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1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan known as “Rod-Riguez” is selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Las Vegas Auction

We often hear about different trends making their way into American car culture from Japan, like the overwhelming popularity of Wataru Kato’s Liberty Walk kits and the influence of Porsche tuner RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF. Japan gave birth to drifting and the increasingly popular Kansai style of super-aggressive driving and wild styling. We can attribute the VIP luxury scene within tuner car culture to Japan and the advent of shakotan (lowered car), massive camber, takeyari (over-size exhaust), and perhaps, one of the lesser-known trends but a unique bunch: bosozoku cars.

Yet it’s not all that often you hear about one of America’s car culture trends making its way into the heart of Japan’s car culture. Junichi Shimodaira is regarded as a founding father of Japan’s lowrider scene.

He grew up reading American car magazines and watching movies like Cheech and Chong, and American Graffiti. After a trip to Los Angeles, Shimodaira was inspired by what he saw and opened his shop in Nagoya, Japan. Named Paradise Road, Shimodaira’s shop became an international sensation in 2002 after the Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show, where he presented the 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan that has come to be known as “Rod-Riguez.”

Blending hot rod, custom and lowrider styling cues, “Rod Riguez” has become the definition of a Japanese rod and custom. The build also played a significant role in helping propel the Japanese Kustom car scene in the early 2000s.

The car took home several awards, including the Best Street Rod and Best Body Work. Shortly after the show, Shimodaira tore down the car for more modifications, further lowering the body, adding fenders, and other aesthetic changes, including new paint.

The second version of “Rod Riguez” returned for the 2003 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. It earned Shimodaira the 2003 Hot Rod Custom Show Best of Show, the George Barris’ Pick Award, the Street Rodder’s Pick Award and the Line Dr.s’ Pick Award.

In 2005 Shimodaira shipped the car to the United States so he could enter it in the 2005 Grand National Roadster Show and the 2005 Cruisin’ Nationals in Paso Robles, California. Consequently, the vehicle has stayed in the United States since then.

For the original creation of this custom, Shimodaira borrowed a lot of styling cues from his idols: kustom kar icons Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and George Barris.

Shimodaira started with a steel frame Z’d 6-inches in the rear, 4-inches up front, and boxed the frame for additional strength. The all-steel body received a four-inch wedge chop and channeled to sit even lower for the second iteration of the build.

The firewall and engine cowl were massively reworked to fit the lowered stance and the massive 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 303ci V8 engine with 4-speed Hydramatic transmission.

Using 1959 Cadillac front bumper ends as a base, Shimodaira added round tubing and sheet metal to create a new nose for the car – complete with canted quad headlights. A new insert filled the grille opening with square tubing adorning a gold R in the center.

For the second iteration of the build, Shimodaira wanted to run fenders without adding running boards. He crafted the wildly sculpted fenders seen on the car today. The front fender mounts were made from reinforced steel in a spider-web design and chromed before being installed on the vehicle.

At the rear, inverted 1958 Chevrolet parking-light bezels were frenched into sculpted pods to serve as taillights.

When it came to the suspension, a TCI Engineering dropped axle kit with GM disc brakes in the front and a Chevy 10-bolt rear end with tube shocks, and TCI Engineering springs in the rear were installed.

Inside, the dash and gauge panel were primarily left stock, but Shimodaira made new seats from scratch and mounted to the floor, featuring 60’s Tijuana-style cloth. The interior also features a cut-down early 1960s Ford steering wheel.

The version two update replaced the fogged gold paint scheme with a gloss Tequila Gold paint job and pinstriping, by fellow Japanese artist Makoto Kobayashi of M&K Custom Signs. The wide whitewall tires and chromed steelies were replaced by Cragar Star Wire Wheels, which ran 1960s-style white stripe tires.

Covered by numerous magazines, including Hot Rod, “Rod-Riguez” has appeared in the TV show “My Rides Rules” and on the big screen in “Licorice Pizza.” The trophy and award collection massed by this car is included with the sale.

The second version of “Rod Riguez” returned for the 2003 Yokohama Hot Rod Custom Show. It earned Shimodaira the 2003 Hot Rod Custom Show Best of Show, the George

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: STRAIGHT OUTTA JAPAN: “Rod-Riguez” Defines Japanese Kustom Culture
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/straight-outta-japan-rod-riguez-defines-japanese-kustom-culture/
Published Date: Wed, 18 May 2022 16:46:43 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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