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Encounter: Racing Service Takagi GTR33

RS-Takagi is a tuning shop that specializes in Nissan applications, namely the 180 and Skyline, that’s based in the Gifu Prefecture; just Northwest of Nagoya.  Their demo cars range from extremely high powered drag cars, to very well-balanced time attack cars – they even assist in some drift events.  The owner states that no customer request is too big or too small, and that they are able to tailor projects to meet any customer’s needs.

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Event: バリドリ天国 Vol 6 – Golden Heaven

1990’s motoring in Japan, for a few people, has recently increased in popularity, becoming somewhat of an abstract study into a very unique culture.  A lot of what we see today, especially in drifting, is an amalgamation of trends and lifestyle cues from that era; things that we aren’t necessarily privy to (unless of course you were a teenager in Tokyo in 1995).  Yuji Hasunuma, owner of Pro Shop Wave, was a prominent figure in the peak times of ‘hashiriya‘; a time where the older generation today, was growing up and exploring the world of motorsports.  Despite the change in trends, Yuji and his shop is still around today in Kanagawa, and as a ‘tip of the hat’ to the age his generation loved, he began the Bari Dori Heaven events.

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Close-Up: Carbon Junkie – Takumi Hayashi’s AE86

To say that Takumi Hayashi has an affinity for the Toyota AE86 would be a rather dramatic understatement.  The peppy, 130ps 4A-GE motor combined with the car’s FR drivetrain became an instant hit with not only himself, but many other tuners in the mid-80’s for that matter.  It didn’t take long for the Corolla to be a favorite worldwide, and Japan was no doubt leading the pack in motor sport development of the chassis.

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Encounter: Tadashi Nakamura’s Attack S14

I posted a picture of Tadashi’s S14 on our Instagram account yesterday afternoon and it got a lot of positive feedback.  It may be the very interesting combination of exterior parts; what looks to be an M-Sports front, Vertex sides, and Car Modify rear.  Or perhaps it’s just a great example of an s-chassis time attack build.  Nakamura built the car in conjunction with No-Mark, and completed all the body work himself at his sheetmetal and paint shop.  The 470 horsepower SR packs quite the punch on track.  Check out a few pictures past the break.

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Encounter: GNR Racing EK9

This 280ps K-powered EK9 from GNR traveled a long way from home to run at the Attack event at Tsukuba this year.  The owner, Yasuko Asai, hails from the northern island of Hokkaido; needless to say he doesn’t get down to Ibaraki very often.  At his local circuit, Tokachi International Speedway, the car clocks a 1’24.666 on the Clubman course configuration.  An extremely respectable time when you consider that a Super Taikyu Porsche GT3 ran literally the same time.

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Encounter: Highend Makers RUN-UP GTR33

Highend Makers isn’t exactly a household name in motorsports today, and, quite frankly, up until a year ago I wasn’t even aware of the outfit.  The shop, located on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, has made a name for itself this past year at the Attack Suzuka events. Being located far from the epicenter of Japanese motor sport, the shop gets few opportunities to test their builds in comparison to shops in the Kanto, Kanagawa, and Kansai areas that we’re used to seeing.  It’s a big production for them to have a good showing at time attack events, and a venue like Suzuka is well worth the trip.

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Feature: Masumoto Shoichiro – The Shorin GTR32

If you had the opportunity to meet Masumoto just once, then it would go without saying that he is the definition of someone who lives for circuit racing.  The energy that he resonates around the track is that of true happiness and excitement to be doing what he does.  Over the past few years he has helped the Attack series grow into something much more than just a private, invite only track event.  The fact that Attack is now a recognized championship series throughout Japan is thanks in part to Masumoto-san’s hard work and dedication.  His personal GTR build has paralleled his work with Attack, and provides him the outlet he needs to channel his energy.