Is there any place on earth where car culture is more vast and varied than Japan? Arguably, no – something only reinforced by a beautifully crafted 9-minute documentary from Daytona magazine.
The Road Shakers gives us a glimpse into the lives of Dodge Ram owners who modify their vans for an annual race meet at Ebisu Circuit in Fukushima Prefecture. The D-VAN Grand Prix may have come about through an impromptu track battle during a motorcycle racing school’s lunchtime break, but eight years after the fact the yearly get-together has developed a large following.
While fun is the underlying theme, those that take part are a passionate bunch, and that’s reflected in the race prep that goes into the vans – built engines, coil-over suspension and wide wheels with semi-slick tyres not uncommon upgrades. Check it out by hitting the play button above!