Vintage JDM dreams…
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Some of you may remember that Bulletproof had our 11th Anniversary meet this past October 15th; some of you were even there! We had fifteen Bulletproof Select Showcase cars on display. The Bulletproof Select stickers were designed by our GT-R specialist, Kris. Great job, Kris – love the Option font.
Here’s the Bulletproof Select line-up. We were lucky to have extensive coverage of the meet by William Lee of Night-Import, as well as additional photos by James Younger and David Izrailov.
Check out all the carbon on that DreamzSport NSX. This thing caused quite a stir when it rumbled into the lot – full carbon fiber widebody, built motor with twin turbos, Brembo racing brake system, and finished off with some one-off vinyl graphics by the world famous Mana-P of MS-R Japan.
Full Powerhouse Amuze Vestito 370Z with our 2012 demo car. Photo by James Younger.
Jon’s Evo with full Varis kit and Jason’s Evo, flurry of 370Z and 350Zs leaving the lot, including Andrew’s 370Z with full Powerhouse Amuse kit on Volk TE37SLs.
CR-Z with Mugen MF10s and Spoon BBK, our R35 demo car.
2012 R35 with brand_RR front lip and Esprit dry carbon wing, and more R35s galore!
When this guy rolled in, all eyes were on him – you could tell that everyone knew and respected the lineage behind this hakosuka GT-R.
I think that reaction perfectly demonstrates the high-level of rides and owners who were at our event. The day was all about quality; you could tell that by the cars that showed up. But more importantly, the quality of the attendees was top-notch. There was no tension between different crews or drama. Everyone was just there to have a good time.
Thanks to Night-Import for covering the meet, K1 for allowing us to take over their parking lot, Phamish for providing the tasty banh mi, and everyone who came out to enjoy all of the above!
One of my favorite things about JDM culture is the community. I can’t say how many interesting people I’ve met, from all walks of life, who are just as passionate about the quality and craftsmanship that goes into these parts as I am. It’s always energizing and inspiring when that common bond is recognized, especially when it happens spontaneously.
That said, it is incredible when I’m doing something completely non-car related and I’m reminded of the vast community of JDM aficionados out there. A few weeks ago I went to a SoCal street art show and was pleasantly surprised to see the unmistakable mug of the original GT-R in this piece by Matt Spangler. His work does not involve cars usually (mostly robots) so I was shocked that the only car he had in any of his art was a hakosuka! It was a very random and cool find! Even if I didn’t get to meet Mr. Spangler and discuss the realness of the hakosuka with him, I just was happy to know he’s representing JDM cars (and JDM robots).
My apologies for the quality of this photo, but this Hakosuka was just too good not to post. How could anybody not love the red and bronze combo with perfect wheel fitment?
Longtime readers of this blog may know that I’m usually not a huge fan of red cars. I realize that I’m in the minority on this one, but I think it is one of the most played out colors for sports cars. Yet somehow the very oldest (Hakosuka GT-R) and very newest (2012 R35 GT-R) both look incredible in red. As a result I’m compelled to show a couple more red GT-Rs.
A side-by-side comparison really shows off the good genes that were passed down the GT-R lineage.
The row of red R35s above and the iconic headlights of the Hakosuka below were both snapped at the R’s Meeting in Japan last month. Plenty of red GT-Rs there!
Here is a video taken last month at R’s Meeting in Japan. This video gives the best impression of what it was like to be there. In the video you’ll see me walk through perhaps the most epic parking lot of GT-Rs ever, starting with R34 GT-Rs and working back in time all the way to the legendary Hakosuka GT-R, all set to a musical backdrop tribute to the late great Japanese musician Nujabes.
I hope you like it!
For more on our time at the R’s meeting, check out my guest blog post at Speedhunters: Guest Blog: R’s Meeting Experience.
If you’re hardcore into JDM tuning then you cant help but get excited checking out Rocky Auto’s cars. These days there is not much quite as “gangster” as a hardcore tuned oldschool Fairlady Zs or Skyline. If you agree then most likely you’ll agree that nobody does it better than Rocky Auto.
I’ve been a fan of their blog lately to get my fill of that JDM old school gangsterness. So I thought I’d share with you a few of the highlights for me in the past couple of weeks from Rocky Auto Japan.