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Wassup y'all it's me Melvin Harris of Grove Street Families, otherwise known as Big Smoke. I like two number nines, a number nine laaaaarge, a number six with extra dip, a number seven, two number 45s, one with cheese, and a laaaarge soda


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Upon entering this forum, you might notice the name 'BigSmoke' or 'Yuan' being flung, mentioned and spoken around. You might wonder "who's this BigSmoke guy and why he's seemingly everywhere?" Well, here I am, and finally I've got time to introduce myself. If you came from the old forums, you might recognize me as that guy who wrote ultra-long RP updates that you might not be able to finish reading because either you simply dislike long reads, can't comperhend much English or you're tired of waiting the images to load, eventually it took all your internet bandwidth. If the latter actually happens to you, I'm terribly sorry for that :P

As you all might already know, my name is Yuan Edo, either Yuan or Edo is acceptable nicknames, though I prefer to be called Edo. I'm 25 (though I'm younger IRL. Guess how much), I'm hailing from Indonesia and currently living at the city of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. I live roughly 18 km to where the Tsukuba Circuit is, which is located in Shimotsuma city, a direct neighbour of Tsukuba city. Sometimes the Japanese has this tendency of naming race tracks not based on where it is, but instead naming them based on a famous landmark near the circuit. A good and easy example of this is Fuji Speedway, which obviously located near Mount Fuji, and you can see it in the background as you race there. Other examples including Tsukuba Circuit, which I've explained above, Nikko Circuit which is located near Nikko waterfall and hot springs, and Ebisu Circuit which is located near Ebisu hot springs.

When I'm started my petrolhead journey, I was a literature (e.g. poems, novels etc) and scientific (thesis, scientific journals etc) translator, and used to teach English and Bahasa Indonesia as well for my living. I'm still translating stuff these days, but I'm not a teacher anymore. Instead I found a new form of living: Semi-professional race driver! All of this stems from my curiosity over how competitive I could be.....and turns out I actually am. How did I stumble into the world of racing? We'll get to that a bit later. Also, recently I was chosen as the salesperson of Ibaraki branch of Side to Side Auto Parts. Back when I start, the challenge was to see if I could live my petrolhead and motorsport dreams on a budget. Fast forward now and the challenge becomes to see if I could juggle between my professional life as race driver and salesperson and personal life as a petrolhead, motorsport enthusiast and car builder.

As I've mentioned above, I'm a huge motorsport fan, ever since I saw Michael Schumacher making his way to victory when I was just a toddler. As for now, my main focus is in endurance racing, GT racing and time attack. That's why I chose to live near Tsukuba Circuit, practically the spiritual home of time attack. Tsukuba is also seen as the Japanese version of, say, Top Gear's Dunsfold Park, Evo Magazine's Angelsey Circuit, Lotus's RAF Hethel Base, Honda's Suzuka Circuit, or in broader context, in the lines of Circuito Jerez de la Frontera or Circuit de Catalunya. You can test and race absolutely everything here, to the point where Best Motoring used to race kei cars and minivans here :lol:

But of course lots of bewinged, ultra-fast race cars are aplenty here, ranging from vintage racers to modern ones, from improved production cars to open wheel cars, and of course there are time attack heroes like Scorch Racing S15, Escort Evo, Carbon Junkie AE86, Admix R32, Rasty Joyo A80, ASM S2K, Aslan EG, Auto Rescue Izu FD and so many others. Legends like every single cars made by Mine's, Voltex, HKS and JUN are also made their names here., and I'm seeking to follow their steps. I didn't expect that I, a trackday enthusiast, would end up being a semi-pro driver participating in various time attack events :lol: Oh of course I'm also a huge fan of non-Japanese TA builds, such as MCA Hammerhead S13, PR Technology RP968, Tilton Evo, Lyfe Motorsports GT-R, J-Spec Performance Evo, Audi R8 1:1, 101 Motorsport 'Mighty Mouse' CRX and many more.

Right, enough introducing myself and blabbering about.....well just about everything. Hereby I welcome you to my bizzare world of car projects, builds and my personal life. I love to talk about motorsports, car culture and mods, driving experience.....but at times I might also slip a bit of a slice of my own life, so expect a rollercoaster of story on every update.

Click here to follow the story from the very first one and find out about my origins and early days of petrolhead chronicles
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Click here to catch up with the last pages of the thread at the old site. It was stopped at post #425, some time after I came back from USA.

Or let me take you through some of my personally assorted updates to sum up my journey so far chronogically:
The Rise of the T H O T // B A I T E R
Leg Day and Memories of a Tuner
Relaxation Route (first touge drive)
Urban Touring
The Rise of the Silver Queen
Hyper Experience: The Debut! (first competitive TA event)
United Colours of Petrolheads (biggest car meet attended so far)
Out of Comfort Zone (first trackday outside Tsukuba)
Land of the Free (first USA trip)
Two Sides of a Coin
Heavenly Ocean (summer update)
Burning Rubber Festival (Ebisu Drift Matsuri update, also the biggest update so far)
Aerodynamic Building Blocks (final update before forum migration)


As I've mentioned, the updates are tend to be very long, so uhhhh.....take your time :lol: :P

In the meantime, let's take a tour of my garage to see how bizzare my builds are:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo V GSR
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Build highlights:
  • HKS 2.3L Step 2 stroker kit
  • Tomei Procams
  • SARD fuel rails
  • NAPREC Big Valves
  • Evo IX 6-speed manual transmission swap with several upgrades
  • B&M Supercooler repurposed for transmission cooling
  • Exedy Twin clutch
  • Cusco Type RS LSD (F and R)
  • Racefab subframes
  • Monster Sport carbon trunk
  • Carbon hood
  • Ross Sport FRP doors
  • HKS Hipermax IV GT Suspension
  • Alcon CR6 Race BBK (6 pot F, 4 pot R)
  • Tomei Thermo Killer
  • Adjustable carbon wingblade
  • Apexi Power FC D-Jetro ECU+boost controller
  • Apexi GT Front Pipe+HKS Exhaust Manifold & HiPower Silent exhaust (had to be modfied a bit)
  • Volk ZE40 18in rims+Advan AD08R tyres
This Evo V is going to be a replacement for the Evo III as both my main daily car and my main racecar, being a logical step-up in performance terms. It shares the same vision as the Evo III, which is a competitively trackable daily car, which is why I haven't removed rear seats yet. At the time I write this it's only steps away from finished, only needs to be painted. Target power is 600 BHP, 150 more than the Silver Queen, and target time is around 58 secs, a second faster than Silver Queen. Despite that, it can also made to be more timid than the Evo III, thanks to the Apexi Power FC ECU, which has boost controller so I can set them up to muster three modes of power: 300 BHP, 500 BHP and the full 600 BHP. Hopefully this Evo will enjoy a more prosperous life.


Nissan Silvia Spec-S
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Build highlights:
  • RB26 swapped with Nismo N1 block, HKS 2.8L Stroker Kit and NAPREC Big Valves
  • Greddy T88 twin turbos
  • Nissan 350Z Z33 transmission + Collins Performance short shifter
  • Nismo GT LSD
  • Nismo Super Coppermix Twin Plate Clutch
  • Racefab Subframes
  • Apexi GT exhaust + N1 Evo muffler
  • Apexi Power FC D-Jetro ECU+boost controller
  • GReddy intake manifold
  • Seibon carbon bonnet
  • GP Sports G-Sonic Evo bodykit
  • SARD GT Wing
  • HKS Hipermax IV SP suspensions
  • Wilwood Superlite BBK (6 pot F, 4 pot R)
  • A mix of Nismo, Nagisa Auto and Ikeya Formula arms
  • Cusco Strut Bars
  • Nismo Anti Roll Bars
  • Wilwood Superlite BBK (6 pot F, 4 pot R)
  • KS Garage homemade rollcage
  • Volk ZE40 18in rims+Advan A048 tyres
The second car that I bought, I envisioned this to be my ultimate TA car. While the Silver Queen takes the duty for streetlegal class events (e.g. Attack Real Tuning Class, RevSpeed Festival Street class, pretty much regional championship), the S15 will take the duty of more open, less restricted class (e.g. Attack Second or Turbo class, RevSpeed Festival Open class). Yup, it started life as an Spec-S rather than Spec-R, but this comes into the advantage of being cheap to buy. It's now powered by an RB26 sourced from an R32 GT-R, and now has Nismo N1 block, though it's still RWD since I mated it with the stock transmission of Nissan 350Z. Mustering 752 BHP, it has set some personal best laps: 57.043 seconds at Tsukuba Circuit and 47.012 seconds at Mobara Twin Circuit. Fun fact: This car featured the most expensive purchase I've ever done, namely the GP Sports kit at V$11.5k


Nissan Skyline GT HR34
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Build highlights:
  • Homemade stroker made from RB25 internals (it has an RB20DE inside if you're wondering)
  • RB25 Transmission
  • Kaaz 2-way rear LSD
  • Drifworks Geomaster knuckles
  • Enkei RPF1 18 inch
  • Nankang tyres
The third car that I bought, originally serving as my grassroots drift car. It's the base model of every single R34, powered by RB20DE engine. But turns out not only it's a comfy daily alternative, it's actually looking quite good. Which leads to a bit of worry and remorse should I, god forbid, destroy this thing in a failed drift attempt. I'm looking forward to drive it again though, it's a nice cruiser. Whenever I feel like for some relaxing drive or too tird to drive the Evo, this would be my daily ride.


Daewoo Tico SX
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Build highlights:
  • Honda D15B VTEC swapped+5-speed manual transmission
That's right, a Daewoo Tico. This one's the european version built by FSO, sourced from the Romania, otherwise known as the homeland of Dacia and Count Dracula. Why did I bought this? Well let me ask you, have you seen a Tico going fast? The plan is to make this a lethal joke vehicle: Swap in a Honda D15B VTEC engine, upgrade the suspension, fit slightly bigger wheels, et viola, a mad kanjo fighter. Installing a rollcage would be a great idea as well since this thing is as fragile as a wafer biscuit, thus turning it into a high speed weapon also means turning it into a rocket coffin. And who knows, it can be a fancy FWD track day weapon as well. With my main projects already completed, it's time to catch up on this project.


Mercedes Sprinter 311cd
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Build highlights:
  • Turbosmart turbo actuator
  • RaceChip plug-in ECU tuning
"What the hell is a Sprinter doing in Japan?" Ha I told you, bizzare innit? :lol: the Sprinter is my parts and tow van, since I can't seem to find anything suitable to tow my S15 effortlessly (mind you, it's not streetlegal). It's soooo big I can sleep inside it, and the actuators are there since it came broken when I bought it. Oh yah, this Sprinter came from the albion lands of UK (screw the fact that the mod is LHD :P ), which is an RHD country like Japan and most of Asia, and the car prices there are quite cheap, so driving this thing shouldn't be a problem.


Chevrolet Silverado CK1500 'Vetterado'
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Build highlights:
  • GM LS7 swapped
  • AWD gearbox and transfer case from GMC K1500
  • Custom toolbox on the bed
  • Work Crag T-Grabic 18 inch wheels
  • Side to Side plastic cupholder
A gift from the Side to Side crew, originally their parts truck. Don't worry, they've got somethign even better as replacement. The LS7 swap was also their idea, since they got a spare LS7 pulled off a wrecked Corvette Z06. Why would they do this I got absolutely no idea, but it actually worked and god damn it worked very, very well. Currently awaiting brake upgrade so it won't turn into a sledgehammer or battering ram while driven on speed.....it has 505 BHP, mind you. Aside from being a spare parts truck, I 'd like to bring it to drag racing events around Japan........if I can find one.


Nissan 240SX MS13 Convertible 'Kaede'
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Build highlights:
  • Lightly tuned KA24DE
  • Weds Albino 16 inch
  • Dunlop SP Sport stretched tyres
  • Cusco springs
  • R33 brakes
Convertible S13s, both the Japan version (which has the PS13 front) and the American version (which has the 240SX front and S13 back. No, this ain't a Onevia conversion) are quite a rare but underrated commodity, so upon seeing one I immediately took my chance and grab it quickly. Brought home from the US of A alongside the Vetterado and Foxbody, the build goal is to see if people can accept a gaijin/foreign version of S13, specifically a rare one that has been built to emulate Japanese kyusha style. Original plan was to make it into a lowrider, since lowrider culture is actually quite big in Japan, but upon spotting the rare Albino wheels the goals changed into combining kyusha and lowrider style. And oh, it's called Kaede since KA24DE can be misread as Kaede.......at least to me. And of course the sticker features a character named Kaede.


Toyota Mark II JZX110 'Meme Machine'
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Build highlights:
  • 1JZ-GE+Rev9 turbo kit
  • GReddy Spec-LS intercooler kit
  • Nissan 350Z transmission
  • Welded diff
  • Chase Bays hydro handbrake
  • Cusco front arms
  • Dunlop SP Sport stretched tyres
  • Work Euroline DH wheels 18 inch
  • Yokohama Ecos tyres
Due to my own worries of wrecking HR34, I decided to get something I could feel less guilty upon damaging, which automatically translates as drift missile. My choice fell upon this X110, since it was cheap, already got a 1JZ (albeit GE as opposed to GTE), and Marcus(marcus915) said it's quite tough to whip around. I did some minimal mods to it, including turboing the JZ and brought it to my first Ebisu Drift Matsuri to see if it can survive for a full 36 hours there.....and it did, albeit with damaged front arm and losing the passenger window in the process. I might repair it and get it running again at Ebisu or Nikko one day, as it is now damaged after several botched drift runs. Fun fact: This was my fastest build, and I burnt a bit of my hair while welding the diff.


Nissan Skyline HCR32
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Build highlights:
  • R32 GT-R body kit
  • Gram Lights wheels
A surprise birthday from Benny and co., it's a HCR32 with a GT-R body kit and Gram Lights wheels. but otherwise it's still bone stock, including the RB20DET engine. The entire car has been refurbished by Muza, who works at Nismo. My plans for it is to build it into a Wangan car by, rather obviously, placing an RB26DETT inside it and using the Z33 transmission just ike the S15.


Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
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Build highlights:
  • Toyota 3S-GE swapped + 6-speed manual transmission
  • Xcessive Manufacturing 3S-GE driveshaft
Another car from Benny and co., this time because they can't finish it at tall while they're in Japan. The AE86 is a rolling shell at the moment, though eventually I decided to fit it with Toyota 3S-GE because it's very easy to find. I'd like this AE86 to be another grip car of mine, being an improved classic, analogue car with modern heart and easier accessibility. Not only it'll fit for more relaxed track days, it's also fit for lightweight car events and AE86-only events. And oh, if I would, I might use this as a learning tool for those who wishes to learn about grip racing.

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I think that is it for now, I don't really want to torture everyone if I combine my intro with my first update :lol: Anyways normal service will resume as soon as at next week. And oh, feel free to visit my crib, have a track day together with me or invite me to go somehwere or do something, as long as it doesn't interfere with my time attack season calendar. There should only 4-5 event left though for this year, so don't worry.

And oh, I made some slap stickers too in my free time, feel free to use them on your RP cars! Check out the entire catalogue here! Or you can see some examples below:
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That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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Ayy big smoke wb uwu, those are some sick cars and even better stickies. I might use the ultra power on my 14 just for the memes of the memes lmfao
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Uhh, your stuff is actually pretty inspiring, you write a bible out of a every car haha, that's a good thing, it's nice to read, but my personal favorites are the 240sx and jzx110, damn i need to get one in the future.
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Boiiiiiiii, i still miss Ebisu Matsuri, it was fun to see you wrecking that JZX lol
It was epic, also the 500$ challenge! So good memories lol

Also CONGRATS ON THE S2S PARTNERSHIP! Hopefully all goes great with that, rootin' on you!
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I love how detailed all the writeups on your cars are, not to mention the diversity. I will always admire your Evo, its so crazy to see how far its come since the first day you got that car!!
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NotPerfect wrote:
03 Oct 2019 22:05
Ayy big smoke wb uwu, those are some sick cars and even better stickies. I might use the ultra power on my 14 just for the memes of the memes lmfao
Thank you so much! Oh please do, I'm glad you love those stickers :lol:
insolivion wrote:
03 Oct 2019 22:25
Uhh, your stuff is actually pretty inspiring, you write a bible out of a every car haha, that's a good thing, it's nice to read, but my personal favorites are the 240sx and jzx110, damn i need to get one in the future.
Ahaha thank you so much, glad you like them! :lol:
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03 Oct 2019 23:49
Boiiiiiiii, i still miss Ebisu Matsuri, it was fun to see you wrecking that JZX lol
It was epic, also the 500$ challenge! So good memories lol

Also CONGRATS ON THE S2S PARTNERSHIP! Hopefully all goes great with that, rootin' on you!
Keep it up!
Man it was soooo great to drive together with you and everyone! Also thank you so much, here's hoping everything went well! :lol:
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04 Oct 2019 01:25
I love how detailed all the writeups on your cars are, not to mention the diversity. I will always admire your Evo, its so crazy to see how far its come since the first day you got that car!!
Thank you so much, glad you like them! The Silver Queen has went quite far indeed :lol:
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Ayeee, just perfect handful of car collection, you should sell stickers for your hungry wallet.
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04 Oct 2019 08:35
Ayeee, just perfect handful of car collection, you should sell stickers for your hungry wallet.
Thank you so much! :D
For the stickers.......hmm let's see what fate has in store for us :P
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The Ichigo is starting to look S P I C Y and i love it !
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04 Oct 2019 13:07
The Ichigo is starting to look S P I C Y and i love it !
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it! But what else I can say other than.........
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WB Bro, who else would I chose for my main sales man hehehe.....
Hey just a heads up, I am challenging you on a wangan race on 21st August 2020. ( If you prefer to be legal then lets do a time attack race) I will have a similar layout to yours, just FYI.
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Benny wrote:
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WB Bro, who else would I chose for my main sales man hehehe.....
Hey just a heads up, I am challenging you on a wangan race on 21st August 2020. ( If you prefer to be legal then lets do a time attack race) I will have a similar layout to yours, just FYI.
I'm quite honoured to be your trusted man, bossman :lol: Thank you so much!

Hmmm as you might expect I'd like to keep things on the legal side (well, says the man who occasionally did touge runs.......though it's actually been a while), so time attack it is! Waiting on what your crafty hands will bring to the Japan shores and my home turf ;)
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I love how diverse ur car list is, just like Benny and Lagano's collection over at StS!
And silver queen is pretty much no short of an icon now with its countless Tsukuba achievements

Great stuff as usual chief!
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06 Oct 2019 21:32
I love how diverse ur car list is, just like Benny and Lagano's collection over at StS!
And silver queen is pretty much no short of an icon now with its countless Tsukuba achievements

Great stuff as usual chief!
Yoooo thanks my man! It's been a long journey for the Silver Queen, and........one year celebration coming soon! ;)
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Ayy nice to see you on here! Also was super nice to meet you and the other guys at Ebisu!
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07 Oct 2019 12:20
Ayy nice to see you on here! Also was super nice to meet you and the other guys at Ebisu!
Nice to see you coming back as well! I'm quite honoured to be able to run beside you and the boys! :D
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Nice your Danganronpa character reference cars!
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07 Oct 2019 16:16
Nice your Danganronpa character reference cars!
I love it! :D
Arigatou Masaharu-san! :D
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YEEEEET welcome to the FUTURE of RP 8-)
Ahahah thanks my man :lol: everybody's updating faster than me these days so I felt a bit falling back, next one should be ready soon!
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The Reunion













Finally it's time for another update! Hot damn everybody's updating quickly these days :lol:
This time, let's see if my car can be a learning tool....to drive of course. And also, a comparison between Euro and Japanese sedans!
And finally I also got to visit someone I haven't seen for so long as well!
Let's see how all of them unfolds by jumping into the update! :D
NOTE: It's highly suggested to read my older updates, as there are a lot of character here coming from there












[03 Oct 2019]
The winds of autumn has hit quite hard these days, requiring people to wear their jackets more frequently, though not as often as winter does. What about me? It's not really a problem, I wear my hoodie almost everytime, except at summer when it's blazing hot. I don't want to accidentally bake or even roast myself under the glaring sun :lol: Anyways, between the time of my re-intro and this update, I continued working on various documents to be translated as I continue to save money to continue upgrading the S15 as well as to grab myself an Evo V. "Hang on Smoke you already got an Evo III, what's the Evo V for?"

If you haven't followed me at the last moments of the old forum, I should say it's been a fun and amazing times with the Evo III as I explored this world and made a lot of amazing friends thanks to it, but sadly, I think the time's running out soon for the SIlver Queen. Yes, I plan to buy the Evo V as refreshment. But that's not all, the Evo V will be raced as well just like the Evo III, don't worry. I feel like the Evo V has more potential to be developed and deployed over Evo III, which at least in my opinion has reached it's maximum potential and possibly has been tired from all the power it contained. It can only receive so much, after all. And no, despite the emerging memes surrounding it, I'm not going to buy a yellow Evo V :lol:

Technically speaking, The Evo V shares the same platform with the Evo IV and VI, which was significant update from the first platform used by Evo I, II and III. This means most of the parts for Evo IV to VI are interchangeable. The Evo IV itself was a vast improvement over the Evo III, and the Evo V was a huge upgrade over Evo IV. The Evo VI? It's simply an Evo V being perfected a bit more. The improvements the Evo V has over Evo III and Evo IV includes but not limited to wider track width, bigger brakes, better and stronger engine internals and, for the first time in Evo history, adjsutable aero. These two last bits are what particularly made me interesed. And oh, since the Evo IV to Evo IX shares the same engine and transmission assembly, this means almost everything from Evo IV to Evo IX are interchangeable.

From the economical side, used Evo V price are ridiculously cheap. Evo IV prices are even cheaper, but that's kinda explainable since Evo IV is arguably the second least-favourite Evo among all Evos, only being slightly better than Evo VII. I'm not really sure why, but I guess I'll just let our resident Human Lan Evo @topy explains about it some time. He's not here yet i the RP forums at the moment, but when he does, he'll show you his mad, on-progress Evo X build as well as his current daily whips, an S15 and a Mustang 302. Meanwhile, Evo VI prices has been skyrocketed thanks to the fame of the TME model. A lot of car collectors resorted to buy the non-TME Evo VI when they failed to grab themselves the TME ones.

Historically speaking, the Evo III, IV, V and VI are the cars that yielded Mitsubishi WRC driver titles four times in a row from 1996 to 1999, in the hands of the legendary Tommi Makkinen. Between all these driver titles, only at 1998 Mitsubishi secured both the driver and manufacturer titles. If you're wondering, Subaru won the 1996 and 1997 manufacturers title, and Toyota won the 1999 title. The 1998 title fight was one of the fan-favourites as it was ended in a spectacular fashion. The title almost never happened to Tommi and Mitsubishi after Tommi crashed at the opening day of the final rally of the year, Wales Rally GB. Tommi's rival, Carlos Sainz Sr. was almost certain to become the world champion that weekend, but at the final day, disaster struck upon Sainz: His car broke down at the final stage, 300 meters from the finish line. Tommi, who was going to catch a plane home, was called by Mitsubishi crew and informed about that mishap. Here are some pics of the rally, where Tommi broke his Evo and Sainz stranded near the finish line.
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Right, enough talking about Evos for now. I finished working on all translations later that day as the sun was going to set. Whilst having a quick rest I received a call from Ryuji. It's been a while since he called me last time, I wonder what's going on?

"Hello Edo-kun, Ryuji here"
"Ah hey Ryuji-san, good evening. It's been a while, anything I can help?"
"Been a while since I called you indeed. Ah I wonder if you have anything to do this weekend?"
"Virtually none, only have to send my works to Tsukuba uni as usual and that's it"
"Oh perfect timing! Um, other than the Evo, do you got any RHD cars?"
"Well yes I do, but why not the Evo?"
"Let's get straight to the point shall we?"
"Okay go on"
"I want to teach my sister to drive but uhh, I'm afraid she'll be confused if I use my E36 Compact"
"Aaaah I see, classic non-petrolhead problem. Okay okay I'll help Ryoko-chan as well"
"Oh yah one more thing, what car is it?"
"HR34, circa 200 BHP. Should be slow enough to learn in"
"I think she'll be okay with that. So, tomorrow at the usual spot?"
"Tomorrow at the usual spot, yup. I'll be there after lunch"
"Great, see you tomorrow then"
"See you tomorrow Ryuji-san"


Welp, about time I should say! It's time for Ryoko, Ryuji's little sister to experience the freedom of driving indeed. Speaking of which, the decline in car sales amongst youth markets upsets just about everyone, including obviously the auto industry themselves. Sure, the public transportation in Japan are brilliant, but the youths these days are missing quite a lot. The freedom of driving, in my opinion is what everyone should experience. Yes, city driving is plain mundane for most but that's because there isn't much to do. But countryside driving, backcountry exploration, touge runs, highway runs, track days.......now that's how you enjoy driving properly.

Once you're going behind the wheels, you thoughts starts to flow quickly, and stimulated better than usual. You'll think about.....just about everything, from your current condition and predicament up to the meaning and purpose of the universe itself. It's a joyous feeling that we can't express properly, because it's just like love. We can't describe love perfectly in words, we have to experience it by ourselves in order to understand it.

At this point I have to stop being poetic and sentimental because I received yet another call, this time from Rantaro. We haven't met since summer and recently he imported a Merc W140.....I wonder if it's finished?

"Yooooo Edo-kun, it's ya boi Rantaro"
"Ah hey Rantaro, been a while man! Summer must've been fun to you, yeah?"
"Absolutely! Remember the Merc I bought some time ago?"
"Oh yeah yeah, I do. How's it going with that Merc?"
"It's finished and ready to roll! Man I'm eager to show it to you"
"Niiiice! Hey tell me, you got anything to do tomorrow?"
"I don't think so, only a quick meeting at morning"
"Perfect! Let's meet up at the usual spot shall we? I wanna see the Merc! Ryuji will be there as well"
"Great idea! And you're right.....gotta flex this to Ryuji as well" *laughter*
"Eh speaking of Ryuji, he got a new car as well"
"What is it?"
"E36 Compact"
"Not really what I expected but still, this I have to see. Anyways, see ya tomorrow boi"
"See ya"


Well, Rantaro has gone quite a long way, from someone driving a Mark II disguised as a classic Merc, to finally importing and driving a proper Merc. And to top that, it's a W140 S-Class as well! He's ready to live the 90's luxury life :lol: And oh, this Merc is also famous in the Initial D fandom for all the wrong reasons :lol: I wonder if he can attract high schoolers just like when he did with the Mark II?

Later that day, I packed up everything I'm going to carry to Tsukuba University and went to sleep. Oh yah, the usual spot I talked about with Ryuji and Rantaro is the souther parking lot of the uni. It's not so crowded there usually and actually quite cool, so perfect for small to large car meets. The last time I had a car meet there, it was huge and amazing.

[04 Oct 2019]
I woke up rather late that day, so I decided to have lunch at the uni's cafetaria instead of cooking one for myself at home. Thankfully though I wasn't severely late I still have time to get a shower and wear proper dress to meet one of my customers for the day, Kitagara-sensei. Kitagara-sensei is a history lecturer in the uni, and also an avid petrolhead, having an AE86 Levin Nothcback as a daily. He's quite a wise man and I really love to talk with him whilst working. And he's also a touge runner back in his youth, and also regularly attends the AE86 Festival in Tsukuba as well.

Later that day I arrived at the uni parking lot, and I spotted Kitagara-sensei's AE86................
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.......and I also spotted a Crown S170 I've never seen before. I wonder who owns it? Perhaps Kitagara-sensei knows?
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I decided to park my HR34 a bit close to the Crown so I could check it for a while, as well as took some photos of it and the AE86. From what I can see so far it rides on Work Emitz wheels, has a cutom leather front seats, and it's either riding on airbags or very low coilovers. Engine-wise I'm not really sure, it's probably a 1JZ with some mods. After taking these pics I went to Kitagara-sensei's office room.
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Inside the office, we have some talks as he inspect my works.

"Incredible job as usual, well done. Here's the documents for next month, you can start anytime" *hands me a bundle of documents*
"receives document* "Thank you very much sensei, is there anything else? Soft copies perhaps?"
"Ah yes, soft copies will be delivered via email"
"Alright sensei, I'll start after I receive the email. Um, excuse me sensei, a question"
"Go ahead, what is it?"
"Are you going to the AE86 Festival at Nikko?" *shows the event page on phone*
"Hmmm, I'm not really sure, are you going there?"
"I don't think I will, sensei. After all I don't have an AE86 yet"
"Ah, it's okay. I think I'll have you along at the AE86 Festival at Tsukuba Circuit"
"Oh, really? That's so kind of you sensei, thank you so much. And oh, another question"
"Yes?"
"I saw a red Crown at the parking lot today......I wonder if you know who drives it?"
"A red Crown......ah, should be Miyuki-san from law faculty. A lecturer as well."
"Ah, I see. Any chances I can meet him? I'd like to know more about his car."
"Let's go to the cafetaria shall we? I'd like some coffee and I think we can meet him there"
"Sure sensei, I haven't actually had a meal yet"

And so, we walked to the cafetaria. Later at the cafetaria we met with Ryoko and, to my luck, Miyuki-sensei. After Kitagara-sensei introduced me to Miyuki-sensei, we sat together as we enjoyed various snacks and drinks. I myself had a plate of chicken curry and a can of UCC coffee. Miyuki-sensei is in his mid-40s, and is a huge fan of VIP modification style, hence he bought a Crown and lowered it. Aside from being a lecturer, he's also an attorney, serving various clients around Tokyo and Tsukuba. Which law firm he worked on though isn't so clear, probably not the same as either Sera or Adrianne(@RocketBunnyS13). And oh, because he studied and researched over international law systems, his English is actually very good, and he also understands German, French and Dutch.

Later that day we went back to the parking lot. Kitagara-sensei had a matter to be done, so sadly he can't stay with us for the remainder of the day.
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To spend the time while waiting for Rantaro and Ryuji, I decided to have some talk with Miyuki-sensei.

"Ah, sensei, can I ask something or two about your Crown?"
"Ah, sure, go ahead. It looks like you took a liking on it, and I appreciate that"
"Ah sure sensei, thank you. Is it riding on airbags or on coilovers."
"Coilovers. It's running on 326Power Chakurikis to be exact."
"Awesome! I thought the Crown runs on airbag seeing it sits so low. How about the engine? Is it still 1JZ?"
"Close enough, I've changed it to 2JZ."
"GE or GTE sensei?"
"GE plus turbo. Guess how much power it produces."
"400? 500?"
"Quite close, it's 600. Sometimes I do highway runs as well, also useful for emergency runs as well!"
"That's amazing! Lots of my friends are highway runners but I've never seen something unusual as this"
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"Ah yes Edo-kun, Kitagara-san said you have an Evo, so why did you brought this R34 sedan today?"
"Ah, Ryoko-san's brother told me to bring it here, sensei. He wants to teach her how to drive"
"Right here, right now?"
"Uh, yes sensei, that was our agreement"
"Ah, I see. I'd like to see things unfold later"
"Ah, one more question sensei, what else has been done to the car?"
"Brakes, they're now a set of Project Mu brakes, and I also modded the audio system. You want to check them?"
"Oh sure sensei, that's quite kind of you"

I, Miyuki-sensei and Ryoko enters the Crown and Miyuki-sensei proceeds to showcase his audio system, as well as his music collection. Turns out he has similar music taste to mine! He kicked off the showcase by playing Bach's Air on G String composition. Next up he played Meiko Nakahara's 'Fantasy', which coincidentally also my recent favourite. Then Miyuki-sensei capped it off with Kraftwerk's new rendition of 'Dentaku'. The audio system feels amazing, it's just as if I attended a concert directly at a theatre.
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Sometime later, finally Rantaro arrived in his brand new Merc. It looks like a classic yacht arriving to a boat pier, so amazing! I had to get off Miyuki-sensei's Crown and screamed "WOOOOOOOOOOH!" upon seeing the Merc. "Ah senpai look, that car's huge!" remarked Ryoko in surprised voice. Then Rantaro lowered his window as he throws a smug face towards us :lol:
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Rantaro then decided to park between my HR34 and Miyuki-sensei's Crown. After introducing Miyuki-sensei to him, Rantaro seemed eager to flex his Merc upon me :lol:

"What do you think, eh boi?"
"This is amazing! Pure luxury vibes! You can roll along Tokyo at night with style with this!"
"Ha I know you'll like it! It's quite comfy as well and look, wooden trim!"
"Yeeees now this is 90s Euro car at it's best! As for the wheels.....what are those?"
"SSR Vienna Kreiss. And yup, they're lowered."
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Rantaro then continued, saying that this one is the 300SE model, which means it's equipped with 3 liter inline 6 petrol engine. Rantaro was actually split between keeping the original engine on or swapping it for something else. Miyuki-sensei opposed against it though, since there are so many electrical assembly and sensors inside the Merc.

The influence of the Merc's styling, interestingly, can be felt on the Crown.....or is it just me? They're looking smilar and as far as I know, competed in the same market segment in several countries where both are sold. Well yes, the Merc looks tidier and if you opted for the V12 engine, much more luxurious with the additional of rear central console and TV. I guess you can opt for champagne holder as well! But here, the comparison can be done in fairer terms. Nevertheless, back then people always wanted a Merc, but some opted for the Crown or something else since they're slightly cheaper. The experience though, are different surely.

The Crown, W140 and HR34 looks like a set of yacht docking at a boat pier I should say.......cue up the 'What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor'(otherwise better known as 1700s Sea Shanties) composition shall we? :lol:
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"It's quite huge to me, is it difficult to drive, senpai?" Ryoko asked to Rantaro in curiosity. "It's not so hard if you could drive it. All you had to do is remember the width and length of your car." Rantaro answered in confidence, half-unaware that Ryoko can't drive properly yet. Obviously Ryoko answered, "How do I do that?"
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At this point finally Ryuji arrived with his E36 Compact. I and Ryoko sighed a breathe of relief, while Rantaro remarked "Hey that's actually nice!". Ryuji parked his E36 Compact on the opposite side of the parking lot.
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As we shared brofists with Ryuji and introduced Ryuji to Miyuki-sensei, another vehicle arrived. This time, a Suzuki GSX-1000R with its rider on full leather suit, rucksack and full face helmet. At first I was trying to figure out who is this rider, but eventually I figured out as he parked beside Ryuji's E36: It's another of my friends, Kenichi! But why is he riding a Suzuki instead of his usual Honda Grom?
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"Oi Kenichi! Great to see you man, but where's your Grom?"
"Yoooo everybody's here!" *fistbumps and brohugs ensues* "You see, the Grom is under maintenance, so I have to borrow this"
"But dang man, what a ride you're bringing today! Much faster than usual!" *chuckle*
"Admittably, yeah. I miss that sense of speed, you know"
"Ain't your back got tired with that rucksack though?"
"Not really, I didn't bring much"
"Oh yah, now that everyone's here, I remembered something........"

Then I explained my plans to enter the K-1 Sports Tsukuba 50 Minute endurance race at October 14th, as well as my need for a small crew for the day. Thankfully, turns out everyone can make it at the race day. Ryuji is particularly eager to help, since it's been a while since we're on the Tsukuba Circuit together. Even Ryoko want to join the fun as well! Sadly though we might not be able to go with Ryuji's friend, Genzo, since he's a bit busy lately due to his father fell ill some time ago. But it's okay though, I think I've got enough people on my side.

With the endurance crew problem sorted, and Kenichi heading to the uni to deliver his translations, we moved on to the second schedule of the day: Teaching Ryoko how to drive. I handed the HR34 keys to Ryuji, guided Ryuji to exit the parking lot and decided to have some banters with Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei as we watch Ryoko swap seats with Ryuji and keeping up with Ryuji's method of tutoring.
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Eventually after multiple times stalling my HR34, Ryoko got it going slowly. Now I'm not really worried about the clutch, since it's relatively fresh since I don't use it so often compared to my Silver Queen. What I worry a bit is simply Ryoko not getting used to it since I set the clutch pedal a bit hard. Nevertheless, watching Ryuji and Ryoko tiptoeing around the parking lot reminds me of myself back when I learn how to drive my family's car back home.
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The good mood was slightly offset when Ryoko stalled the car again when Ryoko stalled the car again as she tried to do a full stop. Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei laughed quite loud, while I can only shake my head in light dissappointment, and shouted "Come on, try again! Don't worry about the car!" to raise her confidence. Eventually she did it!
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And I guess Ryoko had a shared penchant of going into speed just like her brother. Sometimes I can see the HR34 lurching into speed as Ryoko drives it in 2nd gear, sometimes she forgot to balance the accelerator and clutch in the middle of corners.......I wonder if Ryuji teached her heel and toe already? :lol: There's also this when Ryoko tried to do a U-turn. It looks like she failed to balance the pedals while turning again, causing her to accidentally floor the accelerator, and release it to yet another stall. I can only imagine Ryoko panicking inside........ :lol:
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Finally, after a while, it looks like Ryoko got the hang of driving, though understandably, she had a bit of difficulty while parking. At least she didin't mow the pavement with my HR34...... :lol: I applauded her as she gets off the car.
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Ryoko's training though didn't stop there. This time, after a bit of resting, it's my turn to get inside my HR34 with her. My job is simple: Be a backseat driver (and yup, I have to actually sit on the back row) and monitor her as she recall all the tutorials taught by Ryuji, while occassionally jog her mind over all the the tutorials. In Ryuji's opinion the one who can deduce if a driver drives well in general are their passengers, particularly those who sits behind them. I actually agree with this, since a lot of road sickness are caused by drivers who aren't driving smoothly.

And so, Ryoko slowly gets off the lot again and started going around as she recalls all the tutorials given to her. To ease her mind and make her relax a bit, as well to motivate her and sway her mind a bit off concentration (Because come on, who didn't choose to have a banter with the driver when they drive together?), I decided to talk about my times back then when I still learn how to drive. Ryoko actually responds enthusiastically ("So it only took you a week to learn senpai? That's brilliant!"), to the point she almost crashed my HR34 as we have a great banter ("Watch the road next time!"-"I-I'm sorry senpai!"-"It's okay, let's continue shall we?") :lol: Eventually she could drive it smoothly, I could enjoy the ride while laying my back all over the rear seat.
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As the day passes and the sun starts to set, finally Ryoko parked the HR34 again and ended the training session. I praised Ryoko's pace of learning to Ryuji ("She's a quick learner I should say, I didn't expect that"), who clearly was quite happy with the result. Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei looks pleased as well, seeing Ryoko learn as well as having a very long banter with Rantaro. And secretly they have another cans of coffee without me :lol: thankfully Rantaro still got a can left, which he tosses upon me. I really need one after a very loooong day. Before Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei left, I took some more pics of their rides.
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Before I, Ryuji and Ryoko left, I proposed a final test for Ryoko: Drive me home as I guided her through traffic. Ryuji seems amused with this idea and Ryoko reluctantly agrees this. Well, at this point I felt a bit bad to her :lol: but the again, all the tutorials she received for the day will vanish quickly if she didn't practice it in the streets.

Other than some stalls at traffic lights (cue Ryoko panicking again over starting the car: "SENPAI IT'S DYING!"-"Calm down calm down!") and we accidentally holding back some traffic, the trip back home actually went very smooth and well. And as the sun sets, we finally arrived at my crib. After some time of resting while sipping warm earl grey tea and Ryoko adoring my model kit, figure and medal collections, finally Ryuji and Ryoko thanked me for assisting them with the driving tutorials and went back to their home in Tsukubamirai. I guess it's only a matter of time before Ryoko got her own personal car......I guess she can't really stand being inside either Ryuji's E46 M3 or E36 Compact anymore :lol:
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[06 Oct 2019]
At this point the S15 stock parts I've listed in the old forums has been sold for a grand total of V$2000. Here's the rundown:
- S15 stock front bumper, V$300
- S15 stock rear bumper, V$300
- S15 stock front fenders set, V$150
- S15 stock bonnet, V$200
- S15 stock side skirts set, V$150
- S15 stock side mirrors, V$100
- S15 stock steering wheel, V$100
- MS13 stock brakes and handbrake drum set, V$ 500
- MS13 stock springs set, V$200
Since I've earned some cash for my wallet, I think it's the right time to register for the endurance race. The race registration costed me V$380 after I completed all the papers and data needed to register into the race. And oh, speaking of the race itself, the format for the day would be 2x10 minute of qualifying, followed by, obviously, 50 minutes of racing. The event will split entrants into five classes:
- GT1: >=2000cc cars with slick/competition tyres
- GT2: 1400-1999cc cars with slick/competition tyres, or >=2000cc cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GT3: <1400cc cars with slick/competition tyres, or 661-1999cc Asian cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GT3 Euro: <=1999cc Euro cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GTK: 660cc Kei cars

Turbo and supercharged cars capacity are multiplied by 1.5 and rotaries are multiplied by 2 to make them easier to be classified and segregated.
As I've expected before, my Silver Queen will enter the GT2 class since it has stroker kits. Well, I don't have money to get some fresh slicks to bump myself into GT1 class :lol: As I've mentioned back then, you can enter this race either with 2 cars with 2 separate drivers, a car with 2 drivers driving on turns, or a single car with a single driver as I did.

[07 Oct 2019]
Paycheck time! Yet another V$940 lands into my pocket safely. This week I gotta put some focus on improving my physical conditions so I don't drop myself down in the middle of or after the endurance race. I mean, that's the reason a lot of race drivers train themselves so much. Okay, there are actually a lot of fat bois who race as well (just ask Tony Stewart or Enzo Ide. Bonus points for Ide since he's an endurance racing driver), but the focus here isn't over growing muscles, but rather than that it's all about increasing your stamina.

A bit of fun fact: Race drivers lost around 2-5 kg everytime they're in the car. That loss comes from not only the loss of fat but also the loss of body fluids (water, not blood, mind you). Obviously, this would affect their physical and mental conditions, particularly over concentration and physical power. At races under humid and hot conditions, such as races in South and Central America, as well as Southeast Asia and Australia, the loss can be even more severe.

That's why in several race series such as Formula 1, WEC, Super GT and DTM, drivers are supplied with a small tank (around the size of regular drinking bottle) of water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade, Lucozade or Pocari Sweat to keep drivers well-nutritioned during race sessions. You can try racing without them, but it's very dangerous and not recommended at all. Suffering from dehydration could make racers lost their concentration or severely exhausted after being drained of lots of energy. At worst case, they could suffer from dizziness or even fell unconscious while racing, which obviously you don't want to experience. Well, I don't, so thats why I should train myself just ike the pro racers does. I guess it's time to reduce the amount of number nines as well :lol:

Another fun fact: At one Australian Grand Prix round (can't remember what year it was), the temperature was quite hot even though the race was held near sunset. It was so hot it was enough to boil the water carried by racers. Mark Webber, the local hero and the 3rd place finisher that time complained that he got his tongue burnt from the water during the race, and later on he said he should've brewed a tea inside the water tank instead of carrying only water so he can enjoy the race better :lol:

[09 Oct 2019]
Day 3 of the endurance training regime and continuing my translation work. After finishing the work for the day and went through my training session, where I almost ran out of breathe, I received a phone call from Ohira-sensei.....who has never called me before, usually it's the other way around. Ohira-sensei is the owner of the Summer Yume garage, where I finished the first half of the Silver Queen's mod list, as well as learning on how to work on my car and successfully transformed me from someone who has never held a spanner in their whole lifetime to someone who can work on their car pretty quickly. Though in my case, I still prone to injure myself while working. Ohira-sensei isn't a teacher as I've pointed out, but I still call him sensei anyways since he taught me a lot of things.

You can read my first meeting with Ohira-sensei here and discover his background story here, but the short story is he's a Mitsubishi specialist, in particular classic Mitsubishis, though he doesn't mind working on other brands of cars. Ohira-sensei and his wife built and found the garage shop to honor the dreams of their friend, Eikiji-san, who died in a highway run accident before he found the garage shop. He explained his dreams of owning his own garage shop to Ohira-sensei at one fine day in the summer back then, hence the garage is called Summer Yume. Ohira-sensei himself used to be a touge racer himself, unexpectedly winning races inside his Galant VR-4 which he still drives until today.

At the moment his crew consist of himself, Nato, Goro, Mishima, Kei and Yuuta. They also had another crew member, Gary, but he later on graduated from university and moved on to work on a local rally team based near Gunma. Sometimes Ohira-sensei's wife, Minami-san can be seen in the garage as well whenever she's not busy teaching at a local kindergarten.

"Hello Edo-kun, I hope I don't disturb you in this peaceful evening"
"Oh Ohira-sensei, good evening! It's a bit unusual for you to call me"
"I know I know, it's usually the other way around" *chuckles*
"Exactly sensei. Anyways, anything I can help for you?"
"Ah, just a small thing really. Do you have any free time this week?"
"Um, I'm pretty much free all the time I think. Though at Monday I'll attend an endurance race-"
"So it's actually true, you're racing regularly now"
"Correct, sensei, how did you know that?"
"Well you and your Evo has been discussed regularly by the Mitsubishi community here. They were praising your performance"
"I'm quite elated to hear that sensei"
"Also, Goro, Kei and Yuuta has spotted you racing at times"
"Really? I've never seen them though!"
*laughter* anyways, come to my place whenever you got free time, could you? I have some things I'd like to talk over with you"
"I think I could come there at Friday noon, is that okay sensei?"
"It's all okay I say"
"Oh, I think I've got some things to talk about as well, sensei, I'll save that for Friday"
"Oh nice. Anyways, I'll go back to work. See you at Friday, young man"
"See you, sensei"


I wonder what's in the mind of Ohira-sensei at the moment? Well, I can only find it out in the next two days.

[11 Oct 2019]
After having my usual modest lunch of instant ramen, I went off to Summer Yume garage in my Silver Queen. The sky was blanketed with thick, dark coulds, in the brink of a possibility of storm or even Typhoon coming into Japan shores for the week. Everybody has started to anticipate this moment, since the severity of the storm can't be predicted yet at this point. Well, I gotta start mine soon I should say.

Later that day I arrived at Summer Yume garage. As usual, Goro directed me to go inside the garage properly, and he decided to direct me to park my Silver Queen near two things: Ohira-sensei's Galant........and a Mirage I've never seen before, lurking at one of their working bays. Judging from the sponsor stickers, as well the garage's insignia, I could tell this is their new toy, but what for?
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After I stepped off my Silver Queen, Ohira-sensei welcomed me while handing me a warm cup of green tea. And then, rain starts pouring outside the garage.

"How's it going young man?" *hands the green tea, as thunder growls over the skies*
*receives the green tea* "I've never feel this much better after everything I've went through all this year"
"You've turned into a race driver, we know that"
"Yes, but that's not only it. I've made a lot of friends as well! And oh, one of them has a TME as well"
"TME you say?"
"Yeah, here. It's in America, owned by my friends." *shows him a pic of @Benny and @Lagano's TME*
"That looks great! And not in red as well!"
"Ah sensei, your Galant looks sprightly as ever," *sips green tea* "But what's that Mirage doing over there?"
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"Ah, I see you've seen the Mirage. We've just bought it some time ago, sadly it's not the Cyborg model but no matter. We hadve a solution for this"
"And what is that solution, sensei?"
*sips his green tea* "This thing is the 4G92 variant. At this point you should know what we replaced it with"
"......is that what I think it is? 4G63?"
"Absolutely!"
"That's awesome!"
"I know you'll like it. This one though, is naturally aspirated and FWD. We'd like to retain the character like the original ones"
"I can understand that. Anyways, what are you going to use it for?"
"Time attack racing, just like what you do usually."
"Ah, I see, but who's going to be the driver?"
"You, of course! And Yuuta-kun"
"Yuuta?" *Yuuta responded with "Oh yeah that's right aniki!"*
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"So here's the plan: You'll drive for us where it's possible for a driver to be employed in different class"
"So....like, Attack series and the likes?"
"Exactly! Your duty depends on that mostly. Whenever you can't, Yuuta will fill your position instead"
"Ah, seems plausible, good idea for me."
"You and Yuuta will also responsible to test the car when we can call you. All you had to do is come if you could"
"Okay, quite reasonable. Speaking of which, which class are you going to enter with the Mirage?"
"Somewhere in the lines of Radial or Second Class. In Attack Ebisu Nishi that would be NA class"
"My Evo might enter either Second or Real Tuning class, so I could enter Radial or NA class"
"Nice! We'll pay you on per race and test basis. Don't worry, you'll start racing competitively next year, there's a lot of things to do at the moment"
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Speaking of which, Ohira-sensei's plans makes sense actually. Often some drivers are employed by the same or even different team to run in different classes of a time attack event. A good example is Nobuteru Taniguchi (yes, that Nob Taniguchi). For Attack Tsukuba events, he usually contracted with Garage G-Force to run with their absolutely bewinged Evo IX (though it's still nothing compared to Escort Racing's Evo IX) in the Turbo class, as well as contracted with ASSIST to run their BMW M4 in the Second class. Pretty sweet deal, don't you think? Double the payment, double the track time, and double the experience as well! ;)

After having some banters with Ohira-sensei for a while, I moved on to talk some stuff with Yuuta.

"Since when you've got the skills to drive, eh boi?"
"I've completed my racing license tutorial at summer! Look!" *shows me his racing license*
"Now that's how you spend summer!" *pats his back* "Looking forward to see you drive it!"
"Thank you so much aniki!"
"Ah, how much power this thing has?"
"Um, around 200 BHP aniki. That's how far we can push it so far"
"Quite makes sense since this isn't turbocharged. Amazing figures I should say"
"I think I could say so as well"
"With a lot of weight reduction so far as I can see, I'd like to have my hands on the Mirage soon"
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As you can see, they got sponsorship from SSR and Toda to back them up. The rain becomes even more intense, so I decided to stay in the garage for a while.

Goro said originally they want to start with an Evo IV or an Evo IX estate (because there's a team who fielded an Impreza GF8 estate in Attack Tsukuba) to start their effort. But because they want to learn for a while before fielding AWD cars and because they wanted to cut costs even further, they decided to start from the bottom of the ladder by getting a Mirage instead and experimenting with it. "The Evo IV could wait for another 6 to 12 months, and come to think of it, the IX estate might be too boxy to run after all," Goro added. As for the test plans, they plan to test the Mirage at Tsukuba, Nikko, Ebisu Nishi and.....Tsukuba Fruits Line touge. Yup, fortunately this thing is still street legal.
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Later on, I talked about my plans to switch from Evo III to Evo V. Despite the initial shock from Kei, Yuuta and Ohira-sensei, eventually Ohira-sensei and Kei approved of the plan, seeing as originally the were going to run an Evo IV as Goro said, and after all it's an upgrade over Evo III. This way they can do an early research for their future contender.

As the rain starts to dissipates and eventually we ran out of green tea, I decided to go back home before anything worse happens that day. Thankfully Ohira-sensei could understand this. His main purpose to summon me to his garage has been fullfilled after all. And more importantly, I've got his and his crew's insights over the switch plans. For now, though, here's hoping the weather would be friendly for Sunday.
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That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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Niatross
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Thats a nice little gathering of boats y'all had there :lol:
And ohira-senseis garage is basically a mitsubishi haven
Would love to take a trip there ngl
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UwU that's a big chunk of update , damn another e36 just as i get one lmfao every single time, a very nice meet damn, a time attack colt/mirage? Is this an invite for me? Also a galant? uwu
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god damn i don´t know what it is but there´s something really special
about the Merc B O A T that i can´t even explain .
But anyways , your Evo looks AWESOME and congrats on the ohira-senseis garage visit ! :)
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