Japan. It's the trip that almost didn't happen. Less than five days before embarking on a whirlwind tour, I was given the green light to purchase a flight to attend the HKS Premium Day as a guest of Motovicity Distribution, exclusive North American distributors of HKS. It's been over four years since I returned to the motherland and was excited to get my feet wet once again in all things motorsports, not to mention chowing down on some of the best ramen Japan has to offer.
Less than two weeks into the new year, 50 HKS Pro Dealers from various countries, including one journalist (me), traveled halfway across the world to congregate in Tokyo. For what purpose? One reason would be attending the highly anticipated HKS Premium Day, held for only one day, but the bulk of the stay was to partake in HKS Japan's 2014 Tour. How would the good people of HKS keep a group of motorsports fanatics occupied for the next 168 hours? I wasn't sure, but looking over the HKS itinerary, it was without a doubt filled to the brim with scheduling. And that scheduling ranged from an HKS factory tour to track events, and even testdriving their newest supercharged 86/FR-S. Would it be humanly possible to pack so many things into a mere seven days? We were about to find out.
As an homage to all things Japan, we dedicated this issue to all the tuners and cars that play an integral part in continuing to influence the automotive industry not just in the United States but across the world. Although the JDM movement isn't what it used to be in the past, they're not denying that there are still plenty of badass cars that are causing a ruckus on both social and print media. So, without adieu, here's to you, Japan, and a small taste of what you have to offer to us Gaijins.
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