Japan Car Mod Gangs - Kaido (Highway) Racer I
A strange phenomenon occured in the 80s - the birth of the car modding genre "Kaido Racer". Kaido means Highway in Japanese. The idea was to take a regular car and make it colorful, as wildly modded as possible and often as noisy as possible. The modding isnt to make the car better - it is to take a car and turn it into a public offense.
The idea was to essentially rebel against the law - the cars are illegally modded with huge tailpipes that often run directly from the engine block, massive spoilers that jut out to the point of being absurd. This modding style was popular around the Tokyo area in the 80s and like most Japanese trends, evntually died out in the larger centers....but trickled into the countryside and remained in small pockets of Japan.
This footage was taken from an event that took place in Ibaragi Prefecture in 2007... a countryside province of Japan - nothing but rice fields, simple people and idiots like these guys...
These car enthusiasts are usually lower income manual labour countryside types - bricklayers, builders, mechanics and such. "Hicks" would be a suitable term to describe them simply.
The premise is to drive up and down the highway making a nuisance of themselves... revving the engine noisily, hanging out the window, driving slowly, swerving all over the road, causing obstructions and being defiant toward the police. Rebellion born into a very peculiar form of expression.
The funniest part is that these guys are dead serious about it. This isn't funny to them - It's a lifestyle.
Castle Combe Saloons Finals Day 01/10/11 - Green 306 (retired)
My second race ever. Qually was poor due to only getting 70% throttle but rectified for the race. As a result, my car was quicker than the cars around me and I (overly) short shifted off the line due to the wall of cars in front, eventually getting crowded by a Civic Type R on to the grass losing several places (well that's racing). A big accident in between quarry and the first chicane produced a waved yellow so we had to keep order. I the Puma on the outside of Westway (I am starting to enjoy myself now). Poor track position meant that I struggled to overtake the black 106 (worried about the grass) losing out to the yellow ZR. I was approaching the next batch of cars and I knew where to overtake, so I wasn't pushing too hard to catch them. Took the Integra on the exit of Old Paddock purely on the basis of power and was thinking about the next car, but on approach to Camp, the engine power went and a misfire became apparent and I slowed with hazards on. In hindsight I should have pulled off the circuit but I carried on slowly. The engine appeared to recover on the exit of the first chicane so I started overtaking again but it was short lived and the engine problem reappeared (bugger) and I retired. The problem was that the crankshaft damper/alternator pulley mounting bolt came lose and bypassed the woodruff key. The engine is currently having the crankshaft replaced in preparation for 2012. Looking forward too it!
Rally Day Castle Combe 2011
Spins& Donuts MINI John Cooper Works WRC, MML Sport R4 EvoX, Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Kris Meeke, Harri Rovanpera, Mathew Wilson,Rally 2011,Powerstage!! Phil Collins in his MK2 Escort, Ford Sierra RS Cosworths Gwyndaf Evans& Jimmy McRae,Simon Mauger,James Grint,Colin McRae vision,Richard Burns Foundation,
Castle Combe Ariel Atom Track Day
First track day at Castle Combe with the Atom -- afternoon only session, sadly cut short by a small electrical problem so only managed 4 sessions of around 8 laps each. Look forward to going back.
Rally Day at Castle Combe 2007
www.lawrencecliftphotography.co.uk Rally day at Castle Combe 22nd September 2007 saw a plethora of rally cars & star drivers from the Grp B Audi Quattro, Metro 6R4 & Lancia Rally 037, Grp A Lancia Delta Integrale through to the modern Mitsubishi Evo & Ford Focus WRC cars.
Castle Combe Special GT Practice September 15 1990 (MG 6R4s etc)
Practice laps for the wildly diverse entry in that years CASTLE COMBE SPECIAL GT series . Cars include MG 6R4 Group B 4WDs for David Appleby and Rob Dennis, a Mark 1 Escort with RS500 Cosworth engine for Nigel Mustill, George Douglas's Skoda-lookalike with a 4.5 litre Rover V8 in the back, a Lotus Elan, numerous Maguire Imps, Davrians' Darrians, Sylva Syrykers a Porsche 911, Clan Cusader, Homnda CRX, Escort RS2000, Westfield etc etc etc.
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