A60 Toyota Celica, Celica XX and Celica Supra (MkII)

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For the longest time, there has been one ‘80s Japanese sportscar that I really liked. Wedge shape, liftback body style, pop-ups, etc. I wouldn’t complain if it had a digital dash. And that car was… the Z31 Nissan 300ZX Turbo. Growing up, there were two around my neighborhood and plenty of them could still be found on the streets. The second in line to my heart was the Isuzu Impulse, because we had one in the family for a while, in red, no less. Third in line was the Chrysler Conquest, a Mitsubishi Starion captive import, because my Toyota MR2-driving uncle briefly used to own a couple. But what about the Supra, specifically the one whose generation has come to be known as the MkII on most markets? Unfortunately, I had no exposure to it; they weren’t that common when compared to the aforementioned Z31. Continue reading

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Initial D: A Love Story

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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Have you ever had something (not someone) that has been part of a surprisingly good chunk of your life, for better or worse? Most of my friends would just say ‘videogames’, which is a little vague. I’ll just lump ‘em under Nintendo and/or Pokémon, since those two are forever intertwined. For me, it’s an anime, a car anime to be specific. You may have heard of it: Initial D. Continue reading

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

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

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