5:00am Tokyo time, I wake up, still way to early to get ready - so I decide to kill sometime by taking in what was one of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen.
I really had no idea what this said besides the obvious, all I knew was that I was about to experience the Shinkansen bullet train for the first time....
As we approached our final destination, Mt. Fuji became a sight you could not easily overlook. And why in the world would you... I honestly think I must have taken a few hundred shots of it... and that's being modest!
When we arrived at the new part of their complex we where greeted by this beautiful R34....
...one of the most iconic cars to ever come out of Japan and a personal favorite of mine, which in my opinion has lost none of it's appeal.
Honestly, I nearly lost my marbles when I first laid eyes on this thing - despite not being able to see it, I'm sure I had the goofiest smile on my face.
It seems that everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - in Japan is sporting a set of Endless brakes and Advan wheels!
Can you blame them though? I think not!
Perfect balance of form and function.
Parked next to the R34 was this rather mild looking EVO X packing close to 600 whp....
....and this really mean sounding CRZ.
After, we headed up to their car museum - a place where you can really see just how vast and diverse the history of this company truly is.
...sporting a dual front caliper setup - something I'd never seen before.
One of the three open wheel cars on display, my personal favorite...
...just look at that intake!!
They've even ventured into motorcycle tuning as well as (not pictured) marine aplications such as jet skis.
2002 JGTC Mercedes CLK.
After our tour of the Museum and the majority of the complex, it was time for a much needed break. We headed down to the vending machines which sparked a very entertaining conversation. You see... we didn't know that in Japan, you can get either cold or hot drinks at vending machines. You would think that the red and blue price labels would be enough clue... But, uhhh no, we didn't pick up on that.
This is HKS' test track, one which is apparently unusable due to an overwhelming chicken problem!
Throughout the day, we where chauffeured around in this really cool HKS tuned van which was not only aesthetically pleasing on the outside, but was packing some serious punch under the hood...
....provided by an HKS supercharger kit, boosting power to around 300whp!
Before we left, I noticed Taniguchi's D1 86 being prepped for HKS premium day in one of the bays so I ran over to grab a few photos.
Sadly, even though invited to the event, we where unable to attend since our flight back to the states was a week before. Hopefully next year we can stick around long enough to go!