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Motorex owner Jailed...

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  1. Bob Vila

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    According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the owner of Motorex, Nanahoshi Hiroaki, 33, was arrested Thursday and booked into the L.A. County Jail. He is being held on $1 Million bail.

    Hiroaki's initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday of this week.

    Hiroaki and Motorex came to the recognition of Nissan enthusiasts in the US as they became the only Registered Importer legally authorized to legalize Skylines for US use. As Motorex was able to comply with stringent US crash-testing requirements, they petitioned the courts to protect their interest in the Skyline market by "locking out" other would-be importers from the list of necessary modifications.

    Not only did this give Motorex a corner on the market for legal Skylines, it also allowed them to command a premium price for each legalized car. Motorex-prepped Skylines can fetch upwards of $50,000. While making loads of money, Motorex also made loads of enemies.

    According to sources, the lease to the Motorex facility has been overdue for months, and is now locked out by the landlord.

    The US Department of Transportation has offically rescinded importation eligibility for both the R32 and R34 Skylines, only 96-98 R33 Skylines are still eligible to be imported.

    Stay tuned - We'll keep you updated on the latest news as it becomes available.

    http://nicoclub.com/news.shtml

    -- I guess he duped the feds in the requirements on the R32 & R34...
     
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    I heard on another forum he was badgin s13's as r32's etc.
    He tried to dupe the feds but got caught . No more skylines, atleast till some one else wants to try..
     
  3. Bob Vila

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    R33's are still available to be imported :)
     
  4. Celerity

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    One MILLION Dollars



    Why so much? Wouldn't it be great if California had to follow a constitutional amendment that stated "Fair and reasonable" punishments?

    I mean late on your rent = jail time+$1,000,000/California. Holy shit.

    I hate California. I hate California. I hate California.
     
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    Obviously they're just holding him until the feds bust him on a slew of federal charges for his lack of accordance with the crash testing laws.
     
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    F*ck Motorex


    yeah, if you live in CA, I guess you'd have to go through them...but over here in the free world, you can import/legalize Skylines without *that* much hassle


    Legal R34...NOT FROM MOTOREX
     
  7. formby

    formby learning in progress

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    yesterday i saw one on my way to work...i love that car
     
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    $35k for a GT-T is a rip off.... and that body work is retarded... [​IMG]
     
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    $35K for an STi is a rip-off :)
     
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    [​IMG]
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    $1 for a mirage is a rip off. so go off yourself. (oh wait, jersey is going to hold me liable [​IMG] )


    and remember too, this is a USED car. a 1999.

    a 1999 sti (if it existed here) would certainly not go for anywhere near 35k
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    well if you find any free mirage's send them my way :)

    i know its from 99. its also something not sold in the US.
     
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    you're missing the point






    also, a 99 STi *might* do close to that...those old 2.5 RS front ends were pretty friggin nice looking (vs. our bugeye WRX's and new STI's)
     
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    2.5 RS are wicked hot. id love to build one of those puppies.
     
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    The only magazine test that tested the first gen JDM Impreza WRX (I guess.. the STi, with the manual sprayer, 555 motor, etc. The real one) was a comparo against the Firebird WS6 in a 1/4 mile. Both were about 8 pounds per horse.
     
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    Its called Florida . . . you can drive anything there.

    Most states have regs that make it tough to get a skyline on the road.
     
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    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    Teh only skylines I want are the old ones...KPGC110 or an R31.... [​IMG]
     
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    these are federal regulations... ie: federal crash test data...
     
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