Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F / Organizers
It was at a local motor show over a decade ago that I had my foremost encounter
with the Japanese car-tuning scene. The Kodak disposable cameras in their
trademark yellow casing were all the rage back than. I still recall vividly the flashes
from these devices going off brilliantly through out the venue, as their owners
endeavored to capture the JDM models and rides on film. To date, it is still one of
the finest motor shows ever held in Singapore in my books.
Fast-forward to 2013 and we have Singapore’s principle media company MediaCorp, in cooperation with Muse Group, bringing Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 to the shores of our tiny nation-state. The inaugural Singapore show will be held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo® and Convention Centre from 12-14 April 2013.
The MPT Group brought back the drag race that was once part of Singapore’s motor racing history. As Singapore is land scarce, the race is actually being held within a parking lot, and the drag strip is only 180 metres long. There are actually many other viable venue alternatives like the Changi Exhibition Centre, F1 Pit Centre, or even closing half a section of a long straight public road.
The all revered GTR and the last of the Skyline Godzillas. The Nissan Skyline R34 GTR needs no introduction. Powered by a RB26DETT (Nissan speak for a straight 6 2.6 litres dual overhead cam electronically fuel injected twin turbocharged) which is renowned for its great tuning potential. It’s always reported of GTRs smoking or keeping in pace with cars that are way more expensive that it is or being at the top of its direct competitors – the Toyota Supra 2JZ and the Mitsubishi GTO VR-4. A powerhouse by nature, the Australian Touring Car Championships (ATCC) now known as V8 Supercars changed its rules to exclude the Skylines from competing after 1992 as it was dominating the race thanks to it’s ATTESA E-TS AWD system.
Its tough to find one Godzilla in Singapore, let alone two.
I got to know Andrew earlier this year and the others whom I hung out with said his car was in the workshop and the built was about to be completed. Sure I’ve shot the Midnight Purple and Bayside Blue (which is my personal favourite), but I’ll always be excited to be close to a GTR. It’s probably due to the fact that they are exorbitantly priced in Singapore (no thanks to the COE system) and few remain on the road and my first encounter with a GTR would be… in Initial D Stage 4 (the anime).
One of my itineraries for my Japan trip was to visit the beer manufacturers, Asahi and go on a tour at their factory, nothing less from a beer junky.
Arrival from the usual Japanese hospitality with a free bus ride from the local train station at an exact time down to the minutes. There it was, one of my favorite varient of the GTR family only 2nd to the Hakosuka was chilling in the facilities’ parking area.
Words by : E3lipse, Ray Ng, Photos by : E3lipse Photography
The Right Wrong’s Australian correspondent E3lipse attended the JDM Western Australia Meet and Cruise on the 23rd October where more than 100 Japanese cars gathered at a location which is a 15mins drive from Perth City to meet up before heading off for a cruise around the area.
What is a cruise? It is probably what we know in Singapore as “rounding” where there is a specific route to follow and everyone will drive along the route together.
Words by : Ray Ng, Photos by : E3lipse Photography
Wei Jie is our Australian correspondent as he is currently studying in Perth. Being in Australia, he has the opportunity to shoot cars never before seen on Singapore’s roads or cars that are really rare. The locations to shoot are plentiful compared to Singapore where many spots are forbidden and security guards are more than happy to chase you away even if you’re not obstructing traffic.
This limited production model needs no introduction.
After 3 years of snapping mostly cars , Wei Jie is still constantly improving and learning from others, often reading car magazines and websites to get ideas and inspiration from renowned photographers. He has photos published in magazines and websites and currently working with 7Tune and TheRightWrong as a correspondent.