JAPANESE SOUL

Everyone may agree that in today’s modern times, building a car can be easy with the right parts with the use of digital platforms. But here’s my question, how does your car establish its own persona? At the end of the day, the best feeling is creating your own masterpiece that suits every inch of…

2016 Deus Bike Buildoff Tokyo

Last Saturday, September 24th, all Deus Ex Machina locations held their annual Bike Buildoff event – “Boundless Enthusiasm“. It was a celebration which represented the creativity that custom bike culture has enjoyed over the years. Good friend, Ryo Kaneta, from USDM Freax magazine, was kind enough to capture these shots from the event in Tokyo, Japan. Here’s a massive photo-dump illustrating the…

OFFSET KINGS OKAYAMA AT SUNRISE

Sunrise at the Land of the Rising Sun. One of the most awaited stops on the Offset Kings 2016 calendar just wrapped up, Okayama, Japan. Visiting the Okayama Prefecture is a must not only as a car enthusiast, but also for someone who looks up to traditional Japanese culture. A 3-hour drive away from the busy streets of…

Next Stop: Japan

I have some insanely exciting news everyone, I will be accomplishing one of my life goals next month. For the first time in history, I Michael Klonoff, will be setting foot on foreign soil in none other than Japan! I have always been entranced by the car culture, food culture, and technology that comes from…

The Most Photographed ER34 Sedan In The World

Modifying a car must be hard in Japan. As having an all-access pass on every single car part can be the largest threat, which can result in to losing the car’s original persona. First thing that catches my eye in a build is the car’s own character, this is how the car is modified to serve its purpose. Cars…

No to Garage Queens

I had the privilege on taking photos of the ‘CarGuy‘ F40 during the Japan Motor Games at Fuji International Speedway. Responsible for numerous exotic cars in Japan, Car Guy takes time out during events like these with their ‘garage queens’. On to the photos. The founder of the group stretched his million dollar classic over the weekend. Would you…

The World’s Baddest ER34

Being the ‘tamer’ version of the BNR34, the ER34 has bigger shoes to fill as it serves as an underdog to the mighty GT-R.  For car customizers who want something more challenging, consider this point that RB26 equipped model ‘must’ follow a certain formula. Why? As ‘properly’ modifying the GT-R ‘should’ be inclined to its…

TAS 2016: Final look back

As we enter mid February, before the good times at the Tokyo Auto Salon become a distant memory, lets take one final look back. For this post, I wanted to share all of the builds and sights I came across that exemplify what many of us think about when we hear the term/letters “JDM”. Starting…