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Guest Blog: Veasna Lim’s 86 Build

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Builds | 0 comments

Guest Blog: Veasna Lim’s 86 Build

First and foremost, I’d like to put it out there that I am NOT a writer. Battle Garage wanted to give me the opportunity to share my build, and I am here to do just that. Before I begin the build process, I will tell you a little about myself. Since I told you what I am not, I will tell you what I am; an enthusiast. Describing myself as an “enthusiast” may not exactly be the right word, but it’s a good word. It’s polite. Not so polite words that also come to mind are: addict, fiend, freak, and maniac. Which would you pick for...

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For The Love of Rotary

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in All Posts, Culture, Events | 0 comments

For The Love of Rotary

Talk to any “car person” about rotary engines and the conversation will often involve some discussion of poor fuel consumption, failed smog attempts and broken apex seals.   “Save The Rotary” petitions began flooding social media outlets when an interview with Mazda’s new CEO confirmed the unlikelihood of a rotary engine being paired with any Mazda production cars in the near future.  Solutions to getting a production rotary engine to meet modern emissions and efficiency standards is still beyond Mazda...

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Norcal’s 86 Scene: More than Meets the Eyes.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in All Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Norcal’s 86 Scene: More than Meets the Eyes.

I’ve been obsessed with the AE86 since 2008. Most of my 6 years of experience with fellow Corolla heads has been with others that live in sunny northern California.  The first memorable one was when I showed up at Max Perez’s garage sale at his shop Illegal Garage in my beat to shit GT-S coupe.  I was greeted by people that I could tell just loved the cars and weren’t there to judge me or my car.  Fast forward to the first Friday of 2014 Norcal AE86 meet, and after all of that time I’m happy to say there are only...

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Sevenstock 16 Pt.1: The Cars

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in All Posts, Culture, Events, Shows | 0 comments

Sevenstock 16 Pt.1: The Cars

This past weekend,I had the pleasure of travelling to Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, California with the rest of the BG staff to attend the largest Rotary Engine festival in the world —Sevenstock.  In the upcoming week I will be trying my best to share with you my experience as well as the cool rotary machines I saw. Sevenstock, an homage to the music festival Woodstock, invites rotary owners from all over to bring their rides and be part of the show.  Despite owning multiple Rx-7’s for the past seven years, I’ve only had a...

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All Star Bash: Even More Outrageous for 2013

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in All Posts, Events | 0 comments

All Star Bash: Even More Outrageous for 2013

California never seems to have a shortage of interesting car events to go to no matter where your interests lie.  This last weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to make the drive down from San Jose to go hang out with my friends at ASB 2013. Ziptied All Star Bash was started some 13 years ago as an invite only, private event that was put on by an equally exclusive online forum.  If you wanted to be part of this drifting community, you would be required to post a picture of your car, why you thought you were cool, and your most...

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Trivia: Tommy Kaira, The Early Years

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013 in All Posts, Random, Shops, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trivia: Tommy Kaira, The Early Years

Welcome to another trivia article where we at BGRS get our JDM nerd on. Tommy Kaira is quite a famous company, with features in Gran Turismo and Forza; I’m sure a lot of us remember the rare Tommy Kaira tuned cars. When you think of Tommy Kaira, what most often springs to mind are the cars we saw in-game, the Skyline R34 GTRs, Imprezas, ZZs and other modern sports cars. However, before the R34s, the ZZIIs and even the 190Es, Tommy Kaira’s first foray into the tuning car world was tuning a sports version of a passenger car – the...

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Japanese Classics at Shokuji J-TIn 2013

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in All Posts, Events, Shows | 2 comments

Japanese Classics at Shokuji J-TIn 2013

To be honest, even though I have always been fascinated by Japanese classic cars, I’ve never taken the time to appreciate them.  It’s hard to make sense of buying  a decades-old carbureted car for the price of a modern car loaded with things like variable valve timing and advance fuel injection.  But then again, car tuning culture is seldom logical.  That is why the staff at Historic Japanese Car Gathering is constantly planning events to cater for this group of car-heads and their nostalgic machines.  When I found out that their...

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Steven Enomoto’s Amazing 86

Posted by on Dec 22, 2012 in All Posts, Builds, Features | 0 comments

Steven Enomoto’s Amazing 86

I first met Steven Enomoto by sheer luck.  A couple of years ago I was traveling around California helping fellow AE86 owners out with standalone systems that required a tuner to get them up and running. I had a customer in southern California that needed help with his system. I had arrived at his parking lot with my tool bag (I drove all the way down to Socal in my own daily driven AE86) but we didn’t have enough tools to install my wideband O2 sensor for me to do my job – I was expecting to just use my laptop after all!  The...

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Shingo’s Bluemoon

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in All Posts, Features, Shops | 0 comments

Shingo’s Bluemoon

You can stumble upon the most unique Japanese motorsports shops in Southern California. Whether it’s rare second-hand JDM wheels, performance engines from Japan, or even Zuma scooter performance parts, SoCal seems to have it all. I even remember how excited I was for a Super Autobacs finally being opened on US soil, and guess where the first one was? It shouldn’t be a surprise though; Southern California has been the Mecca for import performance cars since the early 90’s – outside of Japan of course. In a previous article we mentioned...

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A Brief Recap of All Star Bash 2012

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in All Posts, Events | 0 comments

A Brief Recap of All Star Bash 2012

Drifting requires no formal introduction.  Originating from secluded hills in Japan, drifting has evolved to become a world-wide phenomenon that has captured the hearts of professional race-car drivers and adolescent teenagers alike. Like most other kids growing up in the early 2000’s, I was first introduced to drifting when I stumbled across a grainy in-car video of a FC Rx-7 racing a R32 Skyline.  My curiosity for this act of intentionally putting your car into a controlled slide has lead me to discover countless internet forums,...

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