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Blitz R34 Skyline GT-R

Blitz R34.  Classic.

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Classics by John Babbitt

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Its summer time, so you know what that means. Car show season. And no matter what kind of enthusiast you claim to be, there isn’t a true car fan on earth that doesn’t wish they owned a classic. Something about no safety aids, carbs and chrome get our gears turnin. Although owning a classic isn’t necessarily a task to be taken lightly, it can be affordable if done right from the start.

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For instance, is it rusty? Do the numbers match? For those that already own that special car, they’ll probably tell you patience is key.  Depending on what you’re looking for, it might take some time and traveling, so keep that in mind. And when that magic moment finally does happen, be prepared to sometimes regret you ever even liked cars to begin with! Owning a piece of motoring history truly is a love/hate type of thing. But the pluses always, always outweigh the minuses.

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Also, tuning isn’t as simple as it is with newer cars. There aren’t as many “bolt on” parts as readily available, so creating something unique is actually a lot easier, limited only by imagination. And possibly the best part: no smog check.

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Driving something that’s 30+ years old is something everyone should try. There really is nothing quite like gripping the wheel of something so outdated yet so fun. In my case, a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS. Huge engine+drum brake all around=quite an interesting drive. But the sounds, the smells, the sights. they just cannot be recreated in modern vehicles. A little nerve-wracking, sometimes downright scary, but you’ll never go for a drive and not smile.

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So with all this in mind, I hope some of you consider getting behind the wheel of a classic, before non-enthusiasts decide they’re too unsafe and to costly to the environment. So remember, if you want to save the world, don’t buy a Prius, recycle an old car!

– Jbab

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Fonzie’s TA22 Celica

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TA22 Celica Bosozoku

In the world of blogs it seems like everyone takes content from everyone else. Although I try to keep a relatively high percentage of original content here, I’m not too concerned with attempting to be above everyone else…and sometimes I feel the nessesity to “borrow” content when I feel its appropriate. This is one of those times…

I stole this idea from http://seychellesmodifiedcars.net/dapipsblog/2009/11/toyota-celica/ who stole it from the OG source Modena Photo found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/modena_photo/sets/

All credit is due to the man above from Australia who happens to have some really amazing pictures he’s taken on his Flickr account.

Of all of his photos, this TA22 Celica built by the mysterious “Fonzie” is what caught my eye. This classic Celica is a perfect mix of old school JDM tuning with Bosozoku elements of style. Seeing an exposed oil cooler and hoses out the front of the car always gives me a smile. When I was first learning about JDM tuning in the mid 1990s seeing cars like this always shocked me with their rawness and gangster attitude. It takes a certain kind of swagger to rock a car like this right.

Although in the past 15 years of the hobby I’ve become more routinely accustomed to the other JDM things I’ve loved (like time attack cars for example), old school gangstered out tuning like this never did quite catch on with the mainstream. As a result, the same feeling that I had about cars like this from back in the day, remain fresh and undiluted to me today…that is a rarity in today’s information age in which millions of blogs gradually replace thousands magazines to crowd our overstimulated brains with overdoses of whatever drug we choose to feed it.

Its cars like this that for better or for worse have not become so played out and copied upon that they have become ordinary. The mystique is still there…at least for me.

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