What happened to VeilSide?
I get asked this question quite often, and the best answer I can give is that the famous Japanese tuning company decided to step away from performance modifications and focus more on aero kits and dress up. It really pains me to say that too, because not many cars have given me goosebumps like VeilSide’s iconic R32 GT-R R-1 drag/high-speed demo machine did when I first came face to face with it.
Back then, Veilside’s Yokomaku-san was just following the times; shooting for records at Option magazine’s 0-300 km/h trials at Yatabe Arena was the ultimate goal. Then drag racing took over, but when its popularity waned, VeilSide focused on what it was best known for: crazy and wild aero conversions. But after the Fortune kits, the H2 Hummer, and the Bentley conversion for the JZA80 Supra, Yokomaku and his company just fell off the map. Seeing VeilSide’s proximity to Tsukuba Circuit, I should really stop by for a visit one of these days, just to see what’s new. But until that happens, I’ll leave you with a shot back from when VeilSide was still VeilSide.
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