Ward Off

When it comes to the ancient roots of Halloween, masks and costumes were worn to ward off evil spirits on the night of Samhain. People believed that during the transition of October to November, the walls between the physical world and the spirit world open, allowing the beings from the other realm to enter, bringing with them all the spirits that can cause chaos, mayhem and mischief.

In India, people wear masks behind their heads when going into the forest. The Bengal Tiger sneaks up on its prey. By the time the prey realizes it’s there, it’s too late. The people of India believe that if you wear a mask on the back of your head, it portrays a face looking back at them when they’re trying to sneak up and prowl on you. The logic is if the tiger sees a face staring back, they will keep their distance because they are exposed from being sneaky.

The k’zokus have their hockey masks on the back of their seats for easy access. It’s an easy way to grab it to put it on. In a sense, it is used to ward off the law because it hides their identity.

Sometimes a mask is used to show that it’s not about the face of the individual. They are the medium of life. The existence of life, is the art form. They wanna show you what they do with life in their hands, controlled by creativity. Therefore the mask is to ward off the ignorant.✌️🙏

Oh fuck it. Who am I kidding?! 👺👹💀

What’s scarier than

Monsters and ghosts? Your own mind and desires. It can be heard here:

The struggle between spiritual/religious beliefs and sexuality is real. Ever fought off your own desires to the point where it drove you insane? It doesn’t have to be sexual desires you fought off, but sexual desire is a strong force. Fighting it will make you scream to the heavens and recite spiritual/religious chants… And giving in is like giving in to Satan himself/herself…

As Keanu Reeves character on Constantine once said “Angels and Demons can’t cross over into our plane. So, instead we get what I call half-breeds. The influence peddlers. They can only whisper in our ears. A single word can give you courage, or turn your favorite pleasure into your worst nightmare.”

Without our own personal internal laws, rites, as well as spiritual connections, we are impulsive beings. Impulse purchasing, impulse killing, etc. Without those laws, most of us will turn into devil’s… People will eat people. Meditate on that.

Kowloon

Kowloon Walled City. Located in Hong Kong, it was a city within a city. It cut itself off from the world. It was like a hive that was monitored by the Triads. It was riddled with crooks, brothels, the lost, drug addicts, and people that were poorer than poor. There are only few photos of the place and drawing on how it worked before the government destroyed it. It’s a place that inspired movies, videogames and animes.

One of the many movies that was inspired by Kowloon.
One of the monsters chasing the characters in Kakurenbo. Knowing what kind of people were housed in Kowloon, it makes you wonder if these monsters were based on the twisted crooked evil that lurked in there…
Look of craziness

Despite all the negative things of Kowloon, they had places of healthcare that where ran by unlicensed doctors. They also had fabrication shops, a food market, and schools. Even an indoor temple.

🙏

It was a place that gave birth to characters. A place so ran down that you would imagine that it would turn residents into monks, for that it will be one of the ways escaping that place mentally. I guess that’s the beautiful thing about living in the dumps… You can just look up and see the light… Even though light didn’t shine in that place, some individuals ended up making their own light. 🙏✌️

Ghost Adventures

“It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and mournful obituaries, and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some new strange disguise.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The paranormal show that started it off for me. The way it’s portrayed now; I do feel a lot of it is fake, and don’t get me wrong, if a fan of Ghost Adventures is reading this right now or if Zak and the GAC is reading this, I am not talking mess nor hating. I love y’all, back then a Friday wasn’t a Friday without an episode of Ghost Adventures. Now from the viewer perspective, but you can’t deny the fact that the places they go to aren’t scary as f*¢k. I believe the first few seasons caught some real evidence. But yeah, their first documentary is super good.

Friday October 17th 2008. I get off of work at 12:30AM (technically Saturday morning). Come home, wash up and then lay down in bed. I can’t go straight to sleep when I come home, so I start flipping through the channels. I come across the Ghost Adventures documentary on the Travel Channel. I watch it all the way through…

HOLY SHIT! I end up not going to sleep until around 3:30AM. I have had my share of paranormal experiences as a kid, but from that point on, after seeing that documentary, I have been diving deeper into the paranormal world. If you know any Filipinos, you will know that our culture evolves around paranormal essence. We have a list of ghosts and creatures that the indigenous & non-indigenous people see all the time in the home land. So I started going to claimed “haunted places” and cemeteries because the paranormal intrigued me. What does the dead know that the living does not?

If you bring your knowledge and wisdom with you beyond the grave, you have nothing to fear and lose. Let’s say you’re a spirit, an elemental of some sort, what can you offer and teach to the seeker? Will you be a teacher at all? What are you doing on your spare time? Does time even exist as that type of being? Hm. ✌️🙏

Live like you’re already dead. Haunt the streets.
P.S., this month starts off with a full moon and ends with a full moon.

Osak-October Thoughts

Us PVT Runners have a holiday every year. It’s October, the whole fuckin month. A time of the year where Friday the 13th would pop up on TV along with other horror movies due to Halloween. The hockey mask used in the franchise didn’t appear until Friday the 13th III in 1982. By 1983 it was released in Japan.

Yuh
Around that year, many kanjozoku groups formed.
Makes you wonder when the mask was first introduced to hide the kanjozoku’s identity…

The change of the season is enchanting for me. As if the month was waiting for PVT… Waiting for a mischievous offering. Almost like a changeling waking up and finding trolls and goblins to guide her to new life. Perhaps we are all changelings placed here on earth. An offering from another realm.

The transfer over from a young individual, into the world of car culture is the same feeling. You feel like a changeling; you meet new people, friends, families and even rivals. It is a whole new universe. Just like when Kazuhiro entered the world of kanjo culture when he was younger… With that being said I will end this post with this:

[The writing on the hood]


80年代から90年代初頭にかけて環状ブームにより
これらの車が一般道で害であった事は事実である。
40代前後の人達にはかなり身近な思い出として記憶に残る存在である。
大阪府警から特に集中取締を喰らったのがシビック系CR-Xなど、
車雑誌などで「大阪名物 府警のシビック狩り!」とまで言われる程であった。

95年に改造車検の規制緩和
「日本自動車協議」
「日本自動車部品協議」
いずれもアメリカの強引な外交に日本が合意し
「なんじゃそりゃ~」と思った同世代の人も多くいたと思う。

結局は車の改造だけでなく、善悪は自分の見てきた事や、
経験から得た事で判断し、環状を通じてそんな事をふと感じた。

僕らの世代はある意味恵まれているかもしれない。

ヤングマガジン なにわ友あれ 南 勝久


92年高校2年の時に環状線横乗りデビュー、衝撃でした。
ワンダーEF、メッチャ見て来ました。
免許を取り、即効でシビックを購入!何台も壊しました。
環状線 パレード暴走…害な事をして来ました。
馬鹿だと思われても仕方ありません。

大阪の文化とも言えるような「環状線」
チームの中で厳しくもあり、優しい先輩達からの男の縦社会と言う物を学び
また、シビックと出会い環状線を走り、車に夢中になりました。
各年代、各チームのやり方、走り方等、様々であったと思います。
その中で環状線は外せない存在であり私の時代はHONDA車
欠かせない存在でした。

先輩・シビック・環状線の出会いで今があります。

車を好きになり運転している時はいつでも楽しくて仕方ありません。

どの様な形でも良いと思います。

車で楽しむって事を忘れないで欲しいです。

古川 一弘

(古川 一弘氏 株式会社カークラフトブーン代表)
(南 勝久氏 ヤングマガジン連載 ナニワトモアレ・なにわ友あれ作者)

Didn’t Realize

With this last stretch of summer heat left, it made me consider the following topic (sidenote, I remember by this time of the year as a kid, it was already cooler… Even cold. But anyway…). I didn’t realize how much this intake set up is slept on. Honda engineers of that era designed it to comply with the economy and at peak performance, as if they knew they were going to drive the Civic chassis in N1.

But outside of N1 regulations, some still rock the oem air box simply because it works, some even remove the filter completely.

I spoke to Brush Up Osaka and I was told that when their EG6 still had a B swap, they were using the OEM Honda filters in the air box 🤯

At various track events drivers will opt for the this setup. It’s as if it’s a homage to the N1 days, showing that “yeah I have the OEM air box and I’m passing you on the track” mentality. People will even put their own twist to it by adding a metal intake arm and/or wrapping the air box in heat reflective tape. You’ll even see it on cars that run the kanjo.

Joe’s EF (@carmakeacross) has a built B18C with Jun camshafts making 230hp. While utilizing the OEM intake arm and box.

Mugen and Comptech/CT Engineering iceboxes are essentially fancier air boxes.

At one point, the Real Time Racing DC2 ran a NSX air box.

Don’t knock it if it works. This set up isn’t for everyone, especially if your motor is built for high horsepower. But at the end of the day, give the car what it wants, not what you want. ✌️🙏

TRA KYOTO EF Civic
Top Gun ‘GOD HANDS’ EG6

When the Rockies turn blue, this Coors is for you 🥴
Fun fact, the couplers are arranged as a homage to Mugen Power
🟥🟨⬛

Reflections: Run what you got

Back then (2012), living on an instant ramen noodle diet, I had to run what I got as is.

Ever heard of the tire brand Negotiator? No? Neither have I!

VX wheels are 13×5, I was running 185/70/13 tires on them. Talk about balloon tires. The tires were rated at 110 mph max, I took it past 120mph many times while on a run…

Waiting for the call…
Gas up our cars and minds.
The run
The cool down.
205+WHP + 185/70/13 tires = A setup only P. Runner could master.

It wasn’t an ideal tire set up, but again I had to run what I got. Those days of driving at that speed are over however, I don’t go over 85mph nowadays. It’s all about maintaining now. Living to tell your story.

VX wheels will always have a fond place in my heart.

“I had to pray before going into corners” said Shunei Kawasaki who drove the SS Works CRX on Best Motoring’s Roaring VTEC: Battle at 10,000 RPM. I felt the same way on my tire set up back then. LOL

P.S., I drove by this bar today, and there were people outside enjoying their drinks

It made me think of this

Peace. Stay safe y’all.