What better place to check out my first stance based show than in Japan? Even though its not particularly my style, I definitely appreciate the look of the cars and love the heart put into the builds in this country. Something in this culture allows them to churn out so many wild cars, so how could I go wrong?
As I mentioned before, I met up with Danny from FC Autosource to make the drive out to Fuji Speedway together. We decided to start from Ebina parking area in hopes of catching a weekend gathering or two while there but ended up not seeing too much. I got a real kick out of his choice of transportation for the day though. A dropped and modified Daihatsu Mira Walkthrough from his inventory.
The forecast was for clouds but the sun persevered and left me cursing myself for leaving my circular polarizer at home by mid afternoon.
Here is how the day transpired.
Mini dekatora truck appeared just as I lost my opportunity to capture a first gen corvette.
These Z32 Fairladys passed me on the way to Ebina PA
Nice and clean purple integra
Danny was easy to spot in his Diahatsu Mira Walkthru.
We had some fun snapping photos of each other along the drive to Fuji Speedway.
The perfectly manicured highways are always a treat to drive on. Fortunately there was no traffic on the way there.
This Honda Civic Beagle 4wd pulled up on my side just before reaching the venue. I don’t remember seeing it at the show though.
Shortly afterwards, I reached the main entrance to Fuji Speedway. I took the opportunity to do the touristy thing and capture the hakosuka here.
Danny caught up and we made our way onto the facilities. Hakomira anyone?
While walking towards the event to scope out closer parking spaces, this Ghia passed us. It barely cleared the 1 inch incline.
Quite a scenic view with a really good looking 3rd gen WRX.
As we came closer to the Slammed Society entry, we were greeted by a large group of spectator’s cars that could have made a small show of their own.
Super clean and nicely modified liftback Celica.
Surrounded by vintage friends.
Just behind the Celica and Laurel was a trio of kaido racers.
Off in the distance a grouping of vintage cars was spotted under some shade so we made a beeline to see what was going on
It turned out to be a special section for AME to show off the latest wheels made in collaboration with Fatlace.
While the styles looked great on some cars like this Datsun 510
I wasn’t really sold on the lines matched up with the Hakosuka
With wheels being one of the defining modifications for this scene, all the major manufacturers were out to display their wares. The new anodized finish available on Volk rims looked amazing. Showing the variety of colors available on one wheel was pretty cool.
Star Road also came out with Work to show off thier new Glow Star wheels.
Displayed on a restored Hakosuka …
and nearly flawless Kenmeri.
The actual show itself was in a large parking area just behind the grandstands for the main straight of the track.
Having arrived early, we saw a bunch of wild stuff like this S15 pulling in to position.
Followed by this infamous X100 Cresta
The parts that weren’t covered by the track outline camo were much more refined than the first time I saw the car.
The Bensopra 380SX.
It was looking much closer to completion than when I first Saw it at Tokyo Auto Salon
The Rocket bunny FRS looking as good as always.
The metal fabrication and paintjob on this 86 left me speechless.
One of the more interesting cars to catch my attention was this cool MK2 Jetta.
Nicely matched tires and flares on this Soarer
I just found the vinyl adorning this VW Golf amusing
Speaking of amusing vinyl, this guys front fender was sporting the entire Sponge Bob crew.
A pretty well known B110 Sunny.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one who expected cooler temperatures.
I have to respect the amount of hours put in to this S13 if nothing else.
The beige actually looked pretty nice on this R35.
There were a huge amount of Levins and Truenos around.
A great mix of stance and track inspired could be found.
The engine bay in this Levin caught my eye with all the clutter tucked away and the 16V Twin Cam at center stage.
Less is more? There were quite a few cars that kept to a clean uncluttered style and they looked great.
Clean FC RX7 by Zero Style.
How about an R32 with camber bordering on Oni-kyan levels?
S2000s are always close to my heart.
This W126 Mercedes brought back fond memories of high school. I wasn’t really inclined to modify mine though.
It is always great to run into a few friends. Daisuke who runs Oval auto on the left and Jeab from Thailand on the right.
I had to stop by the Oval auto booth. Daisuke was displaying his time attack R33, RWB 964, and a customer’s E92 M3.
He was kind enough to pop the hood and let me check out what was done to the RB26.
The E92 M3 had a full titanium exhaust system after the headers.
This Volkswagen e-UP had a huge presence. I loved the look
Who knew economic hybrids could be so cool.
An interesting mix of carbon and faux alligator leather vinyl wrap.
I think this old Impalla was the only American iron on display.
Quite a classy interior
This vintage Mercedes 220 was a favorite of mine.
The extreme amounts of work and detail in the finished product is really impressive
From its stance and wild interior…
to the sound system riding out back. Quite a piece of work.
They definitely found an interesting use for the destroyed oil cooler.
Loved the intake setup.
Spotless 4th gen civic hatch.
Slammed NSX. As if they aren’t low enough already.
You don’t typically see this message on show cars.
Maybe the owner thought people could add to the rugged look.
Speaking of rugged, there were two military model themed Nissans on display. I am a big fan of the style.
A Rocket Bunny kitted 180SX. I love that it was worn from use unlike all the show cars floating around with this bodywork.
Sporting a huge rear diffuser.
But being unscathed doesn’t mean a car is just made for show. This R32 sedan being a prime example
Its RB motor is regularly thrashed in drift battles.
VW love machine
A rack with no accessories. =(
These Pixar sun screens always give me a smile.
Accessories were all the rage. From bicycles and extra wheels…
helmets, models, and…
highly dented and scraped drivetrain or body accessories to show just how devoted the owner is to riding low.
Fortunately the Teru teru bōzu (“Shine shine monk” to bring good weather) amulet hanging from this guys bumper worked a treat and made the clouds recede.
All sorts of hood props were employed. Killer Bears…
Jacks and Colt machine guns…
Perhaps the jack wasn’t an accessory and the door hinge shock was broken.
One thing that was certain from the passion being displayed is as they say, “Low is a lifestyle”
For kids of all sizes.
The passion is undoubtedly instilled from a young age.
Speaking of passions, I was overjoyed when I heard the sound of a track day taking place on the other side of the grandstand.
It was great to see a bit of action on Fuji Speedway. I definitely need to find a way to drive the track for myself.
There was a nice mix of machinery out creating a ruckus.
Motorcycles were out for a bit of fun as well.
An R35 lurked in the paddocks to keep everyone in check.
Seeing these guys prep their cars made me reminisce of RMRF at Motorsport Ranch in Houston.
On the way out, I decided to snap a few more pics of the cars just outside the show.
The Audi front end conversion of this X100 Cresta was really well done.
Nicely preserved R30
And a group of Porsches. Man, I miss my 993…
Fortunately I wasn’t thrown out for having so much wheel gap.
Fuji Speedway had one last surprise for me that day. A huge group of Ferrari F40s and F50s were driving along the entry roads as we left. While I was sad that I couldn’t capture a picture of them with the Hako, an irresistible smile crept across my face as the wail of nearly $10 million worth of Ferraris broke the calm.