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: Just Call It – “The Toyota 86!”

toyota862017What it should always have been branded in North America!  Not the defunct Scion brand, but Toyota.  The Scion FR-S in 2017 goes back to the Toyota car line-up and will simply be known as the Toyota 86.  Finally!

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Frankie’s Garage: 2018 Lexus LC500 Coupe

lexuslccoverWant even more premium upscale then the Infiniti Q60 Coupe, try this, the Lexus LC500 2+2 Coupe.  Expect to spend around six figures for this all-new 2018 Lexus LC500.  The LC500 will house a N.A. 5.0L V8 engine producing 467 horsepower.

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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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Frankie’s Garage: Toyota S-FR Concept

toyotasfrcoverThe Mazda MX-5 competition in the future?  The Toyota S-FR Concept from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.  This concept is 2+2 mini-coupe entry-level sports car.  But the back seat is more the kids.  It’s front-mounted engine with rear-wheel drive.

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Frankie’s Garage: Toyota’s Secret Lair in Europe

toyotamotorsportgmbhXcar Films takes a look at Toyota race cars in Europe and the company known as TMG aka Toyota Motorsports GmbH.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Scion Hot Hatch Concept

imconceptOkay, Honda, look at this Toyota/Scion concept at the LA Auto Show.  This is what the Honda Civic should look like!  Since the 7th generation Honda Civic (2001) and up to the present model line – they all look ugly!  What happened Honda?  But I digress, this is the Scion iM concept hot hatch.

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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: HyperChargers R/C from Jada Toys

toyotasuprahyperchargersBuilding R/C cars is an expensive hobby, so if you want a no frills, no assembly required and ready to play, check out the HyperChargers R/C car line-up from Jada Toys.

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Frankie’s Garage: Skateboarding Tuned Scion xB

kamxbsemaWhat an 8-trac player in a Scion?  This is one rad looking Scion xB is 1970s inspired conversion van for skaters.  The bright orange blimp is a 2015 Scion xB x Riley Hawk Skate Tour built by Scott Kanemura of KMA Productions.

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Frankie’s Garage: AUTOart ReRelease – Initial D AE86

autoartar86truneocoverI’m looking forward to AUTOart’s re-release of the iconic Toyota Trueno AE86 from the popular anime/manga “Initial D” by Shuichi Shigeno.  If you’re a diecast car collector then you should also know the name AUTOart.  This incredible HK toy company makes super detailed diecast cars, and this 1:18 scale “Fujiwara Tofu Ten” AE86 looks amazing.
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Frankie’s Garage: ’75 Toyota Corolla with V8 power

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This ain’t no ordinary 1975 Toyota Corolla.  The Smoking Tire takes a look at this monster touge ride by Mark Still.  This 1975 Toyota Corolla coupe maybe the base, but the subframe and V8 engine is from a Lexus SC400 with a Eaton M112 supercharger from a Ford Mustang Cobra.

Frankie’s Garage: The Next Toyota Supra

ft1conceptJay Leno’s Garage takes a look at the Toyota FT-1 concept and interviews the design team behind it.

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Tomica Toyota Crown Comfort Taxi

Tomica Taxi 00When you think of Hong Kong what comes to mind?  The high-rise skyline and Victoria Harbour, HK gangster films, Dim Sum, Mong Kok shopping district, etc. Well how about the iconic Hong Kong taxi?  This Hong Kong taxi gets the full Tomica diecast car treatment.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Next Generation Toyota Supra

ft-1 supraThis Downshift episode takes a look at design factory Calty Design Research and their creation of the Toyota’s FT-1 Concept.  This might be the next generation Supra.

Ramen Crew @ the Slide Your Ride’s 86 Festival 2013

ae86The Ramen Crew heads to Oaktown, CA for a large Toyota AE86 Corolla meet.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tuned Lexus 460 by TMG

lexus 460There’s a tuner shop named TMG in Germany that’s been known to tune Toyotas for track racing, now they show-off a street-legal concept, the TMG Lexus LS460 TS-650.  It’s a mouthful to say, but the large sedan is street-legal and track ready.  XCar Films takes a ride in this one-off racing family sedan.

Frankie’s Garage: JDM All Day and Everyday!

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wrx wagonAnybody can put a wing, aero-kit and turbos, but it’s also about passion and the love of just driving the car as a every day driver.  Import Meet Street Car Competition (IMSCC) has put out some cool profiles of JDM builders and their cars for 2013.  The IMSCC contest will take place in Seattle, WA running August 9-11, 2013.

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Frankie’s Garage: Subaru BRZ Turbocharged & tons of Torque!

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Motor Trend’s latest episode of Ignition looks at American-tuned Subaru BRZ.  The BRZ is tuned by Crawford Performance that packs in a turbo-charger pumping up 490-500 horses.  I think its safe to say, it can do some amazing drifting with 550lb/ft of torque.

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Frankie’s Garage: Retro Car Tuning in Japan

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A look at classic car tuning culture in Japan on tuning, restoration and restomodding from 5 of Japan’s legendary retro tuners.

Frankie’s Garage: The Toyota Supra & Nissan Silvia

toyotasupraxcarXcar takes a look at two iconic JDM cars, the Toyota Supra and tuned Nissan Silvia.  The Toyota Supra was made famous by Fast & the Furious films and Playstation’s Gran Turismo video game series, Xcar takes a look back at the legendary Toyota Supra.  And my grandma can drive this – a tuned automatic Supra!

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Frankie’s Garage: LEGO Toyota 4A-GE Engine

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One of the most iconic engines in automobile history is the Toyota 4A-GE developed by Yamaha and was the heart of the Sprinter Trueno AE-86.  LEGO builder Solde1 has built a really neat LEGO replica of the engine.

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Spotlight #9: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show

On September 15th, 2012, the annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) took place in Long Beach, California.  The show features classic JDM rides like Toyota’s AE86 and cool Datsun cars from a bygone era.  Here’s a video highlight of what took place at the event.  Videography and editing by Richard Sze for Project 760 Productions.

Contributed by Ray Nagar, Executive Producer, Project 760 Productions

Frankie’s Garage: JDM Supercars

Once again, talk show host Jay Leno is in Japan test driving a pair of Japanese supercars – the Lexus LFA Spyder & the Nissan GT-R.

Frankie’s Garage: JDM Retro Ride Videos

American talk-show host Jay Leno, recently stopped by Japan to check out some classic JDM rides – the Datsun Fairlady Z and the Toyota 2000GT.

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