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AKDP :: Sumida’s STI Forester

Osaka AKDP STI ForesterSubaru STI Forester

The Subaru Forester is a simple car, it takes the handling and safety of the Impreza’s renowned 4wd system and throws it into a mid-sized practical family wagon/crossover. Mix in some of the rally bred DNA from the Subaru STI range and you’ll get a punchy turbo 2.5l boxer engine equipped car that is a far cry away from the standard round-trip to school, A to B affair you’ll find in most families driveway.

To Sumida-san this 2004 Subaru Forester made the perfect blank canvas and his favorite brush to use on it was the ‘lowering brush’…

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Fun 2 Drive :: Meet Your Heroes

Fun2Drive NSX GTR HakosukaJapan NSX GTR Hako

I’m not one to jump in the deep end, yet here I was on my first ever overseas trip, two hours from Tokyo, standing in front of a rental car shop.

There were no boring hatchbacks or sedans in front of me, no, these cars weren’t your standard A to B affair. I was at a shop called Fun2Drive and all the cars on offer here were straight out of my boyhood dreams.

Have you ever wanted to drive a GT-R, RX7 or an NSX for a day? This is the place to come!

Having driven less than 3 hours in Japan in total at this point, the nerves were setting in. What had I done? Signing the insurance paperwork, I worried if I had bitten off more than I could chew…

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Nic Wilson’s Drift JZX 100 Build :: Part 1

Nic Wilson Drift BuildJZX100 Drift Build

Nic Wilson is no stranger to professional drifting, nor to the ever capable Toyota JZX chassis. Competing both locally in Australia and abroad in Japan year in-year out, Nic has built a reputation for throwing these sleek Japanese sedans sideways with his trademark aggressive Australian style. Now with the clock ticking Nic is in the midst of a brand new drift build of exceptional quality.

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Hiro’s Big 8 :: Chevrolet Pickup

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In one of the most densely populated countries in the world, space is the greatest commodity. Modern Japan has been shaped in every way around making the most of every inch, from towering buildings to automated parking lots. So with space in such high demand, Japan gave birth to the Kei car. Tiny cars with engines less than 660cc in capacity.  They’re everywhere and everyone driving them enjoys cheaper taxes as a reward. If you want to make a statement with the car you drive, then there’s endless choices of sports cars, big saloons, European cars and even exotics.  With so many cars and so many people, standing out in the crowd and expressing yourself can be a difficult task.

Meet Hiroyuki’s 1977 GMC C10 Pickup, it’s big in Japan… No really it’s huge!!
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Japan Day 2 :: Daikoku Futo PA

Daikoku Futo PA CimaJapan Daikoku Futo PA

After 36 hours in Japan we finally hit up some car action at none other than Daikoku Futo PA! This tiny car park in the middle of a man made island in the Yokohama harbor is a thing of legend. If you’re into Japanese cars chances are you’ve seen more than a few photos from this location. Here car owners from different walks of life all gather and soak up the experience that is Daikoku Futo any night of the week and during the day on weekends.
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Japan Day 2 :: The Night Life.

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The sunlight of day 2 began peaking through the hotel curtains, like a kid on Christmas morning I was too excited to sleep in. This was our second day of the trip and the plan was simple… Do some exploring, catch a train to Yokohama and get our rental car. Easy!

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Invading Japan :: Day 1

Japan trafficJapan GTR

Thanks to a spur of the moment ‘impulse buy’ plane ticket to Japan 3 months ago, I’m now writing to you from my very first night in Japan. In fact my very first night in another country all together!! Read more



MR35 :: Twin Turbo Gentleman

GTR RevosportGTR R35 Australia

Ladies and gentlemen… Introducing Mr.35! He’s one mighty fine Nissan GTR from Melbourne.

Owner Charles has added some very subtle additions to the look of the car without messing up the original look, all the while making sure he stands out from the crowd.

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Toyota :: Festival of 86 ’14

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How many of you have purchased a new car and been invited to a yearly event to celebrate that new car? Never. Well that’s what happens when you purchase a car from Toyota Australia! Now we hear you, they don’t make this sort of song and dance about every Toyota that rolls off the showroom floor right? Well the mighty Toyota 86 is no ordinary car.

The 86 is inspired directly by the cult classic AE86 Corolla, that first appeared in 1983.  This original car truly captured fans both extreme and casual with it’s nimble handling, RWD configuration and lightweight body.  30 years ago it broke free from the shackles of the ‘Corolla’ family name and was celebrated the world over.  Production ended in 1987 and the Corolla then became the economy FWD hatchback we know today.

Toyota rekindled this flame and brought us the 86! Like the original, we see RWD return along with a very well constructed chassis with enough power to move it around a corner or three.
Now in it’s second year of production, it was time to celebrate and that means one massive party called Festival of 86!!
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From The Vault :: 86 Mega Meet

Matt Russell AE8686 Club

Here at GSS we attend A LOT of events around our full time jobs and sometimes life can get in the way for our two man team.  So we will be bringing you a series of posts titled “From The Vault”.  Each post will be an event or feature we’ve been meaning to post up but just never found the time.

Our first entry in the series, is from the very first Mega Meet of the  86 Club of Australia.  It was held at Sandown Raceway Melbourne late last year.  Coincidence has it, this week we’ll be celebrating the 86’s second birthday with Toyota Australia and the #festival of 86, keep your eyes peeled for that later this week…

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WTAC ’14 :: Fresh Off The Boat

The 2014 chapter of the world time attack challenge is just 4 days away as we type this, months of careful preparation, shipping and planning is starting to pay off.
The hero cars from the motherland have arrived with just days to spare. All year we have been teased with snippets and photos of some of these cars and now they’re finally on our shores.

We couldn’t wait to get down and see these beautiful machines in the flesh!
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WTAC ’13 :: Film Only

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Hands down the World Time Attack Challenge is the biggest event on our radar, each and every year Ian Baker and the team step it up constantly raising the bar.  We’ve been fortunate enough to follow the transition from the old Super Lap event days, into the world class spectacle it is now known and loved by, under the current name as the World Time Attack Challenge or ‘WTAC’ for short.

The first ever post on gripshiftslide.com was you guessed it, WTAC 2011! To say the event has held a special place in our hearts ever since, would be a massive understatement.  We thought it would be a great tribute to create an entire post capturing the event on good old fashioned 35mm film.  The charm of anything analogue is hard to deny, the hiss of a record, black & white movies and the grain and colour of a film camera.

We hope you enjoy our unique look at last years event and let us know if you would like to see more posts like this in the future by leaving a comment at the end of the post…

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Workshop Spotlight :: JVN Garage

EP3R Toyota CressidaJVN Garage

Melbourne is now home to a different kind of workshop.  A young man named Johnny, has held onto a dream for many years while he worked his hands to the bone for a few well established performance workshops around town.

With the help of family and friends, he has opened the doors to his very own slice of automotive culture.
JVN Garage is now the go-to place for servicing and maintaining your pride and joy.  There are also future plans to include a selection of local brands to display clothing and products to tie into the lifestyle of young motoring enthusiasts.

I popped in for a visit on day one to see what Johnny had been busy building these last few months…

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