Import Alliance Spring 2012 Meet

The show season is back and The Chronicles ( posted some photos and coverage on the meet held recently. A lot of good looking cars and fresh builds coming out of the winter works.


Top Secret R34 – Alive and Well

It has been awhile since I’ve seen a Top Secret-built R34. As we know, Top Secret Japan has been a big name in the GTR tuning community for a very long time, 7Tune posted a recent picture of one of Top Secret’s Fusion RR’s seen at a track day in Japan on their Facebook page. Good to know it’s still being used and abused.

Audi Sport WRT in Blancpain – Monza

Speedhunters posted this interesting “behind the scenes” video of their sponsored Audi Sport WRT GT1 cars competing in the Blancpain series at Monza. Despite difficulties faced by the team in the earlier qualifying rounds and having one of their cars start in the back of the pack they managed a very respectable 2nd and 6th place finishes.

Datsun Z’s

Farm of Minds had this picture of 3 Datsun Z’s in different trims on their Facebook page. They look like they are also different models (240Z, 260Z and 280Z).

E30 M3 from Pennsylvania

We don’t see too much E30 M3 love on the internet and lately I have been on an E30 fixation having recently purchased one. Stance Works covered this prime example of what I think a proper road-going M3 should look like.

Seasoned Hudson Sedan

I always appreciate an older car as they are more curvy and posses distinct lines and exterior features. This “rusted out” Hudson on Speedhunters is beauty to me as I dig the seasoned and weathered look matched with the pins-stripping.

Nissan DeltaWing Wind Tunnel Testing (Preview)

Nissan will be competing in the 24 hours of Le Mans this year. They have just released the video of their revolutionary participant the DeltaWing going to a wind tunnel, I can’t wait for the full version with graphs and figures.

BMW M System I Wheels (Turbines)

Having acquired an E30 BMW I looked around online for a set of wheels. I came across these M System wheels which came stock on the old E34 M5’s and fell in love. Functional and time period correct, on top of looking great on E30’s in my opinion. Ordered them the same day I purchased the car now all I need are adapters to convert the 4 lug bolt pattern to 5 so I can fit them.

I found a short article on Motoring Con Brio which explains them to us.

Scion FR-S by Five Axis

We have seen a large amount of FR-S/BR-Z/FT 86 builds all over since its recent launch, the latest from Five Axis. This wheel, drop and aero combination works great in my opinion!

Installing OEM Wheels From Another Make and Model

For awhile people have been installing wheels from other makes and models. Most examples I have seen are well executed, others not so much haha. Reason why people do this instead of getting a set of aftermarket wheels is because these OEM wheels from other cars may be more affordable while also offering a better diameter, width and offset for the new vehicle they may be going on. Not forgetting the fresh overall look which comes with it. I have seen some extremes of this trend too, for instance people buying OEM Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mercedes McLaren SLR, Bentley wheels and putting them on Volkswagens.

This thread on Retro Rides shows various examples seen around.

Here is one example:


Looks like this Golf has a set of wheels from a 997 911 Turbo. Not bad at all!