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HKS Premium Day 2013 - Auto Erotica

Fuji Speedway—Fujinomiya, Japan

Sep 10, 2013

No question about it, Tokyo Auto Salon was every bit as exciting and massive as you have no less seen in Super Street, a dizzying mixture of eclecticism and unadulterated performance, with a dash of innovation and requisite high camera-to-girl ratios. So where do you go when you’re bursting from three days of glut, glamour and gloss? If you were looking for relief from the bloated seven-course meal that was TAS, then HKS had the well-portioned answer.

The 40 year-old marquee set things straight by ending January with their high-performance HKS Premium Day, inviting both tuners and enthusiasts alike to come out and play at Fuji Speedway. In the end, I came away a little sunburned and exhausted, but the eyegasms (eargasms/nosegasms?) were priceless. Here’s just a taste of the journey, which included 86/BRZ-specific track time, dyno challenges, Super Laps with cars wrenched by some of the most prolific tuners in the world, a customer-oriented Hyper Challenge filled with ridiculously-tuned customer cars, demo rides, sunshine and beautiful weather, and just about everything except the race queens and their nutty, ruthless devotees elbowing their way through the masses for a better glimpse of flesh.

HKS premium day 2013 mazda RX7 FD3S Photo 5/20   |   The sculpted classic lines of the FD3S have just gotten better with age. Pro Shop Fukuoh’s rendering put down a respectable 1:53.462 around Fuji.
HKS premium day 2013 merchandise Photo 9/20   |   In addition to the machines on display, vendors had plenty of their wares on display and for sale. Here, Vertex showcases their line of LED taillights for the 86.
HKS premium day 2013 runduce toyota GT86 Photo 13/20   |   Original Runduce’s collaboration with Varis netted this clean and kitted 86, tracking it straight from the floors of Tokyo Auto Salon for a laptime of 2:01.825.
HKS premium day 2013 mazda RX7 FD3S famspeed Photo 17/20   |   Orido-san took the FamSpeed FD3S out for a spin, marking a laptime of 1:47.025, just behind the Top Fuel S2000.



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