Today’s challenge is to see how much of 1996's Megalopolis Expressway Trial Max you can watch before you lose your mind and/or become a master of the touge. A couple months back I started wasting all of my time watching old Japanese drifting videos from the mid-2000s. I do not know how many hours I have spent catching up of the lower-tier D1GP Street Legal’s 2008 season event coverage, hours I will never get back. The benefit, however, of all of this dedicated viewing is that the all-powerful algorithm has started recommending me various other old Japanese car videos, including this one. It’s a complete upload of the sixth and final installment in the Megalopolis Expressway Trial series of movies. “I watched all of them,” my boss Patrick George told me when I brought up this movie in our office chat room. “Now every weekend "blast an R33 down the Wangan.” I can’t say that I am greatly familiar with these films, but they’re all about … [Read more...] about This 1990s Japanese Street Racing Movie Makes The Fast and the Furious Look Like The Godfather
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JAMES Bond's Aston Martin DB5 has been voted the greatest movie car ever in a new poll. The iconic motor was first seen in the 1964 Goldfinger film, and has appeared in seven Bond movies to date, most recently in Spectre. It comes equipped with a host of gadgetry including a bullet-proof rear windscreen, in-built machine guns, tyre slashers – and an ejector seat. Conducted by OnePoll.com for Hyundai, the survey asked 2,000 adults to list their favourite big screen motors. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang finished second in the poll, followed by Doc Brown's DeLorean from the Back to the Future trilogy. Herbie, the star of five movies so far, came fourth and the Batmobile, known as the Tumbler, from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight flicks finished fifth. Other popular vehicles include James Bond's Lotus Esprit S1 which featured in The Spy Who Loved Me and Greased Lightning from 1978’s Grease. Charlie’s getaway Minis from the original 1969 The Italian Job secured eighth … [Read more...] about The top 40 greatest movie motors of all time have been ranked – from James Bond classics to The Fast and the Furious icons
Before the Dodge Chargers were dragging safes through Rio in improbable bank heists, before the orange Toyota Supra, before living your life a quarter-mile at a time, before Dom and Letty and Brian, there was just Stephan Papadakis, his friends, and Los Angeles. They weren’t interested in bar hopping or clubbing or what everyone else their age was doing. They were interested in cars, deserted streets and going fast. They liked to race, and there wasn’t an easier place or time for it than LA in the early 1990s. These were the Rodney King years, when crime, racial tension and police brutality were at a boiling point. Out of that atmosphere, Papadakis would rise to become a legend in drag racing history, shattering front-wheel drive records in his little yellow Hondas, proving that these underestimated tuner cars had real performance potential. Today, Papadakis runs a successful race shop that bears his name, but his ascent into legalized motorsports had beginnings in … [Read more...] about How LA’s Underground Street Racing Scene and The Fast And The Furious Grew Up
17 years after The Fast and the Furious hit theaters and showed the Japanese tuner scene to many Americans for the first time, prices of the rides portrayed continue to rise. This according to ClassicCars.com, to which I can only say, duh! If you think about it, this is pointing out the obvious to the Nth degree. Of course the prices of Japanese cars are continuing to rise, and it’s not down to a “car” movie franchise that turned into a caper movie franchise with cars tacked on as little more than props. Japanese cars, especially anything rare or odd (Mazda Cosmos and Toyota 2000 GTs are two good examples) are rising in price – everything is going up in price, it’s called inflation. Born Yesterday ClassicCars.com says that F & F’s use of Nissans, Mazdas, and Toyotas, and showing them in the same light as established collectible cars like a Ferrari 355 or 1970 Dodge Charger exposed young viewers to an “edgier and more accessible aspect of … [Read more...] about 17 Years Later: Did Fast and the Furious Boost The Appeal of Japanese Cars?
The Fast and The Furious roared into theaters 17 years ago and it helped to increase interest in Japanese sport cars as well as the tuner movement in the United States. While the movie was released nearly two decades ago, ClassicCars.com says the film continues to have an impact on prices of Japanese cars such as the Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra. That’s an important fact as the company notes people who were teenagers when the movie originally came out are now starting to collect cars. Starting with the Mazda RX-7, ClassicCars notes a 1993 model originally cost around $33,000. That’s roughly $57,360 with inflation factored in and buyers can expect to pay around that much for a used RX-7. News of the Toyota Supra revival has sparked renewed interest in its predecessor and the company notes Mark IV models have seen “explosive growth in value.” While the car cost around $50,000 when new, the average used model now goes for around $70,000. Acura killed the Integra … [Read more...] about The Fast And The Furious Movies Continue To Push Up Prices Of Japanese Sport Cars