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Idlers 12 Hour Endurance 2014 – Part 2

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

Here’s part deux of the Idlers 12 hour endurance race which I was blessed to be a part of. Part 1 can be seen here. Onto the starting grid. I dont have many photos of the race itself since I didnt have my Canon 6D or 5Dmk2 but as you scroll down you’ll see some of the accidents that did happen during the race.

Ill start it off with this 996 with a JT Mode front bumper and rear ducktail. Nice looking with the work wheels. I believe this car also finished the race.

Lovers Rough aka #69 for the day. This was the last day we would see this car in its pristine condition. It suffered one of the more tragic accidents of the day. Scroll down to see what I’m talking about.

So cool to see so many people, styles, makes and models.

Posing with the team. I decided not to put my racing suit on at 7am since my turn didnt happen til about 130pm. It was extremely hot in the morning til around the 3pm when the thunderstorms and lightning decided to show up.

This speedster was not only pretty to look at but was very fast on the track.

Adriana also suffered a retirement. This was the first year any RWB cars have retired from a race. Things happen in 3′s so there was 1 more. Here’s some of the RWB family posing before the 8am start of the race.

This is Charlene. I was assigned to this car alongside Toshi, Yoko (who is an extremely fast driver) and a few other Japanese customers from RWB.

The frontside of Charlene. This is 1 of 2 cars that made it to the end of the race.

I’m not sure how to pronounce this but it unfortunately didnt make it to the end. During the thunderstorm the water entered the car, possibly from the window and fried the electricals.

Other Porsches in the event.

Loved this Gulf Inspired long nose 911.

Lotus 7. I didnt see this at the end of the race but it looked like a blast to drive.

The founder of idlers. This I believe took 2nd place.

#23 was a Porsche 997.2 Turbo. Had a huge team and it also finished the race. I”m not sure what place but it did good.

Pink S2000 that stopped racing during the rain. It rained extremely hard for about an hour. I too would have stopped due to messing up the electricals under the seat.

Frontside.

AFimp’s BMW. These drivers were equipt with cool suits. LUCKY!!!

Prepared with pit wall timing.

OH YES. The Bride AE86 Levin Coupe. Super clean and classic styling.

Front Side. Levin.

The #124 Lotus finished the race.

As did Nojima’s Rough World AE86

You can see Nojima (sleeveless) in the background. Antonio would love this photo.

Not sure what it was but it was blue!

So was this Sunburst 911.

Toshi & I post up next to Charlene. Our ride for the day.

During pit stops, its final pit stop of its life.. We had heard it was bumped into then hit the wall breaking the left rear axle. Then as the tow truck was unloading the 911 at the pits this happened…..

The straps broke dropping the car to its side. Incredible..

Right side view..

Back side view with the broken axle.

Crushed roof but the show must go on…

The blue 964 made it to the end and looked awesome doing so.

The once beautiful Sunburst 911 after getting smashed from behind.

Adriana almost made it til it had a fire in the engine bay.

Notice that wheel dent? Well it got into an accident and caused this…

It hit a Peugeot on the very fast straight. The Peugeot hits the wall and catches fire.

It was an intense fire and glad that they were able to put it out.

Nakai & I after the 12 hours.

Most of Team RWB 2014. Til next year…

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Idlers 2014 – Twin Ring Motegi – Part 1

Posted on by Mark Arcenal

For over 10 years now, Idlers has been hosting events all around Japan. From sprints to 12 hour endurance races, car enthusiast join and enjoy the games called Idlers. This years 12 Hour endurance was held once again at Twin Ring Motegi and it was one of the more eventful races I’ve ever been a part of. I was there for the 2012 experience and this year, like in 2012, the heat was extreme but the differences were the the crashes. They were spectacular and the thunderstorm that swept thru the 8th hour took us all by surprise. I didn’t realize how many photos I took at the race so I had to divide the post into 2 parts. So here it goes..


So for the past 3 years, Nakai, head of RWB, has been inviting his clients and RWB country leads to the idlers 12 hour race. The night before the race we are invited to visit the shop and all drive together to Motegi. Nakai & Toshi putting the final touches on the cars before they head out to the track.


They’re all dedicated street cars so theyre driven 2 hours to the track for the race.

5 RWB cars will be driven this year with 5 drivers per car.

The last 2 cars that will be racing the next morning.

This wing has grown on me tremendously. This isnt the extra tall one but the small one.


Here we are all resting at a konbini before we drive the 2 hours.

Other RWB members met us along the way.

Like Rauh Passion.


Then these Bosozoku group drove in. Lucky for us one of the leaders owned an RWB and we were then invited to join them. 2 styles sharing the same passion for the open road.

The next morning all the cars were staged for the endurance race.

Final preparations.

This 911 had a Sunburst bodykit. Check out the front fenders. Kinda cool. Sunburst used to produce bodykits for RWB.

So many cool cars in the garages. The fun part about racing is that you’re on the track with so many different cars, some fast, some slow. Heads up all the time.

There were quite a few Mini’s on the track.

Alfa’s as well..

RWB Painter Nojima drives the race every year with his Rough World team. RWB as many of you know was a drift team back in the day and Nojima is now the head.

There were other AE86′s that were on the track too. So cool to see them running super hard and lasting 12 hours!

I’m not sure what car this was but it was pretty cool and had TE37s on.

The AF IMP BMW team sporting the og Advan graphics. I believe they finished the race as well.

S2000s…

These Lotus’s also finished the race.

Civic EG anyone?

Porsche 997.2 Turbo with matching Race Suits.

This Porsche was very fast.

Glad to see this Baby Cobra back on the track. I saw this thing crash 2 years ago.

The owner of the Idlers Games. You can see his Porsche in the 2004 Video here.

TE37Vs. I believe this was powered by a SR20det.

AE86 with OG Bride Graphics.

They have you put all your helmets on the the car for inspection before the race.

Toshi and Nakai teaching the new comers the proper etiquette on the track.

Know the rules your race will be much easier.

Next post will be the cars on the grid and the events that happened during the race. Ill have this up tomorrow.

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Aloha Japan PT 2 – Tourists’ Dream CH 4

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014 and Part 3 (coming soon!). 

WARNING…100+ photos, but but split into 4 chapters…so don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words and click the link at the bottom for the continued post! ;)

Chapter 4…we’ve been to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, so a highlight of our trip was Tokyo Disney Resort!  Since Tokyo DisneySea is unique to Japan, we spent the majority of our day there but were still able to have enough time to go to Tokyo Disneyland on a Night Passport!

Onto Tokyo Disneyland!

JDM sized turkey leg :(

This phenomenon was definitely opposite of any Disney Resort in America…more adults than children dressed up; this matching Minnie Mouse group even had mouse ear styled buns!

Peace out Japan…ARIGATO!

Chapter 1 > Chapter 2 > Chapter 3 > Chapter 4

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Aloha Japan PT 2 – Tourists’ Dream CH 3

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014 and Part 3 (coming soon!). 

WARNING…100+ photos, but but split into 4 chapters…so don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words and click the link at the bottom for the continued post! ;)

Chapter 3…to start the final leg of our 2 week tour of Japan, we parted ways from Osaka with one final Shikansen trip back to Tokyo for our last 5 days of adventure.  Tsukiji’ Fish Market is definitely an early mission; we were too late for the auction, so we just caught some action at the wholesale market.

Our AirBnB host recommended this curry restaurant called Little Shop, which was only open on weekdays from 11 AM to 1 PM…this was the line at 10:45 AM!  No English menu, no problem…we’ll take the special!

We took a short train ride outside of Tokyo to go antiquing in Nishi-Ogikubo.

Harajuku

Shibuya

Imperial Palace…the outer wall is the most you’ll see unless you do a reserved tour

Fujifilm Square in Roppongi

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku

Odaiba

Chapter 1 > Chapter 2 > Chapter 3 > CHAPTER 4 HERE!

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Aloha Japan PT 2 – Tourists’ Dream CH 2

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014 and Part 3 (coming soon!). 

WARNING…100+ photos, but but split into 4 chapters…so don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words and click the link at the bottom for the continued post! ;)

Chapter 2…while Osaka was our regional base camp, we took a short train ride out to its more traditional counterpart Kyoto where our first stop was the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama

Eikando Temple

We went to Kiyomizudera Temple, but didn’t pay admission to go in because a lot of it was under construction.

Higashiyama District

Gion

We had dinner in Pontocho, where we had one of our best meals at Yakiniku Hiro.

Chapter 1 > Chapter 2 > CHAPTER 3 HERE! > Chapter 4

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Aloha Japan Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream

Posted on by Anthony Nguyen

Earlier this month, we stretched the meaning of island hopping a little bit and hopped from Hawaii over to Japan!  My Instagram (@yaeantho) has been a sneak peak of our travel diaries, but below is Part 2 – Tourists’ Dream…don’t forget to check out my other 2 posts Aloha Japan Part 1 – Offset Kings Japan 2014 and Part 3 (coming soon!).

WARNING…100+ photos, but but split into 4 chapters…so don’t forget to slow down for some sporadic words and click the link at the bottom for the continued post! ;)

After some extensive research on Japan Guide and the rest of the interwebs, we finalized our 2 week itinerary to include 5 areas (Hakone, Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo) and bought our Japan Rail Pass which gave us unlimited use of 80% of the rail system (the other 20% were metro/subway and required Pasmo/Suica cards).  Armed with this knowledge as well as a portable WiFi hotspot from the airport (which allowed us to use social media, Google Maps and Translate), we were ready!

We started off our adventure by taking the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Hakone to see the shrine on Lake Ashi.

On our way to Fuji Speedway for Offset Kings Japan 2014, we were fortunate to catch a nice morning glimpse of Mount Fuji.

After the show, we said our goodbyes to the crew and continued our Shinkansen journey further westward to the metropolis of Osaka.

Osaka Station City

Umeda Sky Building

Minami (Namba)

Osaka Castle

Shinsekai

Chapter 1 > CHAPTER 2 HERE! > Chapter 3 > Chapter 4

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The Daily Dump V.10 – Nychos & The God MC

Posted on by Fongstarr

Becoming a successful artist can boil down to your individuality sometimes. Skill is a good percentage of someone’s talents but really it’s your substance that may hold you in a different bracket from the rest. Nychos’s anatomy deconstruction is as complex as it is bogus to the human eye. It’s literally nothing I have ever seen before. He creates an organic form and almost brutally tears it apart with all the organs and skeletal structures intact as though to mimic an anatomy chart in science class. It’s a combination of inner beauty as well as serial violence. Just signs of a true original…or a complete mad man.





His murals are where he shows what he’s really capable of. For the lack of better words, he just kicks more ass when he’s not confined to a small surface area. During his visit in San Francisco for his show at Upper Playground, he added three more murals and one being the largest he’s ever done located in Oakland.



And during my visit to Nycho’s show, I got to meet another SF great (Jeremy Fish) and got his new book signed. It’s a collective of all his past works for the last 5 years from shows spanning all across the globe. A great addition to anyone’s art library.



Rapper and Oscar award winner…Juicy-J.


Original gangsta…….DJ Quick.

I turned 33 last month and asked for sex on the morning of my birthday. It wasn’t a total Sunday nooner but the timing was definitely off (and no we aren’t religious). My girlfriend than just kind of turns over wall side throwing the bed covers over her body and I just figure that’s the universal sign for “go fuck yourself!”. Without missing a beat though, she then points her dainty finger westward towards the kitchen and I surprisingly see this box with a purplish bow with the inscriptions Fongstarr. She slurs some words “Huby Burfdaay” with the pillow half stuffed in her mouth as I open my gift to see a new Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens. I guess the key to a man’s heart isn’t always with blow jobs. Not surprisingly men actually like expensive stuff too. With eager eyes, I began to look for my camera bag and for the next hour, it’s literally just shutter clicks and light snores. One of the better birthdays I’ve had as of late. Rakim was on the west coast leg of his tour and I can’t think of any other way to test out my new lens than on The God MC.



Ra’s set was like a physical #throwbackthursdays except now gumby fades and flattops were traded in for thinning hair receding hairlines. He fired off classics from I Know You Got Soul to Microphone Fiend and created a mood that resonated close to old fashion block party. I am sure in all our minds, we had our Kangol hats and dookie rope chains on.


I read somewhere where Rakim headlined Rock The Bells and they cut off his mic 20 minutes into his set because the venue they were in had a specific time to shut down. It was rumored he spent almost the entire rest of the night shaking people’s hands and taking pictures with the fans as a consolation. That’s some real stand up shit right there.

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510akland

Posted on by christine

You can take back all the things you give
But ya can’t take back the days you live
Life is to some people who’ve been on earth
Livin’ every single day for what it’s worth
I live my life just how I please
Satisfy one person I know, that’s me
Work hard for the things I achieve in life
And never rap fake when I’m on the mic
Cause if a dream is all you got, homeboy
Ya gotta turn that dream into the real McCoy
No time to waste, just get on that case
Ya can’t be down ’cause ya need to taste
A good life, livin’ like a king on a throne
Gettin’ everything ya want and tryin’ to handle your own
It’s your life
Don’t be stupid though
Cause when ya waste it, you’ll know…

Homeroomspicy roasted cauliflower | heirloom tomato salad | roasted brussel sprouts with bacondungeness crab mac | ivy leaguer: truffle mac | trailer style classic mac#maryjanegirls#bae

Always do you boo…cause you never know.

Life is…

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