I’m mad as hell

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!’ “

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It’s time to get MAD!

What’s your definition

of Carboy/Cargirl spirit?

For those who don’t know, Carboy is a magazine in Japan that covers anything and everything that deals with tuning cars.

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People have been using the term “Carboy” the same way as the word “car enthusiast” and/or a true “gear head”.

My question is: What’s your definition of the term?

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“You may not agree with what they cover. You may scoff at their latest feature. But at the end of the day I will support any and all automotive blogs and sites that I can. True Carboy spirit.” – @team_not_you

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“Someone who is obsessed with cars but at a more technical level, has one or more cars, that he/she constantly works on themselves and/or drives with spirit but usually both… someone with these attributes and knowledge I would consider to be a carboy or have carboy spirit.” – Team Limit/Limit Auto/Grip Burglars

Some definitions from the street family:

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“Giving it hell and having fun doing it! While, enjoying what you’ve built, the culture, and friends you make along the way.” – @stache4cash

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“Carboy spirit is just staying true and loyal to the game. Loving the culture and having fun with it. Not doing it because it’s the trend or how would you say “faking the funk”. You know you’re in love with cars when you just sit and stare at it for no apparent reason and just admire it (which is what I do btw) lol . Always striving to expand your cars capabilities and go beyond it’s limits. That’s what carboy spirit is. At least to me.” – @_dirtydanz

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“Being passionate about what you like and respecting what you don’t.” – @miss_ej1

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“Only you know your car. And how much love, passion, and effort you put into it. The car shows and reflects a piece of that person’s aura. When I look at your car or Kitty’s car I see you guys in them; Tougel in his EF, etc. People’s personalities shining through their build.” – @midnightmenu

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“Carboy/Cargirl is simply an enthusiast of unbiased love for car life” – @killer_kunoichi

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“My outlook, love the culture and have fun with it. You know you love cars in general when you look at the ones that you see everyday and wonder why the company built it and the purpose they wanted it to serve to the consumer. I spend countless minutes (and many cigarettes) of my days staring at mine and Kitty’s cars thinking about what I should do next. No need to rush things. Take your time to figure out what you want to do next. Aim to change the way a lot of people look at the culture. Be you. Be your own style. Follow your element. Don’t attend to negativity, for that just generates more negative energy. Be in your own world, make everything CʘʘL in your eyes. Drive to clear your mind. Drive to test yourself. When you work on your driving, you work on yourself.”
– @Private_Runner

“I remember watching Scarface the first time

look at that big house, that Porsche paid for by crime. ‘How could I sell this poison to my peoples’ in my mind? They dumb and destroy themselves is how I rationalize” – Nas

 

Crack:

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Cocaine:

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I stumbled upon some folks making fake Osaka JDM products. Who they are doesn’t matter, it’s the fact that people are buying them. This offends not only the originators who made the product but also the enthusiast that supports the culture. I can’t stop people from buying fake or “replica” products, but if you like how the REAL product looks and you respect the people behind it then save up to buy the real deal. And if it’s an item that you can’t buy, don’t go and make it so you can rock it on your car and/or sell it.

I also been thinking about the bandwagon folks who are just now learning about a culture that’s been around for decades and are just now catching on. Misusing the word makes you look and sound like you lack knowledge. How can all of this be fixed? I thought about it and I decided, FUCK IT. Let them “destroy themselves” that is how I rationalize. Don’t try too hard now, please invest in quality and real parts if you’re going to hop on the bandwagon and go for that “look”. Stop buying crack. Get the real, pure shit.

Recently I saw a profile on Instagram that someone is claiming they are part of the Private Runner Street Family. I found it by checking the #privaterunners. Hash tags are open to anyone and everyone to use. But don’t get it twisted folks, yall know who the real PVT Runners are. We aren’t street racers, we aren’t kanjo racers (real kanjo racers are from Osaka), and we don’t have show cars. PVT isn’t a trend. It’s not a hype neither.

Peace peace yall.

Inspiration: When I grow up

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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

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Please Wait!!

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.

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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!!

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If you’re not from Osaka

then you’re not a kanjo racer.

In reference to the previous reblog from Geeky Lurv’s post, I been feeling the same way.

From doing my research and chatting with folks from Late Riser, No Good and Law Break I feel I don’t want to hand out that info, for that I went out of my way to attain that knowledge with my share of labor and difficulty.

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Stop asking to be spoon fed kids!

I been reading Nanitomo (Naniwa Tomoare) a lot and learning not only about kanjo but the lifestyle of Osaka (and have been for a while). I first heard of the kanjo culture back in 1998, and got fully aware of it in the early 2000’s. To fully grasp it you have to understand Osaka’s attitude and Japanese culture. Don’t go to Osaka and call a kanjo runner’s Civic a ricer, you might get a beat down. These cats who started back in 1980’s did it to settle beef and to show who is the best of the best. If they weren’t racing against other teams they would terrorize the highway because they pretty much owned it. At times fights broke out. It died out almost completely, and if you see them in large groups 99% of the time they are just hooning, not necessary racing. Japanese laws are no joke, disobeying the law is like disrespecting life. It’s oppressive to some. It forces people to become rebellious. That being said, that’s why they terrorized the highway. It’s a big middle finger to the law. It’s the same reason why Bosozoku’s soup up their cars the way they do. In Nanitomo, there’s more fighting than racing at times and they’re brutal. That’s how it was back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Even though me and Tougel did kanjo style running in sacramento, we never consider ourselfs kanjo racers, ONLY PRIVATE RUNNERS. We did it our way, our own style. We had to play it smart.

I can’t ask people to stop ruining the kanjo style, by all means keep doing what you do. But have an outlook on how it looks in the eyes of those who know the history and culture. Especially the ones who been into it way before these kids heard about it from internet sites. Ask yourself, if you consider yourself a real “kanjo racer” what are you racing for? Who are you racing against? Are you really racing or are you just speeding and hooning like me and Tougel did back in the day? Hell, even in the eyes of some kanjo racers in Japan like the fact that people dig their style over seas. Compliment the style, don’t bite it.

Peace peace y’all.

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Private Runner Interview

A member of PVT from Canada works for a magazine publishing company. For a little project, the company asked him to make a mini-magazine about anything he likes . He decided to do it on the PVT Runners and Osaka Kanjo culture. He wanted to shine the light on PVT to show who we are and what we are about.  I can never picture my car in a magazine or anything because it’s nothing special but I thought I would be cool to get a interview to tell my story.

Here’s a few pics of it:

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The project had a 8 page maximum limit. He had to edit the interview to make it shorter. Here is the original:

Who are you, where do you reside and what got you hooked in the jdm kanjo culture?

Call me P. Runner. I reside in San Diego, CA. PVT Runners originated in my hometown of Sacramento, CA. I got into the Kanjo culture from admiring and attending in street racing. Back in 1998/1999 my friend Lam who got me into Honda’s, would show me an Option2 magazines. Inside, there was a article showing a highway full of Honda Civics dressed up like the JTCC and Group A cars that would hit the highways in Japan and treat them like circuits. It really intrigued me because I was already watching Honda circuit events and that pushed me to like Honda’s even more. As years went by Lam would show me other magazines that  had kanjo runners in them, after seeing that I was hooked. Instead of doing street drag racing I would hit the highways; bigger playground. In Sacramento there’s a connecting highway loop which was perfect to test my skills. Though I no longer street race, I would occasionally hit the highway for a well needed highway sprint.

Here’s one of the issues that Lam showed me:

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Why did you make the Private Runners?

I came up with Private Runners because I was solo at that time. People were already using the term “Private Runs” which where meet ups to perform illegal street drag racing without any spectators. I would attend many of them, but street racing in straight lines got boring to me. However, the nature of setting up Private Runs was still flowing within me. It’s something that wouldn’t leave my system. I would apply it to many things. Getting out of street drag racing, I wanted to see how well I can handle my car. Which lead me to attending autocross events. Even then I wanted to keep testing my abilities off the track. 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. The roads there weren’t nice. I had to maneuver around pot holes and uneven pavement. I would visit those places frequently and see how fast I can maneuver around them; I would picture someone chasing me. I started looking at my city as a car playground and obstacle course. I started using the word “Private Runs” with a different definition. Thus, I came up with the word “Private Running” which is enjoying your car and going where ever the roads take you with no limits. That is why I refer to myself as Private Runner. I thought I was the only one who would enjoy such things; later I would meet others who enjoyed the same nature of car life as I did. It would end up being 3 official members and then later I would recruit others. Now WE are the Private Runners. To me it’s far from street racing and I don’t even call it racing. It’s simply taking your car out for a run. Whether it’s a highway run, city exploration and/or chasing the road. I do it a lot. If something was troubling me, I would go for a Private Run to get things off my mind. If I ended up on the Loop I would practice my skills. I wanted to create our own category. A “Private” category. So I did. Now we haunt the streets.

What were your main intentions?

To enjoy car culture and car life. At that time, a lot of my friends were into the “finer” things in life. They were buying luxury cars and items. I wasn’t into all of that. I was re-living my childhood and enjoying simple things. I would even ask them if they would attend an autocross event to see how well they can handle their car. They had no interest and asked me why they would attend such an event. I would respond back “Why not? What if you were getting chased by a killer or something and wanted to get away? Wouldn’t you want to be able to out maneuver the person chasing you?” They didn’t comprehend it. That’s when I came to the conclusion I wasn’t going to surround myself with people I can’t relate with. I formed Private Runners to steer away from main crowds and the norm as well as hyped out trends. I created a family.

Where do you see this team going?

I don’t like to use the word team because in a team there is usually a “leader” and I am not a leader. We are a Family. I want the members to keep on doing what they love doing and progress, which they are. We have members who are hardcore track guys and hardcore “street fighters.” However, as much as we have a passion for car culture, Private Runners main focus isn’t limited to just that, but for every form of art. Private Runners is a style.

How do you recruit new runners?

I look to see what they’re about. I sense their aura so to say. If I see that they have the same mentality and philosophy as us, then I will ask them if they would like to become part of the Street Family. I don’t go out of my way to look for new members. More so like we cross paths; we find each other.

Why did you pick this chassis?

In 1998 a neighbor down the street from me, Lam, had a 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback. I would always see him working on the car, adding parts and eventually I would see him doing his first DOHC VTEC swap; a B16A. Later I would hear his car get louder and started going over there to see what he’s doing. He took me for a spin and I loved how it felt. Few years later he swapped in a Type R B18C and upgraded his suspension. He told me his suspension was equivalent to the JTCC cars and that was it, I wanted an EG hatchback. The light chassis can be so nimble and quick; there was something about light weight compact cars that intrigued me. He eventually swapped in aftermarket camshafts and I would watch him at Sacramento Raceway break into the low 13 seconds range on the quarter mile and 12’s with slicks. To add on top of that, I was already watching Honda circuit races and Lam was already showing me Option2 and other magazines. Getting an EG was a life time goal for me.

What have you done to it?

I swapped in a B18C1 (GSR) block and enjoyed it for a few years. Then I bought another B18C1 and rebuilt it. The finish product was a sleeved 2.0L B18C1 (84.5mm x 87.2mm). TEIN coilovers, front and rear sway bars, Safety 21 6 point bolt in cage, Hondata, PVTRUNR exhaust.

How long have you owned it for?

I had the EG for 10 years.

Any sentimental value to it?

I wouldn’t say it has sentimental value. Before getting into Hondas I was into Lowriders. Yes, I love the car but let’s say I was in a Monte Carlo or a Caprice, or another Japanese car like a Datsun 510; I’ll have the same passion as I have with my EG chassis. I will still be P. Runner with any car.

How much have you invested in this build?

A lot. Two motors, various suspensions set ups, parts for the rebuild; I lost count on how much I invested but I know it’s too much haha