Imagine an apartment that has its own private workshop space on the ground floor, plus enough room to store a bunch of iconic Japanese performance cars and one JDM holy grail. Well, I was recently shown around such a place in Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.
Right after my tour of Infinite Motorsport (AKA Liberty Walk Thailand), Infinite’s Oat said he’d take me to grab some dinner. But before we did, we made a stop at his friend Lan’s place. All Oat told me was that Lan was an “NSX guy,” so I didn’t think of it much and just went with the flow.
During the drive, Oat explained that Lan’s apartment garage space had been renovated, that not many people knew about it, and to expect something special. I wasn’t expecting this though…
Entering the garage through an Initial D-inspired ‘Fujiwara Tofu Shop’ facade, my jaw just dropped. Right in front of me was a work area with an FD3S Mazda RX-7 on the lift being restored, a little Japanese-themed bar, numerous parts and collectibles, and a bunch of amazing Japanese cars.
Um… where do I sign up for this apartment’s lease?!
This was a very fleeting stop, so I wasted no time running around the superbly-themed space shooting as much as I could.
Of course, there was only one place I could start – Lan’s pristine NA1 Honda NSX-R, one of only 483 examples ever built and exclusively sold on the Japanese domestic market from late 1992.
It doesn’t really get any better than a Type R-spec NSX in my book, hence why it was my personal highlight of the visit. But there was more to see…
The Autozam AZ-1 is one of the coolest kei cars from the ’90s. This JDM-only model was a collaboration between Mazda and Suzuki, and featured a turbocharged 657cc three-cylinder engine in a mid-mount position (yep, rear-wheel drive) and gull-wing doors. Lan’s AZ-1 takes it one step further with bolt-on fender flares and a set of fat RS Watanabe wheels.
Tucked at the back of the space is Lan’s AE86 Toyota Trueno, a car built to celebrate his favorite Japanese racing driver, the one and only Keiichi Tsuchiya.
How do you celebrate Dorikin? By creating a replica of his legendary Tec-Art’s-built Trueno, complete with a fully-tuned AE111 4A-GE 20V engine and green carbon fiber hood.
By now you would have noticed the other NSX in this collection. Unlike Lan’s NA1, this NA2 facelift version is heavily modified, starting with a wide-body conversion. But it’s what is lurking under the engine cover that makes this creation extra special. I was told it’s pushing 1,000hp…
I don’t know much more about the build, so I really think I need to take a closer look on my next visit to Bangkok…
The final two cars in the collection are a couple of open tops – a Z32 Nissan 300ZX which other than a set of BBS wheels is pretty much stock, and an FC3S Mazda RX-7 that’s recently been fully restored. You have to love those period-correct Panasport wheels.
The vibe in Lan’s garage is amazing. In some ways it reminded me of Han’s fictional spot in the The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but this place actually exists. From the collection of alloy wheels, steering wheels and parts, to the scale models and other automobilia, there’s so much in this space that I could have easily stayed for hours. Or perhaps days, or not even left at all! But still, this brief visit was something I’ll never forget.
I’d like to extend my gratitude to Lan for showing me his space and allowing us to share it on Speedhunters.