I had run up to Sakurajima PA recently to attend an after event meet. No intentions or to do anything special but to just chill out and see what the people of Kansai and further afield would bring out. In my time there though I got talking to the members of Stream Racing. A group of Civic and Kanjo style car lovers that frequent the roads of the south to enjoy their rides and hang out with each other.
I can't really do names or faces here for obvious reasons that are only apparent to those of us that wish to protect these people and secure the future fun they wish to continue having. But moving on we decided to arrange a meet up further down south of Osaka with a few members of the team and their friends for a relaxed evening, talk cars, and for me a chance to get to know my new found allies and learn why they enjoy doing what they do.
The Civic and the Kanjo (Loop-1) expressway have a special relationship and it has had for many years. Many teams have come and gone, and there is still some that are running hard out there to preserve that history and to ensure it is handed down to the next generation of car lovers, even more so for those that form a bond with the Civic!
So you have the Civic, what else do you need to do ensure you can attack the Loop? Let's have a look.. With said car being front drive it's important to ensure you've got the grip up front instead of the rear. A good idea here is to run something like 205/55 15's whilst slimming down at the back with 195/55 15's meaning you can attack the various corners that the expressway throws at you. Other changes can then be from minimal or nothing up to personal swaps depending on your character, but air filter, radiator, and exhaust changes maybe the only other items to switch up. Oh and how could you possibly forget the iconic Jason style hockey mask. Once the Japanese 5-0 are in tow you don't want them recognising you on your way to the local Family Mart the next day!
So your best lady just doesn't get why we have to spend our money on cars, or your best friends go out every week to bars and such places whilst we're at home out on the driveway until 2am fixing a broken lower arm and suspension. In turn we don't understand why the ladies all socialise at yoga and why our friends need to burn money on alcohol and not remember a thing the next day.. Cest la vie people - we do the things that make us happy. That same logic applies to the Stream team and the fact they can all draw to the same love of cars whilst hanging out with like minded friends and create memories of their own. This same creation takes place up and down Japan in many different ways but the automotive scene is one very unique way that Japan does it differently to many others.
1000 points to those of you that read the title of this section and thought ''Friends'' before reading this sentence! Yes whilst Stream were out in force to make the meet happen and welcome me into their world, we were not alone as some of their aquintances came out to chill with everyone as well. Within an hour of our arrival we were joined by a range of S-chassis and others to enjoy the evening. Travelling from afar to be with us I was humbled by the fact they would come to be with us to let me hang out with them and get to see what the Osaka scene was all about.