Super Street Network

 |   |  Top Secret Japan Garage Visit
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Top Secret Japan Garage Visit

That moment when you get to meet Smokey Nagata!

Feb 1, 2016

In my teenage years, I would read about a man doing crazy engine swaps, doing burnouts on highways, and insane high speed runs away from cops. Kazuhiko Nagata - widely known as "Smokey" - is the man behind Top Secret and a legend in the underground racing world. Some of his memorable builds include a VQ30 Nissan 350Z, VK45 Skyline CV35 (aka Infiniti G35), and probably his most famous build, the V12 Toyota Supra. So as one can imagine, when I found out I was going to meet him, I was stoked!

Top secret japan garage visit Photo 2/21   |   Top Secret Japan Garage Visit

When the Hardcore crew and I arrived, Smokey was working on a VR38 motor. He was definitely in the zone, as he didn't notice us standing in the rain. Numerous R34s were parked outside the garage, while three GT-Rs and an immaculate Hakosuka were stationed inside. We got Smokey's attention and he came by to shake our hands. He kindly showed us around his shop, as well as his showroom, which any JDM fuckboy would've gone crazy for, with all the Top Secret accessories; personally, I wanted one of the dope Top Secret rain jackets. Then Smokey brought out his latest demo car, a Nissan GT-R.

Top secret japan garage visit smokey nagata Photo 6/21   |   Top Secret Japan Garage Visit Smokey Nagata

We ended the night talking about his exploits all over the world. When you meet Smokey, he's a calm and gentle dude, a huge contrast to his infamy and the monster cars he builds. We didn't want to take a lot of his time, so we respectfully excused ourselves, but before we left he handed me a Top Secret keychain. Just a cool little token from a giant of a man, but one I'm never letting go - thank you, Smokey!

Top secret japan garage visit nissan gtr Photo 13/21   |   Top Secret Japan Garage Visit Nissan Gtr
Top secret japan garage visit gtr interior Photo 17/21   |   Top Secret Japan Garage Visit Gtr Interior
Top secret japan garage visit r34 skyline Photo 21/21   |   Top Secret Japan Garage Visit R34 Skyline
Jofel Tolosa
588 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Called the P40, at least internally, Ariel's upcoming supercar will hit 150 mph in a claimed 7.8 seconds and is expected to weigh around 3,500 lbs.
Collin WoodardAug 22, 2017
Mercedes-AMG is racing closer to the production reveal for the upcoming 2019 GT 4 super fastback
Ed TahaneyAug 22, 2017
A roundup of the latest in accessories
Aaron BonkAug 22, 2017
Watch Ken Block's 650-hp rally hatch get treated like it's a trophy truck as Block blasts through Swing Arm City near Caineville, Utah.
Collin WoodardAug 22, 2017
Do you need a thousand lb-ft of torque in a convertible? Nope. Should you want it? Yes.
Ian KuahAug 22, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP