With so much car culture around the globe, it can be quite difficult to have an in-depth knowledge of each particular scene. Ever since taking over the running of the #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER program, I have been exposed to whole new worlds that I previously had only admired from afar. A couple of weeks back I got an e-mail from a Japanese Yahoo account. Although the language was lost on me, the pictures attached were not.
For the record, I’ve never been to Japan nor have I any grasp of the Japanese language but for this story, I decided to make do and try my best to learn something about a sub-culture I’ve always appreciated.
The photos were submitted by Masahiko Sagawa, who is involved in the running of the Lastly Blog - a site dedicated to the wagons, sedans and K-cars of a group of friends based in Japan.
The photographs are from a recent enough meet-up which took place somewhere in the Ibaraki Prefecture of eastern Japan. I think.
More importantly, it was host to some amazing cars!
As far as I know, we never officially got the Accord wagon in Ireland, although I suspect a few may have been imported over the years.
Regardless, I doubt any of them look this good. The grey and pink theme works so well.
The Toyota Estima Lucida is the last car in the world I would choose to modify.
But damn, this looks good.
Proof that the age old recipe of nice wheels and a solid drop work on just about anything.
Although he sent in a dozen images or so, I can’t help but feel that we’re just being teased.
This is the exact sort of thing that #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER was created for. Previously, we would never have even known this event happened but thanks to you and Masahiko in particular, we all get to experience something new.
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These cars are a bit tasteless to me. They remind me of when young guys in the UK stuck ridiculous bodykits, wheels and exhausts on mundane cars. I know we are all individuals with our own opinions and tastes. Some people even like rusted, ratty looking older cars that are 'ironically' cool. Huge pink wheels on a 'slammed' or 'stanced' mundane grey Accord estate is just silly tho. I appreciate the guys and girls that mod these cars probably see them as some kind of mobile party place and don't care about performance but I find it hard to appreciate these kinds of cars.
how about a few international speedhunter events? wouldnt take much, a venue (a car park or, if you are lucky enough to live by one like myself, an automotive museum) a few people to turn up with their cars... some one just has to remember to bring a camera....
it aint hard really.
photo of car, photo of stance / photo of car, photo of stance / photo of car, photo of stance. repeat.
Holy crap, a Toyota Previa! That's like the epitome of Toyota minivans when I was a kid. All the 3 year old kids be jealous n' stuff... watching me taking out my bike with training wheels fresh from Toys R Us.
Then the Sienna came along.
Its not for everyone if you are a jaded bandwagon jumper. Every tuner has their own style. Unless you copy everyone else yourself.
so performance over fun? hell, when I get into a car I want to have a good time, a people wagon aint ever going to be a performance track weapon - but they took what they had and had fun with it.
IF you remove fun for motoring you end up with a carbon copy car to every other car, a flatcap and talking about "oh that ones not got an original dizzy, we cant give him the concourse ribbon" type BS that speedhunters is the antithesis to IMO.