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Word of the Day: Honda City

The original Honda City–built from 1981-’86–was cuter than a button, shared the stage with ska legends Madness, and featured its own dinghy.

Word of the Day: Suzuki Cappuccino

Learn about the Suzuki Cappuccino, the brand’s 1991-’98 alternative to a Honda Beat or Autozam AZ-1.

Word of the Day: Dajiban

Classic Dodge vans road raced in Japan. It’s the American way.

Word of the Day: Daihatsu Copen

Daihatsu sold cars in the U.S. market for about a hot minute–1987 through early 1992–and sadly that was well before releasing the Copen.

Word of the Day: Isuzu Bellett GT-R

Flat-black hood, a pair of side-draft carbs and a twin-cam head atop a 1600cc bottom end. Meet the Isuzu Bellett GT-R.

Word of the Day: Xenon

Back in the day, Xenon offered aero kits that differed from the rest in a big detail: Instead of fiberglass, they were produced in durable polyurethane–kind of like a bendable rubber.

Word of the Day: Kamei

Back in the ’50s, Karl Meier designed a front spoiler for the VW Beetle. It didn’t take off, but his company, Kamei, did.

Word of the Day: Gemballa

Go big or go home. That was Gemballa’s M.O.

Word of the Day: Styling Garage

The name almost sounds Japanese, but it’s German. Styling Garage gave the world the 1000SGS–sedan said to be twice as good as the Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL that it was based upon.

Word of the day: Zender

The Zender master catalog of 1992 was a thing of beauty: 222 pages featuring some of the greatest add-on body styling, from subtle to extreme.

Word of the Day: ASC/McLaren

How to win Radwood: Show up in an ASC/McLaren Capri or Mustang, the realized dream of Ford engineer Peter Muscat.

Word of the Day: Pro Street

So what if we lived under a 55 mph national speed limit, pro street was big in the ’80s–well, at least that’s what the hot rod magazines constantly told us.

Word of the Day: Lightning Rods

If one shifter is good, then three must be better, right? Okay, maybe that wasn’t quite what was going on here. Call the Hurst Lightning Rods, a popular sight in a mid-’80s issue of Hot Rod, a road-going take on a Lenco transmission.

Word of the Day: Slapper Bars

Traction bars, slapper bars, whatever you call them, all the cool kids ran them.

Word of the Day: Cross-Fire Injection

Like Late Night with David Letterman, fuel injection was also fairly new in 1982.

Word of the Day: The Hire

A car chase featuring top talent, top action, top BMWs.

Word of the Day: Akira

Neo Tokyo was about to explode.

Word of the Day: The Seven-Ups

What “Bullitt” is to San Francisco, “The Seven-Ups” is to New York City.

Word of the Day: Ghost in the Shell

Welcome to “Ghost in the Shell,” Shirow Masamune’s 1995 anime classic. It’s as aesthetically beautiful as it is violent.

Word of the Day: Baby Driver

What’s cooler than racing a Subaru WRX through the mean streets of Atlanta?

Word of the Day: Drift Bible

The Drift Bible, featuring drift king Keiichi Tsuchiya, turns 20 this year.

Word of the Day: Daikoku Futo

When is a parking lot not just a parking lot?

Word of the Day: Gunsai Touge

A lot of legendary drift videos were shot at Gunsai Touge, a collection of winding roads that make up the Gunma Cycle Centre.

Word of the Day: Tokyo Auto Salon

Call the Tokyo Auto Salon Japan’s version of the SEMA Show, and you’d be fairly close.

Word of the Day: Bosozoku

Once a big deal–loud bikes, loud lifestyle, loud everything–the Bosozuku numbers have been falling.

Word of the Day: Hurley

This documentary about one of the greatest endurance racers ever doesn’t get bogged down with talk about gear ratios and tire compounds.

Word of the Day: Uppity

Willy T. Ribbs was called the Jackie Robinson of motor racing.

Word of the Day: Snake & Mongoose

Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen brought something else to the table.

Word of the Day: Qualified

In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to qualify for the Indy 500.

Word of the Day: Greased Lightning

Meet Wendell Scott: WWII vet, bootlegger and NASCAR legend.

Word of the Day: 22B

The most desirable Subaru? Perhaps the 1998 Impreza 22B STI

Word of the Day: STI

Let’s go back–all the way back to 2004. Subaru gave shoppers its first U.S.-market Impreza WRX STI.

Word of the Day: Isle of Man

In 2011, Subaru persuaded Isle of Man Time Trial organizers to allow a car around the famed course.

Word of the Day: Subaru 360

Before the Impreza, before the WRX and before the STI, Subaru offered the 360. This is the car that launched Subaru of America.

Word of the Day: Fuji Rabbit

The Fuji Rabbit beat the famed Vespa to market and helped mobilize a postwar Japan.

Word of the Day: Dekotora

Meet the Dekotora, Japanese for decoration truck.

Word of the Day: Kaido Racers

The Kaido Racers–Japanese for highway racers, take their cues from Group 5 machines.

Word of the Day: Takeyari

Those tall exhaust pipes found on Kaido Racers and other Bosozoku-inspired cars have a name: Takeyari. Now you know.

Word of the Day: Bippu

Bippu is all about VIP style: nearly zero ride height, a ton of negative camber and, generally, a luxury nameplate attached to a full-size, rear-drive chassis like a Toyota Crown or Nissan Cedric. What would you build?

Word of the Day: Onikyan

Onikyan is Japanese for demon camber. So much negative camber.

Word of the Day: Brock Racing Enterprises

After his stint with Shelby American, Peter Brock formed his own team: SoCal’s Brock Racing Enterprises.

Word of the Day: Kastner-Brophy Racing

Several factory-backed teams dominated the ’70s SCCA road racing scene, with Triumph employing two teams: Bob Tullius’s Group 44 Inc. in the east, and Kastner-Brophy Racing in the west.

Word of the Day: Group 44 Inc.

The look was unmistakable: white paint, green trim and a logo featuring a reversed pair of 4’s. Team uniforms were spotless. Group 44 Inc. helped raise the bar on car prep and team presentation.

Word of the Day: Bob Sharp Racing

Connecticut’s Bob Sharp Racing would give Datsun their first SCCA national championship in 1967 by winning the F Production race in a Datsun roadster.

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