The great thing about traveling so much and getting to know enthusiasts all over the world is building a very solid network of friends. I think I’ve done my fair share to help many of the guys from Japan and I’m happy to say that it has always been a very fruitful, and more importantly, reciprocal, relationship with them. We all work together to help further the automotive tuning community and I’m very proud of that. Many of the shops that I communicate and work with these days have been staples in the tuning world for decades now and its unfathomable to think how much things have grown in the last few years. A group of guys from Osaka who I am grateful to have as friends are the hardworking fellows from Tactical Art. We met back in 2010 and have become great friends since then. I communicate with Yasu almost daily and their group has become so close to us that we have brought them into our Phaze2 family over here in the U.S. I trust Yasu’s judgment when it comes to automotive affairs in Japan and let him handle the Phaze2 side of things over in Japan. He is very good friends with Keisuke Morita from HKS which has also helped to expand The Chronicles name to a much broader Japanese audience thanks to the famed HKS Premium Day event. This event is one of the most well-known throughout Japan because of the popularity and history of HKS and in the last couple of years, they’ve decided to include a car show segment to their event which they have named the “HKS Custom Car Carnival”. This was created to bring in a more diverse crowd to their event and to help unite the dedicated racers with the enthusiasts who are more favorable to car shows. Since 2014, they’ve even brought me on as an official media partner to help bring some attention to the event. I guess The Chronicles has grown into a media outlet that is recognized by the younger Japanese enthusiasts and they provide me with an award to hand out at the show and everything…. Continue Reading
Finally, some better in-car video footage of Yoshihara and the Spoon Sports FD2R…Enjoy!
Spoon Sports USA 2008 Honda Civic Type-R FD2 lap of 1:49.563 in light rain at Buttonwillow Raceway CW13. Driven by Daijiro Yoshihara during Global Time Attack 2015 Round 1 on February 22, 2015. The time was good enough for the overall fastest time of the day.
Damn, I’ve been sitting on these photos for so long that I almost forgot about them. There has been so much going on lately that there is just some photos that managed to get lost in the mix. I still got some photos from HKS Premium Day to go over and post up but I really wanted to take a break from all the event coverage lately to show you guys some unpublished photos from a shoot I did for Super Street last year. I originally shot this EK when I was in Japan in May of last year for Wekfest Japan. The guys from Tactical Art had literally just completed this car in time for the Wekfest event and so I wanted to make sure I had the car shot before I left. I don’t usually shoot feature cars in Japan for print because I have such a short time there and the weather is usually horrible, but I felt that this EK3 build was an important one because it really helps to illustrate how much USDM-style has grown in Japan over the last couple of years. Honestly, if I didn’t tell you where this car was shot or who built it, you would think that this Honda was from California or something…and well, that is the entire point of this build. Tactical Art really wanted to show the world that they had an understanding of our car culture here and wanted to build a car in homage to the Hondas from out here. You can read more about it in the digital version of the Super Street feature that I’ve linked below. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, please give it a read… Continue Reading