June 1, 2023

Shakotan, kyusha, kaido racer – bosozoku automobile way of life (to position it loosely) is wealthy with other niches that originated in post-war Japan. After a few generations, the unique ‘motorbike gang’ aggression switched to an expression of private genre and a love for motorcycle and automobile tradition on the whole.

Love and admiration is something, however construction a bosozoku venture out of doors of Japan isn’t simple. However Janne Kortekuru from Turku, Finland may simply have created a kaido racer true to its origins.

Janne’s automobile of selection for the construct used to be a 1986 Mazda 929. The Mazda used to be bought in 2015 as a regular rear-wheel pressure beater, best possible to slip round on Finland’s many frozen lakes in iciness.


Janne in reality bought the automobile in 2017 to a few buddies, who used it for a reasonable automobile challenge-type travel from Finland to Norway. He regretted it in fact, so when it reappeared on the market in 2018, Janne purchased it again.


That very same 12 months, Janne had a transparent plan in entrance of him for the automobile, and the kaido racer conversion paintings started.

It began with a collection of SSR XR4 Longchamps – an iconic Eastern wheel and bosozoku favourite. After re-barrelling them with wider out of doors lips, the wheels measured up at 14×9.5-inch and 14×10.5-inch entrance and rear respectively.

Subsequent, Janne’s consideration became to the journey top. The Mazda clearly had to journey super-low with a static setup, and there used to be a straight-forward resolution in FC3S RX-7 coilovers which bolt proper into the HB-chassis 929.


A kaido racer’s maximum defining characteristic is its stylised bodywork. There aren’t any off-the-shelf kits for this type of factor, so the whole thing used to be customized made. A Fukuoka-style long-nose conversion used to be a will have to for Janne, and to succeed in this glance the hood and fenders have been stretched through 400mm (15.75 inches).

Out again, issues are simply as wild. The bumper used to be deleted and the entire rear finish welded as much as are compatible a couple of spherical Mazda Porter (a JDM kei truck) rear lights and AW11 Toyota MR2 facet air vents.


Whilst they’re no longer JDM, the Vitaloni Californian mirrors go well with the glance and supply Janne with some standpoint on what’s going down at the back of the automobile. I’m certain it’s most commonly simply perplexed faces of alternative street customers…


A prior technology 929 entrance bumper, a random trunk wing fixed beneath the automobile, a directly exhaust pipe, common fiberglass entrance flares and facet skirts all deliver the outside glance in combination. The overall, however essential element, used to be the intense crimson, white and yellow oldschool racing livery.


The internal has noticed some radical changes too. Janne shaped a 230mm guidance wheel out of a Luisi merchandise and added a rally bucket seat from native Finnish corporate Ergo. The pink velvet sprint drape and different small main points are all consistent with the theme.

The Kenwood FM tuner, cassette participant and graphic equaliser all are compatible the Showa-era Mazda like manufacturing unit, as do the Pioneer TS-X9 field audio system.


Kaido Racers aren’t near to lengthy noses and loud exhausts, they’re about your individual genre and construction the venture your self or with buddies.

So I believe Janne has accomplished a super activity of protecting his Mazda construct as as regards to a Eastern kaido racer’s DIY roots as any individual 7,500km clear of the motherland may just. Very best of all, I’m certain he had numerous amusing within the procedure.

Vladimir Ljadov
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