This just doesn’t happen in Japan. People just don’t get the okay to close off roads here. But somehow, Ko-Hey Takada and his crew at Motorhead magazine did just that.
It wasn’t permission to close any old road either. They had the iconic Hakone Turnpike blocked off for an entire day so that an eclectic group of cars could be gathered up and unleashed at full pace on one of Japan’s most challenging stretches of winding mountain road. What followed was one of the most epic days of my life. Period.
I have a lot more to share with you from the Motorhead Hill Climb – as do Motorhead, who have a huge feature in their new issue (out tomorrow in Japan) – but for now I’ll let you enjoy the video that Luke Huxham directed on the day. Turn up your speakers, sit back and enjoy the epicness…
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Soooooo does anyone know how to buy the Motorhead JP magazine? I've been wanting a copy for quite sometime!
@DougJohnson I've tried through amazon.jp but it isn't eligible for international shipping.
Great video but should have found someone who knew how to drive the GT40 in anger. It should have bested most of the cars there.
I cant get over how good the video is. I just love very bit of it, especially the background music.
Can anyone tell me if this is an actual song? ive seen who created the music but cant find the song itself.
Love watching it over and over again, helps me to fall asleep too :)
@nessy89 Was an original production for this film.
So much respect for the amazing drivers and everyone involved brilliant thanks for making this for us !! And thanks to speedhunters for bringing it to us
Merry Christmas from Speedhunters! WOOT!!! As soon as I saw who was driving the Z4, the hair on my arms stood on end hahaha :) Now if only we could get dash cams from each car that drove!!!!
Finally another video from Luke! I'll often check vimeo to see if he has created anything new;his work is brilliant.
There's another creator from years past, but I can never get his username right, okitokoyo or okie something, but haven't seen anything from him either.
Don't care what you say about the vid, the music, the editing, or anything actually - I've driven the Hakone Turnpike countless times, RS6, R8, Maxam, S800, and can attest this is as kakoii as it gets. Wicked stuff! Neko.
I have spent a lot of time driving the Hakone turnpike. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought these race cars would be able to run unrestrained. Absolutely awesome, brings back a lot of memories seeing this video.
background music is disturbing, otherwise its a very good one. I am sure many prefer the sound of screaming engine. Please re-post without music.
@KhaledDulli because it was inInitial D?
Another superb video from Luke Huxham, fantastic mixture of cars and great editing.
Just shy of motoring video brilliance to me: a version of the video without background music would be utter perfection!
just say... in drifting scene... i think it's wrong choice the guy.... where Keiichi "DRIFTKING" Tsuchiya??? Lol casting....
Hate to break it to you, but Kawabata's drift technique is far superior to tsuchiya's.
If it were time attack, I would have to agree with you, but in this case, kawabata was one of the best drivers to bring out for this opportunity.
Wow, that is just pure awesome and a really nice christmas present, they should do this every year.
That was scary. Amazing, but scary as hell! Any behind the scenes article in the future?
Merry Christmas everybody, by the way!
@JDM_Luca Yes, coverage coming soon :)
@zephoto That's exactly what I was thinking!
That was awesome!! Talk about living the dream, damn!
Kawabata is insane!! Would love to see him compete in the full FD world championship in 2015
Well done!!! Such an awesome mix of cars and drivers. Watching that rhd GT40 is a real treat and I can't wait to see Kawabata rip that pass in his GTR.
How come no one tackles downhill? Everything's gotta be uphill, and dont give me that "oh dh is too dangerous" because uphill is just as challenging.
I've wondered this myself before too. Is attacking the downhill still even a thing? Or is it completely dead?
@73 GTV :D