It seems like I find myself ending up at Fuji Speedway more often than any other race track in Japan. If I’m honest with myself, it is probably because I still have not gotten my Japanese license and getting to some of the other race tracks by public transportation alone is incredibly annoying. Its also incredibly expensive (trust me, I have plenty of experience in this). That being said, I found myself once again up at 6:00am and on the train riding to Fuji Speedway for the Track and Show Event hosted by The Check Shop, and praying it was not going to be cancelled due to the bipolar weather Japan has been experiencing recently.
As the title of the event may suggest, this was an event for individuals and shops to come and race their cars around the short circuit at Fuji Speedway. At the same time, the same individuals and shops could show off their cars in the P2 parking lot of Fuji Speedway. The principle behind having both a track and show event was to try and appeal to both sides of audience: those who like speed and performance, and those who like to be a mm of the ground with big face hundreds.
With the weather being off and on, I decided to focus most of my attention at the show portion of the event. There was a surprising amount of German cars to go along with the JDM stance scene, but since the event was organized by The Check Shop which focuses primarily on German cars, I guess it would make sense for the large turn out.
BMW’s seemed to be the main German car of choice for the stance scene. With a great platform to start off with, simply adding a nice set of wheels and lowering the car can transform the cars from a nice looking car to a excellent looking car. A perfect example of this is the brand new 6 Series coupe.
No other BMW car at the show however, exemplified this more than this matte red M4. The car is still lowered but at a functional level and with the HRE S101’s, it gives it that ‘perfect’ form and function look.
Now, IF you were looking for something a little more ‘aggressive’ with your BMW, Liberty Walk’s M3 might just do the job for you.
If that STILL is not enough stance for you, how about this custom 3 Series Touring ‘M3’ from the masterminds of AP Garage in Osaka.
Continuing on this path of German cars, there were a few Volkswagens that just stole my attention. The first one being this bright red GTI.
Its amazing how lowering the car to this level, and putting on some nice wheels such as these workmeisters transforms this normally sporty hot hatch to a parking lot show piece.
Speaking of show piece, this old school beetle was parked by itself away from the main display of cars and somehow, it still had the ability to force me to walk by a group of Porsche GT3’s to get a closer look.
To be honest, I’m not sure what style the owner is going for but if it’s originality that you’re looking for, it definitely wins in my book.
That was until ‘The Thing’ pulled up.. The crazy thing is that is the car’s actual name (for those who did not know). I’m not making it up!
‘Low is life style’ I think there is a little more ‘style’ going on in this ‘thing’ than just being low. You see what I did there? this.. THING. Ok I’ll stop.
One of the last two German cars I want to mention was this Porsche 356. Most people with a classic Porsche would go the restore route, but this owner decided that was not good enough. What do you think?
This blue camo GT3 probably would have won if there was a random color scheme contest at the show. It is unique that is for sure.
Few yards away from the GT3 and ‘The Thing’ was this Legacy lowered on air bags and home made fender flares.
It’s great to see when owners will take modifications in their own hands and impart their own one-off custom touches to the car. It is still in the development stages so it should be interesting to track its progress.
During the show event, a car ‘loudness’ contest and a ‘how low are you’ contest drew a large crowd to watch and listen. The loudness contest however was not the conventional test of whose system is louder, but who’s car is literally the loudest.
Not only did the owner slam the hell out of this Countach, but had Ogura Body Works custom fenders added as well. I have always loved the classic lines and shape of the Countach ever since I was a kid, but the work done does gives it something special and incredible unique. Plus the owner rolled through the loudness event like a boss.
The second part of the show was the ‘how low’ is your car. The way the cars were judged was quite eloquent if you ask me. Planks of wood were stacked on top of each other and the cars would drive over a stack and see if a planks remained intact after the cars drove over, or did it knock one off the stack.
It still surprises me how little modified Hondas I have seen since moving to Japan, especially S2k’s. So it was nice to see this stanced S2k on custom painted TE37 at the event
This one goes to the Honda / Vtec fans.
What do you really say about a Decepticon ? Uh, I mean Mercedes Mclaren SLR? Even with the incredibly long snout to house that massive 5.4 supercharged V8, the car still looks quite beautiful
The interior, from what I could see, seems to be pretty standard equipment. The cabin was large and the seats seemed like they would be very comfortable to ride in for extended periods of time. However, I was kind of expecting more from the interior of a Mercedes hyper car.
Towards the end of the event, I happen to stumble on two amazing Datsun 510s parked away from the main show. Hang tight because I PROMISE you will see both in the very near future
Last but not least, we can’t have a stance event in Japan without seeing an R35 planted on the ground. The color is very unique and surprisingly looks good on this car with the current configuration it’s running. Especially as a show car.
When Check Shop said they wanted to organize an event for everyone, they literally meant everyone. There was a car and a style that everyone could love and appreciate. Everything from racing Porsche’s and slammed out Countach, all the way to ‘The Thing’. Only in Japan…