I’ll warn you up front that this video is nearly an hour long. If you’ve ever been a fan of Japanese cars, Japanese culture or (better yet) Japanese car culture, you’ll want to watch the whole thing. Go ahead and pour yourself a second cup of coffee, now, before you kick off the movie. Trust me, it’s worth watching, because it really does go to show that hot rodders are the same the world over: build the best car you can based on the budget you have, flog the snot out of it in competition and buy another when you finally kill it. Whether you’re talking about Mustangs, Hondas, or 660cc Suzuki Kei cars, the rules simply don’t change. Video below.
I’ve never been to the island of Hokkaido, but I’ve been to the the island of Honshu for business in Tokyo and surrounding cities. The Japanese really are fantastic drivers, and they manage to navigate driveway-sized roads at surprising speed without incident. I even had a chance to drive a 1965 Corvette roadster during my time there, and it was an amazing experience (once you adapt to the fact that brakes in a 45 year old car don’t work nearly as well as brakes in a modern car). Few things stand out like a “gaijin” driving a vintage sports car through the streets of Tokyo, and if you’re looking for anonymity, that’s not the way to find it. If you ever have a chance to visit Japan, take it.