If you’re a fan of Option videos, you may have noticed that whenever they feature a bosozoku-style car, like in the Go Go Daijiro segments, there’s always this one guy named Daisuke who keeps showing up with one or two of the cars. After a relatively difficult time tracking down his workshop (I eventually found an ad of his in a slightly obscure magazine and called the number) I took a drive out to visit it.
This is the view from the long, narrow driveway leading up to his yard. The spraypainted characters on that busted old Nissan say “Daisuke Shouten”, which means “Daisuke’s Shop”. Obviously, if you’re meant to know where this place is, you’ll already know.
This Y30 Gloria belongs to one of Daisuke’s employees, Masa. The kanji characters on the chin spoiler says “Sendai”, which is Masa’s home town. If you’re wondering what the thing on the left it, it’s a thing for holding those bug-repellent incense things. Believe it or not, this car does actually get driven to the occasional carpark meeting. Just hope that nobody steps out in front of him. The extended front bonnet is metal sheet welded to the original bonnet, held in place by a frame of thin round bar.
This Cresta Super Lucent is what VIP-style used to look like.
Toyota Corona Hakosuka lookalike.
It could be convincing…from a long way away…at night. It still looks cool for a Corona though.
Massively over-fendered Nissan Cedric 330. This would make a nice daily driver, but perhaps not on a rainy day, considering it’s on race slicks.
Sharknose Hakosuka literally dumped in the weeds.
It’s not a real GT-R though, so don’t worry.
Once again, the humble Corona shows how good it can look with a simple lowering job and set of Mark IIs.
In case you’re wondering about the title of this article, it’s what’s written in Japanese on that little red sticker on the boot lid (or trunk lid for American readers), and is Daisuke’s trademark phrase.
UPDATE: Actually, I had another look at it recently, and it’s a joke variation of his sticker which reads “You’re driving too slow, Saitama-ken”.
Alongside the modified cars in Daisuke’s yard are plenty of fresh base cars like this Mark II. All you have to do is turn up to his yard with a handful of cash, and he’ll turn anything you like into whatever you like.
Sinister-looking Gloria with Suzuki Escudo steel wheels.
I bet most JDM fans would take this Cresta just the way it is.
Drag wagons are a popular subculture here in Japan, with the Nissan Cedric being one of the more popular choices.
This Fairlady is one of Daisuke’s personal cars (that’s him in the photo). A C210 “Japan” Skyline tail light conversion and S13 Silvia headlight conversion make it kind of confusing for the police when they pull him over. “They think it’s a Corvette” he said.
I suppose the Chev bowtie adds to the illusion.
Part II coming tomorrow.