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I just came by this cute little promotional Datsun cup and saucer via the wonders of eBay (as usual). I was rather hoping there would be some indication on it as to what it was promoting exactly or even how old it was but alas there’s nothing. I figured I’d post it up in case anyone out there knows. It’s beautifully decorated but what’s particularly curious is it’s size. It’s tiny! This makes me think it may possibly be an espresso coffee cup. It being marked with both Datsun and Nissan logos on the base doesn’t really provide any clues to it’s era as in japan both of these logos were used right back, virtually from the start of Nissan Motor. If you know any more about this little cup and saucer  let me know! Some more pictures after the jump…

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Technically minded British TV viewers were provided a rare treat back in 1988 in the form of the wonderful series created by Tim Hunkin, “The Secret Life of Machines”. The first series delved into the theory and working of a variety of everyday household appliances but car nuts had to wait until series two, shown in 1991, when they were treated to not only a program on the car itself but another on the internal combustion engine. Tim Hunkin, aided by Rex Garrod explain through a series of brilliant home made experiments and hand drawn cartoons the inner workings of the motor car, in a manner which is not only understandable by the novice but is equally entertaining for the hands on enthusiast.

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Some time ago, I this unusual brass car badge came into my possession and I decided only recently to do some digging to see if I could ascertain it’s origins. After some fruitless searching using the conventional methods such as Google,  I resorted to using Japanese search engines with the help of the excellent translator at OCN. Finally, after much translating back and forth, Japanese search engine Goo brought forth the answer. Surprisingly it’s not from some kind of national Datsun enthusiasts club as the name would imply…

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I’ve always wanted to drive a C110 Skyline Coupe, and finally I have the chance although not quite what I’d had in mind…

I really don’t know much about this toy car other than it’s made in Japan and has a diamond shaped logo on the base containing the characters “T.N”.  It’s about 20cm long and is powered by a couple of “C” batteries which provide it with forward and backward drive controlled by the column shift style lever on the roof. obviously the steering wheel functions too. It did have some very faded labels on it with race numbers but I peeled them off as they were in such poor shape. Thankfully the neat little “MOON equipped” label survived. Anyone seen anything like this before or know who the manufacturer is? I wonder if they made cartooned toys of other old Japanese cars? More pics after the jump…

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And so begins 2009. Any resolutions for the New Year? For me, not taking any extended breaks from posting on here for a start!  On the agenda for 2009… finish the rebuild of my Violet SSS and Sunny truck for the summer and get my Civic back on the road. Also make a start on restoring my Datsun 1000 Estate and 510 before the end of the year. And finally the big task for the summer, sorting out a nice garage to put my cars in! Plenty to do so plenty to write about!

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