Us PVT Runners have a holiday every year. It’s October, the whole fuckin month. A time of the year where Friday the 13th would pop up on TV along with other horror movies due to Halloween. The hockey mask used in the franchise didn’t appear until Friday the 13th III in 1982. By 1983 it was released in Japan.
The change of the season is enchanting for me. As if the month was waiting for PVT… Waiting for a mischievous offering. Almost like a changeling waking up and finding trolls and goblins to guide her to new life. Perhaps we are all changelings placed here on earth. An offering from another realm.
The transfer over from a young individual, into the world of car culture is the same feeling. You feel like a changeling; you meet new people, friends, families and even rivals. It is a whole new universe. Just like when Kazuhiro entered the world of kanjo culture when he was younger… With that being said I will end this post with this:
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.