Sunday, January 30, 2011

RQ Team: Credits

And with this blog post we come to the close of the 2010 Race Queen season and I thought the best way to do that would be to give a huge shout out to the Japanese Bloggers out there who made all of the Race Queen blog postings possible.  Without them none of my posts would be possible.  And without them I probably wont be able to do any for 2011 either.

What follows are the links to various websites that I've ran across during the last year.  A lot of them cover other things besides just Race Queens and you'll find a lot of them also include Tokyo Auto Salon coverage as well.  In any case enjoy the links.  Of course one of the best tools that I was able to pick up finally half way  though the season are the Race Queen Books from Gals Paradise thanks to Hobby Link Japan.  Those books were a great way to learn the Race Queen's names in English.

Race Queen Photogallery
Race Queen Club
Q Blog
RQ List
Autoc One Collection

Race Queen Musume
Motor & COS
Pon Pon
Tourer V1995
No Named Blog
Race Queen Seesaa

Of course some of the best coverage came from guys who uploaded lots of Race Queen coverage on YouTube and I found a lot of the stuff thanks to being able to search using the Japanese word for Race Queen (レースクイーン) which honestly was a great tool during the year and a great thing to remember when doing your own searching.

Check out these Race Queen Channels
yakisobapan1234 -- this one sucked because he turned off embedding videos

I hope you enjoyed the year of Race Queen weekend posts.  I'm sure I'll be back again later this year with a hole new bunch of 2011 Race Queens as the teams are already gearing up and picking new ones for the upcoming races which will be happening the first weekend of April believe it or not.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tokyo Auto Salon 2011

While the Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) happened two weeks ago I've been busy gathering the wealth of coverage that has been appearing online since I'm one of those unforunate ones who didn't get to go.  Thankfully a ton of other people could and they brought back pictures and videos for the rest of us to droll over.  And what follows is a large collection of links to TAS that I've been able to gather and my opinion of what I got out of it.

TAS is much like SEMA in that it's a large collection of aftermarket vendors showcasing their new products and demo vehicles for the year.  Also like SEMA it's very much not a car show at least this year it wasn't.  Last Year's TAS was a bit more like a Car Show thanks to the crap economy but this year it was a huge turn around.

TAS this year had a large selection of Expensive Euro cars a massive amount of VIP cars and vans and the two stand out cars The Nissan GT-R R35 and the Honda CR-Z.  The big draw this year for tuners were those two cars and while they dominated the show there was something there for everyone.  And it wasn't just the cars either.  There is always a lot of stuff going on at TAS from motorsports news to fun activities for the whole family to experince.  Another little interesting thing that I saw is that Itasha cars were very present at this year's TAS and while some didn't like the inclusion of pretty anime girls plastered all over cars it's showing that the Japanese market is more accepting of the growing market of late.

What did I like about the show that I've seen so far?  Well to be honest something that really caught my eyes were the Tuned Black Kei Trucks from Kei Zone  I know one is a Honda and one is a Mitsubishi but the one I liked the most was one I couldn't ID.  I really wouldn't mind owning one of them because they would great to use for photography and video work as well as other junk. Plus no one else would have one.

Of course there is also the ladies. Yeah I liked them too.  TAS kicks SEMA's ass when it comes to the booth babes and a good number of people attend TAS JUST for the Booth Babes.  You can find former Race Queens, Gravure Idols and models dressed up and representing just about anything at TAS.

Now about those links --
IPhone View of The Girls
Highlights from TAS
JayDMS photos
Possibly the same link

TAS Parking Lot

Jay Sonsato

VIP Vans
S Chassis
The Girls
Parking Lot
The Bosozoku
Best of TAS
Car Spotlight Freak Bee Dragon

TAS Part 1
TAS Part 2
TAS Part 3
TAS Part 4

Fatlace Preview
Jade Crew
Super Cars
VIP Style Cars
Bespoke Ventures -- It's not a car show
Bespoke Ventures -- Farm of minds
Bespoke Ventures -- TAS Impressions
R32 Taka
Joom Cool
JDM Legends

I'll see about updating this when some of those other blogs that promised more content get on the ball and post that stuff up.

And now for some videos --
Search YouTube for Tokyo Auto Salon 2011 or for TAS 2011 for best results, Vimeo even has some videos but not Dailymotion.

Make sure to check out GTChannel's channel for some good videos

And of course the ladies as well

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Porsche 911 Black Edition

It's the first of the year and Porsche has already tossed out another limited edition 911.  Hey hold on don't wonder off thinking you can't get your grubby Porsche loving mitts on this one.  Actually although limited to only 1911 Coupes and Cabriolets world wide this is the cheapest (yeah yeah cheap for a 911) limited edition that you can have.  But you better love black.

That's right Porsche's new limited edition 911 is called The 911 Black Edition and it's only available in black on black on more black with a touch of shiny aluminum-look accents. The exterior is only available in solid black or basalt black metallic. The brake calipers are painted black as well. The rims 19-inch Turbo II's come in a two tone color featuring black highlights. The interior is more black, black gauges black painted console. The interior also gets some spiffy aluminum-look trim pieces to complement the black color scheme.  In addition you also get some door runners in aluminum-look with the Black Edition Script on them.

The 911 Black Edition is based off the standard Carrera 2 coupe and cabriolet but gets some upgrades in standard options but what is really good about the 911 Black Edition is that when you add some of the goodies you can get the 911 Black Edition for about $8K less than a comparably equipped Carrera 2 and you get a 911 badge instead of a Carrera 2 badge, that is worth it in my opinion.  Other than that the two cars have the same exact specs.  The base price for the 911 Black Edition Coupe is $82K add PDk and its $86K  The cabriolet of course goes for more but I don't care about those.  I just want the coupe.  

Porsche just recently released their microsite for the 911 Black Edition today and offers a fun little photoshot option which is where I got the picture for this blog post.  If you don't like Black and White Pictures though you can go read Porsche's official Press Release regarding the 911 Black Edition which includes more detail as well as color pictures of the car.

Porsche's Official 911 Black Edition video

Sunday, January 23, 2011

2011 Race Queen Grand Prix

With the end of the Tokyo Auto Salon of 2011 I've been digging around looking or the cool pictures of girls, cars and Super GT news I found out that they also held the Annual Race Queen Grand Prix and announced the 2011 Race Queen of the year.  And while none of the girls that I thought would have a good chance of winning it were even in the top five this year's winner is...

This year's winner was the Autech Race Queen Chinatsu Minami (美波千夏) I thought her Motul Counterpart had a better chance but I guess I was wrong not that Minami isn't damn hot but of the two I had my money on Motul's Race Queen. Go figure my ideals would be so much different than the other thousands of voters out there.

Anyways a huge congratulations to Chinatsu Minami for taking the Race Queen crown for 2011, you deserve it just as much as any of the lovely Race Queens from last year.

The four other winners and the awards they won --
Second place -- Dunlop Race Queen Misato Kashiwagi (柏木美里)
Q Bro! Award -- Weds Sports Race Queen Natsumi Senaga (瀬長奈津実)
Pigoo HD Award -- Zent Sweeties Momoka Narushima (成島桃香)
Gals Paradise Award -- D'Station Fresh Angel Junko Maya (真野淳子)

I'm not going to go crazy about links today but I did dig up some links and videos of the Awards ceremony for you to check out.

But first some links just for the super cute Minami
TopQueen links for Chinatsu Minami
Private Gallery for Chinatsu Minami
A Blog with a ton of Chinatsu Minami posts

2011 Race Queen Grand Prix posts
Kurumaerabi of course had a news article about it.
Here is Japanese news report video -- 47news
Random Blog 1
Random Blog 2
Random Blog 3
Random Blog 4

Of course what would one of these Race Queen Posts be with out some Videos.  You can find some great videos of Chinatsu Minami on YouTube but here are a few videos of just the Race Queen Grand Prix


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

RWB New Year Meeting

Last week my jaw dropped when I happened upon an interesting article on Speedhunters.  I wasn't expecting a new Rauh Welt article from them in a while but sure enough there it was in glorious camoed color scheme a new Rauh Welt Begriff article about their New Year Meeting.  Then I found another article.  YES!  Thus began a week long search on the internet for more pictures and videos.
Sadly I haven't really been able to dig up much so far other than a few little itty bitty blog posts which don't have any pictures other than really tiny pictures. I did recently find a couple new articles just the other day though and I'll keep looking for more but for now I'll have to leave you with the few links that I did find and my impressions of what I've seen after all I don't like just cutting and pasting other people's blog links that's just lame and easy.

Since we started with the Speedhunters' link of the first meetup at Moriya Park where Dino was able to grab several great snaps of the latest and greatest of Rauh Welt Begriff built cars like the one car that I've been dieing to see in bigger pictures the White and Red RS widebody car that I was following on RWB's blog while it was being built.  It looks awesome and I really want some larger images of that car.  Not only did we get a look at that lovely example but we also got a nice look at Nakai-sans new personal car the Silver 993 SUPER widebody nicknamed Royal Montegobay.  A look at the ass end of that car and you can see that it is the perhaps the widest rear end that you have ever seen.

I just wish someone was there with enough balls to post up some awesome jaw dropping HQ images on the net but anyways that meetup was only a place to gather before the major gathering at the Tsukuba Circuit for the running of the RWB's as they had the track to themselves for the day.  And again Speedhunters' was there to catch the action.  There were even some additional cars that hadn't met up at the earlier meetup as well.

As this was a pretty close net group of motorheads it was a quick drivers meeting followed by run after run of quick widebodied 911s running around Tsukuba Circuit.  I really enjoyed Speedhunters' look at the event.

After I drolled like a schoolboy after finding his first porno I dug around the internet using my best cut and paste Japanese and found a few of the people who went there but I found diddly piss for other pictures.  Than the other day doing my internet blog roll I found that Noriyaro was at the Tsukuba Circuit as well taking pictures.  He ended up with three posts about the event.  The first post I saw was another little write up about Nakai-san that he had written a while ago but since it included pictures from this event I thought it was relevent.  His other two posts were just about the cars.  You can find both of them HERE and HERE.  So I did find some pictures but nothing at all in the jaw dropping great HQ sizes that I would like.  I can only hope that both of those sites will find it in their hearts to give us some wallpapers of a few of those awesome images. In the mean time though I'm going to keep my eye out for some other images as well.

I also looked for videos as well and I did find two in car videos of the cars hitting the track.  Enjoy them.

Monday, January 17, 2011

RQ Team: Everyone else part 2

Last week I was trying to get all the last minute Race Queen Teams in and I realized I should probably also feature the two singing and dancing groups.  The ladies who provide entertainment during the race weekends.  There is two groups. There is the 2010 AUTOBACS SUPER GT IMAGE GIRLS G☆RACE and the SUPER GIRLS 2010 JUICY. Both of these groups include four ladies each for a total of eight lovely ladies to feature today.

The team for the "Image Girls" are Eri Yoshida (吉田愛璃), Mai Takanashi (高梨麻衣), Nitta Kozue (新田梢恵) and Mai Yamazaki (山崎麻衣).  These ladies can be found wearing a variety of outfits as they entertain those amassed at the Super GT Races.  The team for the "Juicy Girls" are Reina Fuchiwaki (渕脇レイナ), Yuko Momokawa (桃川祐子), Arisa Kimura (木村亜梨沙) and Akari Arimura (有村亜加里) and you can also find them sporting a number of outfits as well when they are up on stage singing to the crowds. I know that the "Image Girls are all former Race Queens from the previous year but I'm not sure how the "Juicy Girls" are selected. But hey we are here to check out some lovely ladies in their pictures and videos.

That means we need to check to see if they have done any pro-work and with eight ladies available sure enough Nitta Kozue has a set for RaceQueenClub while Yuko MomoKawa has several sets out there including a complete set for RQ-Star, Maidqueenz and TopQueen.  Arisa Kimura also has a complete set for RQ-star as well.  Not to bad actually but lets go see what we can find for regular event pictures.

Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4 and RQ5
Motor & COS -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9, RQ10, RQ11 and RQ12
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7,
Some Dude's Blog -- RQ1
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3 and RQ4
Power of Seven Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
That Dude's Blog -- RQ1
Yet Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1 and RQ2
Lapin Mechant Blog -- RQ1
Peach Body Blog -- RQ1
Some Other Dude's Blog -- RQ1
Fuma Blog -- RQ1

And that's it for the pictures.  Now for some videos

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Porsche 918 RSR

Oh yeah now that's an awesome hybrid race car.  Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show Porsche just introduced the world to the latest and greatest in their lineup of motorsports vehicles.  Based on the Hybrid Supercar the Porsche 918 Spyder the 918 RSR has become the newest addition to Porsche's Motorsports arsenal to slay anyone in their way.  And it looks fantastic.

Not only was the Porsche 918 RSR unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show but they also launched their new microsite so that all the fans can take a look at the new Porsche 918 RSR as well.  I did that just this morning and I definitely liked what I saw.  In addition to the microsite they also released a full fledged press release which you can read in it's entirety HERE

It looks like Porsche took their future super car the 918 Spyder slapped a solid roof on the car added a massive rear spoiler and added some little tweaks here and there around the outside.  Also gone are those very odd looking rims of the Spyder show car.  On the inside it looks a lot like the Carrera GT minus a gear leaver and passenger seat.  In it's place is an updated KERS system that powers the duel front electric motors driving the front wheels.  I like the paint scheme as it's pretty similar to the 911GT3R Hybrid with some subtle changes.  That's what I can see without reading the press release.

When you take a look at the actual specs of the new Porsche 918 RSR things get very technical and slightly interesting. One of the interesting things that I noticed in the updated pictures and video is that there is a cool little throwback to the older race cars of the past with the top mounted visible fan wheel between the ram air intake tubes.  What you don't see under that lovely paint scheme is the particularly light, torsionally stiff carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque that gives the Porsche 918 RSR a very light but strong shell to house the potent V8 engine from the Porsche RS Spyder that puts out 563 hp at 10,300/rpm. In addition to the V8 is the twin electric motors powering the front wheels for an additional 150 kW, for a total peak drive power of 767 hp. This additional power. Powering the twin electric engines is an optimised flywheel accumulator which is charged during braking. The flywheel accumulator occupies the space taken up by the passenger seat of the Porsche 918 Spyder. This I'm sure helps to offset the added weight of the system.

Delivering the V8's power to the rear wheels is a sophisticated "racing transmission also based on the RS Spyder race car. This further developed six-speed constant-mesh transmission with longitudinally mounted shafts and straight-toothed spur gears is operated using two shift paddles behind the racing steering wheel." In my own words it's an awesome flappy paddle automatic.

All of this adds up to an amazing racing machine that will definitely see some track time soon and like Porsche's 911 GT3R Hybird don't exactly expect to be able to buy one as for now the Porsche 918 RSR is part of Porsche's own Racing Laboratory and will not be sold to customers. The closest we'll get is the regular Porsche 918 Spyder which of course wont be any slouch either. Check out the microsite for wallpapers but before that check out these two videos of the Porsche 918 RSR

Sunday, January 9, 2011

RQ Team: Everyone else

This is the Race Queen Team feature for all the other Race Queens that just didn't get much face time on blogs or videos.  The Various Track Race Queens who are out representing the tracks and the ladies who provide the entertainment at the races.  The only real problem with this is that this will definitely take up some time and energy on my part.  As the groups do take up a large chunk of space.  Also who do I toss up for the main picture?  Now about those Race Queens.

So who are the other Various Race Queens?  Well we first have the Next Stage Girl who is Asakura Aya (浅倉あや) cute and a part of the Raybrig Race Team.  Than there is the G Shock Circuit Lady Rika Agatsuma (吾妻里香) who is a part of the Motul Autech Race Team. Those are the two Various Race Queens. Than you have the two WTCC Promotion Girls who showed up at a couple Race Events they are Yui Sasagawa (笹川 結衣) and Rie Sugisaki (杉崎 りえ) after those lovely ladies are the special Race promotional ladies like the Pokka Gals who are all different varieties of Coffee Blends for Aromax. A couple of those ladies are Takasu Miho (高須みほ) and Saitoh Konomi (齊藤このみ) who are the easy ones to find never mind actually found a page with all the ladies and their names. The rest of the Pokka Gals are Koike Yoshino (小池淑乃), Kitamura Nao (北村奈緒), Watanabe Megumi (渡部愛), Gotou Kazue (後藤和江), Kogawa Miyuki (古川みゆき) and Makoto Maeda (前田真実) that's a lot of names to look up and I'm not entirely sure about their English names.

Now for some Track Race Queens.  The Mobility Land Image Girls for the Twin Rings Motegi Race Track are easy thanks to their web page that lists all eight of the ladies with their English names Thanks to that I think I'll just give you that link for you to check out.  On the other hand the KCMG SGC Gals don't have a nice little website that lists all of the ladies so easily.  However, here they are Kobayashi Risa (小林梨沙), Miki Reika (三樹レイカ), Yoshiura Haruka (吉浦遥) and Akemi Hirata (平田明海).  The last group of Track associated Race Queens that I saw are the Fuji Speedway Image Girls which is represented by Minami Makoto (南まこと), Masu Aya (ますあや) and Sena (鴻上聖奈).

I think we'll just call it good there for now and do the Entertainment ladies next week.  Lets get onto some pictures and videos.  Oh yeah I looked and found that Miki Reika has some sets coming out with RQ-Star but at the moment that is the only professional Race Queen stuff that I can find on any of the Ladies in the this blog post.

Next Stage Girl--
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9, RQ10, RQ11,

G-Shock Race Queen
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5,

Pokka Gals --
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9,

WTCC Promotion Girls --
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6,

Mobility Land Image Girls --
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9, RQ10,

KCMG SGC Gals --
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8, RQ9, RQ10, RQ11, RQ12, RQ13, RQ14, RQ15, RQ16, RQ17, RQ18, RQ19, RQ20, RQ21, RQ22, RQ23, RQ24, RQ25, RQ26,

Fuji Speedway Image Girls --
RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7, RQ8,

Now how about some videos, not all of these various Race Queens have appeared on video that I've found.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

RQ Team: Keitai Honpo Race Queens

This is the last official Race Queen Team feature.  Next week I'll round up the Track Queens and a couple straglers that never really got much attention during the year.  For this week though I'll be taking a look at the Keitai Honpo Race Queen Team.  This was a team that appeared late in the year as part of the GT 300 Team Taisan who also have the Cinecitta Taisan Ladies as well.  The Keitai Honpo Race Queens showed up for the last couple of the races and we already know how Team Taisan ended out the season so I'll just get going on that Race Queens.

The Keitai Honpo Race Queen team is a two member team of Miyuki Koizumi (小泉みゆき) and Motizuki Yukari (望月ゆかり) and their Race Queen outfit is a white miniskirt and halter top number with lacy trim a blue ties up the side of the skirt and front of the halter top with a blue cover over the cleavage adorned with the Keitai Honpo logo.  The ladies also were a white and red choker and thigh high leggings.  It's a cute little outfit and it's to bad they were only there for a few of the races.

I've looked to see if the ladies have done any pro-race queen stuff and Miyuki has done photosets for RQ-Star and Race Queen Club but I didn't find any thing for Yukari at least for now.  So with that taken care of lets find some of their Race Queen Pictures that are out there.

Kurumaerabi -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4. RQ5. RQ6. RQ7. RQ8, RQ9 and RQ10
Car @nifty -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4 and RQ5
Random Blogs -- RQ1, RQ2, RQ3, RQ4, RQ5, RQ6, RQ7 and RQ8
Motor &COS -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Random Dude's Blog -- RQ1, RQ2 and RQ3
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1
PONPON Blog -- RQ1
Another Dude's Blog -- RQ1

I found one video with the Keitai Honpo Race Queens and you can find the lades at 7:39
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