FOUR DOORS, LOUD SIX: Yaruki Mate! GX71 Cresta

June 2, 2010 8:48 pm Published by

So, the last several posts were all about girl drifters. Let’s move onto the most manly thing we can find: a four-door Toyota kyusha.

I saw this GX71 Cresta last week at a Himawari Racing event. “Yaruki Mate!” is the name of a drifting team from Hachioji. It’s a parody of the “Yanky Mate!” sticker on Akira’s Fairlady, a character in the Shakotan Boogie comic book series. “Yaruki” means “motivation”.

It looks great, even with the standard body.

Showa drift at its best.

With the kind of camber he was running, it wasn’t surprising that sometimes…

…the tyres would unexpectedly pop.

Good, now we can follow it back to the pits…

…and have a closer look at it.

You know you’re doing things right when the standard mudguards are scraping.

Cresta desu.


Crestas are considered to be the ride of choice for guys who follow the Yankee style. Mark IIs are OK too, but Chasers are just a bit too sporty and overachieving.

Standard 1G-G.

The most important thing about a zokusha’s engine is the sound of the exhaust, so a tubular manifold helps that. Of course, it has to be painted.

The interior can be comfy too, but the bucket seat needs to look totally out of place.

Suichuka shifter and tiny steering wheel too, check.

Hang on, why does he have two throttle cables?

Why would you install a motorbike accelerator grip in a car? So you can do proper bosozoku-style “calls”, like this:

Kazuya seems to like it! If you’re wondering what a “call” is, have a look at some of the Youtube videos under this link.

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  • brian says:

    yeah! so rad! thanks alexi, made my crap day heaps better.

  • Henry says:

    Rad. I’m definately feelin this. Maybe one day i can be a rev champion!

  • Isidro says:

    incredible! car of the year for me.

  • Phil says:

    Man that’s cool. I wonder how long it’ll be till we see people outside of Japan mokey up some of those bike throttles.

  • Rob_180sx says:

    That’s an awesome mod! 😀

  • Brendan says:

    this is the coolest thing ever haha.
    I love how careless and fun this looks.

  • Todd says:

    every single one of those images makes me happy.
    so good alexi. thank you!

  • oli says:

    What is that seat!

    Such a good post, i love it when you write about stuff like this.

  • thomas says:

    so the calls are just singing a song with your exhaust basically?

    when my brakes were going out, i tried to get them to squeal jingle bells.

    it almost happened.

  • johnzoku says:

    hey awesome post man! this thing was rad at ebisu, should of got some pics my self then.

    motorbike throttle… yeah, ill be doing that for sure 😛

    did you ask what suspension he’s running by anychance? no camber tops looks like no springs to me 😛

  • Killua says:

    I love GX71s. That bike throttle was a neat idea too!

    By the way, what kind of steering drift cars have in Japan? I mean, do they remove power steering or leave it as it is? I don’t really know where else I could ask this… I’m curious to know if there are advantages/disadvantages between the two set-ups.

  • mike says:

    ^^ They mostly leave the powersteer in, makes it alot more controlable, the little KE70’s and Ae86 will mostly have none, they are generally light enough to get away with it.

  • Direzza says:

    Awesome, some more love for the X-chassis people!

    Btw, whatever happened to that contest from WAY back in December?

  • TrivsTomUK says:

    sweet ride, love the scruffiness of the stock look. thanks for introducing me to the idea of a ‘call’ too, really funny idea, love it!

  • dangina says:

    Kazuya = genius!

  • dave says:

    wow bosozuku calls are the MOST ANNOYING THING IN THE WORLD.

  • Killua says:

    @mike: Thank you for the reply. I’m always curious for those small details, hehe.

  • reddohc desu says:

    LOL dude. Just had to write in about that Yoroshiku comment haha! With the angle of the pic and everything.

  • michael says:

    thats a first gen 1G-GE, its got T-VIS variable throttle control and new was good for 160 ps. TWINCAM24 spec’d GX71s would be extremely rare and sought after considering how common 1G-E Grandes were