Initial D Fujiwara Tofu Shop (AE-86) Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT-APEX:

The beginning of the Initial D anime adaptation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with the original manga just a couple of years older. It’s only fitting to bring out this classic CarLustBlog.com post from 2015 for the celebrations. Many links have been removed (bummer) and it’s been edited and expanded upon slightly.

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The AE-series Toyota platform is a gem of a car that was a fun to drive machine right from the beginning. But what’s so special about this one? What makes it any different? What is it about it that inspires replicas to be built all around the world, let alone inspire a college buddy of mine to replicate it as best as he could (Sorry, no pics. He sold it soon after)? Because it’s a hero car for a niche of a niche entertainment category (read: anime)?

Yes, and to be fair, this car is not so different from other well-cared AE86s… not until later anyways. Continue reading

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Tips on Weathering a Cat. 4+ Hurricane and the Like:

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If you’re reading this, congratulations, you’ve not only survived a storm, you have electricity and telecommunications available in your area to access this post. But what if you’re one of the few that haven’t been hit by one? Allow me to give a few pointers.

Now, I’m sure there are plenty of storm survival tips out there, ranging from broad rules to intricate tips on internet forums. But this is an automotive blog, so that means I’ll try to give it a gearhead point of view. Nothing major (like making biodiesel). I’ll try to be as general as possible, but this write-up stems from my experiences of surviving a category 4+ hurricane rip through my country (no isolated incident here, every square inch was affected), particularly in a well-populated area very near the capital. The experiences lived by those outside this area, particularly in the mountains, coastlines, near bodies of water, below sea level or anywhere remote may be in stark contrast to mine -maybe even nightmarish- to the point of making these tips pointless. But I have to start somewhere, and you’re more than welcome to add your own on the comments sections below. Continue reading

Aunt Bee and her Studebaker

Fullscreen capture 5302018 113450 AM.bmpWe all know Aunt Bee (Beatrice) Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show.  She was a pivotal character, one that the show could not have survived without.  In fact, the show’s first episode is titled The New Housekeeper,” referring to Aunt Bee’s arrival at the Taylor home.  That episode set the stage for the show’s eight-year run, and we saw Aunt Bee in many episodes of the spinoff Mayberry RFD (1968-1971) and once on Gomer Pyle, USMC as well.  Oh, and the house used in “Mayberry RFD“?  Well, it was the same studio set used in “The Waltons,” but I’m digressing here. Continue reading

The Cars of “The Looney Tunes Show” (2011)

This post first appeared in CarLustBlog.com on April 27, 2015, and was the author’s first ‘The Cars of____’ post. Resized pics, fresh video embedding, removal of dead hyperlinks and slightly expanded descriptions aside, it’s all the same.

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How many of you were aware that there was new Looney Tunes series? Well, you do now. The half-hour series focuses mostly on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, as well as those around them. It’s made in a sitcom-y sort of way but it’s rife with little details that eagle-eyed fans of the franchise can appreciate. Taking place in contemporary times, we see that the show’s animators went the extra mile to make it feel as familiar as one can without infringing copyright laws or unashamed product-placement. That includes cars. While many do look generic, there are many more that, as a car person, grabs your attention. The kicker here is how well some of the vehicles are paired with their owners. Continue reading