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This Show Is Where The Wildest Classic Cars In Japan Hang Out

In a city that prides itself with harmonizing modernity and tradition, there are few opportunities for the classic car enthusiast in Tokyo to get up close and personal with rare and interesting older cars.

While there are a few events throughout the year centered around on classic cars like the Suzuka Sound of Engine, Asama Hill Climb, and the La Festa Mille Miglia, most of these events are held outside of Tokyo. And the two main shows hosted in Japan’s capital, the Tokyo Motor Show and the Tokyo Auto Salon, cater to the latest and craziest trends in the automotive world.

Sure, there are car meets, but it does seem like the historic aspect of Japan’s car culture is often overlooked.

That’s where the Automobile Council show comes in. Now in its second year, it aims to bring classics and modern cars together under one roof.

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The organizers of the show used the Retromobile in Paris and the Techno Classica in Essen as inspirations for the Automobile Council. It also aims to manufactures, both local and foreign, a chance to share their company’s heritage with fans. It’s a great chance for people to see and learn more about the history of some their most famous local manufacturers and a few foreign ones too.

Held at Makuhari Messe, the same venue as the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Automobile Council is similar in that it’s basically a trade show. Most of the cars on display are for sale while some have been loaned by manufacturers and collectors.

Compared to the Auto Salon, it’s a much smaller show. It’s odd being in the same space but actually having space to move around. On the press day there weren’t as many journos and cameramen as other shows in Tokyo.

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Last year’s show had more ceremony; there were new car launches to kick off the inaugural show and they put more effort into it being a glamorous event. This year’s was more relaxed. There were a few press conferences from the manufacturers that had displays there but for the most part it was a great way to spend an hour or so looking at some of the quirkiest classics Japan had to offer.

Seriously—there were so many noteworthy classic cars, the show was a sensory bombardment. I had to take a few moments to take it all in. The highlight for me was the Classic Car JP stand which had a Porsche 906 Carrera, a Ferrari 750 Monza, a O.S.C.A. Dromos, and part of a Mercedes CLK GTR. It was my first time seeing the Porsche and O.S.C.A.; I didn’t even know the latter existed until seeing it at the show.

Next to them was an equally interesting display which included two Ferrari 308 GR.4 rally cars, a Mercedes-Benz 190E DTM racer, and what could possibly be the most uniquely colored Lamborghini Countach 5000QV in Japan.

The asking price for the Countach was a cool ¥48,000,000, or about $437,376. Most of the cars on display were from dealers, so if you really wanted to, you could pick yourself up a car on the day.

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Also on sale were a RUF BTR Cabriolet, supposedly only one of three in existence. Yours for a cool sum of ¥40,000,000, or $364,428. Next to it was a Ferrari 412 Cabriolet (a bargain at ¥38,000,000/$346,256), another rarity being the only one of three converted by Scaglietti.

Lots of other unique cars were scattered around, such as the Lotus FE Concept M02T.

Strange name, strange car. It’s a one-off concept based on the Elise and was developed over two years for a customer. The design, which is quite Zagato-esque, also comes with bespoke badges to make sure no one mistakes this for a “normal” Elise.

I must’ve spent at least two hours there because I’d get distracted by another car every time I’d turn my head. If it wasn’t a very pretty Lancia Fulvia, it’d be a Ford Escort RS1000 or a Citroen DS Avant.

Another car I found interesting was the Porsche 964 Carrera 2 painted in Forest Green. I haven’t seen too many Porsches in dark green, and this gave this classic a very discreet and elegant look.

All manufacturers present even came in with classic displays of their own. Lamborghini Azabu and Yokohama, official dealers for Lamborghini in Japan, had a 50/50 mix of old new with a Countach LP400, Diablo GT, Aventador S, and Huracan Performante on their stand.

Audi came in full force with a trio of Quattro models from the ur-Quattro, Sport Quattro, and Group B rally car. The only new car on display was the second-generation RS5, presumably to show the “modern equivalent” of the Quattro. I guess the TT-RS was yesterday’s news.

Volvo did something similar with a lineup of their famous wagons such as the 850 and alongside the current V90.

Honda had two current generation NSXes as well as some classics. Nissan had the V Motion 2.0 Concept seen at this year’s Detroit Motor Show behind the marque’s first car, the Datsun 7. Alongside them were the first generation Silvia (which resembles a Lancia Fulvia) and a Prince Skyline Coupe.

Toyota’s “classic” contribution came in the form of the original 1998 Prius which was displayed alongside the current Prius Prime. Of course the current Le Mans LMP1 hybrid race car was also there, to show the hybrids can be fast too. Subaru had its first car, the 360, in center stage while the newly facelifted Subaru WRX and Levorg STI were on either side.

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Interestingly, Mazda only brought cars from its past. In the back corner was a dark green NA MX-5 roadster displayed as part of its recently announced restoration program from the iconic sports car.

However, most of the cars were some of their most famous rotary powered cars. With the Cosmo to the 787 race car and of course the RX-7 all gathered, many were expecting an announcement on Mazda’s 50th anniversary of the rotary engine. However, despite a 15 minute long press conference there was no hint at a new rotary powered car. Perhaps they’re saving a big announcement at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. One can hope.

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The Automobile Council is expected to return around the same time next year, again in the first weekend of August.

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This kind of show isn’t exclusive to Tokyo or Japan. However, it’s a nice addition to a country where classic cars are often overlooked, especially by people overseas where the first thought of its car culture often comes from Initial D or viral YouTube videos with Morohoshi’s Lamborghinis. There are definitely more unique cars out there than just those things.

A show like Automobile Council, once it has grown in size and popularity, could just be the perfect stage for that.

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Avengers 4 Starts Production, Directors Release New Image

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Although the plan to shoot the third and fourth Avengers movies back-to-back was changed last year, it doesn’t mean that directors Anthony and Joe Russo are having any downtime. Avengers: Infinity War wrapped last month, and now the Russos have already started production on the currently-untitled Avengers 4. They marked the occasion by posting an image of a gloved hand raising four fingers, with the caption, “Beginning the end.” Check it out below:

Beginning the end.

A post shared by The Russo Brothers (@therussobrothers) on Aug 10, 2017 at 11:06am PDT

Avengers 4 will be released in May 2019 and won’t just conclude the story of Thanos and the Infinity War–it will wrap up the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. “By the time we’re at Avengers 4, 22 movies will have encompassed the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Marvel boss Kevin Feige said April. “And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

Although it is unknown what shape the next phase of the MCU will take, veteran Marvel stars such as Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) have hinted that they may not continue in their roles for much longer.

In an interview in June, Evans said, “I could have [left] after the third Avengers, but they wanted to make the third and fourth films as a two-parter. It’s going to wrap everything up.” Downey Jr, meanwhile, told Australia’s News that he wants to “hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and will feature a huge number of heroes from the MCU. A first teaser was screened at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but it is yet to be released online.

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Avengers 4 Starts Production, Directors Release New Image

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Although the plan to shoot the third and fourth Avengers movies back-to-back was changed last year, it doesn’t mean that directors Anthony and Joe Russo are having any downtime. Avengers: Infinity War wrapped last month, and now the Russos have already started production on the currently-untitled Avengers 4. They marked the occasion by posting an image of a gloved hand raising four fingers, with the caption, “Beginning the end.” Check it out below:

Beginning the end.

A post shared by The Russo Brothers (@therussobrothers) on Aug 10, 2017 at 11:06am PDT

Avengers 4 will be released in May 2019 and won’t just conclude the story of Thanos and the Infinity War–it will wrap up the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. “By the time we’re at Avengers 4, 22 movies will have encompassed the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Marvel boss Kevin Feige said April. “And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

Although it is unknown what shape the next phase of the MCU will take, veteran Marvel stars such as Chris Evans (Captain America) and Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man) have hinted that they may not continue in their roles for much longer.

In an interview in June, Evans said, “I could have [left] after the third Avengers, but they wanted to make the third and fourth films as a two-parter. It’s going to wrap everything up.” Downey Jr, meanwhile, told Australia’s News that he wants to “hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018, and will feature a huge number of heroes from the MCU. A first teaser was screened at San Diego Comic-Con in July, but it is yet to be released online.

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Massive No Man’s Sky Update Adds Basic Multiplayer

No Man’s Sky’s Atlas Rising Update is adding a lot of stuff to the game to mark its one-year anniversary. There will be streamlined travel, 30 hours of new story, new aliens, new ships, better graphics and even some rudimentary multiplayer.

One of the crashed freighters.

As detailed on the game’s site, there will also be *deep breath* a new procedural mission generator, UI improvements, crashed freighters to explore, a new mission system in space stations, a terrain editing tool, portals to allow easier travel between planets, a new HUD for dogfighting and the ability to cruise above the terrain in low-level flight.

One of the new ship designs.

Most interesting, though, is the multiplayer, dubbed “Joint Exploration”. Before you get your hopes up for high fives or co-op missions, this is very much a baby step. You’ll be able to see other up to 16 players who are near you, but they’ll only be represented as glowing orbs, not as ships or pilots. And you can’t do much with them in-game, though you can communicate with them over voice chat, hence the “joint exploration” label, since that’ll at least be useful for flying around a planet taking in the sights.

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Here’s a trailer for the update, which is out today:

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Game Shakers Has BRAND NEW EPISODES Starting September 9th! | Nick

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9 Times The View Co-Hosts Documented Personal Milestones on TV

Sara Haines, The ViewWhen it comes to daytime TV, viewers become very invested with the people they wake up to.
Sure, they may have never met the faces that grace their small screens day after day. At the…

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Xbox One Updates Now Available Early For Everyone

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Xbox One‘s Insider Program–the scheme that allows players to test system updates ahead of their full release–is now open to all, Microsoft has announced. Until now, only select Xbox Live members have been able to take part in the program, but now anyone can sign up and take advantage of early updates.

In a blog post, Microsoft explained it’s “simplifying entry” into the program, which also grants occasional early access to upcoming Xbox titles. In addition, you can now choose to move between the program’s four tiers, provided you attain enough Insider XP. Some of those four tiers have been renamed–here’s what they’re now called and a description of each, via Microsoft:

New Group Name New Ring Description Old Group Name
Alpha Invite-only access ring reserved for Xbox Insiders that provide the most customer feedback, report problems with clear repro steps, and are especially active on Xbox One consoles. From time to time, our best Beta and Delta users will get invited to join the Alpha group. Alpha
Beta Now open to Xbox Insiders with a tenure (time in Program) of three or more months and an Xbox Insider XP of Level 4 or higher. Beta
Delta The new Delta group is open to any Xbox Insider with a tenure of one or more months that has reached Xbox Insider Level 2 or higher. Members of the Delta group may also receive builds earlier in the release schedule to test service scalability and feature acceptance. This means that not all users in the Delta group will have access to the same features at the same time. Ring 3
Omega Anyone can join the Omega group, which will be used to test minor changes made to the previously released monthly updates. Additionally, the Omega group will usually get early access to an upcoming monthly update before the general availability release date. Ring 4

Moving upwards through the tiers is simply a case of providing helpful feedback and being an active Xbox One owner, Microsoft says. The upper tiers gain the biggest updates earlier, though be warned that they are also subject to more frequent updates (between 15 and 20 in the Alpha ring), so you may want to remain at a lower level to save your bandwidth.

Flight Ring Number of updates/month Bandwidth usage/month
Alpha 15-20 60-80 GB
Beta 8-15 32-60 GB
Delta Varies. Select users can get around three updates per week. Varies. Around 12 GB per week.
Omega 1-8 4-32 GB

Finally, Microsoft says it’s “working closely with multiple first and third-party game studios” to bring more playtests of unreleased games. Recent Xbox One Insider playtests include Paladins and upcoming multiplayer pirate game Sea of Thieves. To join the scheme, just download the Xbox Insider Hub from the Xbox Store.

In other Xbox news, Microsoft says it’s still working on bringing old Halo games to Xbox One via backwards compatibility, though there’s still no word on when the games will actually be available. Xbox Achievements will also be receiving “fundamental changes” soon, according to Xbox corporate vice president Mike Ybarra.

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Look Back at The View’s Testiest Moments and Confrontations Over the Past Two Decades

Whoopi Goldberg, The ViewWhere there’s smoke, there’s fire. And when there’s The View, expect plenty of flames.
So much has changed in the 20 years that the daytime talk show has been on the air…

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Robbery Suspect Was Allegedly Living In A Video Game Arcade

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It’s not that uncommon to hear of criminal suspects residing in manga cafes. Those establishments have daily rates, and if you get a booth, there’s enough space to stretch out and sleep. However, a suspect living in an arcade? That’s new.

According to the Kobe Shimbun, 30 year-old Kazuki Maehara was arrested for trespassing after being discovered allegedly living between arcade cabinets at a game center in Kobe. Maehara had a part-time job, but as the Kobe Shimbun reports, he was apparently living in an arcade. Maehara, the paper explains, ended up moving out of his home after a fallout with his mother. He supposedly bummed around, living in cheap house and manga cafes.

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The Kobe Shimbun adds that he had also been allegedly breaking into a junior high and other buildings to steal money and P.E. uniforms for a total haul worth 1.23 million yen ($11,260).

On Japanese bulletin board 2ch, commenters tried to imagine where exactly Maehara had supposedly been living in the arcade. One of the most logical spots, commenters wrote, would have been behind enormous sticker machines or inside a large cabinet like the kind Gundam arcade games have.

If I were going to live in a Japanese arcade, I’d sleep in the seats for those horse racing games (above). They are so plush.


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Craigslist Ping Pong Partner | Strictly Platonic

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Cosplay Heats Up Japan In August 

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Today the summer Comic Market gets underway at Tokyo Big Sight. Where there are comics, there are cosplayers, and you can bet the bi-annual Comiket is crawling with those.

As in the past, the cosplayers at year’s summer Comic Market run the gamut of incredibly accurate to incredibly silly. The result is some truly enjoyable cosplay.

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