The word kanjo/kanjozoku is now a house hold name. When I first seen what it was in an Option mag around 98/99 I was hooked. When JDM Insider dropped their video in the early 2000’s I was set; this is how Honda Civic’s should be hooked up.
Park Baker did a translation of one of the first articles of Kanjo racing from a 1983 issue of Option, found here.
For those who don’t know, way before Civic’s and other small Group A style cars ran the kanjo, it started off with older Japanese 70′ & 80’s cars and bikes. BOB Racing and Lupin to name a few teams. Late Riser as a bike crew, too.
After that era of new beginnings, newer cars came out to treat Loop 1 as an outlaw playground. The Civic (AH, EF, EG) paved the way for the weapon of choice on Loop 1 (respects to the AE86 & S13 as well). It serves well as a “short range fighter” due to it’s nimbleness and light weight.
Wangan/Cannonballing were more for rwd high horsepower vehicles. Cars of that stature would have a difficult time maneuvering Loop 1 due to it’s tight turns and most of all traffic. A kanjozoku stated that higher power cars would have a difficult time getting up to high speed and full power on the Loop and won’t be able to stop in time when traffic gets thick.
Now that kanjo is a household name, know about it’s beginnings. Many kanjozoku’s started off as bikers and would crowd the Loop, later they would move on to cars and treat the loop as a outlaw road course. Now it’s simply a place for them to have an adrenaline rush. As the article Option posted, the holidays were really a car holiday for them to go out when no one else was on the road. Perhaps you should do the same, a homage to the OG’s. Of course do it in a safe manner, go cruising. Peace.
“…under that factory bonnet you’ll find the stock B16A fitted with a Trust turbo. Later this month, the crew is expecting delivery of a Quaife 6-speed sequential transmission, but it won’t be mated to that 1.6L. Instead, a built 2.0L B-series is in the works with power goals in the 350 to 400hp range… ultimately they’d like to compete in a hill climb event in Germany this year, if the stars are kind enough to properly align.”
Now THAT is something I would like to see!
When ever I think of a B series with a sequential transmission, I think of this battle:
Kei Miura drove 6+ hours from Kyoto to Tokyo in his personal Rocket Bunny EG to display it at TAS 2018, just as he did at the TAS 2009 in his EF Civic.
Execution is key.
Miura-san knows how his Rocket Bunny’s should look and flow.
On a side note, I can only imagine that the white EG6 in the background is the same car he put together for the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 [pictures via Aaron Mai Media]
Little does Miura-san know that his outfits have set a fashion statement for me. I know a lot of Japanese folks rock coveralls, especially the ones who are into the car culture. I’ve been collecting coveralls of all types of brands and colors for awhile now, long before I knew he existed. Since I have been inspired by him, I have nostalgic thoughts and feelings when ever I put on a coverall. Ever since I got into Japanese culture, I’ve always loved how they turn any type of clothing into a fashionable trend. I feel that fashion is anything you’re comfortable wearing.
I’ll end it with some throwback pics of the OG Runners suited up:
I mentioned before to my peers and on my tumblr that I’m reliving my childhood. Fixing up our PVT cars keeps me feeling young. It’s like I’m stuck in the 80’s and 90’s in a way. I like to surround myself with things that keep me in that mood and nostalgia, just as Miura-san does. I have never been to his shop (yet!) but from pictures and articles I can see that he does the same.
What inspires me the most about Miura-san is not only his work but his personality and attitude. Though he is known for his Rocket Bunny kits, one of his first moldings were for his personal Civic EF, the one-off 6666 Customs front bumper and side skirts. With that, his Civic stands out from all the norm.
He refuses to grow out of his yancha-bosouzoku past and he isn’t afraid to push his style to the limits, just as he threw a wrench into everyone’s gears at the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon when he brought his Civic EF to show off.
Liss, Tougel and I had the opportunity to meet him last year, as well as other PVT Runner members like GeekyLurv. We also ran into him this year at Formula Drift round 1.
I found it funny when Kei Miura said in the SpeedHunters article Miura-san speads the Joy Of Machine “expressways, piers and downtown streets were like racing circuits” that it was along the lines of when I said “I would treat my highways the same way as Kanjo racers would do in Osaka. I would also explore unknown parts (to me) of my home town.. I started looking at my city as a car playground and obstacle course” in the Private Runner Interview.
“No matter how many times we ran into guard rails or were caught by the police, we never gave up and just kept having fun driving our cars.”