Saturday, 30 April 2011

Picture Exclusive Man - Closure!

Yesterday I found a man who was previously titled "Picture Exclusive Man" while playing Gran Turismo 5. I asked around the internet and this morning I've had a reply from someone on who has told me who it is. The idea of it being Ayrton Senna's ghost proves to be just as far-fetched as it sounds.

It's Japanese racing driver and creator of Spoon Sports, Tatsuru Ichshima!

Here he is in GT5 as a Premium render. Just kidding.
Ichishima-san's significance in the world of Gran Turismo stems from him racing alongside series creator Kazunori Yamauchi in the well-known 25 Hours Of Thunderhill, which is the longest endurance race in motorsport by 1 hour, as most major endurance races typically last a day. In 2009, he prepared a 4-door Japanese-market Honda Civic Type-R for the longest race, something he can do better than most, perhaps all Honda tuners due to his 23 years of running Spoon Sports (who exclusively modify Hondas), as well as privately racing them beforehand. His overall experience with racing Hondas spans almost 40 years. He and Yamauchi-san were joined on the driving team by Sam Mitani and ex-JTCC racer Naoki Hattori. Despite receiving penalties and spending an hour in the pits, they finished 7th in class.

Friday, 29 April 2011

A Mystery of Gran Turismo 5 - Who Is Picture Exclusive Man?

On Gran Turismo 5, I recently spent Cr.5,260,000 on a 1991 Mazda 787B racing car, and decided to take a few pictures of it in a Japanese setting (called "Kyoto - Gion"). The man here is leaning against a bridge looking at the small river below, occasionally looking towards you so you can take his photograph. I've noticed him before, but not really paid any attention to him, but this time I decided to take his picture. As it turns out, doing so - provided you press Square to 'AutoFocus' on his face - unlocks a Hidden Trophy called Picture Exclusive. The description reads: Take a picture of a special someone as he stands in Kyoto's Gion district. The thing I want to know is, who the hell is he?

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Porsche 997 Goes Out With A 4000cc Bang

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (997.5)
What you see here is not a squashed VW Beetle with a wing on the back. What you see here is the 21st and final version of what many consider the best generation of Porsche 911 ever: Type 997.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Chocolate Eating Day!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently. College work appeared just when I thought it was over...

Lindor is officially the best-tasting chocolate...... In The World.
Christians might call this day "Easter", Pagans might have called it "Ostara" before the Christians nicked it, the Internet uses this weekend to post either rabbit-based soft porn or a captioned picture joking about Jesus taking 3 days to respawn, but it actually serves a wider purpose that almost everybody appreciates and most non-religious people take advantage of. To that end, I hope you've all had a Happy Chocolate Eating Day today! I myself swapped the usual Cadbury egg for this smaller, more expensive, better-tasting Lindor egg. Gorgeous chocolate on the outside and strange soft-but-solid chocolate-like stuff on the inside (in the little ones, that is), it was delicious!

Of course, the last month or so has also been Creme Egg season, and that once again made me think of a toy car I had when I was little. It was a Creme Egg Car (although I called it a van) that Cadbury's used to have a fleet of to drive around in busy areas and sell their wares, similar to Red Bull using Minis with an oversized dummy can on the back of what became a pickup-style body. Thinking about it now, I'd like to buy a Red Bull Mini and take the can and stickers off before maybe stretching the wheelbase a little and having a BMW Mini Pickup. The problem with this plan (aside from lack of funds, etc.) is that I would of course have to buy a BMW 0-Series, and I don't like them. Anyway, the Creme Egg van.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Formula 1 - Chinese Grand Prix 2011

SPOILER WARNING: There are two spoilers in this picture: one at the front and one at the rear of the car

Normally the new circuits make for boring racing, because while the design may look good on Hermann Tilke's drawing board, they usually aren't that great for overtaking. This year however, the Chinese GP was so good it was practically a cheap knock-off of a more expensive European Grand Prix. There was so much action the TV directors couldn't keep up with it all!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Supercar/Muscle Tuesday - Ford GT

To make up for a lack of Supercar Saturday and Muscle Car Monday, here's a car that covers both.

Now, a lot of car names are words meant to evoke some kind of feeling or mindset, or aid a car's image, like "Charger" or "Mustang", but when the name is just a combination of letters and numbers, it is comparatively cold and only has meaning to the anoraks who have decoded it. Sometimes though, particular combinations do have meaning, they do evoke thoughts and emotions, and they can even evoke memories of a legend. One such instance might be GT-R, another might be M3 or RS or F1, depending on what you know or grew up with. One of the big ones, however, is a name that speaks of revenge, of endurance, of victory and of icons: GT40.