Another day, another event at Fuji Speedway. But this one was slightly different. It’s not a Super GT race nor is it a massive meet of Liberty Walk’s tuned cars. Instead, this is the Super Car Race. Not an original name, but direct. It’s the result of a gap in Japanese motorsports for the casual exotic owner wanting…
As a city to drive in, Tokyo isn’t the worst, but it is bad. London and L.A. were more chaotic and traffic in Tokyo isn’t nearly as bad as the latter, but it’s still not the ideal place to drive a sports car. So where does one go if one wants some nice roads to drive on? Well there’s one obvious place.
Akio Toyoda is a man who lives for speed. He’s an amateur racer. He’s the patron saint of the rear-drive 86 coupe. He’s the driving force behind Lexuses that are fast and powerful. He secretly takes old race cars out of the Toyota vault and challenges teens to illegal drift contests. (Okay, not the last one, but I bet…
How often do you see an anime creator in a car commercial? Even in Japan, not often! Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno is featured in a new Honda ad, even doing some of the narration.
Currently I’m in California for Monterey Car Week but with a couple of free days before the main events, I wanted to get a taste of the local car scene here. Naturally that led me to the Sunset Plaza GT meet on Sunday morning. Let’s just say I’m a long way from Japan in more ways than one.
In a city that prides itself with harmonizing modernity and tradition, there are few opportunities for the classic car enthusiast in Tokyo to get up close and personal with rare and interesting older cars.
It’s hot in Japan. Hot enough to melt a dashboard rubber duck into a forlorn pool of gooey plastic. And hot enough to make thousands of people intent on proving or disproving the authenticity of a now-viral tweet.
It’s hot in Japan. How hot is it? It is dash-duck meltingly hot.
One hundred and thirty feet underground, this dystopian station might looks like a bunker in the Fallout games, but at least the trains aren’t late. After all, it’s in Japan.
A Japanese baseball pitcher rode onto the mound in a Toyota MR2 to crowd chants and Kernkraft 400. Bow to your new god.
I know as much about Sumo wrestling as you do- two large men in small loincloths slowly try to push each other out of a circle. I would have expected the same looming, deliberate pace from Robot Sumo. But no, these mean little things are terrifreakingfingly fast.
There’s a good reason why so many events happen at Fuji Speedway. It’s one of Japan’s biggest and most famous race circuits. Its close proximity to Tokyo helps too; if you’re lucky you can get there in an hour and a half or so. Plus, it provides a beautiful backdrop. So I’m not going to complain when the Ferrari Club…
Right on the outskirts of Tokyo, roughly an hour away by train, you can find in an unassuming and quiet suburb the headquarters of one of the most revered three-letter combinations in all of motoring: STi. For any diehard Subaru fan, a pilgrimage to the gallery at their headquarters in Mitaka is a must.
A doctor driving what looks like a Mazda hatchback in Japan somehow launched his car over a divider and directly into a tour bus, killing himself and injuring 45, Japan Times reports. The video of the crash looks like something out of an action film. It is terrifying.
When most people think “Japanese Car Culture,” they probably don’t picture Chevy Impalas and old Cadillacs bouncing six feet in the air on hydraulics. But then, those people haven’t been to the Mopona Car show And Swap Meet in Inashiki, Ibaraki.
Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video…