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D1 Grand Prix, Koyama and Wan lee - Intel January 2009

Top Story: Back On The Us Drifting Scene: D1GP

Courtesy Of Antonio Alvendia
Jan 1, 2009
Photographer: Courtesy Of Import Tuner
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Exclusive!
D1GP: Don't Call It A Comeback...
Guess what drift lovers? D1GP is officially back on the scene. When we first broke word that they were thinking of getting into the swing of things (see "Spill the Beans" - September '08), the thought of taking on Formula D was only that: a thought. But from the sellout crowds that helped turn D1GP into a household name and being the first to put drifting on the map, right down to their absence from the US drift scene completely in '08, D1GP, headed by new president, Isao Saita, teamed up with seasoned pros to do the job right. With the help of Rich Goodwin and Mike Munar - part of Driven Events - along with Ed and Emil Arguelles of Imagine Media Group, you're going to see an all-new D1GP US staff who are currently planning dates for 2009 at downtown locations all across America with purpose-built courses guaranteed to take drifting to an all-new high. Says Goodwin, "The biggest issue was that D1 had an existing series in Japan and while they wanted to produce a series in the US, there wasn't enough time to schedule multiple US events in between their Japanese schedule or ship those cars back and forth, not to mention the extreme costs of such a venture. Even though they were recognized around the world as the drifting authority, they most certainly could've built a name for themselves as a US powerhouse but for Japan it wasn't that simple. They needed US-based management who understood the market and the know-how to build an event - that's where we come in and how we're going to help." We can't wait to see what happens from here...
Source: www.d1gp.com

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Koyama Breaks Off From Jun Auto
JUN Auto, the legendary tuning shop that's turned out world record-setting time attack and drag cars, is losing its chief engineer, Susumu Koyama as he's stepping out on his own to keep the fire going in the Japanese performance world. We hear that JUN will be focusing more of its efforts on OEM manufacturing while Koyama-san would rather see cars go faster. His new shop is yet to be announced but for now, he'll be helping Team Orange's Kumakubo by staying on as their primary tuner. We'll keep you updated with his future plans as soon as they come in.

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Wan More Time
If you haven't heard the amazing story of Wan Lee and his cross-country journey, then flip to " Spill the Beans" this month to see how he caused a mad Ruckus while living the traveler's dream this past year. Wan flew back to the States for the Imprint conference last fall and hooked up with Bowls LA for a special in-store appearance and celebration to commemorate his adventure. Limited edition Wan Lee tees can also be purchased through their site at www.bowlsla.com

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What Are you Doing with...
Charles Trieu?
Want to take a random call from me and answer senseless questions? Email me your phone number at mailsack@superstreetonline.com.

Tuesday, 10:31pm

Charles: This is Charles Trieu with Super Street, watcha doing?
Steve: Creepy Charles? Is this Creepy Chaz?

Charles: LOL, yea.
Steve: With friends, we're cruising for girls. Haha. We're going down to the beach, to go bar hopping.

Charles: On a Tuesday night?
Steve: Yup, weeknights are better than weekends. One night stands happen on weeknights! I can't even tell you what happened to me and King Kong Larry last time.

Charles: Don't you guys have work in the morning?
Steve: Unemployed. Government cheese. Government cheddar. Unemployment is paying for our drinks.

Charles: Wow, are all you guys unemployed?
Steve: Yup.

Charles: That's crazy.
Steve: It would have paid for John's hooker today too, but she didn't call us back. Craigslist's Erotic section hooks it up.

Charles: LOL. I'm glad you guys can enjoy the brighter side of losing your job.
Steve: I wish you could be here. It's gonna be crazy tonight. There's not too many Asians there, so I gotta add some yellow flavor to the mix.

Charles: Throw your yellow egg roll in the mix?
Steve: As long as I get my soy sauce out.

Charles: Hahaha.

Classic Super Street
Ah yes, the Super Street Tour in its prime. We take on the biggest road trip from points across the US and meet at the NOPI Nationals for one hell of a party and car show. Honda unveils its RWD coupe, the S2000 and Acura says "naapes" to the ITR for '99. This is actually the first appearance a young JDM Wong makes in SS and Francine Dee wows us with her incredible "bolt-ons".

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Tetsu's Tales
I think Indy and NASCAR are very popular and they are top category of motorsport in USA. I am not sure Formula One Grand Prix is popular or not in USA but Formula One is top category of motor- sport in the world. We can't watch Formula One grand prix in any race tracks in USA and Canada anymore because FIA's F1 schedule doesn't say any F1 event in USA and Canada in 2009. I think many people know HONDA and Toyota take part in F1 GP. They develop V10 NA motor for F1 GP. They develop F1 motor with skill reflect developing next generation of Honda NSX and Lexus LF-A. Both of cars will have V10 motor.

In 1990,Formula One grand prix was very very popular in Japan. Ayrton Senna drove for McLaren Honda. Satoru Nakajima, he is first F1 driver in Japan, drove for Tyrrell Ford.(Tyrrell had Honda V10 motor in 1991). But Honda was not only Japanese car company which developed F1 motor. The other Japanese car companies which develop F1 motor was SUBARU in 1990. (Yamaha took part in F1 GP from 1989 but they passed 1990 F1 series.) SUBARU didn't develop V type motor for F1 at that time. I think you know what famous Subaru motor is. It is boxer motor! Subaru developed twelve cylinders boxer motor in 1990. The result of F1 GP in 1991 says Subaru motor is F12.

In same time, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Subaru display Super sport car, "Subaru JIOTTO CASPITA" which had F12 motor. Caspita's F12 motor is 3500cc, Max power is 585ps/10750rpm, Max torque is 30.2kg-m/10500rpm. Subaru would sell Jiotto Caspita but the project was discontinued. I think that there were some reasons that stopped Subaru's Super Sport car project. One reason was the result of Subaru F1 was no good. F1 driver who drove Subaru F1 said F12 motor was very powerful and engine sound was very good but F12 was too big for F1 body regulation in 1990. The air intake as follow F1 regulation was too small for Subaru F12. Subaru's F12 F1 motor project was failure? I don't think so. After Subaru stopped F1 project, they were focused on rally racing. In 1992 Subaru announced IMPREZA. Now,Impreza is very popular in the world because of WRC. Not only rally racing, Impreza take part in Super GT race in Japan (Cusuco Impreza) and D1 Grand Prix (Team Orange.) I guess Impreza is proving that Subaru devloped F1 motor is not useless.www.myspace.com/oted15Tetsu

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WWJD
Sean Klingelholefer
For 2009, I would like to proudly introduce a new segment entitled, "What Would Jesus Do?" In this segment, I will give advice and recommendations to you, the people. Have car questions? Girl problems? Life-changing decisions to be made? Well, have no fear, Jesus is here (and packed with knowledge and experience)! Simply write me at Super Street, Attn: WWJD, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 or email them to mailsack@superstreetonline.com with the subject heading "WWJD". I know you've got problems and I can't wait to make them worse! I mean, fix them of course.-Sean Klingelhoefer

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10 Years Long
(That's What She Said)
Our good friends at Import Tuner recently celebrated their tenth year in the game this past fall and celebrated in a big way at the Arena nightclub in Hollywood, California. With some of LA's best show crews parked out front and all the industry leaders/import models in attendance, it was a party worth hitting except for the jailbait.

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