The Mid Night Executive Express

Upper management usually means bigger pay checks, bigger decisions, moving up a few floors to a corner office with a view, and stocking the wardrobe with rows of natty suits.

But when you’re vice president of the Mid Night Racing Team, suits and corner offices have little to no meaning. What really matters is what, and how you drive.


As a junior Mid Night club member coming up through the ranks, Nanaumi-san drove an A80 Toyota Supra capable of 330km/h. After 20 years of dedication to the team and many, many racing victories under his belt, he earned Mid Night’s vice president title.


Having pushed the limits of top speed racing, taken on an important role within the club, and with a few more candles sitting atop his birthday cake, Nanaumi-san decided it was time to find something a little more classy to drive. A car more suited to a gentleman in upper management.


The respectable car Nanaumi-san chose as a replacement for his spine-bending Supra? The Porsche 911 Turbo you see here. It may not be as wild as Nanaumi-san was himself back in the day, but the 964 is a very capable car. Even if it will only do 290km/h.


Nanaumi-san’s Porsche is making north of 400hp with plenty of torque from its turbocharged 3.3L flat six. The transaxle comes from a 964 Carrera Cup. Then there’s the sound. Whether it’s burbling down a city back street or running flat-out on the expressway, the custom exhaust system makes the boosted boxer sound like a mixture of NASCAR V8 and Aston Martin Vantage. ‘Aggressively refined’ is a good way to describe it.


Considering the Mid Night club’s notoriety for high speed racing, aero kits are a big part of any car wearing the iconic angled, silver ‘Mid Night Car Speciall’ sticker.


The bits you can see include an Auto Garage TBK front bumper and an RS 3.8 rear wing with a modified blade.


It’s what you can’t see though that makes more of a difference to a car built for high speed. The 964’s underside has a full downforce aero upgrade, entirely flat from front to back, which helps suck the Porsche onto the road. Overkill for an upper management executive cruiser? Well, it depends on how competitive you are with the rest of the team.


With the Mid Night club’s focus now solely on circuit racing, do the elder members still race on the road? No. But do they still head out into the night and drive together? Of course. Just because they’re not hitting 300km/h on public roads, doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy some spirited driving through the megatropolis of Tokyo, just like anyone else.


As we wove our way through Daikoku PA and onto the Bayshore Route, the car seemed to take on a whole new personality. Picking up speed, it hunkered down on its haunches and gave us a glimpse of its true character. The memories which must come flooding back to Nanaumi-san whenever he takes this route through Tokyo into Yokohama must be poignant to say the least.


There may have been a time when you thought your boss was the fattest cat on the block in their S-Class or 5 Series, but I think we can all agree, there’s nothing more boss than the vice president of Mid Night and his black 964.

Toby Thyer
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And a bolt of lightening hit him and he got a Porsche!!!! Took a while bit he FINALLY got it!! GDM. German Domestic Market. Long live Porsche!!!!


A beautiful example of the Japanese spec 964
Man it looks gorgeous


It looks a lot like the Blackbird in "Wangan Midnight": black with Garage TBK front bumper, RS spoiler and gold BBS wheels.

I guess the story's Blackbird was inspired by both this car and the Yoshida Specials 930?


Or was inspiration the other way around?


Find it interesting all of a sudden mid night members are doing spotlights and making them selves known to the wider public


They've always made themselves known, they even sold their own merch back in the 90's. Mid Night being a super secretive club is a myth.


Toby bringing the Japan 90/00s greatness.


looks like 1000 other Porsches on this site but its driven which makes it special. I would love to see these cars on those long scenic volcano roads or something else than the same old bridges and parking lots.


Man now I wonder what the president drives?

But in true Japanese fashion, some things are better left hinted at.

Great story and lovely writing, images are wallpaper tier. Dusk got me in that U2 vibes.
I think if you guys linked audio of cars you shoot, it would be cool.

Lunar TheSpaceCat

ah i see, a decent challenge.

Lunar TheSpaceCat

if hes only going to run 400 on a 6 speed manual
then i will run a mazda 6 speed paddle shifted automatic for linear sense.
but despite the power figures we are not too much of an equal.
i am at 2100.
hes at like 2800/ 3000 lb and while it might achieve the top speed.
i will be quicker. it will be a good battle.