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March 2014 Hole Shot - Walking The Walk, Again

Jonathan Wong
Feb 8, 2014
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"Think about it, Angus; I could be a great stunt double for Ed."

History, as they say, tends to repeat itself, and it seems as if Liberty Walk has set the trending bar high once more. For Wataru Kato, his elegant collection of high end exotics and Japanese classics were at one time just that: a cool collection of super cars and oddball classics that were often admired and acknowledged at Tokyo Auto Salons of the past, but were relative unknowns in the U.S. That was, until Mr. Rocket Bunny himself, Kei Miura, stepped in. In late 2012, they both quietly stepped on the Vegas dancefloor with a Murcielago built to shock the masses, the obvious reason being a high-dollar Lambo and, even more shocking, hacking up its fenders to accept its new over-pieces. This got all our proverbial panties soaking wet, we featured it and along with the Rocket Bunny FR-S army, and an invasion began to take place...

2013 was their year. Owned, pwned and them some. So much so that the exposed rivets on top of those widened fenders, the pavement scraping front diffusers and the extreme wheel fitments with the white stenciled lettering on the thin, accompanying rubber became the new norm. By the time SEMA rolled around, they had already dropped an E92 M3 and FR-S/BRZ redub but unveiled another tactical maneuver with a Ferrari 458 and Nissan GT-R. Shortly thereafter, Miura blessed BMW E36 and FD RX-7 enthusiasts with kits for their respective chassis. But can you believe cutting up a Ferrari 458, let alone a GT-R?!? That takes some balls (and a lot of cash)...but it works. So here we are again, featuring these beautiful cars that love to piss people off or make them beg for more.

If there's one lesson to take away here, it's one that pays homage to the wise, old sayings that run along the lines of "if you don't take [big] risks in life, you'll never reap the rewards"—and that's exactly what guys like Miura and Kato have done with their automotive visions and creations. Going against the so-called norm, going to the extreme and being able to create a new fan base because of that. They're words to live by, no matter what your passions are. Props to them for the repeated success.

Jonathan Wong
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