Tuesday 24 March 2015

Roadster Bros Magazine Volume 7

Roadster Bros Magazine
Roadster Bros is a Japanese magazine dedicated to all things Roadster. It is similar in style and content to the Hyper Rev series and the discontinued Road&ster magazines. Roadster Bros has been published annually since it launched in 2010, though recently it has switched to a twice yearly schedule. There have been seven issues so far, the latest was published a few weeks ago and covers the launch of the ND along with the usual mix of features, interviews, and adverts.

The latest issue is priced at 2000 Yen, or around £10. I picked mine up from Amazon Japan with £7 priority shipping. There is no VAT charge on magazines so you don't have to worry about any extra fees. Shipping was through DHL and took just 3 days to arrive from Tokyo with online tracking showing every step of the journey. My copy arrived in a thin cardboard box and inside was covered in shrink wrap, so no worries about water damage or creases during its 9470km journey.

Like Hyper Rev the text is mostly Japanese, but the magazine is 144 pages of great pictures of all kinds of parts & accessories, event reports, and adverts from all the well known aftermarket suppliers together with some lesser known vendors. Let's take a look inside and you'll see what I mean...

Front cover and Garage Vary advert

First impressions of the ND and advert from S2 Racing

Olive Ball and Integral Kobe demo cars

Pitcrew Racing and Jetstream features

Cup Concept is featured along with several pages of aftermarket parts listings

If you're interested in starting a collection of Roadster Bros, here are the back issue numbers and published dates:

  1. July, 12 2010
  2. July, 12 2011
  3. July, 13 2012
  4. July, 12 2013
  5. Jan, 31 2014
  6. July, 14 2014
  7. Jan, 31 2015
  8. July, 14 2015