Unleashed On The Hakone Turnpike

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…

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1

Great way to kick off the morning. Absolutely bonkers. 

Is there more footage from the event?

2

I watched it twice, Now I'm wide awake.

3
speedhunters_dino

silveradotx Tons more! ;)

4
speedhunters_dino

73 GTV :D

5

Awesome :)

6

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.

7

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.

8

Okay we need part two of that!

9

That was fucking awesome! I need more!

10

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

11

I've wondered this myself before too. Is attacking the downhill still even a thing? Or is it completely dead?

12

Kohei TakEda? Anyone?

13

HO HO HO --- we feeling ok? Subaru content? :P  Merrrrry Christmas!

14

speedhunters_dino silveradotx Those two words feel like such a big teaser.

15

This video is pure magic.

Truly awesome.

16

So amazing, thanks for this article.

17

Great video but they so shoulda used the HKS CT230R if they could've got their hands on it!

18

zephoto That's exactly what I was thinking!

19

Very, very sweet! And the graphics were stylish and fun, too. A class act all the way! Thanks

20

speedhunters_dino silveradotx Make it happen!!!.....okay, you can take Christmas off, but then....!

21

PLLLEAAASSSEE tell you you did a feature on the Nurburgring STiI, PLLEAAASSSEEE.

22

That was scary. Amazing, but scary as hell! Any behind the scenes article in the future?

Merry Christmas everybody, by the way!

23

Wow, that is just pure awesome and a really nice christmas present, they should do this every year.
Merry Christmas

24

just say... in drifting  scene... i think it's wrong choce the guy.... where Keiichi "DRIFTKING" Tsuchiya??? Lol casting....

25

Nice vid, but the call out boxes got a bit gimmicky after the third or fourth one...

26

Nice vid, enjoyed it a lot.

27

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!

28

Reminds me so much of the initial d roads and atmosphere

29

Gimme that GT40 anyday, gotta love it when Subaru takes the stage.

30

Merry Christmas for me - what a nice test out of my new headphones - thank you SpeedHunters. :)

31

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.

32

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.

33

JDM_Luca Yes, coverage coming soon :)

34

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.

35

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.

36

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.

Thanks!

37

KhaledDulli because it was inInitial D?

38

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!!!!

40

Now we need footage of illegal street race cars tearing up those roads! haha

41

That shit is Top fuckin Tier

42

@MyLifeAsLouis just google it :D

43

fantastic

44

speedhunters_dino silveradotx Raw onboard footage to come? Go on, you know it makes sense... :D

45

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

46

Wow... those engine sounds make my spine tingle. Amazing video.

47

Holy this was a great way to start my day

48

Awesome video !

Thank you Speed Hunter for that really good stuff.

49

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 :)

50

nessy89 Was an original production for this film.

51

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.

52

Soooooo does anyone know how to buy the Motorhead JP magazine? I've been wanting a copy for quite sometime!

53

Another sweet video somewhat ruined with terrible music

54

DougJohnson I've tried through amazon.jp but it isn't eligible for international shipping.

55

Pity someone put defiantly instead of definitely...

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