BUZZ: TOP SECRET’s Smoky Nagata will be in Houston.

17 02 2010

Source: MaydayGarage

Mr. Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata, founder/owner of the famous “TOP SECRET” motorsports, is coming to Houston, Texas on March 31st,2010.

During his visit;he will be an honored guest for this year’s biggest Houston import show “Import Reactor” on March 31st, and according to MAYDAY Garage,he will also be tuning 20! Nissan cars over the span of THREE DAYS at a local tuner shop (Secret Services) with prototype ECUs from Top Secret. What an EXCITING event this will be! Since we, the lucky Houstonians, will witness Mr. Nagata  get his godly tuner touch on 20 of our local cars.

Not only is he the founder of the great tuning shop in Japan, but he has also made a quite unique reputation online and around the globe for doing high-speed chases in his v12 Supra.

to refresh our memory, here are some memorable videos i snatched from youtube of Mr. Nagata speeding his way around the world.

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FERRARI WORLD: Abu Dhabi

2 11 2009

ferrari-world-abu-dhabi_1The most crazy part about it, is that it’s almost COMPLETE!!Opening in 2010; This bright Rosso Scuderia (RED) structure,located in Yas Island, would be the largest indoor indoor theme park dedicated to the “king of supercars”. The structure and landscape will stretch out 4,843,759 sq ft bearing a Ferrari Logo on the center 215 feet in diameter. Just by the name “Ferrari World” already embodies a spirit of energy, excitement and imagination. With an estimate of 20 rides and attractions, including race-inspired simulators, exhibits,history museums, driving and racing schools, and of course, the “world’s fastest roller coaster”. The roller coaster which was designed to give you the true experience of sitting behind the wheel of a formula 1 race car blasting passengers at speeds up to 140mph.

My only Q is; Why in Abu Dhabi and not in Italy?

Hmmm Maybe because,they have the better architects, the funding and sponsors, and maybe because  UAE has captured the most Ferrari sales.Roughly 500 cars have been sold in Middle East Region for 2009 alone, and 150 are in UAE (By Himendra Mohan Kumar© Gulf News 2009)

 





Lamborghini: Valentino Balboni

20 10 2009

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Valentino Balboni

former Chief Test Driver for Lamborghini.

Top 3 Bragging Rights:

#3. Drove almost every Lamborghini that was ever produced.  (best job ever?)

#2. Personally asked by Mr. Ferruccio Lamborghini to test his newly built cars.  (take note, Personally asked!!!!)

#1. As a tribute for his 40 years loyal and outstanding service to the company, they immortalized  him by awarding him a Gallardo bearing his name.

the LP550-2 “Valentino Balboni edition”

awwww…that’s Epic.

Limited to 250 units, The 550 stands for the power output in hp and the 2 is for rear wheel drive.  All specs were according to his personal preference.





S2000 Tribute 1999-2009

14 09 2009

In honor of my sad farewell to the beloved roadster.

Sadly due to declining sales, Honda Motors Japan pulled the plug on its fun and exciting 2-seater convertible.The S2000 received various awards,praises and favorable reviews from famous magazines,automotive organizations, critics and renowned tuners.  It was armed with a timeless yet aggressive 2-seater convertible styling, an orchestra of  7800RPM high-reving v-tec engine playing as you engage your foot on the pedal, precise steering married to a mechanical marvel transmission. Yes, it’s cramped, it had its flaws, it needs some improvements and has its  imperfections but beyond all these, the s2000 was a true enthusiast driver’s toy, a driver’s luxury, and the passenger is just a mere counterweight.

Thank you Mr. Shigeru Uehara for dreaming and Honda Motor Company for empowering the dream into reality.