Akitech Cup 2016 Central Circuit Coverage…Part 1…

The moment I saw these photos, I knew I had to find a way to get them up here on The Chronicles. I usually prefer to run my own photos on the site but sometimes, some really cool stuff from Japan pops up that I really just want to show all of you. Daiki Tamiya isn’t a name that you’ve probably heard before but he is an enthusiast from Japan who has ties to some of my friends from Japan. I never knew he really shot photos until about a year or so ago but it turns out that his stuff is really good. He also attends quite a number of events as well so it is always great to see what he is able to capture during his adventures. Tamiya has popped-up once before on this site during my coverage of one of the older USDM Jam events that my friend Shota Mori covered. Mori owns a CA Accord that actually used to belong to Tamiya. They’ve maintained a friendship over the years and both regularly go to automotive events in their respective areas…

The Akitech Cup is a new series of racing events hosted by a tuning shop known as ASLAN. The people from ASLAN are older race car guys from the famed TEMPLE RACING team. They at one time were heavily involved in the Osaka Kanjo racing scene until they later moved-on to strictly circuit racing. ASLAN now owns one of the fastest Civics in all of Japan and are constantly in competition with a famed tuning shop in the Tokyo region of Japan, GARAGE WORK. The Akitech Cup, held at Central Circuit in the Hyogo Prefecture, played host to a number of Civics as well as other Hondas from all over. Some of the cars you’ll see today are dedicated circuit race cars, while others may be familiar to you guys as they are still active in the Osaka underground street scene. These cars pull double duty on both the street and the circuit but you’ve only been exposed to them during their “night-time activities”, so it may feel a little odd to see them out and about during the day…

I wish there was more information I could provide to you guys about this event but language barriers exist which makes that difficult. As far as rules go, I don’t see it being very different from other timed circuit races. This is probably a traditional time attack series that features mainly the Civic chassis along with a handful of other Hondas not of the Civic-variety. Daiki Tamiya is a good man for allowing me to get these photos from him and also giving me the privilege of processing them to fit the format of this site. Most of the stuff he normally posts is straight from the camera unedited so these shots from the Akitech Cup were processed by me after he delivered them to me. I hope to utilize more of his shots in the future, especially if he continues to cover such great stuff like this. Thanks to him and enjoy…

ASLAN PRESENTS AKITECH CUP 2016

Central Circuit (Hyogo Prefecture)

3/20/2016

PHOTOS BY ©DAIKI TAMIYA PHOTOGRAPHY

POST-PROCESSING BY STICKYDILJOE

WORDS BY STICKYDILJOE

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ASLAN EG6 Civic running a K-series motor and individual throttle bodies…

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EF9 SiR riding on Osaka JDM coilover suspension and U.S.-market “Black Edition” Volk TE37SL….

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The GARAGE WORK team prepping their EK Civic duo for the first session of the morning…

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Decal and number plate prep…

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Purple/white EG6 Civic from REAL COMPANY…

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Akitech number plate for the ASLAN EG…

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Interesting front bumper on this EG race car. Despite its dated appearance, it was one of the fastest Hondas of the day…

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EF9 from REAL COMPANY…

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Another angle of the ASLAN EG, the owner is also a member of the famed TEMPLE RACING team…

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Furakawa from FIVE MART looking on…

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The guys from ASLAN prepping paperwork for the Akitech Cup…

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Makoto Maekakuchi and Yusuke Tokue were all smiles at Central Circuit…

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REAL COMPANY….

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GARAGE WORK…

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Mugen RR from ASLAN with a stout front posture…

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Always impressive to see all the custom aero modifications on the extremely lightweight Hondas from GARAGE WORK. This particular EK belongs to Makoto Maekakuchi….

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…and this is Yusuke Tokue’s Civic…

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Furakawa and friends prepping the EF9…

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Driver’s meeting at Akitech Cup…

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WHARP RACING EK9 Civic Type R, a car that you should be pretty familiar with by now if you’ve ever watched any of the Vlogs on my YouTube channel

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Civics from various car clubs in the paddock…

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EG6 running a beefy 17-inch Volk TE set-up from GARAGE MINDS…

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Takumi Iwata from GARAGE WORK…

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Central Circuit officials…

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A couple of guys who look like they could tell you a few stories about shit they’ve experienced in this hobby that we all share…

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Big aero that functions, no matter what the critics will try to tell you…

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I love all the custom cut-outs and vents Yusuke’s EK, from the end of the sideskirts to the rear bumper and CTR rear lip…

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GARAGE MINDS EG…

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Super clean EF9 from TEMPLE RACING running a Enkei NT03 in the rear and 16-inch CE28N up front…

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Such a great looking car…

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While on the topic of great-looking cars, personally, the Limitation-R EG6 I feel is one of the best looking Hondas from Japan…

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WHARP RACING and NO GOOD RACING sharing a paddock space together…

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Another EG that should look pretty familiar to you regulars. The front end was recently paint-matched too so the car looks pretty complete now…

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Mizuho EF9 from NO GOOD RACING…

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Joe from ACROSS and his legendary K-swapped EK9 Civic Type R…

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Three sets of wheels that still remain as popular as ever in the Kansai region; Volk CE28, Kosei K1, and SSR Type-X…

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EG6 Civic with mismatched Type-Xs from HAWK AUTO PROJECT…

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Loving the custom rear bumper cut-outs on this AP2 S2000…

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DC5 Integra Type R reppin’ Meishin Tires…

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Alternate angle of the ASLAN/TEMPLE RACING EG…

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Not sure where this EK4 SiR came from but it looked spectacular…

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CAR MAKE ACROSS EK9 looking great with C-West aero…

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Another EK9 CTR representing ACROSS, this one running a pair of lightweight Racing Hart CP-035 wheels up front…

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NO GOOD RACING EG now with paint-matched Chargespeed front fenders and Sergeant front bumper….

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CLUB WHARP EK9 with the signature blue air duct from Billion…

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Yet another EG and another set of Type-Xs…

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SSR Type-C on the yellow NO GOOD RACING EG6…

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LIMITATION-R EG on polished SSR Type-X…

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EF8 CR-X SiR representing FIVE MART/OSAKA JDM…

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TE37V and a thick front Kumho tire on this EG from AUTO STAGE CLOSE-UP…

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Beautifully-executed EK4 Civic SiR from ASLAN…

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Clean white EG running a Sergeant front bumper and 15×8 Volk TEs…

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Flared CR-X with Lexan windows…

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Makoto Onoda, whose photos have been featured a number of times before here on The Chronicles, running the Akitech Cup in his K-swapped Honda Integra on Barramundi Design Eleven wheels. He also has a 98-01 USDM Integra front end…

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There are still a ton of photos from this event to come, courtesy of the great work from Daiki Tamiya. Stay tuned for more!! Thanks for looking…

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