Most of us were shocked when we heard the news of the tragic passing of Paul Walker. Paul Walker was best known for his role as “Brian O’Conner” in the Fast & Furious series. As car enthusiasts, these films defined and shaped the import automotive community.
Some of the films may have had some corny elements to them, but seeing our passion on the silver screen over the last 10 years was something we all were excited about. The reaction and love given to Paul and his family has been unbelievable. It’s sad that only after his death did we realize his impact to us all.
Paul wasn’t just an actor cast to be a “car guy,” he actually was a car guy. As the F&F series gained popularity and became more commercial, the type of cars changed. However, Paul was the one advocating for Japanese cars in the films. The Nissan Skyline in particular will always be synonymous with Paul Walker. If you search on youtube, you’ll even find several videos of Paul in Japan visiting obscure tuning shops. This is something only a true Japanese car enthusiast would do.
Cars wasn’t the only thing that defined Paul. He was genuinely a good human being, father, and philanthropist. His legacy will not only continue through his films, but through his charity organization that was established in 2010- Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW).
JDM Chicago has decided to design a sticker in honor of Paul Walker. These will go on sale on Monday. Price is $10 per sticker. Please note that EVERY cent of your $10 is going directly to Reach Out Worldwide. That’s right.. we are eating ALL costs ourselves. These are limited to only 300 total. Our friend & JDM Chicago collaborator Morris Jamalang (Equilibrium USG) helped to tweak our design and also donated the vinyl for this project. PLEASE SHARE once these go live and help us reach the goal of $3,000 to ROWW!
Special thanks to:
Andrew Link Photography
The above 4 dudes helped cover the paypal fees so we didn’t have to pass that onto the customer!
Sample of Sticker:
I met Miguel a few years ago and frankly, I wasn’t too impressed with this guy. He was sarcastic, too good looking, and a bit of a recluse. Some may say he’s the Mexican James Franco. Eventually Miguel warmed up to me; and despite his numerous character flaws, you cannot deny his sense of automotive style.
When news of the FRS/BRZ/86 was released several years ago, there was a huge buzz. The popularity of the car was almost overwhelming. Miguel liked the concept and the idea behind the FRS being the successor to the AE86 by Toyota. Being a WRX owner at the time, he was also intrigued with Subaru co-developing a new boxer engine. Miguel was following companies such as Varis, Kei Muira ( TRA Kyoto Rocket Bunny 86), INGS Japan, and several FB pages covering progress on the Toyota 86 aero kits. The attraction to the car was undeniable.
At the end of last year’s car season, Miguel debated if a new project such as the FRS was worthy of his attention. His WRX already looked good from an aesthetic standpoint, but more power meant more problems. Replacing the transmission along with other peripherals was only inevitable if he wanted to take the WRX to the next level.
Miguel finally said f*ck it, and walked into a Toyota dealership last January and picked up a Raven Black FRS. Hard to believe that the Varis kit he lusted over eventually became his own just months later. Although Miguel admits the FRS is a bit under-powered, but he plans going with FI in the near future. What doesn’t show up on paper is the pure joy of driving this car. Considering the modifications Miguel has made in less then 6 months, we look forward to what he has in store for us in the future.
Varis Japan Manufacturing Arising II Aero kit
- Varis Arising II Front Bumper
- Varis Arising II Front lip spoiler
- Varis Arising II Front Carbon Fiber Lip Guard L/R
- Varis Arising II Front Carbon Fiber Lip Cover L/R
- Varis Arising II Side Skirts With Carbon Fiber under boards
- Varis Arising II Rear Bumper With Carbon Fiber Insert
- Varis Arising II Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper Air Shroud L/R
- Vertex Japan Tail Lights
- Toyota 86 OEM Front and Rear Badges
- Toyota 86 OEM Clear Side Markers
- Works Bell 540 Boss Steering Wheel Hub
- Works Bell Rapfix II Quick Release
- Nardi Sport Rally 330mm
- Cusco Oil Catch can
- Cusco Battery Tie down
- HKS Oil Cap
- MXP Dual Titanium Tip Exhaust
- MXP Front Pipe
- Stance USA Super Sport Coilovers
- Stance USA Rear Lower Control Arms
- Cusco Carbon Fiber Front Strut bar with Brake Cylinder Stopper
- Cusco Engine Room Power Brace
- Cusco Rear Strut Bar
Wheels & Tires
- SSR Professor SP3
- Spectrum Silver
- SSRCenter Caps B-Type Low
- 18×9.5 +30 F
- 18×10 + 24 R
- Hankook Ventus V12 Evo
For about a year or so now, we have been posting up modified model cars we have photographed, found on yahoo Japan, or submitted to us by fans. It started out with a slammed Toyota 2000GT we shared ever a year ago which ended up getting re-posted a million times. Many people questioned if it was a real 2000GT or not. haha
Since then, we try to post up a new model on a weekly basis on our FB page. I found this particular 1/18 Mazda Cosmo very interesting. The first generation Mazda Cosmo was built from 1967-1972 and is a very rare vehicle. Minto0909 decided to take this ordinary Cosmo Sport, and give it a much more aggressive look. Enjoy the photos…
Mike picked up the 2.5RS more than six years ago completely stock with nearly 54,000 miles on it from the original owner. The GC8 chassis code is one of the most sought after cars on the Subaru market, and once Mike had the seen them popping up in the early to mid 2000′s, he knew it was the car he needed. “I like to spiritedly drive my car on and around the highways of Chicago” he had told me, which is why he has, near as it makes no difference, doubled the mileage in the time that he’s owned it. This spirited driving also leads us into why he chose the route he did with the performance and styling modifications. “I’m not stanced or hellaflush. I like to be able to speed, handle, and take turns at speed without having to worry about driving so damn slow because I’m scraping or avoiding bumps. I’m kind of a speed demon I guess you can say.”
The GC8 has undergone some incredible surgery, both cosmetic and internal. Chargespeed front lip, side skirts, and clear bumper lights and side markers; ZG 280z fender flares, JDM tail, trunk, and corner lights; JDM front grill, STi carbon hood scoop and a Prodrive intake scoop make up essentially the entire front clip of this mutated Impreza.
Inside the cabin sits a Team Orange Works Bell quick release with a Personal Grinta 330mm steering wheel, the latter sporting some Baller Bolts burnt titanium screws; an It’s Proper shift knob, and to finish it all off, Cusco x Bride seat with a Prodrive harness. Very exciting.
The excitement doesn’t stop there; under the hood Mike’s keeping an OBX EL header, test pipe, a custom short ram intake, Koyorad radiator, Zerosports thermostat, ARC oil cap, finishing off at a Subaru SPT exhaust.
Keeping with the rest of the aggressive setup, the suspension and grounding refuse to let up. Tein SS coilovers, Cusco rear tower bar and V-brace, Abbey Road Company titanium front strut bar, Whiteline rear sway bar with Agency Power end links, and a Cusco under chassis brace keep things tight while the 18×8.5 Advan Sa3′s and BF Goodrich KDW 255/35 tires hold on for dear life.
What this all boils down to is a car that begs to be driven, and driven hard. “With my build, I was drawing influence from Time Attack and also the Kanjo racers of Japan. I prefer function over form.” This, and his love for intensive driving, makes for something to be marveled at on the roads. This really is the epitome of car culture, what all of us look forward to as we go about our builds and endeavors. The culmination of how we drive and the thing we love to drive most. Mike has what he wants with his Subaru Impreza, and he worked his ass off for it.
-Joey Gessner for JDMCHICAGO
I shot this car earlier this year for the “Race Issue” of Honda Tuning Magazine (September 2013 issue). Since the issue has come and gone, here are some of the shots I took. Although the owner of the ‘Lude is from Detroit, I noticed that the article was centered mostly around King Motorsports (located in the Wisconsin area).
I’ll be honest, I was somewhat disappointed we weren’t able to take advantage of some really cool Detroit backdrops for this feature. Since the car was not “street legal,” the owner didn’t feel too comfortable taking this car outside of the Michigan suburbs. After wrapping up a second shoot in downtown Detroit, I’m sure he was also concerned about his safety. So with that said, this shoot was literally shot in a quiet suburban subdivision.