Sold As Seen Podcast Episode 4 – Overnight Parts from Japan with Chris Gray

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The Sold as Seen team pay their respects to a local legend from the Northern Ireland car community. Sadly, Dave “the Boffin” Hollinger, the man with most recognisable Toyota Corolla “twin cam” on this island, was laid to rest this week. Andy, Craig and Gaz deliver their own personal eulogy to Dave, recalling how he was often at the centre of every car event during the early 2000s. 

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It is very fitting that his week’s guest was no stranger to either Dave or the world of “twin cams”. Chris Gray of AE86 World joins the team to tell us about his love of Japan: the cars, the culture and the people.

Chris Gray and Smoky Niigata from Top Secret

Listen to Chris talk about how his Dad and his brother passed on a passion for fast cars and modified motors. A chance encounter with a R32 Skyline GT-R sparked a deep interest in JDM car culture that wouldn’t go away.

Hear how – at the age of just 18 – Chris boarded a plane and took off for Tokyo, armed with nothing more than a folder full of directions printed from Google Maps. 

Bright Neon Lights in a Japanese City

A two week tuning shop binge laid the foundations for a future career, a business and a family.

AE86 World Demo Car

It’s a place we think we know so much about, yet we really know so little. So, if you want first hand stories about what life in Japan is really like, how a passion became a living and rubbing shoulders with the one and only Drift King, this is a must listen.

Show notes:

Chris’s own stunning Toyota Levin GTV:

As the prices of iconic Japanese cars sky rocket, we ask Chris if there are any little-known JDM gems left. Behold! The Toyota Verossa:

Toyota Verossa

Chris tells some great stories about visiting world famous tuners, Top Secret:

Chris tells us how AE86 World is getting involved in some serious restoration work. Here’s the gold standard in Toyota Corolla GT Coupes:

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Cooper replied at 21:49, Tue 25 May, 2021
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Big Pimp replied at 08:03, Wed 26 May, 2021
I cannot wait to get stuck into this! Just out to work now, so will get it pumped up loud whilst I'm picking and packing orders!
Rocko replied at 08:06, Wed 26 May, 2021
My mind was absolutely blown with Chris' stories. There's probably another episode in there too with the amount of stuff we didn't even get to.
Gaz replied at 08:47, Wed 26 May, 2021
Same, really fascinating. Japan sounds an amazing place.
crippyc replied at 10:37, Wed 26 May, 2021
Awesome listen. Fair play to Chris, would take some balls to do all that as a spotty teenager
Crxpete replied at 11:19, Wed 26 May, 2021
Inspirational or what?! ? So many tall tales and as time moves on people will look back and go holy sh*t. For such a “small wee country” there are so many talented and dedicated people within our society. ?
pizza85 replied at 12:03, Wed 26 May, 2021
Audio in the interview is gone wrong in mine, listening through Spotify. Questions and answers all playing at once lol
Rocko replied at 12:05, Wed 26 May, 2021
Got a time stamp for that? There were some connection issues that Chris would be talking and not hearing our questions coming through to him.
Cooper replied at 12:11, Wed 26 May, 2021
| Audio in the interview is gone wrong in mine, listening through Spotify. Questions and answers all playing at once lol
Did it download from spotify last night? Try playing it live, I had an upload boo boo and re-uploaded but it might have downloaded the old version.
pizza85 replied at 12:12, Wed 26 May, 2021
| Got a time stamp for that? There were some connection issues that Chris would be talking and not hearing our questions coming through to him.
Testing through the phone here to see if it was the echo dot causing the issue. Was right at the start of the interview though. Seems to bebokay through the phone so far though | Did it download from spotify last night? Try playing it live, I had an upload boo boo and re-uploaded but it might have downloaded the old version.
Wasn't downloaded but I've closed and reopened Spotify and seems to be resolved ?


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