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Tribute To The Troops - Operation Daily Driver

These guys drive more than tanks and humvees

Scott Tsuneishi
Jun 15, 2007
Photographers: Nick Ashby, Naoki Yamamoto, Paul Hansen
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For the tens of thousands of men and women who dedicate themselves in serving all divisions of the United States armed forces; we proudly salute you. With warm-filled hearts, we proudly address your efforts for busting your asses, working tirelessly as you sweep cities such as Tal Afar, Iraq, and all foreign countries for insurgents and pockets of resistance. We pay homage to the brave and fearless Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines personnel across the globe, protecting humanity and all mankind to create a better world for our future kids to cross the streets without the fear of terrorism; we can't thank you enough. As a small token of our appreciation, we would like to recognize soldiers based throughout the eastern and western hemisphere and their personal vehicles they've taken so much pride and effort into building and making their very own. As we showcase dozens of the hottest cars to grace our special military issue, we can only hope that this war will come to an end and peace be resolved soon, bringing back friends, family and loved ones.

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Alex Lopez-TSGT Misawa AB Japan
1995 Mazda RX-7 FD3S
I decided to get an FD because I have always liked the sexy lines the car has. Even though it is 12-years old, it's still attractive and gets all kinds of looks. Plus the 50/50 weight balance makes it ideal for circuit racing, something I plan to do this season at Highland down in Sendai. Additional features which helped me in picking the car were that it is relatively low in weight and the power potential out of a 1.3 liter is unbelievable. I own a '68 Shelby Mustang (428 cu. in. motor), a '68 Camaro (383 cu. in. Stoker motor) and a '99 Dodge Dakota R/T (408 cu. in. Stoker motor) and having a forced induction twin turbo rotary is a completely different experience. My goal is to bring the FD back to the U.S. making it one of the few RHD original FD's in the United States.Special thanks to all Military personnel serving all around the globe, stay safe and return home soon. Thank you Import Tuner for dedicating a section to the troops.

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Allan Arcega-SSGT Misawa AB, Japan
1994 Toyota Aristo 3.0 V (2JZ-GTE)
Under the Hood: HPI Intake
Drivetrain/Suspension/Wheels: Tanabe Sustec Pro Coilovers, Brembo F40 Big Brake Kit
Interior: Greddy Boost GaugeBased in Japan since 2003, cars have always been my passion of mine. I've owned about 10 since Ive been living here. I'd like to give a shout out to my parents and friends back in the states! Thank you for all my friends from Hipertekspeed.net

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Chris Rea NAVCOMTELSTA FAR EAST
Yokosuka AB Japan
1994 Nissan Silvia K's
The car was originally built for drag with over 400hp, but now serves drifting duties with only very minor adjustments. I want to tell all the troops serving in the middle east that we are there for you, and we will support you however we can! Special shout out to the members of Ziptied.com, shift-lock.net, and groovydrift.com! i'll be back home (san diego, CA) in one more year! and yes, im bringing this monster with me!

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Chandler Vazquez-SSGT
1996 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR V-SPEC
Under the Hood:
RB26 NUR-SPEC ENGINE
HKS METAL HEAD GASKET
HKS GT-SS TURBINES
APEXI POWER FC
Drive train/Suspension/Wheels
HKS TWIN PLATE CLUTCH
HKS HYPERMAX II COILOVERS
Exterior
TOP SECRET BODY KIT
WORK XSA 02-C 18-INCH RIMS
DUNLOP DIREZZA Tires
Interior
HKS EVC AND TURBO TIMER
NISMO 320 KM SPEEDOMETER
DEFI LINK GAUGES WITH LINK METER
ALPINE DVA 9861 DVD PLAYER
REAR VIEW MIRROR WITH 6-INCH LCD
FOCAL 165 KPS COMPONENT SPEAKERS
TOP SECRET SHIFT AND E-BRAKE BOOT
MOMO STEERING WHEEL.

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Dan Nigolian Yokota, Japan
R33 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R
The vehicle is a current work-in-progress but is mainly used in circuit and grip driving at numerous tracks around Japan. I would like to thank God for my family and for my success in life.




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David Owens-374 LRS/CME Yokota AB, Japan
Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R
When I first purchased my car it was BONE STOCK. Everything on my car was done by me. From the motor and tranny swap, to the interior and extras. I built my 600HP Beast, not someone else. I built it for grip racing but due to my job I'm always deployed when the chance to run at Fuji Speedway or Tsukuba arises. I'd like to give a shout out to my fellow men and women in the military, Thank You For Serving!!! And to my wife, if it wasn't for her patience and encouragement I never would have gotten this far with my car. I Love You!!!

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Harold Parker-Nat'l Guard Long Beach CA
2005 Toyota Corolla XRS
According to Toyota only 5000 Corolla XRS were made and I was determined to buy one. I was serving in Iraq in 2004 and went on leave in Aug of 2004 when I found a XRS in L.A. Shine Street in Carson, Calif., helped me look for parts for my car along with some of my friends. It was difficult finding parts due to the lack of aftermarket accessories for this specific vehicle but things seemed to work out.

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Farith A. Robledo-CPL CLC-111 USMC
2000 Toyota Celica
This Celica was bought up in Seattle, Wash., at Acura of Seattle. It was bought after my first deployment in Iraq in efforts to one day make it in an import magazine. It was bought pretty much stock except for the taillights and the custom wheels. On my way back down to base in Cali, my engine blew and now im running a '01 GT engine. I just finished my second deployment and dropped 4,000 dollars to have it in the state it's in. One more deployment and it will have a Celica 2005 GTS turbocharged engine and my dreams will finally be complete.Under the hood: X3 Racing cold-air intake, Centerforce stage-2 clutch, Centerforce Heavy Duty pressure plate Drive train/Suspension/Wheels: Devino 17X7.5 wheels, Toyo Proxes T1R tires Exterior: Buddy Club II ground effects, X3 racing exhaust manifold, custom Matrix exhaust w/ 2 1/4-inch piping, Ichiban underglow lighting Interior: Autometer 5-inch tachometer, Hitron 1000watt amplifier, Performance Teknique 1000 watt subwoofer w/ 10 gauge wiring kit

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J. Barbettini-E-4, SrA, Air Force Yokota, Japan
1992 Nissan Silvia S13
I would like to thank Kasoku Racing, Art Factory Graphics, Yonaka Motorsports and Hey Man Products for all their help and support. Junko, Watashi wa itsu mo aishiteru! Arigatou! To Jasmine "let's go drifting!", Ayane, Sugoi ne! Ba-Chan thanks for all the great ideas! Team Kasoku, Yoraba kiruzo! Hashiriya kasoku racing!



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JR Cachuela-E-4, H&S Company US Navy
2005 Toyota Celica
Under the Hood: Turbonetics T3 turbine/ stage II compressor wheel, Turbonetics front-mount intercooler, Turbonetics up pipe and downpipe, Turbonetics Exhaust manifold, GReddy Emanage Drive train/Suspension/Wheels: Skunk2 Coilover suspension, RSL 17-inch wheels Interior: Custom red/black interior, TRD safety equipment, APC short shifter


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Joshua Sistar-SSgt Yokota, Japan
Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R
We miss our family back in San Diego, Calif., and would like to say "hello" to all the VanRickleys and Sistars, the Desplinters in Colorado, the folks in Oklahoma City at Tinker Air Force Base, friends from technical school at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, and a big shout to all my buds here in Tokyo, the 730th AMS at Yokota Air Force Base and especially all my partners on the Red Dogs!

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George Servino-SSG
Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Iraq
1998 Acura Integra
Under the Hood:
Dart 84mm block
Eagle rods
Wiseco pistons
GSR factory crank
B16a head Portflow portwork
Type R cams
Supertech valves , springs , retainers
Golden Eagle headstuds
Golden Eagle head gasket
Fullrace turbo kit gt35r
Power FC tuned
526 whp 390 trq 22psi A'pexi AVC-R boost controller tuned at IntecracingRunning on pump gas and full streetable
Drive train / Suspension / Wheels
Silkroad Spec RMA8 Coilovers
Work RZSR 16-inch Wheels
Interior
JDM Type R Seats
I will have been gone a year by the time this mag edition is released, and due to the extension, won't be home until around OCT. I am currently serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad. This is my second year in Iraq, 2003-2004, 2006-2007. I grew up working on Honda's... it was a hobby of mine growing up in Southern California. For years now, Intec is the only shop I have ever trusted to work on my ride. I just want to thank Intec Racing based in Washington for always being there for me, and most of all my wife who puts up with me spending long hours on my ride instead of with her when Iam stateside. to my fellow comrades... the task at hand is tough but it is the price we must pay for freedom, stay strong and stay focused. Be proud of the country you fight for. God Bless!!

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Lawrence M Flinton Sr.-E-6 USAF
2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe
Under the Hood: Polished intake plenum, polished strut bar, battery cover, polished radiator overflow, 12-point ground kit, Motordyne 5/16 plenum spacer, NRG oil catch can, JWT pop charger w/ Z Tube Drive train/Suspension/Wheels: TEIN S-Tech springs, Hotchkis anti rollbars, SPC camber kit, Foose F117 20x8 front and 20x10 rear wheels, Toyo Proxie T1R tires Exterior: Stillen front lip spoiler, painted grille, angel eyes, Painted headlights, clear lights, dual exhaust w/ H piping, custom magnaflow exhausts w/ quad Sebring tuning tips

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Timothy Ary-MSgt Misawa AB, Japan
1992 Nissan Skyline GT-R "Zilla"
My Skyline is a daily driver, also including the winter time. The car goes through a seasonal transformation twice a year. I have done about 90 percent of the work myself. I bought this car with intentions of being what my wife calls, "A look at me car." I have not drifted or raced her. I just cruise with my friends from Hipertek. As you can see I like carbon and chrome, I have also incorperated


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Mark Carey-SrA Yokota AFB Japan
1997 Toyota Chaser Tourer V
Currently, the car is my everyday driver, because i recently had a son, so drifting/racing is out for now. Thanks to my wife Jenn for putting up with my expensive hobby, and to my new born son Jason Andrew. I love you.

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Nick Humphrey-SSgt Yokota,Japan
1992 Nissan Cefiro
I grew up around Rat Rods and Choppers. I use to hate on all the ricers when I was younger. I never owned a car that wasn't an antique until I came to Japan. when I arrived here I bought a 1986 Toyota Mark II for it's "shoebox" look. I got into tunning which lead to me getting into drifting. I started in a 180sx but got sick of having a car that looked like everyone elses car. I picked the Cefiro for the fact that it's not so popular in the drift community. I still hate on all the ricers though hahaha. Thanks to my family for bringing me up on cars so I didn't turn into one of those WOW geeks. Thanks to all my friends for keeping me in trouble!

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Roy de Guzman -SSgt Yokota, Japan,
1972 Nissan Skyline HT 2000 "GT-R"
I'd like to give a shout out to Linley, my Family, my boyz at Iced Out Emz, Euromotive, and Universe Sound.



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Paul Castillo Yokota, Japan
1996 Skyline GT-R V-spec LM Limited
I would like to give a shout out to my family and say hi to my parents, Pete and Pifi Castillo in Del Rio, TX, my brother Adrian in Frisco, TX, all my cousins and family in Laredo, TX, Oxnard and San Francisco, Calif. I'd also like to say hello to all my friends in Texas. Be home some time but not too soon, having a blast here in Japan. Thank you to my wife Jie and son Nathan for all your support and the Hyper Crew and to the gtr.co.uk forum!"

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Orvil G. Clark-Ssgt US Army M.p.
2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe
I hope to finish the car by the end of the year. I am currently in the process of locating a JDM steering wheel, JDM seats, clock assembly, and a few other V35 oem products. Hopefully next will be a APS single turbo kit with a 3.5 or 3.7 upgrade. I figured after being blown up a few times in Iraq I deserved a nice ride. So I bought it once I was released from Walter Reed Medical Facility.


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Lisa P.-PR2 Atsugi, Japan
1991 Nissan 180sx
This car was originally a Yashio Factory track car, with the unique pink paint hidden under the current red. The car was sold to the previous owner through Great Company, a well-known tuner shop that even has a D1 car. We bought it from a fellow squadron mate from VFA-102. He was moving and our previous 180 wasn't quite cutting it! We bought it with a blown engine and installed a new motor and it has since been acquainted with the wall at Fuji Speedway. But it still lives on, with it's many pairs of shoes (9 sets total) it changes them on a regular basis on the drift circuit at Fuji as well as a small track in Saitama, Japan.I want to thank my hubby Kevin, my girls Emma and Kaylee, my family for putting up with my obsession and my girls from Drifting Pretty (Benson too!)! Oh, and where would I be if I didn't have the great Sam from Jspec.com to get me addicted to rare parts! Finally, thanks to Zilvia.net for all of the great information and support!

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Steve Comer
1991 Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R
Interior is kept simple. I don't find much need for aftermarket gauges when the factory ones work just fine. Trying to stick with the sleeper look. I was able to pull just under 400ps at the wheels, UNTUNED... still looking for a tuning shop up north here able to adjust the F Con. I currently have another 2.7 block with Trust pistons, Apexi crank, and stock head. I hope to purchase a pair of GT2871s and try for a goal of about 800hp. That's option number 1. Number 2, build that engine or get ahold of an RB30 from down-unda and asemble a 1000hp monster. Not because it is a popular number, but just so that i can say i did it myself.

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"Scotty" Thomas Scott-SrA Yokota, Japan
1992 Nissan Cefiro
This Daily Driver/Drifter is still is a work in progress. This car was built, by myself (with help from friends also) at the Yokota Auto Skills shop, from bone stock factory to this. I chose the Cefiro because of its shark like appearance and understated style, the build took me 5 long months. Unfortunately I'm only a SRA so I don't get payed to much and will have to go eating chow-hall food like I have for the past 5 months to be able to afford to build this thing. Our garage on base cost about $6 an hour to use, but it's better than nothing, and that is where me and my friends spend most of our free time building (and repairing) our cars. I have to thank my friends Nick Humphrey, Chris Connely, Jarred Peters, Lorin Robbins, and Shigenobu Nagano for help with some of the grunt work and keeping me from going insane from spending every weekend under this car. And all those girls who rejected me cause I was to obsessed with finishing my car (but are surrendering their panties now!) If I had a girlfriend I wouldn't have got anything done, haha.

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Travis Jalaliddin-TSGT Misawa, Japan
1992 BNR32 GTR Widebody
I've been in japan for 3 years now and am headed back to the states soon. I have plans to take the GTR back with me, then its on to BIG upgrades for it.






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Rodrigo Ayala-SGT USMC
1996 Nissan 240SX
I bought my 240SX from one of my old co-workers in 2004. I left for Iraq shortly after and when I came back I changed the front end from a '96 Zenki front end to a '97-98 Kouki front end. I continued to build the car for drift. Eventually after a paint job I'd like to go for more power with a RB25DET or SR20DET. But you don't need an insane amount of power to enjoy my hobby. Drifting.

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