Roughsmoke heads out to the Nagano prefecture in search of Garage MAK
Chance can be fine thing as they say.. A this came to pass when I had the chance to meet with the team from Garage MAK, based in Nagano.
With communications being passed back and forward with 'Bakky' One of shops long standing customers and team members, we had been trying to arrange a meet. So a trip through the winding mountains to the very scenic city that only runs close to numbers of 400,000 people, but boasts some of the best views i've seen in the country,
Garage MAK is tucked away nicely just off the main streets, but it's inner workings are evident from the first moment you arrive with a abundance of fine automobiles out front ready for the magic to be applied - but is also directly across from the Japanese 5-0, so while the team have to be on best behaviour, good security is on hand.
I'll be sure to dig deeper into the confinds of the shop itself another time, but our idea between me and team this time was to find an area that we could reel off some shots to bring you Roughsmokers what Garage MAK is all about.
Our meeting though had been touch and go with the recent approaches of Typhoon Halong coming up from south Asia causing extra wind strength and prolonged rain sessions. But we decided to go ahead and see what the day would bring us..
A short exchange of meetings at the shop and 'Bakky' said the team had made some initial reconnaissance and found an area they thought would be of interest to me. We rolled out in four of Garage MAK's best street prowling machines, and with reasonably quite roads they were soon resonating with the pure sound something more sinister. Heads turned from many of the local residents acknowledging our arrival in the heart of the town. A multi-level car parking tower had been the choice of team, and with it's varying light great views it was certainly a decent find and was happy it also offered shelter from any of Halong's rain should she try and decide to interrupt our proceedings.
From the pictures I have here in this segment I hope the they really exhibit Garage MAK's own little take on the Japanese tuner scene. When I pry my eyes over the fine lines of any of their cars, the distinguishable lines are not GP Sports, it isn't Origin Labo, neither is it URAS.. but somehow it manages to take the best of each of these into a concoction to form this great style.
K. Miyagawa-san qoute:
"I was always drawing as far back as I can remember, so drawing new car styles was always fun"
Garage MAK: Gallery
Check out some pictures from the first Driftwired event!
"Can you hear the sound, it's great how good this 'Z' sounds.."
Interview with K. Miyagawa.
Roughsmoke: Thank you very much for speaking to Roughsmoke today Miyagawa-san so the Roughsmokers out there get to know a little more about Garage MAK.
Miyagawa-san: It is a pleasure to have you here and happy to speak to the fans and other car lovers.
Roughsmoke: So the name of Garage MAK, how did you choose this name?
Miyagawa-san: (laughs) Yes I am always of fan of Apple Mac and my gadgets so I decided to see if I could name my business after this, but as Garage MAC was already taken I used the name of MAK instead to show my love for my gadgets!
Roughsmoke: And the business itself, give us an idea of how long you have been here.
Miyagawa-san: hmm, let us see.. I would say not the business but always the idea of creating things or at least being creative has been in my mind. For the shop though we have been here for sixteen years. Me and my brother run the business and we have core customer group who see us for everything they need, but we also provide services to many customers who may need advice or items to rejuvenate their cars. We enjoy all customers here at Garage MAK.
Roughsmoke: Over that time you have certainly found your own style I would say, how did you decide on this and how do you implement this over to the cars you have to work with?
Miyagawa-san: I am always trying to be creative in my mind, and when I get the chance I just put down some lines and see what shapes in create the may work their way into a fender, a side skirt, or any other items that can make our cars unique or even help in their performance on track.
Roughsmoke: You work on cars for different needs as Seki has his 180sx for drifting, but your creations are mostly directed towards time attack. Is there anyone from this area of the automotive scene that you can aspire to or helps your creativity?
Miyagawa-san: I would have to say Nob Taniguchi. He is a fantastic driver in time attack and also drifting. His style is conservative but he really knows how to attack a circuit and how to find the best lines around them!
Roughsmoke: I really like Taniguchi-san also; he has achieved so much in his career. What would you say that you are proud of in your career or with cars in general?
Miyagawa-san: When I was 18 years old I designed, created and built my first body kit for my own personal car. I felt really proud I could take this from an initial idea and to finally get to the end. This gave me the confidence to move forward and I am really happy I did as it formed the first steps of Garage MAK in a way.
Roughsmoke: You started with that first car and have had the privilege to work with many more over time, which would you say has been your favourite?
Miyagawa-san: I would certainly say the R32 Skyline. Always has been a truly great car in Japanese tuning. It has achieved so much and is still a great car. If I had a colour choice of car I would go for red, yes a red R32 Skyline that would be great.
Roughsmoke: Yes, a Skyline rocking the original straight 6, in Nissan Flame Red would be brilliant! Across the further reaches of the internet though many people debate the use of V8 engines in may formats of autosport even more so in drifting these days. Where do stand on V8 debate?
Miyagawa-san: (laughs) V8 engines are absolutely fine. It all depends on the car and what you are trying to achieve. Each engine has it's own good points, but also points that could maybe can have an adverse effect, but overall yes I like the options available if using the V8.
Roughsmoke: Exactly, you have to find the right balance when choosing your tuning options you got may things to take into account. You also have many things to think about when running Garage MAK - with everything to think about what would you say is your most rewarding part of what you do?
Miyagawa-san: I would say the overall creation from start to finish. Preparing the car and taking an idea and forming that into reality. You have to stay focused on the job at hand and to make the best car possible and to see the finished product when the customer comes to collect their car and see the smile on their face when they do so makes me really happy. To also hear how after time they still inform us they are excited to drive them each and every time is a really good thing.
Roughsmoke: Well they certainly do ride as great as they look, and I am sure they are many more whom will look to have the Garage MAK experience! Thank you very much for sitting down with Roughsmoke to give little inside information to the readers!
Miyagawa-san: No problem at all thank you very much to Roughsmoke for being here today, and to all Garage MAK customers and supporters!
Thanks go out once again to the Miyagawa brothers for their time in allowing Roughsmoke a day with the team. Thanks also go out to Bakky for his fantastic help for the day. And thanks to the rest of the Garage MAK team!
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