A change of plans can happen at the flick of a switch as exemplified by the quick fire communications between Roughsmoke and Takahashi-Sama, a resident of Tokyo and member of Team Freee’s, which culminated in our meeting that same night in a pre-arranged parking area in a secluded area of the capital to ensure we wouldn’t cause any disturbance to residents – but more so that we could avoid being disturbed ourselves by the local law enforcement.
Takahasi-Sama was one of a number of people I had the pleasure to meet some three years ago on my first travels to Japan. Little would I know that we meet at this point further down the line to capture some shots of his 1994 C34 Nissan Laurel.
"I wanted a Hachiroku, but this came up for sale!"
Actually on those first travels the car at that time was owned by a friend of compatriot team ‘Lowbrain Racing’. With the previous occupant deciding upon a change he had passed on the car so it could continue its own mutation into the current state you see it today, being painted in his own personal ‘Takahaski Koubou All Paint’ finish in a soft green shade.
But Style needs to be set alight by the ability to corner at the right angles. The Laurel is able to this by sitting low and pretty on Blade coil-overs with the rest of the suspension being out-fitted with 501 Works knuckles and arms combined with 326 Power tension / traction rods. Ikeya Formula tie-rods complete the requirements.
And this car isn’t wanting to be a show pony, so we took to the streets to let the sounds of the R34 NE06 Kouki RB25DET setup ping it’s humming off the glass of the bright buildings we ran by. The HKS GT2835 Turbo playing a symphony on notes and we danced around the local traffic…
Organized chaos is spread throughout the rest of the interior, but again we have to remember this is a car driven to track, driven hard, and then back home again on a regular basis.
Battery relocation, spare parts, and of course that spare pair of sneakers means all the bases are covered regardless of your needs for any given circuit or nearby mountain pass that may be encountered.
The exhaust manifold and outlet though was a brain-beater for a moment until Takahashi-Sama explained that this was made and put together by a contact he had that was formerly employed at NISMO and undertook the special job of making up these specifically just for him.
Fantastic workmanship indeed on what again could only but add to the character of this car.
It was time to finish here and we headed off into the night to explore some other car action. Many thanks to Takahashi-Sama and the Freee’s team for coming out and we’ll be looking closely to see how this build continues.
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