So Jtuned is back.
The other day for no reason I typed “jtuned” into the address bar in my browser (really, I haven’t even thought of that blog in ages) and came across something very usual – apparently the twice defunct (but at its time the pinnacle of jdm blogs) jdm website is due to be relaunched in a few short minutes.
Back in the day the blog was really something else: it featured a minimalistic design that put all the focus on the cars, only three features per month or two, a handpicked assortment of artistically done j-spec and jdm cars which transcended the siloing of streetcar/showcar/trackcar, and the jaw-dropping photography of the best automotive photographer I’ve ever seen : Steve Demmitt.
The site was really at the top of the game in 2005 and 2006 – back then there weren’t really many jdm car blogs, and JTuned (like tunerzine) were fashioned as online magazines. The work that went into it was intense, but the work really showed. But after awhile the features began to grow further and further apart. For reasons unknown Steve Demmitt’s photography was removed from the website. And after awhile the updates stopped altogether. It was really a shame when the site went defunct. Anyone who runs a car blog (and I barely consider this one) can tell you that life makes consistent delivery of outstanding content difficult sometimes. Moreover the proliferation of jdm car blogs (sorry for partying) in recent years I’m sure has lessened the incentive that there once was to throw together amazing content on a monthly basis. But JTuned truly was the best, and it was a shame when it went defunct.
Moreover, the website had a notable affinity to Bugeyes (from memory, there were 4 bug eyes as feature cars: Nasif’s gold bugeye (RIP), Porkchop’s bugeye, D Money’s bugeye when it first hit the scene, and another stunning white bugeye (to later be posted)).
The site was taken over a few years ago by new management and the posts resumed, though the new layout was far busier than the original layout with its Google-like simplicity (I strive for Craigslist-like, personally).
As of this past weekend the website has displayed a nicely-designed countdown screen with a Nismo FIA GT GT-R, promising a new reinvigorated JTUNED – to be dropped in exactly 7 minutes from now. Lets hope it will deliver a gorgeous layout, outstanding feature cars, longevity, and bugeyes as the original JTUNED did.
Update: the counter was reset – pushed back by a month?
Update to Update: never updated after months…
the bugeyegarage bugeye c.2006