You’ve got the boba shop parking lot meets that any schmo with an S13 and a vape pipe can show up at. You’ve got the industry-only trade shows that a crafty email and some Photoshopped credentials will "allegedly" get you into. And then you’ve got HKS Premium Day—the most elite gathering of JDM righteousness put on by just about the most elite tuning company there ever was and that you’ll never be a part of. Held each year at Japan’s Fuji International Speedway just after the other event you’ll probably never attend — Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) — HKS’ Premium Day was established in 2009 as a way of celebrating 35 years of business for the Japanese tuning firm and bringing together the company’s Japanese dealers, allowing them to showcase their demo cars in time attack fashion. Today, the event does all of that and more by way of all manner of display cars, hands-on HKS product previews, and demonstrations, and the opportunity for privateers to compete amongst themselves on the track. This is, in fact, the end-all destination for some of the region’s most respected and impressive Japanese cars you’ll likely never see.
Here’s a recap of the visual overload that took place.
There was certainly no shortage of Toyota 86s on hand at HKS’s event. From mildly modified to full-blown track cars, they came out in droves.
This SW20 is a sight for sore eyes as we don’t see nearly enough of these around, especially in this condition.
Iconic chassis, like this GT-R, kept the track busy throughout the event.
Much of HKS’ rich racing heritage can be traced back with just a few of their legendary builds on display for fans to see.
Legendary cars accompanied by legendary drivers that addressed fans on the main stage
Menacing EVO track car in full attack mode
A little smoke show for the fans.
NOB piloting the Top Fuel S2K
Classic, sultry FD stretching its legs on track
This Silvia from Yashio Factory, sporting their trademark pink exterior, made some noise during the event.