Tag: ER34

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Feature: A Man And His Car(s) – Masao Otani

I first became acquainted with Masao Otani back in 2014 when he attended our Attack Meeting in Doitsu Mura, Chiba.  He had brought his 180 to the gathering which, 3 years ago, looked much more tame than it does now.  That was back when the Attack community felt a little tighter knit than it does today, given the recent popularity increase.  Which isn’t to be taken as a negative; with growth comes sacrifice in some areas, and the truth is that there are a lot more people involved in the sport today.  Later that year, Masao and I had the fortune of connecting again through some mutual friends, and actually began talking quite regularly.

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Encounter: Shaft Auto Service ER34 Gallery

Back in November we took a close look at the Shaft built ER34 Skyline at the Attack event at Tsukuba; you can check that article out here.  Being the immense admirer of four-door Skylines that I am, I shot a whole bunch more photos of it at Battle Evome this year.  After talking to Suzuki personally about the car, I gained a whole new level of respect for the build.

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Close-Up: Shaft Auto Service ER34 – Class 1 Heavyweight

Shaft Auto Service, a small outfit in Hachioji that specializes in four door Skylines.  Foremost a car dealership that holds inventory in a wide variety of Skylines, the owner,  Shibuya Taro, offers many ancillary services ranging in everything from fiberglass work, to engine tuning.  Usually a company that stays off the grid, you’d easily recognize their work with the D1 Blitz R34 that Nomuken drives; as Taro-san has a very good relationship with Blitz.  This year they decided to try their hand with a certain take on Time Attack; in steps the Shaft ER34.