I want ahi poke

I always want ahi poke… I eat so much ahi poke, I got mercury poisoning. Anyway.

Whenever I eat Hawaiian food I somehow always think of how I used to visit TeamRice and Dohcresearch religiously, back around 2003ish.

That was my first taste of the Hawaiian car culture. Just as their food is a mixture of different cultures, the way they style their cars has a mixture of different cultures as well. It’s like a cross between JDM style to Islander style with a little mainland love somewhere in there.

Even if the car looks mad ghetto to some, it’s still mad fresh.
Like the car seen here that belonged to a member of Team Ultraspeed back in the day:

Whether there was a meaning behind it or if they just did it to do it because “why not?” it’s something that stands out and catches my eye of interest (maybe they did it to be ratchet?). The fact that it’s rugged and boro boro, that’s what makes it appealing to me. It’s something you do to a car that will be used to take abuse on and off track. Kind of like how kanjozoku’s treat their cars.

That was when Hawaii still had a racetrack…

Another thing about Hawaiian style of tuning that will always attracted my attention in photos is the background. The cars are the cherry on top and the background is the icing. It’s almost like seeing these cars in the wild type of feeling.

Team Ultraspeed is a Virginia based team, but they expanded beyond that. To Hawaii for example. I remember a team profile of them on some old 360vm issue back in the day.

A well known Hawaiian member of Team Ultraspeed owns this famous golden EG

Him and his team owned the blue rugged and raw EG seen above as well. The “boro boro” Civic ended up throwing a rod through the side of the block at a track day. I don’t know what happen to it after that, but I do believe some of it’s parts remain floating around…

“In the early 2000s there were almost no social media, no YouTube how to’s, basically no internet. Hawaii basically was blocked off from the world. We got our inspiration from going out there and experiencing other cultures and bringing back home what we thought were cool. A melting pot of ethnicities also became the melting pot of car culture. Also technology wise, it was and still is, expensive to get new things done and what not, just because we’re out in the middle of the Pacific. So if you see something replicated here like let’s say a k swapped MR2, when they became popular, then chances are, that person went far wide to get it done.” – PVT La Rosa

Amen to that homie.

Thank you Hawaii for always and continuing to inspire me.

Peace.

Follow The White Bunny Pt. 2

 

Pics via Super Street

“…under that factory bonnet you’ll find the stock B16A fitted with a Trust turbo. Later this month, the crew is expecting delivery of a Quaife 6-speed sequential transmission, but it won’t be mated to that 1.6L. Instead, a built 2.0L B-series is in the works with power goals in the 350 to 400hp range… ultimately they’d like to compete in a hill climb event in Germany this year, if the stars are kind enough to properly align.”

Now THAT is something I would like to see!

When ever I think of a B series with a sequential transmission, I think of this battle:

And this Civic:

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Follow The White Bunny

Kei Miura drove 6+ hours from Kyoto to Tokyo in his personal Rocket Bunny EG to display it at TAS 2018, just as he did at the TAS 2009 in his EF Civic.

Execution is key.
Miura-san knows how his Rocket Bunny’s should look and flow.

On a side note, I can only imagine that the white EG6 in the background is the same car he put together for the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 [pictures via Aaron Mai Media]

 Little does Miura-san know that his outfits have set a fashion statement for me. I know a lot of Japanese folks rock coveralls, especially the ones who are into the car culture. I’ve been collecting coveralls of all types of brands and colors for awhile now, long before I knew he existed. Since I have been inspired by him, I have nostalgic thoughts and feelings when ever I put on a coverall. Ever since I got into Japanese culture, I’ve always loved how they turn any type of clothing into a fashionable trend. I feel that fashion is anything you’re comfortable wearing.

I’ll end it with some throwback pics of the OG Runners suited up:

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