Since we are a “standard” transmission loving site, I’ve finally created a concept shirt for the site. Worked on a few for 4 months and finally decided to print one. If anyone is interested I’ll  print more if I gauge enough interest on orders.




Top 6 Japanese Tuners: #3 Top Secret


Smoookkeeeyyyyy, one of a few names in the auto industry that I like to hear about, but a guy that I would think twice before getting in a car with him.

Top Secret was started by Kazuhiko “Smokey” Nagata in……..yes its really hard to find this answer, but I came up with a solution. Smokey seems to be a very soft spoken man and  gets right to the point  when talking about the work he does. His love for cars started while working at a family farm, then continued on when he began working for Greddy/Trust. Bear with me I’m getting to the point; he began spending time during after hours in the Greddy shop building up his car as well as parts for it. This almost ended when top executives found this out, but to his surprise they admired his work and what he had been doing for the company and ultimately deciding to keep this between the two parties. A few years later he opens his shop named Top Secret, due to the fact he gained his knowledge on building cars by the executives of Greddy keeping a secret between themselves. So to the point; Greddy was established around 1977, so most likely Nagata would have ended his work with Greddy around 1988-1992 (I believe he was born in 1963), so when he was 25-28!

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I’m not going to keep giving out my opinions as if I know everything about they guy, but what I do know is that I love his style. Like his companys name it  seems to me that’s exactly what kind of man he is, very secretive, not quick to answer, and very calm. Top Secret is a company that knows what they build is outstanding, but they don’t talk about why it is they let you see, feel, and hear this statement. Even the very few replicas out there cannot keep up with the brands standard, this being the reason why there are barely any replications of  Top Secret products. I find them highly respectable in the products they offer and its disappointing that there isn’t that much information out there on the history of such a wonderful company. Maybe this is the way they want it, to only show their work to people who find the time to visit the workshop or hunt down Smokey as he travels testing out his insane car builds.

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The cars they build are high power machines that can be used on the street, as you have probably seen the insane videos of Smokey with his 1000HP machines. He was also inspired by Amemiya-San so check them out, I like them.

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Top 6 Japanese Tuners: #4 Spoon

Giving Honda Fans a place to go

Here we go, Spoon Motorsports  I swear all these tuner companys that I know and have grown to respect started out with Gran Turismo. In the case for spoon it was the  well known yellow and blue S2000, which has been further improved as the company’s R&D team keeps doing more work on it. Spoon along with Mugen (more of a honda in house brand) help bring multiple tuning upgrades for Honda owners. Whether it may be the CR-X,  Civic, or Accord these two tuning companies bring out the capability and potential of the VTEC engines. 

STsun-3044308998835_361e6b0528_o Ichishima Tatsuru started the company in 1988, with a concept of bringing together cars with impeccable technology and power, but also being able to be driven during daily activities. The superb thing about this company are the products they offer for their customers. I can’t think of many company’s that offer engines that have been built as an item for sale, usually they will build from the platform you bring to them, but a personally built engine for sale is beyond me. At around 2000-2001, Spoon decided to open up Type One auto shop to help tune their customers cars and assist them with their everyday needs–only Honda customers–instead of just offering products made by them.
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Pretty 2012

#13 2012 Audi RS5

Yea Yea I was late, sorry, but here it is the new 2012 RS5 is my pick for the good looking rides of 2012. Audi made a strong move with this new model back in 2006/2007 also with their innovative LED lighting system. I was very impressed with the car and fell in love with the S5 model when it strutted its way through. When the first R model was made it looked even meaner and packed a powerful punch, although I would still pick a M3 over it. I’m not going to get into details about the car, because obviously you might have already gone other sites such as European car, top speed, blah blah blah to get that. (My English teachers would be made at my sentence structures in this post)

I do wish they kept the car the same, it seems a little to fast for them to move on this model since it did very well in sales (like Nissan and the 370z). The new A5 doesn’t have that much of a self made look anymore unless you get the S-line package or S model. The shape looks dull and like almost all other Audi’s, it seems like they are slowly coming closer and closer to looking like Volkswagen’s.  For example just look at the A4 and the passat/CC too close to looks and far in price. Some parts, as most VW/Audi enthusiasts know, are also shared between the groups. I do agree though that if I bought Audi I would use parts that are better and more efficient to build that car; but does that take the heart away from the car.

Ok enough of me being a little girl and crying over this, I really love the A5 and A6 models, they are definitely the only two that are keeping me interested in street legal Audi’s.

Price: $69,000

Engine: 4.5 FSI V8

Power:  450HP / 317 ft-lb

0-60: 4.7 sec

Uniqueness: crown gear differential to allow drivers to change power distribution to the Front or Rear tires instead of the 50/50 on all 4 wheels.











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