This summer I had some time to explore life outside of work and academia so I went to Bangkok. Although my parents are from there, I’ve never felt a sense of belonging when I visited the land of smiles. I’m neither a tourist nor am I a resident. I exist as a hybrid between the two identities, unsure of the social norms in an unfamiliar place. I stayed in Bangkok for about two weeks and this was the first time I really enjoyed carlife there with the help of some new and old friends who were kind enough to immerse me within the car community within Bangkok.
I am convinced that those who modify Japanese cars in Bangkok are “über-JDM”. That’s really the only term I can use to describe them because the parts used to assemble their creations are so JDM even the Japanese may not use those parts.
One of the first nights I was in Bangkok, I got a chance to link with a photographer who I have followed for some time. Bank, also known as StreetMetal has been photographing since he lived in Japan which was for about five years. Even then, he was able to capture some rare moments within the street scene in Japan. He was also involved with bringing Upgarage to Thailand. Check out his sight and the dope intro below:
It’s always super nice to have car enthusiasts host car meets for vistors like me to check out. I was fortunate to see some amazing street machines from Chapter One, a close-knit group of Japanese sports car enthusiasts. StreetMetal scooped me up in his super raw orange eg6 with perfect gearing for the streets. The location was a rest stop along the expressway. From what I’ve been told, the rest area is a place where many modified cars come to hang out and gather before their nightly runs.
The Chapter One crew led by the twins Bank and Benz rallied the group and in traditional Thai fashion, the members came on time with their cars perfectly clean. The Wise Square S15 owned by Bank is a beautiful example of how Thais modify their cars. Rare aero, big brake kit, a chain of Defi gauges, a massive turbo, engine work, a bright paintjob and some monoblock wheels are the standard recipe.
The FD owned by his brother Benz is also Super clean:
Skylines will always be a big part of any sports car crew. All wheel drive, massive power, the auora of racing are enough taking points to convince anyone a R32-R34 platorms are worth a venture.
There was one R35 in particular that really caught my attention with the Top Secret over fenders, Endless GT brakes, TE37 Ultra, R888’s, Bellof lights, the midrange HKS GT Turbo kit and pipework.
The silver BNR34 came late to the party but we had to include him into a group image.
The amount of quality cars that streamed through the meetup was nearly endless. I wanted to include all the cars but this will be it for now and I will conclude the first part for Chapter One. There were a few more notable cars both from the group as well as those who attended which I’ll show you in Part II. Stay tuned!