The boss Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata has been tuning and creating performance vehicles since the mid nineties. Initially his cars were green but apparently he was inspired by the Olympics gold medal and changed to gold instead.
His story is really interesting. He made a reputation for himself by repeatedly going behind bars for excessive speeding. He would tune and build monster cars and then take it onto the highways or public roads and whack 340km/h out of them. Unusual publicity stint but works well for both business and pleasure (his need for speed).
See the Supra on the left with the numbers '400' on the bonnet? This is the V12 twin turbo 1,000bhp car that Smoky hit over 400km/h with at a top speed challenge. How does one even dare to go at 400km/h?!
He not only got arrested for speeding in Japan, but also in the UK and in the US. That's called global marketing. ;)
I saw many gold cars inside the garage and also in the parking bay, a pity the row in front of the garage aren't all in GOLD!
My favourite is this:
I couldn't help taking so many photos because the car is just so SICK!
Anyway, other than Top Secret, I also visited Okuyama and Midori in Yokohama as well as attended the HKS Premium Day at Fuji Speedway followed by a tour of their huge facilities the next day.
We were shown around the suspension, shock absorber and muffler departments, but no photography was allowed so I can't share anything here with you unfortunately.
The sweetest part of my trip?
Eating fresh strawberries!
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