Browsing: The Scene

Professional-grade photo and video equipment used to only be accessible by those with the right connections or fat wallets, but this concept has changed drastically in just the last few years. The industry of visual media has exploded, popularized by social media and web-based platforms that allow everyone to share thoughts, ideas and creations in high quality. The struggle now is on the manufacturers’ end, as brands push the capabilities of their cameras while attempting to keep prices low, in order to meet the demands of the fast-growing photo/video enthusiast market. No stranger to both the professional and the hobbyist…

The end of each year is celebrated across the world by many traditional ceremonies and festivities. From holiday get-togethers in hometowns to the giant ball drop in Times Square, you can depend on a series of celebrations occurring as the year comes to an end. Now, just as other year-end traditions, the annual NISMO Festival has concretely remained a motorsports custom and once again attracted tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the famous Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Used as a way to honor the company’s current and past successes, NISMO Festival organizes racing, product demonstrations, presentations, speeches and…

About a week ago I mentioned the name Abel Ibarra to one of our younger sta members and all I got back was a blank stare. I though to myself, well maybe this person isn’t a rotary fan. So I mentioned the names Steph Papadakis and Ed Bergenholtz. I thought to myself that of course they would know these pioneers of Honda performance. Alas, the reaction was the same stare of ignorance. The names David Buschur, Adam Saruwatari and Vinny Ten also meant nothing. I was both sad and angry that any “import performance enthusiast” wouldn’t know about some of…

In 1985, the Titanic was found, Back to the future was number one in the box office and Bill Cosby had the number one show on television. During that same year, Publisher Kipp Kington launched Turbo & High-Tech Performance magazine. During an age when “no replacement for displacement” ignorance reigned supreme, Kipp’s fascination with the magic of boost and nitrous oxide convinced him to launch a new magazine into an automotive segment that simply didn’t exist yet. Kipp’s combination of insight, courage and perseverance allowed him to successfully explore and define a new area of automotive performance on an unexplored…

TOP SECRET AND ITS FOUNDER Mr. Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata have earned a reputation for building fast cars and taking them around the world to exploit their capabilities. Smoky’s most famous exploit was driving a Supra to 197 MPH on public streets in the U.K. and getting thrown in jail for the effort. Despite the challenges facing Japan’s performance tuning community, Smoky and the TOP SECRET staff haven’t slowed from building projects that truly stand apart from the crowd. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara DSPORT: Thank you for taking the time to show us your facility. For those not familiar…

Here’s your chance to win a turn-key, race-ready $50,000+ race car for just $100. All the while, proceeds go toward a good cause. Click here to enter the raffle. Simply make your donation (more entries ensure a greater chance of winning) and check back in on March 18, 2017, during the 12 Hours of Sebring race to see if you’ve won a brand new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race car. Need a refresher on why you should jump into one of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars? Check out our test drive of the MX-5 race cars, including the new…

We’re all about educating the reader, so we’ve done all the dirty work for you. We pour hours upon hours into research, building, testing and tuning in order to deliver you the how’s and why’s behind every performance upgrade. This includes lessons in forced induction, suspension setup, and in-depth looks at some of today’s best performing cars and parts. Make sure you don’t miss out on what everyone else is learning, and see our most popular articles of 2016 below. 12. Ford EcoBoost 1.6L Analysis | Turbocharged, Direct-Injection & CCVTC Looking for a complete analysis of Ford’s 1.6-liter engine? Look no…

The Miyoshi RX7 was turning heads at last years Tokyo Auto Salon, so we journeyed to the RE Miyoshi ( 三好自動車) shop to take a tour of this rotary heaven… The “RE” in RE Pro Shop Miyoshi says it all, Rotary Engine. Located in the suburban prefecture of Okayama, Japan, this tuner of the triangles loves rotaries and racing. Within its 407 square meter (4,380 square foot) facility, the company president, Toshiaki Miyoshi, and his staff have poured their passion into every machine to pass through their garage doors for more than three decades. Just looking at the vehicles parked…

Aeromotive Inc. is a true high performance manufacturer specializing in fuel delivery and fuel delivery components. Combining three generations of racing experience with ground-breaking innovation and aerospace manufacturing standards.  Aeromotive delivers performance and quality that is second to none.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has definitely got a winner on its hands with the new Keith Haring art cars exhibit, previewed during the opening reception on a rainy Thursday night in December. This exhibit featured five of Haring’s original works: a 1963 Buick Special, a 1991 BMW Z1, a 1971 Land Rover Defender, a Honda CBR1000F Motorcycle and, one of my favorites, a go-kart that Keith painted while attending the 1984 Le Mans 24 Hour Race. If you’re not familiar with Keith Haring, his art made a big splash on the New York City street culture scene…

For the Gear Heads Magnetic Nut and Bolt Tray $13 Nut And Bolt Tray keeps small metal parts and tools from getting lost with its two strong double magnets and stainless steel construction. Even works sideways and upside down! CSX3 Squash Air Freshener $15 This is the Eikosha Air Spencer CS-X3 Squash Air Freshener. While running into the gas station, or pumping gas, what is that passenger doing inside your car? Who knows but this air freshener keeps the citrus vibes going into your senses, even when you can’t contain yourself. Don’t let your car smell like a…

For the Gear Heads Race Track Sculpture $60 The craftsmen at track-art in Bristol UK, create precision cut sculptures from premium laminated birch plywood and hand finish them. With a variety of sizes and thickness’s available you can customize your choice to fit in the perfect location. Hang it on a wall or let it free stand on the table, a Track Art sculpture will be a conversation piece in any situation. Brake Disc Coaster $97 One of the most durable and heavy duty coaster sets in the world, our brake disc coaster has a die cast metal brake caliper…

Check out the 2017 Garrett Turbo catalog for all the latest in their turbocharged applications. “Garrett continues to redefine the art and science of boosting technology with advanced air management systems for the full spectrum of modern engines. With over 30,000 turbos produced EVERY DAY, you know the Garrett name is one you can trust. “

If you haven’t tuned into a Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) race, you’re missing out. This series puts together a formula that’s unlike anything else in motorsports. First, the cars. 600 horsepower, 600+ lb-ft of torque, six-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel drive, and zero-to-sixty in under two seconds. What makes these specs even more impressive is the environment that these machines are used in. Instead of taking turns around an empty road course trying to set a fast lap, GRC drivers battle door-to-door on short tracks composed of dirt, gravel and tarmac, surrounded only by walls. If the changing road…

Check out the new 2017 catalog from ACL Race Series featuring their high performance engine bearings.  ACL Race Series performance engine bearings are recognized as a premier brand throughout the motorsports world. Race Series rod and main bearings are standard components in race engines that have set records and won championships from Mexico to Bonneville – from sport compact drift racing to small block NASCAR, IHRA and NHRA cmpetitions. The unique combination of design, metallurgy and engineering provides Race Series performance bearings with the endurance and capability to perform where others cannot. These exceptional bearings are available for a variety…

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