December 1, 2022


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Three Unexpected Finds At Ireland’s Premier Japanese Car Show

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There is been a large amount of content from Irish shows and functions the past minor while, so I really didn’t system on bringing you anymore for the relaxation of the calendar year.

This was irrespective of the actuality that Japfest – traditionally Ireland’s greatest Japanese motor vehicle show – was nevertheless to operate, simply because between LZ Fest and the Juicebox BBQ, I felt like we had noticed almost everything worthwhile this calendar year. From a JDM perspective, at minimum.

Obviously, and as usual, I was wrong.

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There was a large amount of overlap of autos amongst the three activities, which is to be expected for a small place like Ireland. On the other hand, there were at minimum a few cars and trucks which I felt warranted at minimum some coverage.

Initial up, was this Datsun B120 truck.

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Not to be bewildered with a the latest(ish) Speedhunters characteristic car, this is the 1st time I’ve happened upon this build, which turned the eventual ‘Car of the Show’.

Hidden in an strange center row, the Datsun is a proper showstopper. Not just from the normal concentrations of excellence all close to the vehicle (the carbon fibre detailing in particular was a chef’s kiss) but what was concealed underneath the bonnet.

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The immaculately shaved and smoothed motor bay is house to Toyota’s venerable 20-valve 4A-GE with individual throttle bodies and a neatly crafted exhaust manifold.

Subtle, but fantastic.

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Subsequent up was something we’ve all noticed ahead of in some form or an additional, but I reckon it’ll be a extensive time before I see a person this clean up all over again.

This EK9 Honda Civic Style R was likely in far better than new situation.

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‘Pristine’ doesn’t even start to describe it, and the owner was keen (and rightly so) to share just about every piece of the car or truck with the spectators in attendance.

I’ve a big tender location for the EK9, so it was a serious treat to see a person in this sort of best and rather unmolested problem.

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In simple fact, I don’t consider I have at any time observed a new EK9 in my existence, as the to start with Civic to obtain the Variety R badge was a Japan-only model. This is as shut as most will at any time get.

As a lot as I enjoy a modified illustration, I’m glad to see a person has the restraint to preserve a single.

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The third and remaining motor vehicle of this shorter highlight-o-rama did technically show up in my Juicebox BBQ coverage, but I was equipped to shoot it in a minor bit more element at Japfest.

It is an innocent ample looking DA7 Integra from a distance, but when I to start with noticed this roll up to the BBQ, I realized a thing was amiss, although I could not really place my finger on it.

Perhaps it was the downturned and neatly fabricated exhaust suggestion, the delicate detrimental camber on the front, or the blue Brembo 4-pot front brakes?

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It turns out my suspicions ended up accurate, as not only does this auto element a K20A with a major ol’ hairdryer attached, it is also mated to a Honda CR-V’s 4WD technique.

‘Siri, clearly show me the definition of a sleeper’.

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It was not the only K-swapped and turbocharged Honda Integra in attendance both, but I’ve planned a independent feature for this DC2.

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This Frankenstein-esque Style R has a tiny immediate-change mystery, but more on that another day…

Paddy McGrath
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