326 Infiniti

June 17, 2011

I was looking through my photos from Japan for Casey and felt this one needed to be posted. How good does this 326 Power Infiniti look on blood red 19″ TE37s?

April 30, 2011

Making the most of a rainy weekend / BBQ Grillin at C’s Garage / April, 2011

April 26, 2011

Joel is off to Japan soon but that doesn’t mean the yellow car will be left to wait. The VSXXs and Kranze have been sold and things are on the onwards and upwards. In light of this and the BBQ meet the other weekend, I felt it appropriate to catch it as it sits now. The ability to look back on each stage of a cars build is invaluable. I can only imagine 20 years down the track flicking through these images and thinking something, what exactly… only the future knows.

The yellow car is looking better than ever. New bumper with fresh paint makes all the difference. It’s unfortunate that the driveway is gravel but I think because of the tone gradients, it kind of works. Lets face it, it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo of a car so menacing.

Yellow car / C’s Garage / April, 2011

March 19, 2011

Mitsuru Power 2010 / GS300 in film
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March 15, 2011

If Joel wasn’t my friend, the amount of photos I have of his car would be borderline psychotic. One of these days I’ll set up a proper shoot but for now these will tie me over.
C’s Garage, Yellow car / Meremere Feb 2011

December 30, 2010

December 29, 2010

Out of all the film I shot in Japan there are about 4 rolls that I am really excited to see. The first, which I have already developed, had half a roll of Mitsuru Power on it and I’m happy to say it came out just how I wanted. Although  it was maybe a bit rushed in being shot from excitement, I think it does well to show the the passion behind 326 power and the cars that come from it.

Mitsuru Haruguchi, the man behind it all and most commonly known on the internet for the best FC ever made. This to me is pure stoke. Biting on his glove for a photo in front of his shop in the middle of no where, taken by a fan from across the planet.

I have one last pair of photos from this visit that I will share, for now though check out the other two posts here and here.

December 21, 2010

Some may get the wrong impression from this S15. With paint looking like it just rolled out the booth and a Mitsuru Power kit that isn’t in 10 pieces one would imagine the car gets babied around. Unfortunately for the few of us around on this day watching; he didn’t hang around long in the day but I can tell you he wasn’t holding back.

A big feint and a long handbrake along the wall. He was up front in the pack with Nakamura, Utsumi, M-Bros and the origin S13, all doing stupid entries and being ‘nakamura and shit

P.s. on a film nerd tone, don’t you just love the natural dynamic range of the top photos in the mid day glare. Ugh so nice.

December 2, 2010

A few more up close and personal photos of the cars from out front of Mitsuru Power, including a cool little kei car. You can’t argue with that arch gap.

November 30, 2010

There was really only one main reason we bought our 7 day JR rail pass and that was the Shinkansen to Hiroshima and the subsequent visit to Mitsuru Power. After a long train ride and an expensive taxi we turned up in front of a long row of cars, each totally different yet completely awesome. Between a S14 and a S15 we peered our head into the showroom, luckily we were expected and received a friendly welcome. Kazuya san and Haruguchi san were busy working on a pair of customers cars, bashing out the gaurds on one so we walked around and checked out their lot. After following their blog and staring at photos of these cars for so long it was really pretty incredible seeing these cars in the flesh, they really are on another level in every detail. I exposed a few rolls of film and got a few shots of the man himself in front of his shop so I will post those when I develop them at home. The cars were parked close to each other, it was hard to get the shots I dreamt of but being there was really enough.

Joel picked up a few parts and when I politely asked if we could call a taxi home we were all very surprised when Haruguchi san brushed it off and said Kazuya san had offered to take us back to the station. We said our goodbyes, each stoked at the opportunity to flex our Japanese/English and jumped into the shop run around.

Although we have had a few run ins with grumpy shop owners, the majority of guys we have met on our trip so far have been all to happy to hang out and shoot the illiterate breeze with a trio of gaijin. Our hopes of the 326 Power crew being friendly were far exceeded and all the effort to get to their shop without a car was fully worth it. Huge thanks to Kazuya san for the lift back and to everyone there for letting us drool over the cars.

ありがとうございます 326 Power