31Jan13 – 2013 HKS Premium Day [Part I]

January 31, 2013 in Automotive

[IMG]HKS Premium Day 2013 at Fuji Speedway. January 27, 2013. [also posted on MotorMavens Reader’s Blog]

No question about it, Tokyo Auto Salon was every bit as exciting and massive as you have read about or seen in magazines, newsfeeds, or your frenzied youtube searches… it was a dizzying mixture of eclecticism and unadulterated performance, with a dash of innovation and requisite high speedlight-to-girl ratios. So where do you go when you’re bursting from 3 days of glut and glamour? If you were looking for relief from the bloated 7-course meal that was TAS, then HKS had the answer.

The 40-year old marque set things straight by ending January with their high-performance HKS Premium Day, inviting both tuners and enthusiasts alike to come out and play at Fuji Speedway for a day. In the end, I came away a little sunburned and exhausted, but the eyegasms were priceless… here’s Part I of the journey:

HKS Premium Day MM wm-001.jpgThe Japanese are no strangers to dedication and the day started early for most – many having left the warmth of their beds to beat the traffic, making their way…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-002.jpg…to the iconic east gate to watch the sun rise.

Once the gates opened, I quickly parked and felt my way towards the energetic buzz of a morning already deep in progress…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-003.jpg…In the paddock area, tuners had already unloaded many of their machines…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-004.jpg…HKS brought out a bevy of R35s showcasing their extensive line of products…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-005.jpg… and tuners started prepping booths, vehicles, and organizing the day’s activities…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-006.jpg…Top Fuel’s S2000 receiving some suspension service…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-007.jpg… and 1 of HKS’s many race-prepped 86’s.M

HKS Premium Day MM wm-008.jpgMany of these cars were driven to Fuji Speedway and so a quick wash…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-010.jpg…and some prep-work were in order…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-009.jpg…Pentroof x Abflug brought out their polarizing pair of R35s.

HKS Premium Day MM wm-011.jpgMeanwhile, the Hiper Challenge attendees were readying their own cars in the parking area…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-012.jpg… just behind the paddocks, as others drifted towards the displays and booths…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-013.jpg… BNR32s in all states of dress…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-014.jpg…and rows upon rows of privately-owned monsters begging to be throttled…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-015.jpg…with the mighty Mt. Fuji just a breath away…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-018.jpgBy 0900hrs, booths were ready to go, displaying their latest wares, like this matte 86 outfitted with the subtly tasteful 5-piece Vertex ground effects kit…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-019.jpg…or the angular and louvered AVEST kit…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-020.jpg…or a murdered wide-body Subaru shod with Prodrive GC-012Ls…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-021.jpg…Yokohama’s display BNR34…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-022.jpg…Yokomo came ready with their line of R/C cars and bodies to entertain the masses…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-023.jpg…Pisto Racing’s BNR33…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-025.jpg…Revolfe S.A. ventured up from Yokohama with their Z32 demo car…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-027.jpg…with no shortage of historical documentation of the venerated GT-R…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-028.jpg…to the chiseled Abflug x Pentroof’s Aloof 01-R…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-029.jpgWandering through the paddocks, I stumbled upon C&Y Sports’ Toyota XE10 with a Nissan RB26 transplant and…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-030.jpg… vice versa. A Nissan Z32 with a Toyota 2JZ GTE 3000…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-031.jpg…this pair of Top Secret vehicles seemed more at home in the garage than sitting on a convention floor just 2 weeks earlier…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-032.jpg…one of two G-Force Evo X’s in attendance…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-034.jpgI just couldn’t stop walking back and forth like a madman…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-035.jpg…it seemed that every time I turned the corner…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-036.jpg…and into a new paddock…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-044.jpg…Garage Mak’s Varietta on BBS LMs…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-045.jpg…and S15 on Enkei RPF1s…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-047.jpg…Garagemak Z33…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-048.jpg…from the rear…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-051.jpg…Esprit’s incredible NSX, sporting what seemed to be an automatically retractable engine hatch cover to assist in air flow at speed…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-053.jpg…Reverse’s BNR32, which ran a 7th best time of 1’49.866 in the 4WD Super Lap Time Attack session…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-054.jpg…FAMSPEED’s FD3S…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-056.jpg…Auto Gallery Yokohama’s BNR32 which ran the best-in-class time of 1’42.78 in the 4WD class of Super Lap Time Attack…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-057.jpg…from the heart of the matter…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-058.jpg…to her all-business exhaust…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-062.jpg…Garage Ito’s BNR34, which ran the 2nd best-in-class time of 1’43.847 in the 4WD category of Super Lap Time Attack…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-063.jpg…RevYou’s Z34 with a 9th-in-2WD-class lap time of 1’51.709…

HKS Premium Day MM wm-064.jpg…Rasty’s GSR184…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-066.jpg…RS Pantera’s FD3S…

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HKS Premium Day MM wm-069.jpg…Esprit’s outrageous NSX waking from slumber…

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HKS Premium Day MM-073.jpg…as Noboteru Tanaguchi enters his 86 for a traipse around FSW, I’ll leave this post to work on the next iteration of photos from HKS Premium Day 2013… Hope you enjoyed Part I…

 

 

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-Rob