Weld Techniques Factory

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

Weld Techniques Factory have come a long way from their big 4 door Toyota sedans that competed in Japanese D1 Grand Prix series and their latest creation has been making rounds on the internet. A Scion FR-S with an all metal wide body made by the guys at Hoshino Racing with the vision from Atsushi Ito who is the founder of Weld.

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2014 Tokyo Auto Salon : Essence (Part 1)

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

Time flies. It has been over a month since the conclusion of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Owing to a mad work schedule, thrilling personal hobby and editing of a massive amount of photographs from this recent trip to Japan, this article came a wee bit later than expected. Nonetheless, I hope it still tickles your fancy!

After a short haul flight from Singapore, my plane touched down at Narita Airport. On a side note if any you decide to travel there, do book a flight that lands directly at Haneda Airport. It is unquestionably closer to the city center and you would not have to deal with the sheer horror of missing a connecting flight from Narita to Haneda! Fortunately for me, I flew in an entire day before the event opening. After sorting out my transit mishap, I still made it to the Tokyo Auto Salon Media Day in good time, attended the annual RWB New Year meet up at Roppongi Hills, and even went around to a handful of Japanese tuners.

For the first portion of this post, I have decided to showcase what the Japanese tuners have brought to the show and what may be fast catching on as the trends of 2014.

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90’s Inspired Civic EF-9 : All function.

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

The early 90s gave birth to iconic cars like the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 FD and Godzilla of a beast the Nissan Skyline R32 GTR. I personally couldn’t wait for the era of boxy R31s to pass, which was like the middle bastard child. The 70s gave us the Hakosukas and 2000GT while the 90s gave us the above, both of which are generations of cars I love.

The terrible car system that we have locally made many people give up cars of their dreams and forced to move on to newer cars, with the 150% road tax for cars that have passed the 10th year mark, its simply not rationale to keep old cars.

HongYao is one of the many that decided to persevere in keeping cars of that era running on the our roads. Moving from a Suzuki Swift GTi, he then made the purchase of a Honda Civic EF-9, one of the few still in existent here.

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Net Catches : That’s CRAZY

Words by : Ben Wong, Photos by : Off the web

Some time back I found this off the web, can’t quite recall where. I have always been envious of the crazy shit that can be done overseas. It makes it worst too see stuff like this BMW on the net. I have no idea what engine is that, neither do I know how the heck did they fit that in. All I know is, based on looks alone, that is one crazy powerful BMW right there.

DAMN do I wish this was possible here. In a country that requires government approval for changing an exhaust, that would be an extremely far fetched day-dream.

*UPDATE* Thanks to Mayday Garage for sharing, Luke Guillory replied with the build thread on this car linked HERE!

That valve cover says it. "BMW M POWER"

The size of wheels should hint you about the power lurking.

Then again, perhaps there’s a reason why Singapore doesn’t allow such heavy modifications. They’re afraid that power might be too hard to control. Here’s what happened to that car you saw above.

*Note: Driver and passenger are fine (at least that’s what I remembered the caption said)”

What’s your take on allowing such modifications in Singapore?