Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels Nissan Fairlady 2000

hotwheelsfairlady2000Lately Hot Wheels has been putting really cool JDM cars from the past and present at retail shelves.  As you can see from my picture, I’ve been collecting tons of Hot Wheels JDM-type cars.  Hot Wheels Car Designer Jun Imai talks his love for classic Nissan cars and creating the 1/64 diecast scale Nissan Fairlady 2000 for Hot Wheels.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Nissan Rogue One X-Wing SUV


Photo: Invision for Nissan

Like the Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship, at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story red carpet event, Nissan also had their Rogue SUV outfitted to look like a X-Wing fighter.  The Nissan Rogue SUV was painted to look like the iconic X-Wing with jet engines and laser blasters fitted onto the sides of the car.  And to top it off, an R2 Droid sat on top.

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Frankie’s Garage: NISMO 400R!

nismo400rThis legendary street/track ready car was available to play in the first Playstation Gran Turismo video game.  Only 44 Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R NISMO 400Rs were produced, making this a very rare and special kind of automobile.  Carfection takes a ride in this Godzilla.

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Frankie’s Garage: “CAR Factory” at YomiuriLand Japan

gujjobalandIt’s time for fun rides at the YomiuriLand amusement park in Japan.  On March 2016, YomiuriLand opened a new attraction called Gujjoba aka Good Job Attractions, which is aimed at children about Japanese manufacturing pop culture.  It took about 7 years and $90 million USD involved to build the new attractions.  It features 4 factories:  Food Factory by Nissin Food Products, Stationary Factory by Kokuyo, Fashion Factory and for the car geeks – CAR Factory by Nissan.  Nissan Dashboard show takes us on a tour of the CAR Factory.

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Frankie’s Garage: JDM 1990 Nissan Skyline R-32 GT-R Review

smokingtiregtr32The Smoking Tire host Matt Farah reviews his own imported 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R.  Nothing more to say, than then just watch the video.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tomica Premium 4 New Die-cast Rides

tomicapre00tomicapre01I’ve been a fan Tomica’s recent product line: Tomica Premium 1/64 scale die-cast cars.  Aimed at the adult collector, the Tomica Premium series features more paint applications and newly designed rims.  Tomica is adding 4 new vehicles: No. 13 – Nissan IDS Concept, No. 14 – Toyota S-FR, No. 15 – Subaru 22B STI and No. 16 – Toyota 86GRMN.

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Frankie’s Garage: Godzilla 2017 Mini-ReDesign

nissangtr2017Every die-hard GT-R fan maybe waiting for the next R36 GT-R, will you have to wait for a couple of years.  But for 2017, Nissan has done a mini-redesign for the 2017 Nissan GT-R.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Nissan SUV Mini-Tank

nissanroguewarriorNissan shows off how easy you can turn your stock Nissan Rogue SUV into a off-road snow machine.  Named the Nissan Rogue Warrior, the vehicle is fitted with snow tracks using Nissan’s AWD system.

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Frankie’ Garage: Sung Kang’s 240Z Build

sungkang240zcoverFast & Furious actor Sung Kang drops by Jay Leno’s Garage with his dream build a 1973 Datsun 240Z.  This restomod features a 1990s RB Skyline engine with the twin turbos stripped for NA-style build and wide-body Rocket Bunny kit.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

infinitiq60sportFrom the first big auto show of the year, the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti launches the all-new Q60 coupe.  It still does resemble the previous G37 coupe, but with more aggressive styling and lines.  All models will have turbo 6 engine, while the top performance model will get the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 rated at 400 horses.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tomica’s Premium Line R34 Z-Tuned

skylinetomicaprimoThis new Tomica 1/64 diecast car line is shooting for the adult toy colltector.  The Tomica Premium line kicks-off the series with the iconic NISMO R34 Z-Tuned sports car.

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Frankie’s Garage: A Legit Skyline R32

SFAS15056Unlike other countries, the USA is very strict on importing Nissan Skylines, but now the Nissan Skyline R32 is legal to import now.  The Smoking Tire takes a look at a owner’s ride, a right-hand, 1989 Nissan Skyline R32, rear-wheel drive GTS-T.  A 2.0L V6!

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Takara Tomy Drift Package Nano!

takaratomydriftcoverIt seems the older I get, I don’t have enough time in the day to spend hours building a Gundam snap-on plastic model kit or building a R/C car.  I have ADD due to watching YouTube videos and such.  The Internet, but I digress.  Here’s a neat little all-one ready-to-go R/C car package by Takara Tomy, it’s their Drift Package Nano set!

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GreenLight Collectibles 1:43 Fast & Furious Collection

fastfuriousgreenlightcollectionYes, I admit, one of my guilty pleasures is watching the Fast & Furious franchise movies.  The Fast & Furious have licensed many diecast approved collectible cars over the years, but this 1:43 scale diecast collection from GreenLight Collectibles is pretty sweet.  I just picked-up several of these cars at Toys’R’Us.

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Frankie’s Garage: GT-R N Attack Package @ 2015 SEMA

nissannattackpackNissan has released various special editions of it’s GT-R in over the years, now comes the 2015 NISMO Nissan GT-R N Attack Package available in U.S. through aftermarket tuning company Stillen.  This ultimate track package GT-R variant attacked the famous German track Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes and 8 second lap time.

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Frankie’s Garage: Wacky Mate’s R32 Skyline

r32gripcoverFinally, another episode of Tuner Club!  This show takes a look at tuning house Wacky Mate in Japan and their very own 1993 Nissan Skyline R32.  The 800hp beast was built for grip driving and time attacks.  The R32 has been heavily modified and tuned.

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Frankie’s Garage: Drifting with James Deane

nissandriftdeaneXcar Films interviews racing drifter James Deane and family on drifting and his drift cars.  This is a 2-part documentary short:

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Frankie’s Garage: Tuner Club Ep. 2 & 3!

tunerclubskylineGT Channel’s newest Tuner Club is for JDM fanatics and here’s episode 2 & 3.  In episode #2, Tuner Club profiles Global Auto’s ’99 Nissan BNR34 GT-R and boss Hiroyuki Yasui.  A 900hp track-only Skyline.

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Frankie’s Garage: JDM-Inspired Skate Decks


Power House Amuse Honda S2000 F20C Skate Deck, MSRP: $59.99USD

These JDM-inspired skate decks can be use as decks, but also makes for a great display showcase for automobile fans at their office, man-cave or garage.  Check out the many different lines of JDM-styled skate decks at SCW Performance.


Garage Tuned x Kanjo Spec Racing Skate Deck Civic EK, MSRP: $59.99USD

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Frankie’s Garage: A ride in the Pulsar NISMO Concept

nissanpulsarnismoconceptThis might look like a rice rocket Honda FIT, but it’s actually a Nissan Pulsar NISMO concept car.  For city-dwellers looking for tiny parking spaces and pinching to save gas money, these mini-compacts offer a lot.  Car enthusiasts who like hot compacts also want performance and this will do the trick.

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Frankie’s Garage: NISMO Festival 2014

NISMO Festival 2014 was a roaring success with 35,000 fans at FuAnother year passes, and another NISMO Festival 2014 at Fuji Speedway takes place.  If you’re fan of Nissan cars and NISMO tuned rides, then this is the festival you need to go.  Here is the highlights from the event:

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Frankie’s Garage: Building a Drift Mobile

driftcarbuildDrifting from around the world, here’s a look at the UK-side of things.  XCar Films interviews driver/owner Phil Morrison of Driftworks Limited.

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Frankie’s Garage: My Wife Sharpie Doodled my Skyline GT-R!


Image via My Modern MET

If you’re a Nissan Skyline GT-R purist, then is your WTF moment, or it could really be art … Sharpie doodle art!


Image via My Modern MET

Stationed in Japan, Collen Kelton owned a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR R33 and he was getting kinda bored with the factory gray color and decided to let his wife Allison draw on the bumper with a Sharpie marker.

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Frankie’s Garage: 30 Years of NISMO

nismo30Like many major car manufacturers who have their own in-house racing/tuning programs like AMG, the M Division, SVT, SRT, TRD, just to name a few, Nissan’s NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) celebrates 30 years.  This video by Nissan highlights NISMO – the past 30 years of amazing wins on the track and street legal tuned cars.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Future Nissan GT-R for Gran Turismo

nissangtr2020Designed in Europe and Japan is the Nissan Concept 2020 for the upcoming Gran Turismo video game.  The virtual supercar might be the design for the next Nissan GT-R.

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