Wagon Showcase by John Babbitt

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Before crossovers, before SUV’s, there were wagons. The concept is simple. Take a sedan, add more rear cargo room and call it a day. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an especially great variety of shooting brakes available to us here in the states. But with makers like Cadillac and Acura introducing some really cool wagons as of late, there might still be hope.

But wagon tuning isn’t just limited to newer models. There already exists an untapped market full of potential. Anything from Volvos to Subarus, Chevys to Benzs, there is a wagon to suit anyone’s taste. All it takes, as with any build, is some imagination. Like this Caprice meets Celsior collabo.

As a plus, wagon tuning parts are readily available, due to their popularity overseas. So it’s time to drop the stereo types and consider wagons as serious tuning platforms. Here are a few more real swagger wagons. Enjoy!- Jbab

v70r1 accord wagn

r35 stagea tommykaira legacy and a4

wagon-varis-rear ae86 wagon

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Dome Magic Carbon, A Guest Blog by Alex Butti

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A while back I brought up to Ben the intention of writing something about Dome Magic Carbon because I felt that the company needed some attention.

Some of you may have heard the name Dome, some of you may have seen its work, however I believe that most people interested the the JDM scene don’t know much about Dome and what they are all about; so here is a little history:
In 1965 Minoru Hayashi was an avid street racer, and like many of us, he enjoyed fixing up his cars. Hayashi san was so driven that eventually he developed his first prototype car; the “Karasu”, based on the Honda S600:

At the time Hayashi san was not happy with the quality of aftermarket products available, so he started his own-humble business. He named his business “Dome” (child’s dream in Japanese).
His dream was to create high quality parts that people in the scene would endorse in racing and track events alike.
In 1975, ten years later, his first project born, the “Dome-Zero”:

During the same year, with the launch of the “Dome-Zero” Hayashi san’ business gained the media’s attention and Dome was officially registered as a company in Takaragaike, Kyoto.
With the “Dome-Zero” being a huge success, the second project began; named “P2″.
Hayashi san eventually partecipated in the 24 LeMans with the P2. Although I haven’t been able to find any results from the race, Hayashi san and Dome partecipated in the 24 LeMans for the following eight years, gaining tremendous acquisition of data for their R&D.
The hard work eventually payed off and Dome was soon approached by companies like Porsche, Toyota, and Honda, asking Hayashi san to help them develop their race cars for the Super Taikyu series. This was 1983.
Forward ten years, and Dome was still on top of their game help developing race chassis for motorsport companies, and strengthening their relationship with affiliated companies. They soon began working on the Formula 3000:

Story repeats itself and Dome’ success further increases by winning the All Japan F3000 championship.
In 1995 they enter the JTCC alongside with Mugen’s infamous Honda Accord:

That year was epic for Honda Mugen and Dome Teams, and the following year Dome signed a contract with Honda/ Takata to race their NSX in the JGTC, and like they say, the rest is history. Dome has been developing race chassis for Honda as well as Toyota ever since.
Today, after 14 years of racing Honda retired the GT NSX as the GT rules have changed; forcing Honda/ Dome to develop a new chassis; the HSV-10GT:

It’s amazing if we look back and stop for a moment and think about Hayashi san’s dream and his perseverance…..a child’s dream.
Here you will find more infos about the company and their victories:
http://www.dome.co.jp/e/index.html

For two previous blog posts about Dome here visit:

http://www.bespokeventures.com/blog/2008/07/27/if-i-could-marry-a-body-panel/

http://www.bespokeventures.com/blog/2008/04/30/forgotten-prophet-st205-dome-celica/

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