almost be blasphemy to only drive in a congested city.Read more… Continue […]

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