One of the great things about Japanese enthusiasts is their ability to go “all out” with their cars. What do I mean by that? Well, they are very good at deciding what the end goal for their car is. Whether it ends up becoming a track or street car, the owners always take it to the extreme. In this country, the lines are a bit more blurred and when you ask people what they’re trying to do, they may not have an answer. I’m always going back and fourth on my own build because I’m not sure which way I want to go.
This picture is more an inspiration for this discussion, rather than a clear cut example. In this case, it’s a Subaru STi Spec C doing the street thing. The Japanese rock their cars so hard. If they build a street car it’s going to be filled with all kinds of cool gadgets, LCD screens and stereo upgrades. You’ll also find that a vast majority of the cars in Japan (older ones included), have satellite navigation. I guess the point of all of this is that the Japanese really use their cars. If it’s a track car, it’s going to see track days and if it’s a street car, that shit is going to be daily driven. In the United States we’re all very anal about our cars, myself included. No one is allowed to eat food in it or make foot prints on the freshly vacuumed floor mats (or maybe that’s just me). In Japan they don’t care. They all smoke and eat their cars and just genuinely enjoy using them for what they are. It’s kind of a cool thing. Look at any street drift car and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I think my favorite part about the picture above isn’t anything to do with the car. It’s the drink can in the cup holder. It looks like a BOSS Coffee which I’ve drank and spilled in my car before. They don’t fit in the upholder and if you drive too hard, they will fall out.