I'll put it out there right now: cars should be driven. You can have a rare Ferrari, or a genuine Hakosuka GT-R — basically, you can have the most outta control exclusive vehicle on the planet — but it's a sin if you're keeping it locked up in the confines of a garage. The guys at LTMW preach this, and recently coordinated a caravan with the legendary Kei Miura to Wekfest San Jose. Even the most cynical of keyboard warriors would want to be a part of the epic ride from LTMW's headquarters in El Monte, up the coast of California to the San Jose Convention Center.
The call time was 5:00am, and even before I arrived Miura-san was already enjoying his morning cigarette. It was no surprise that many of the cars that rolled up were equipped with Rocket Bunny/Pandem aero, especially the latest edition for the FR-S/BRZ chassis. Long Tran of LTMW says, "We hosted this caravan simply for Miura to experience driving on U.S. soil in a left-hand-drive car surrounded by his work." Kei Miura piloted an E36 that LTMW had whipped up, but easily one of our favorites was Steve Pham's Liberty Walk Ferrari 458.
Of course the road trip didn't come without its hurdles, such as cars breaking down and the requisite rock chip battle scars. When it came time for lunch, I actually got to sit down with Miura, and with the translation help of Nori Wantanabe of Pancross LLC, I got to pick the brain of the legendary aero builder. From the gist of it, I can tell you to hold on to your genuine Rocket Bunny/Pandem body kits. The Internet might be telling you to get over it, but a guy like Miura can only design body kits for so long. He wants to retire, but the demand is way too high for him to stop now. We discussed everything from the legality of tuning cars in the U.S. and in Japan to our favorite junk food. Miura also expressed interest in hosting a front wheel drive 1600cc race with us sometime next year.
Since I drove solo, you can imagine that taking photos while attempting to keep up in my Scion FR-S was a bit difficult, but I managed to take a few solid snaps and avoid breaking down. The experience was, as one might expect, unforgettable. If you were keeping up with our social media, you know even Editor Sam Du made the trek from SoCal to Seattle in the good ol' Ratchet Bunny. So be like us — go out and drive your car!