1984 Honda CRX C-Street Prepared
EW1 Si motor blueprinted and balanced by King Motorsports. Mugen header, Mugen Limited Slip, all Mugen suspension bushings and engine mounts. TWM individual throttle bodies, Electromotive Tech 2 engine management, YAWSPORT adjustable pan hard rod, YAWSPORT adjustable rear sway bar, custom camber/caster plates and 27.5mm front torsion bars, 13×9″ Panasport wheels.
At Qualcomm back in 2001
“Alone in the comforting darkness the creature waits. As confusion reigns on this hellish stage, the deafening grind of machinery, the odious clot of chemical waste. Still, the trail of his ultimate prey leads through this steely maze to these, the addled offspring of the modern world.”
Talk about one of the soundtracks to my life. Perfect Film Noir feel. It has a dark, lurking, prowling, sneaky, narcoleptic feel throughout the whole album. My kind of music.
Back in my home town, on nights where I couldn’t sleep for shit, I would hop in my car and roam around the streets in the dead of night. No one was on the road, the night belonged to me. I found my peace doing so. The track by Vangelis “Blade Runner Blues” would be playing while I drive. The song added so much affect to the world around me, it was as if the night was playing the music. I get the same feeling when I listen to “On Devil Wings.” Many times I would end up in downtown. The vast emptiness made my emotions rise to just keep driving, keep roaming the streets, as if I was trying to find where the roads began and where they end. I cut down alley ways staring up at the few brick buildings left in my city. The music stops. I could hear the city breathing. Almost whispering to me. “Dead End Angels” describes that feeling.
To fully grasp Bohren & der Club of Gore’s music, I advise listening to it at night.
Late at night.
Rothmans Group A Rally PVT Civic
No members of the Private Runners own a show car. If we decide to show our cars at an event, it will act more as a display to show what we are about. PVT member V. Dabis Jr did just that. Before the event; the night prior, he took his Civic out for some good ol’ rally fun, leaving it dirty for the show.
Not being much of a car show person, he left his car on display and went ice skating for most of the time of the show. When he returned to the event he was granted with the trophy for best engineering.
Here’s a clip from the movie Network (1976).
It’s funny, his speech matches today’s society.
“I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ “
It’s time to get MAD!
I want to be like Kei Miura. Why? The OG Late Riser kanjo runner reminds me of a modern-day outlaw, my definition of a true gangsta.
(photo by Christopher Jue)
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.
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.”
– Kei Miura
You’re in your lowered vehicle and taking your sweet time going over a speed bump or entering/exiting a steep parking lot. You look in the rear view mirror and see that you have made traffic build up behind you. They’re all up on your ass, some of them honk and throw their hands up with the “wtf” jester. We all been there, and are still there. Well this will give them a fair warning.
We all have the right to modify our cars and drive them. I feel this sticker is common courtesy. If I had a car that topped out at 55 mph, I would post a sticker on the back of the window reading “slow driver” or something of that nature. “Please Wait” is a fair warning to others. NEXT MOTHERFUCKER WHO TAILGATES ME WHEN GOING OVER A SPEED BUMP WILL GET A BEAT DOWN. Just kidding.. Or am I? This sticker plays a good role if you WANT to make traffic build up behind you, kind of like how these kanjozoku’s do it:
“Please Wait!!” can also apply to the progress of your car. My car may not be complete and not look like much, but I still need to drive it. So, PLEASE WAIT!!