Matsuri – Queensland

Dreams do come true. if you read my Kidsheart post you know that i have been a huge fan of Tezuka since he 1st came to australia, rather strange considering i'm not hugly into drifting. I think it was more the car control and see what he could do with a car that made me sit back and go wow. Fast forward over 10 years Ciscokids is going well with parts selling, S.A Matsuri was a blast and it was about time we did another trip. Queensland has always been my favorite drift scene, having gone to events with the Auszoku guy's when i was up there and just seeing the quality of car's and driving was exciting to watch. very different at the time to the melbourne scene of missiles and rust. so the opportunity came up to bring Tsuyoshi Tezuka to QLD for Drift matsuri, we had more…

Toyota city showcase – MegaWeb

The Dealership of the future? Toyota city showcase -Megaweb, is very much like the Toyota museum in witch is has cars on display, how ever it is more focused on Motorsport's and concepts as well was what is available at a dealership today. Think of it as a dealership of the future as you can test drive car's and concepts and see cool robot's Toyota has designed. my focus here was motorsport, and boy was i excited to see the Leman's car sitting front of shop as soon as i walked in.  Further to the side i stumbled across the Gazoo Racing section to see a wonderful LFA Race spec, now if i ever win 1st division loto this is the car i will buy myself. I have always loved the LFA so to see another one but in race spec was cool. little did i know further on down…

Daikoku Parking Area

The place of dream's. Daikoku Parking Area is the place to be if you are any type of car person. It is a true indication of what japanese car scene is about, you have so many cars in one area and from all different scene's Being the 1st time i have gone here, i found the drive in rather difficult. It was my 1st time using GPS and driving in a multi story freeway. so turn left may have meant turn left on level 2. after some hours of driving from mooneyes yokohama we finally got to the spot. for those who dont know, mooneyes is like 20-30 min away.         Even though it was rather late, we did seem to get there a bit early there was still a nice variety of cars on display. from the classic japanese ute's and van's to your drifter's/wangan racers…

Mooneyes – Yokohama

Yokohama is a beautiful town and a bit different to the other towns I had been in previously. The roads are wider and it does have a western kind of style I guess. On route we stopped off at a couple workshops like WELD and Works before we went to Mooneyes. We also stopped into Up-Garage Yokohama. Up-Garage Yokohama was one of the bigger Up-garages we stopped at but I must say it did not have as many good things as the other ones. This was maybe due to the location, and being more popular with westerners. Most westerners go to Yokohama for the workshops and then the Wangan afterwards, so they had catered to this by having westerners/tourist gifts. Nonetheless it was good to walk around and have a look and the staff there were very friendly. Arriving at Mooneyes I was a bit unsure of what to expect. I…

Kidsheart

KIDSHEART!!! Another one of my other favourite place we visited in Nagoya was of course Kidsheart. After meeting my idol Tsuyoshi Tezuka at a Full Lock drift day at Calder Park, I had wanted go to Kidsheart to see his car in person for over 10 years.  Having owned a 1JZ Cressida and now the Kidsheart/HKS JZX81 Yamaha edition this was like the holy place for all things X Chassis related. It was a bit of a walk from the nearest train station; maybe 30-45min walk (mind you it would have been a lot quicker if we knew what side of the road to be on), and the main road that Kidsheart is on is separated by an Express way so you can only cross it every couple k’s. We didn’t know this until we were half way there on the wrong side of the freeway unable to cross! This Expressway…

Toyota automobile museum

The Trip of a lifetime, I have wanted to go to Japan for over 10 years and I guess being a pussy to commit to a trip, the rumours of it being expensive, and the whole language barrier thing had put me off making the effort to head over. This year I pulled my finger out and booked a 4 week trip over there and saw a few sights along the way; one of which was the Toyota Museum in Osaka.       Once we left Osaka we had a lot of day trips to different places before we made our way to Nagoya. Nagoya is home to two of my favourite places on my trip; Toyota Museum and Kidsheart. I have to say I really enjoyed this town not only for these two sites, but also as a whole. The Toyota museum had a mixture of all car manufacturers, not…