Toyota Celica Supra (1978-1981)

Fullscreen capture 952018 60200 PM.bmpMy admiration for this car began one day, as a 21-year-old, when I saw an ad for the first Toyota Celica Supra.  The glossy presentation literally blew me away.  Here, for the first time in my automotive history, was a small car available with all the refinements of any larger machine.  It had power windows and door locks, a tilting steering wheel, a luxurious, plush interior, cruise control, a snazzy console, multi-adjustable bucket seats, and even a sunroof. 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