previously the journal.

Watch Hiroshi from Running Free in his AE86… still drifting after all these years and still being a bad ass.

Check out his super aggressive entry into the main corner from the straight away!

In-car footage of the same laps above.

I’ve been watching some surfing stuff lately, and they talk about going back to where surfing originated with longboards, which you ride completely different than the modern shortboards you see in today’s surfing competitions. Hiroshi’s videos totally reminds me of longboarding, because he’s been doing this for much longer than I’ve even heard of drifting, and if you watch his initiations, he is still doing it in his old purist style… he is not kicking the clutch or pulling the e-brake (zzzzzzz). He uses the momentum and speed of the car to drift and you just don’t see that anymore! Hiroshi is all purist, isn’t he? His AE86 has the same style as it did in the 90s (aftermarket front bumper only, no sides, no rear), he still has a 4AG engine with carburetors (no engine swaps or turbos), his driving technique is the same and he still drifts for fun. Much like the term soul surfer, would he be considered a soul drifter?

Can I be any more jealous?  I’m not sure…

This was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid.  Panthro and his battle tank were my favorite.

The youtube description says that Emmanuelle Chriqui is one of the voices.  I also heard rumors that there was going to be an animated movie, but I don’t know if that’s true.

Every once in a while, I’ll go youtube surfing and just see where it leads me. I somehow stumbled on the following video:
Nas – Unauthorized Biography of Rakim

Rakim is one of my favorite rappers of all time, so here’s Eric B. and Rakim’s first single from his first album.
1986 Eric B. and Rakim – Eric B. is President

That lead me to some Rakim and EPMD interviews about some beef between the two that was created by the fans. So here’s a video from EPMD:
1988 EPMD – Strictly Business

I have to admit, I was only a tiny bit impressed when I found out Tanner was going to be on Letterman.

But then he gave Julianne Moore a ride in his car. Now THAT is cool.

I found a transmission tunnel. Why is it there? In Japan, they are available in all-wheel-drive. The 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 and the CX-7, which shares the same engine as my Mazdaspeed3, are all-wheel-drive as well. And we all know that if something is all-wheel-drive, it can also be rear wheel drive.

I can’t keep that little devil off of my shoulder, who’s telling me to convert the car into FR. I’m not sure how plausible it is, but it’s been on my mind everyday since I’ve found out!