Like everything else, specific car scenes are products of their own environments. I often reflect on this, thinking back at how some styles have evolved over the years and how others have come and gone.
One thing that fills me with joy is the fact that Speedhunters is in a position to document it all; our team of photojournalists spread out around the globe are dedicated to bringing the best builds and most exciting aspects of car culture to the project.
Being based in Japan, I’m probably subjected to the widest range of styles and schools of thought when it comes to car modifying and customizing. Aside from it being the birthplace of many trends, Japan is also the most fertile ground when it comes to cars as a hobby, You’re still – for the most part – allowed to mess around with your ride and not get too much stick from the authorities, but the most notable and commendable aspect of JDM car culture is the way in which nobody criticizes. The total lack of negative attitude is what allows people to push their ideas – as wild as they may be – without fear of being looked down upon by more established groups.
Take the pictures I’ve included here, which I shot on Saturday night at Daikoku PA. Not everyone is going to be into the latest LED illumination trends, race-inspired Civics, or old slammed ’80s Mark IIs and Soarers that make a ton of noise and scrape around everywhere, but this is the variety that makes things interesting. What you may be passionate about may not be the same as the next guy, so it’s respect that helps us bind it all together.
We are now into our ninth year of Speedhunting and I’m excited as ever to see how car culture continues to evolve. I personally want to see more emphasis being put on performance, regardless of the discipline. Speed has to continue to be the first thing we hunt, followed closely behind by style and execution. It blows me away what some shops and builders are able to achieve these days – the level of quality has increased tenfold since the experimental times of the ’80s and ’90s.
As it all advances, we at Team Speedhunters are going to be there, fingers on the shutter, ready to hunt. And speaking of, we’ve already lined up a bunch of interesting stories for April – check out some teaser images below.
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