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Manga-inspired GT86

Toyota Creates Manga-inspired GT86 Initial D Concept

Chris Evans Replacement Found?

Have Top Gear found their replacement for Chris Evans?

Forza Horizon 3 Announced

The best open world racer yet?

The Cars Of Fast 8

Fast & Furious gives a tour of the garage showing off the cars set to feature in Fast 8.

LaFerrari Tug Of War

LaFerrari Tug Of War is one of the coolest things we've seen this week..

Top Gear Or Flop Gear?

Is Top Gear really as bad as what everyone says?

Our Favourite Gumball Cars

Take a look at our 5 favourite cars on this years Gumball Rally

London Supercar Spotting

We spent the weekend spotting supercars in London

We Now Have Youtube

We've set up a youtube channel to share our adventures with you throughout the year.

How To Become Part Of The Car Scene

We share our thoughts on getting started in the car community.

Car Of The Year 2015

Enter our car of the year competition. We have over £100 of prizes to give away.

Show Season Roundup 2015

Have a read of our Roundup of the 2015 show season

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Today we shot Hugo's Civic Jordan #467

Will's Focus RS JS400

A week in the Isle of Wight with a Focus RS

Ford In The Park

Our coverage from Ford In The Park 2015

We are a small group of photographers, car lovers, pizza lovers and bloggers. Striving to bring you the best of car culture from the UK & Ireland.

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Top Gear: Chris Evans Replacement Found?

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This is just pure speculation, but we’re seeing a lot of news surrounding Top Gear today and a replacement for Chris Evans. That replacement being James Martin?!

Initially the BBC said there would be no replacement for Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc would take the spotlight as main host but after his unsuccessful bid to present last series we’re seeing a lot of newspapers reporting he’s on the verge of landing the role.

A source stated: “James’ nose was put out of joint when he didn’t get the Top Gear job last time around. He felt he was perfect for it and should have at least been considered.”

We’re not sure who is in charge of recruitment at the BBC, but we aren’t sure what is wrong with them, fair enough James Martin is a keen petrol head and has a pretty good career in presenting shows but can he bring the enthusiasm and charisma that was blatantly missing last series? We don’t think so but I guess only time will tell..

We will keep you updated as more news comes through but this is the strongest amount of speculation we’ve seen about the series since Chris Evans’ departure earlier this year.

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Toyota Creates Manga-inspired GT86 Initial D Concept

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We’ve been pretty obsessed with the Toyota GT86 since it was released, an even more so with the Aero model that was released later. So to hear the team at Toyota have now created an Initial D inspired GT86 is even better! Check out the press released below

Inspired by the Initial D Japanese manga comic series, Toyota’s new GT86 project re-imagines the world-famous AE86 Corolla for a new generation.

On its launch in 2012, the Toyota GT86 was instantly recognised as a spiritual successor to the
rear-wheel drive Corolla GT Coupe – also known as the AE86 – of the mid-1980s. That connection has
been re-emphasised with the creation of a one-off GT86 Initial D concept, liveried and kitted to match
its comic book Corolla predecessor.

Initial D was a cult Japanese manga comic series in which the young hero, Takumi Fujiwara, famously
drove a modified AE86, honing his driving skills on mountain roads while moonlighting as delivery
driver for his father’s tofu shop. The car emerged as a star in its own right, influencing the emerging
drifting scene and inspiring a live action movie and various arcade games.

To emphasise the new concept’s roots in pop culture, Toyota commissioned UK-based manga artist
Sonia Leong to design a series of panoramic backdrops that effectively put the real GT86 into comic
strip action scenes. Sonia has previously applied her graphic skills to create a manga film featuring
the Toyota Aygo.

The concept

Created by Toyota’s UK special projects department, the GT86 Initial D concept is a faithful
re-imagining of the fictional AE86. The coupe not only copies the manga car’s distinctive panda-style
monochrome livery but uses new versions of the same Japanese market components that were
featured so successfully on the original.

These include custom-made RS Watanabe alloy wheels, TRD suspension, a Fujitsubo exhaust system,
Cusco strut brace, and a carbon fibre bonnet. Less obvious cues are the yellow-tinted fog lights, which
hint at the Cibié spotlights fitted to improve Takumi’s night-vision, and the silver-painted engine
cover that is a nod to the high-revving 20-valve ‘Silver Top’ 4A-GE engine installed during the series.

The thorough makeover is also evidenced by the inclusion of carbon fibre door handle protectors and
mirror covers that give an effect similar to the black plastic material used on the AE86. In addition,
mud flaps have been installed because they were on the original Initial D car, the boot lid spoiler has
been removed, and the rear lenses have been tinted.

Joe Clifford from the special projects team commented: “Right from the start, the Toyota GT86 was
developed as a car that would appeal to enthusiasts, whether in standard trim or as an exploitable
base for further modifications. With this Initial D concept we not only acknowledge how important the
AE86 was in influencing Toyota’s modern approach to sports cars but also demonstrate how the GT86
can be aesthetically and dynamically improved with relatively simple aftermarket accessories. But
perhaps most of all, we just thought it was an achingly cool idea.”

The Toyota GT86 Initial D concept will be attending motoring events around Britain throughout the
summer.

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First Look At The Cars of Fast 8

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So Fast 8 is due to be released next year and last week the official Fast & Furious facebook page posted a ‘garage’ tour last week. The cars look absolutely insane once again. We don’t really need to explain much so here’s the video.

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LaFerrari Vs KTM Duke – Tug Of War

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Today we saw something pretty amazing. After getting side tracked on YouTube, as is always the case we came across this video of a Tug Of War match.. WITH A LAFERRARI AND A KTM DUKE!!!

We don’t really need to explain what happens, but is pretty cool. We couldn’t even afford to do that in our own cars and waste our tyres like that, so props to this guy for not keeping his LaFerrari a garage / trailer queen!

 

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Top Gear Or Flop Gear?

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We are currently 3 episodes into the new look Top Gear, so what are our thoughts so far? We still can’t really get our head around it? We’re all used to the old trio, this new series just doesn’t feel natural. Is it Chris Evans trying to be Jeremy, or is it the awkward acting, idiocy and punchlines, that looked so natural between the old three?

The first two episodes didn’t convince us, but we’re car guys so we keep watching. Looking at the stats, it’s not convinced many others, either. Sunday’s episode had only 2.37 million viewers, the lowest ever! Compared to 2.8 million last week and the first episode of the series had 4.3 million.

Having said that, Sunday’s episode was 100% better than the previous two, maybe something to do with Evans not trying to copy Jeremy as much being shouty all the time? Or probably just the fact that Ken Block has MAD skills and Matt Le Blanc can actually be quite funny? Matt Le Blanc does bring a certain character to the show and if it wasn’t for him, we’d definitely be a part of the ever declining audience.

Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

There’s still a way to go before the end of the series so maybe they will turn it around? One thing we miss is the huge roadtrips. Again, this is going to be very interesting to watch, the thing that made them so epic in the first place was the chemistry between Clarkson, Hammond & May. Yes, we know most of it was staged, but it just seemed so natural, and in my opinion this is what the new show is lacking.

We’re not too sure about the Extra Gear on iPlayer either. In my honest opinion, it feels a little pointless? It’s 20 minutes of them mostly talking about something we’ve just watched.

I think that it is a given that ‘The Grand Tour’ will run rings around the Top Gear guys and I for one cannot wait to see the old trio and what they’re upto. The Grand Tour is due to land on Amazon Prime this Autumn.

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Hurry back guys, we miss you.

What do you think of the new Top Gear? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, you never know, they might actually see them and listen to the audience…

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Forza Horizon 3 Announced

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So if you follow the gaming world, or even have a slight interest, you’ll probably know that it is currently the E3 event. E3 is basically where all the gaming world comes together to announce a heap of new games, software and console hardware for the next year or so.

The biggest news for us was the announcement of Forza Horizon 3. Following on from the last 2 games in the series Horizon 3 will be based in Australia, with a map that’s twice as big as Horizon 2. They’ve also announced a massively increased amount of car customisation including widebody kits from Libertywalk & Rocket Bunny as well as even more wheel choices including fifteen52.

Forza Horizon is our favourite open world racer since the days of Test Drive Unlimited and the 3 installment of the game is set to be absolutely amazing! Horizon 3 hits stores on September 27th 2016, so not long to wait!

If you haven’t had chance yet, check out the official E3 trailer.

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The Most Awesome Cars On The 2016 Gumball Rally

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So with Gumball 3000 well and truly underway, we are left jealous that we are not a part of it! We’ll be there one year.. We can dream, right?

So we thought we’d round up our favourite cars from this years rally!

1. Team Galag Batmobile

Team Galag have smashed it out the park this year. They’ve updated their usual Batmobile with a new one! Underneath the craziness is a lamborghini engine, so it goes as good as it looks!

Team Galag Batmobile

2. Team Betsafe F1 Car

Yes, an F1 car.. That is all.

Photo Credit - Tierney Photography

Photo Credit – Tierney Photography

3. Corvette C7R Edition

925 horsepower. All to the back wheels. BEAST!! MURICA!

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4. Gumpert Apollo

Just because. Unfortunately it ended up in a ditch somewhere around Scotland.. Reports say everyone is okay though!

Gumpert Apollo

5. Bac Mono

Because it can do impromptu donuts..

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There are plenty of awesome cars on this years rally, but these are our favourite. Which are your favourite cars this year?

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How To Become Part Of The Car Scene

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So our second vlog has gone live. We thought we’d touch on the subject of becoming part of the car scene. If you are like us, not many of your friends were in to cars growing up so when you finally pass your driving test you’ve not really got anyone to hang around with and go to cruises and shows with.

We have shared in our video how we got started in the car scene and also touched on how things have changed over the 5/6 years we’ve been part of the community to help those that are in the same boat that we were in after getting our license.

How did you get started in the car scene? Join the discussion on our youtube video and share your stories!

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We are now on YouTube!

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Hey guys, its been a little quiet over winter but we’re back! And now we have a YouTube Channel to go with it! We’ve uploaded some of our autosport videos (which, in all honestly are not great but you gotta start somewhere. Right?!) and we’ve done our first ever VLOG!

The aim of our YouTube channel is to show people what the car scene is like, the people you meet and generally the laughs and banter that go along with all that. We will also be vlogging our adventures and roadtrips througout the year and perhaps doing a bit of supercar spotting down in the capital, too.

So, it would be great for you to pop along to our Youtube Channel and hit the subscribe button. And let us know if there is anything you want us to vlog about in particular!

Whilst we are here writing this, we’re also displaying at Trax and Ford Fair this year, so if you do want to join us, head over to our facebook page and you’ll find our event for both!

 

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Spotting Supercars In London

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So we spent the last weekend in London doing some sightseeing and shopping. And like any male going to shop after shop our mind soon wondered and we were getting distracted by every Rolls Royce and Bentley driving past.

As any other petrol head would, we soon decided to go hunting. Hunting for supercars that is.. London is well known for being home to the ‘millionaire boy racers’ as portrayed by the British media. After a walk around Park Lane, Mayfair, Knightsbridge and a few other areas we definitely were not let down..

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We decided to pop across to the Dorchester Hotel, which is pretty much guaranteed to contain some sort of automotive porn. It was a wet, windy and freezing cold day but as we walked up the day immediately brightened. We were treated to what was almost the Holy Trinity. In our opinion, this might even be slightly better?

On display we had a Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1 & Porsche 918 Spyder. Some of the rarest and most sought-after cars in the world! After the Dorchester we headed back in to town to go hunt down some more cars. Annoyingly, we spotted on Instagram that after we left another Bugatti turned up, and it was the Oakley Designs Bugatti!

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Later we also spotted this beautiful Lamborghini Aventador parked up, with a slightly striking green interior! What a combo!

If you are heading to London, we definitely recommend visiting the Dorchester as well as Mayfair and Knightsbridge and so many other areas (not that we could actually tell you where these are, we were lost half the time!)

Here is a small gallery of some of the other cars we saw over the weekend.

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