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When the memories hit you

For any car enthusiast, Japan is a concentrated automotive pressure cooker that infuses flavour, class, and creativity into some of the tastiest car culture you can wrap your chops around.

Upon embarking on my overseas experience, I found myself on a little single carriageway cruising through the middle of nowhere in Chiba. Initially the lack of civilisation concerned me, but soon after a grey workshop packed with RX7s distracted my attention. I found myself to be living a stone’s throw from the workshop of RE Amemiya. Early Saturday mornings with my ranch slider open, coffee in hand, the smell of cabbage fields, and the distinct sound of a rotary on the dyno next door was my new definition of heaven.

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4 doritos in a dinghy

A while back I did a spotlight post on a very special boat that is circulating around ponds here in New Zealand, although this one breaks the mold.  Jet sprinting originated in NZ, and is dominated by V8-powered boats.  So when Peter Huijs showed up back in the day with boat that sounded slightly different, we all sat up and took notice.

Jetsprinting in a nutshell, is a jetboat with a crew consisting of a driver and a navigator racing against the clock through a twisting series of channels in 70-100cm of water. Each run usually takes around 55 seconds, and consists of 25-30 changes in direction, and as far as spectator sports go this one is hard to top!

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Blue Streak – Paul Dowdall’s RX8

There is nothing cooler in motorsport than when someone shows up at the strip with something individual, different and it’s a bonus when it sounds good!  Paul Dowdall has gone and ticked all the right boxes with his RX8 drag car.

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Blogroll – Day 6

After a 5:30am finish I managed to wangle a little extra sleep today’s schedule was nice and easy compared to the first few days.  My destination was one I am very familiar with, my first hometown I moved to in Japan – Tomisato.

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Zoom Zoom – Inside Mazda Hiroshima

It is always nice ticking things off your bucket list.  For as long as I can remember I have craved the chance to head to Hiroshima and tour the Mazda factory.  Not too long ago I decided that this was something that needed to be done sooner rather than later.  So I jumped on the Shinkansen and prepared for a visit to the holy grail of all things rotary.

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