I’ve done a lot of tours for modified car fans in Japan over the past few years, from guiding an entire tour-bus load around Tokyo, all the way down to one person riding along to a track day. I recently met up with a group of nine Australians who wanted to do a whirlwind tour of some of the more famous and interesting shops in Tokyo, so I thought I’d take a few pics along the way.
The first stop on the tour was one of the basic requirements of a workshop tour, Top Secret’s headquarters in Chiba.12 Comments
I was up in Gunma the other day, so I stopped in to visit N-Style, a bodyshop that has made quite a few cars that have featured previously on Noriyaro.
The shop’s owner Nagahama nearly fell over when I pulled up in my van, as I was the last person he expected to show up on a Tuesday afternoon. After enjoying a can of coffee and having a quick chat, I poked around the yard to see what made up his latest lineup of personal cars.8 Comments
When I was at Nikko Circuit the other week shooting the video in the previous post, I also took a few pics of the Ito Auto/Project Mu D1SL cars as they were out practicing.
First car on the team is the Ito Auto’s boss, “Manki” Ito in his JZX100 Chaser.1 Comment
My favourite tyre shop “4Heads” out in Saitama is staffed entirely by drifters who also work on their own cars after closing time.
Not even one lap into the 86 session at the HKS Meeting, and the Rasty 86 is being towed back to the pits. Could the overly-long 1.5km front straight at Fuji Speedway be to blame?
I was out at Fuji Speedway last weekend for the HKS Meeting, and saw that Rasty were out there with their current demo car, which holds the record for the new 86 at Tsukuba with a 57.972 lap.
They were there to challenge a lap time the substantially larger Fuji course, so I thought I’d follow the car along during the day to see how it turned out.3 Comments
What sort of reaction do you think you’d have when the 1000hp R35 GT-R you built did a 1’46.688 around Fuji Speedway while wearing the standard Dunlop run-flat tyres, then hit 325.7km/h on the front straight? Keep in mind that it’s just under a mile long (1.5km) and that F1 cars max out at 310km/h.9 Comments
Remember the crazy FF drift, slammed, onikyan Celica driven by Drift Tengoku staff member Kawashima? After crashing the car at Fuji Speedway, he bought another Celica to modify. This car, he insisted, was going to be at least twice as crazy as the last one.
I dropped in on Body Shop Newtype earlier this week, which is run by Sexy Knights member Niiyan (who drives the Nanagouki RX-7) where the car will be worked on to see it had come along at all. He hadn’t started it at that point, but he posted up these pics on his blog yesterday.
Needless to say, this car is going to be attention-getting and opinion-forming.
The following is a translation of the post on Niiyan’s blog. Before you ask, yes the tyres hold air, yes the car has registration, yes, Kawashima plans to commute to work in it and drift it.
Good evening everyone, let’s begin.
You all enjoyed the video from Tsukuba, right? (He’s talking about this video – Alexi)
Well, let’s upload some coverage of stuff I do at my job.
I really have a lot of stuff to upload.
First of all…
Drift Tengoku Editing Squadron！
This car is the product of his fevered dreams.
Look at the camber angle it has!27 Comments