Tag: SSR

Izanami Wheel Co

 

While we were visiting shops in Chiba, we made a brief stop at Izanami Wheel co. Wheel restoration and improvement is definitely a gorgeous art form, especially when Izanami primary focus on small diameter wheels. I occasionally hunt through their social feeds just to see the ridiculously wide wheels they make, seeing those wheels in person is pretty mind blowing.

Stacked up next to the wall of wheels was one of their recent resto’s, these SSR MK3’s looked gorgeous with some properly deep dishes.

They had their soon to be magazine featured GX41 sat in the garage being worked on when I visited, I would of shot more of it but it was all under wraps till the big magazine reveal, it looked incredible!

I’ve seen tonnes of photos of their wheel wall over the years, seeing it person really was mind blowing. Countless wheels which are near impossible to find anywhere else stacked up on the holy wall. It was awesome to see wheels I’d never even seen before, Park gave me a few history lesson’s as we went through the racks. Hopefully at some point I’ll be giving them some wheels to do their magic with, its a damn shame the Civic can’t really take anything wide!

 

Tag: SSR

The Bean

 

After exploring Osaka some more I headed back to Tokyo and met up with Park Baker. We had planned to visit a load of awesome locations prior to me arriving in Japan, I knew today was going to be really special. During the middle of the day we headed to Izanami Wheel Co which is where Park’s awesome Honda Life was being stored at the time.

This is another car that needs little to no introduction. This classic Honda is the perfect example of less is more. The handful of small details work together to give the car a presence much larger than the actual car and give it a totally unique personality.

The overfender’s kit perfectly with the car and house the meaty looking 10” SSR MK1’s, small wheels and fat tyres always look awesome.

I absolutely love the interior, the retro bucket seat with the gradient and all the little touches like the cupholder, horn button and kaido style cage give it so much character.

Unfortunately the car didn’t have Shaken when I was visiting so we didn’t get to go out in it, but I grabbed a few shots before it got tucked away. When I see this car next I’ll definitely be doing a full breakdown of the interior/exterior/engine, I’ll never see enough photos of this car!

Check out Park’s blog too – High Top Fade

 

Tag: SSR

Juan

 

Long before I’d headed to Japan I’d been planning to meet up with Juan, I’d been really liking his Instagram photos and progress updates on the Corona and I knew I had to grab some photos of it while I was in Tokyo.

We managed to sort an evening we were both free on and I met him at one of the Yokohama stations. I also managed to meet up with Nathan W who was joining us for the evening too which was dope. We all met up at the station and cruised to Daikoku Pa to grab some photos and chat.

We got to the parking area (Which was totally empty) and found a decent spot to park the Corona and Nathan and I got to shooting. Unfortunately Juan had to head back for something so we had to be quick.

The Corona’s got a load of small details which I really dig, the Mizuno Works wheel and Pioneer speakers really gave it that little bit of extra character. I took tonnes of variations on these angles/shots outside the shop at Daikoku Pa, which I’ll definitely be sharing in another post soon.

After shooting photos for a little while headed back towards Shibuya, it was cool to chat car stuff on the way back. Definitely have to grab more time together next time!

Another sort of bonus shot, on the way back we spotted this poor kei truck that had rolled over on the expressway (Everyone was fine), bit of a surprise!

Looking forward to catching you again Juan!