Ahoy! StarQuest Bonus! Redux! Whatever! The Gullwing Starion!

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Too late for yesterday's blockbuster Maximum StarQuest Day bonanza, Bumbeck tipped us off to an example of one of the rarest of the Starion/Conquest breed: the vaunted Gullwing! Originally conceived for a Japanese cop show nobody seems to know anything about called simply, Gorilla, Mitsu created four of the cars back in '88; a fifth was built by the vehicle's owner with parts ordered from the factory.

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Interestingly, while the factory cars had manual doors, the owner-built vehicle's were power-operated. Unfortunately, this tended to be a bit much strain for the battery and the doors were converted to manual operation. We promise this is the last Starion-related post for a while. Really. No, Scout's Honor. Unless somebody uncovers a scissor-door Conquest.

Gullwing Starion [Mitsubishi Starion U.K. Owners Club]

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OnePumpChump
OnePumpChump

1974, shut your hole. You don't know what the hell you're talking about.

ecmuller...you're almost right. There is no R or L sound in Japanese (or Korean...or a lot of languages. Mandarin Chinese is not one of those languages, BTW). They have one sound that is kind of in between. Some people think it sounds like a D. It's kind of like if you rolled your Rs but you only did it once.

Try getting a Japanese person to say "election."

What's extra weird, is that since Japanese isn't phonetic, it's syllabic, most Japanese people can only pronounce certain sounds in combination with certain other sounds. Basically, if it isn't one of the standard Kana characters, your typical Japanese person can't say it. I've known three people who worked at trading companies (different ones, even) which dealt in wood. All of them spoke some English. None of them could actually say the word "wood." They'd say "oodo." They have a W sound. They have an "OO" (as in "pool," but close enough) sound. But since they aren't placed together in standard Japanese writing, there's a mental block there for most Japanese speakers.

Korean does not have this problem, despite the related language and similar set of phonemes, since they can put any of their consonants with any of their vowels.