Neil’s Niseko with Niseko Village

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Things have been beyond busy here at One Films HQ this fall! Lots of events all over the country for my Car Danchi 8 film and I have been working behind the scenes on a few upcoming projects. One of them I can make the official announcement about as this project has gone live on the web.

I am going to be showcasing one of my favorite area’s this coming winter, can you guess where? Niseko of course. I have partnered with Niseko Village to share some of my photo and video work on their global website through a special page called, simply “Neil’s Niseko”. Niseko is not technically mine, wish it was though. I will be doing my best to capture what I love about Niseko and share some of that on the site.

There is a special “Car Danchi Niseko classics” edit on the site for viewing now and also a daily countdown with photos until the opening of the resort on 12/1

Please check in every now and then and I hope to see you on the slopes this coming season!

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Car Danchi Camper for sale!

The Camper van has been sold!  Thanks to all who sent in offers!

Camper van for sale!

The legendary camper featured in the snowboard movie series “Car Danchi” is for sale!
Custom built on a Toyota HILUX truck Manual 5 Speed 2800cc 3L engine. This camper is made for the all terrain all access go anywhere lifestyle!

Legal to carry up to 7 people, and comfortably rides and sleeps 4 or 2 adults and 3 kids.
It has all the basics and none of the unneeded items like a shower that you never use.
It features a sink a table.  Plug for external electric hook up

Window screens and shades.
Very warm to sleep in even in the winter.
Has a heater that runs off of the diesel fuel (I never used it).
Air suspension for level sleeping and carrying heavy loads.
Summer and winter tires included.
Shaken for TWO YEARS. Valid until 2016 July 14th. Just paid ¥170,000 for that!
Stereo / CD player

Best offer takes the camper! Including a full tank of gasoline, window washer fluid, an ice scraper, sunscreen for front window and maybe a few other goodies!

Time limit for offers August 15th

Price ideas.  My local car repair master tells me the Toyota Hilux is worth about ¥600,000 just as parts.  A check of similar campers on the internet shows some dealers selling this type model with similar mileage for about ¥1,200,000 or more.  So some where between those two numbers!

I have added a form at the bottom of this post to send in comments, questions, and offers!

Now check out a few photos for details!

Look how good it looks on the road!

Camper 1

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Spare tire on the front.  Needs to be removed for the bi yearly “Shaken” test.  This keeps the car registered as a vehicle under the 5 Meter limit which means ferry fees and highway tolls are the same as a passenger car.

Camper 3

Camper 4

Large awning rolls out and makes for a shady spot.  Fiamma brand.

Camper 9

The body is not much wider than the truck itself which makes driving easy on Japan’s rather narrow roads.

Camper 7

Screen door and step.

Camper 8

Beds ready for sleeping!

Camper 10

Table mode.

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Sink and storage.  The sink is basically there to keep the “8” (camper) license number.  I never had the need to use the sink as there are sinks and bathrooms all over Japan.  The doesn’t mean you cannot use it, there is a tank underneath the camper that collects the drain water as required.

Some storage space underneath the sink and storage under both seats.

Camper 12

Electrical control and battery check panel.

Camper 13

Windows have built in screen and shade.  Just pull up or down depending on the season and activity.

Camper 16

HID headlamps that cost me ¥50,000 and are worth the cost.  Very bright and makes for safe driving!

Camper 17

Electrical hookup.

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Captains position!

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Storage space behind the drivers seat.

Camper 20

Now if you still want to see more watch the video I made about the camper below.  All in Japanese but you will be able to get a good idea of what it looks like and drives like!


年式 H5(1993)
燃料 軽油 3L
乗車定員 7名
走行距離 85773 キロ

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Neil Weblog Archive and Contact

As you have probably noticed Neil has been very busy ever since the release of Car Danchi 7th Gear, the latest in his series of films.  Finding time to write stories for this blog has become very difficult and he has focused mainly on keeping fans and friends informed via his Facebook account, tied into Instagram photos and Twitter messages.  You can see his Twitter Feed to the right on this page.  He would like to encourage everyone to follow his personal Facebook page which can be easily found by doing a Google search on his name.  If you are not a friend he would be more than happy to establish a friendship through FB. It would be better to contact Neil through the FB message system, if you have a comment to make or share with others.

This blog page will remain activated as it provides a very valuable resource of his history going back to September 2007. Also, the links to many of his favorite sites will be maintained and added to for they provide some great information on a variety of topics.  Whenever things change and there is time to add important information to this weblog once again, I am sure he will do it.

Neil’s Dad


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9/19(木) 20:00から大ヒットシリーズ【車団地】の仕掛け人、ニール・ハートマンが USTREAM で 新作「Car Danchi 7 GEAR」の魅力を生中継。



Car Danchi Sapporo premier! 9/16 at Bankei

ICI sports presents a ski and Snowboard movie show! Car Danchi 7 and Build 5 showing together one night only at Bankei in Sapporo. This will be four days before the official release so please come and check it out before everyone has a chance to even buy the DVD!

It cost 500 yen to get in and you get one drink with entrance. Last year the room was packed and the movies looked and sounded great on the big screen and HD projection system. On the same day there is a wood fireplace festival going on in the parking lot at Bankei. If you are interested in wood fires, fireplaces and related topics I suggest coming early and spending the afternoon AND evening at Bankei!

Hope to see you there!










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