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By in 02-02-2009 12:30 am

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.



FULL THROTTLE: Papa-chan’s 10,000rpm AE86 drifter

By in 28-01-2009 12:30 am

Remember these shots of Tomonori Akai’s car at the MSC invitational competition at Odaiba? You can thank him for the fact you’re seeing these photos today. He has been bugging me constantly on Mixi (a Japanese Myspace/Facebook) and in person all day yesterday at Tsukuba Circuit, wanting to see the shots I took of his car a couple of weeks ago. So then, here they are.



OLD TIN: Japan Classic Car Association’s New Year Meeting, Part I

By in 26-01-2009 12:30 am

I now have a large bruise in my arse from where I have been repeatedly kicking it for only giving myself ten minutes to cover one of the most awesome static car shows I have seen in Japan so far.

Why wasn’t I there on time to cover the Japan Classic Car Association’s annual New Year Meeting in the Odaiba parking area? As I mentioned yesterday, we had a rather important interview scheduled at the same time with a person of great interest to the worldwide Japanese modified car scene.

Of course, work generally has to come before pleasure, but when pleasure is only ten minutes down the road from where you’re working that day, you’re going to try your damnest to get there in time.



WEEKEND EDITION: 25th January 2009

By in 25-01-2009 11:00 pm

Today was interesting. The Japan Classic Car Association show was on today at Odaiba, but I didn’t make it there until about ten minutes before it closed.

Why? I had a very interesting interview for a foreign magazine lined up today. The photo should give you a bit of a clue as to who it was.

I still managed to take a few photos at the JCCA show though, and they will be posted up very soon. What I actually did manage to capture will have you all cursing me for not turning up earlier, I guarantee. Wait until you see some of the cars and the haircuts of their owners.

One other thing that’s interesting is that I’m getting a very high readership from Finland of all places, so tervetuloa, minun suomalaiset ystäväni.


BAD DAY: 180SX crash and flip at Bihoku

By in 22-01-2009 2:02 am

Here’s one for all the people who make a big deal about not using bolt-in cages in drift cars.

The first corner at Bihoku Highland Circuit is bordered by a steep dirt wall with stacks of tyres in it. Usually, the tyres cop it if someone strays a bit too far off the proper line when they initiate, but someone the dirt sees a bit of action too.