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Bangkok Sessions: Näräkä Original King (Part 2)

August 14, 2017

We are now back with the second installment of our piece on a group called the Näräkä Original King. If you missed our first piece, you can check it out here.

The skies cleared and there was overcast. One of the single best times to photograph cars and I have every classic chassis to choose from. We rolled out of the hiding space which was the indoor parking to an open space. I wanted to group some of the same chassis, makes or models. With the temperature reaching above 95 degrees Fahrenheit, it took some time. It seemed like everyone was acclimated to the humidity except for me.

While all the cars deserved a spotlight there were a few notable ones. This FC, for instance, has been mainly used as a drag car so that means no air conditioning and no power steering. With the owner having to drive more than an hour from the meetup location in hot weather, I applaud him for his efforts. With the turbo roughly the size of the Wankel motor, you already know it is fast. 10.5 seconds on the 1/4 mile fast.



There is no shortage of love for the rotary. While swaps are very common in Thailand, it seems to me that many rotary owners do not dare to stuff a V8 or some inline 6 in the bay.


The team’s color is this radioactive green. It reminds me of an Ecto cooler juice box from Hi-C or antifreeze. It can be seen among many of their cars but these three FD3S’ make it more apparent. All of which have been outfitted with RE-Amemiya aero and some Rays Engineering wheel. You get the recipe.




The other green car was this CT9A wielding Voltex Racing aero.

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Then you have your GTR fans which focused on the latter models. With their value increasing, these three are sure to attain top dollar because of their immaculate shape.


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My heart goes pitter patter for the BNR32. I should have never sold mine. This one, in particular, is a dream with the Rocket Dancer lip, and all business grip stance. With over 1000 bhp the R32 is not only unique to the crew but also stands out when it comes to power.



I think these two together is very fitting. Despite being multiple generations apart, there is something to be said about the styling both members have adopted. Uber JDM.



One of the group’s founders is also the owner of the R35. While there are many high horsepower GTR’s that can be found Stateside, this one, in particular, is well-balanced with subtle modifications. Kansai service front and side aero add to the aggressive street look while the Endless Monoblock 6 pot is present all around with 400 mm up front and 387 mm in the rear reminding the viewer why this car needs such functionality when it comes to stopping power. At the time these photos were taken, the owner opted for the HKS GT turbo kit but he has since upgraded to some AMS bits. Street tuned at 700 hp running E85 makes this monster sound amazing with its straight mid section and  Amuse R1 TiTan exhaust. Wrapped with R888s, the 20 inch TE37 Ultra feels at home on the large chassis.





The best of the 90’s.



While in the US, the S2000 has depreciated enough to open up access to a wide range of enthusiasts, Elsewhere like in Thailand, it is still very expensive with prices that would be double our prices stateside.



How rare do you think this Euro spec FN2 might be especially in Thailand with J’s racing bits?




This RPS13 was not only clean but it also had many parts offered by Tomei. Spotless! What a clean example of what Nissan envisioned.



While in the US, many enthusiasts prefer shaved engine bays, many of the enthusiasts from Thailand prefer something that is close to stock but as clean as possible. Take for instance this EK9. No whale penis intake here although the airbox resembles a Gruppe M but the shape is a bit different.



The Z cars were also popular. While some of these members still have their Z’s other have moved onto other cars.


Garage Mak Z33 vert.



Z34 on the ubiquitous TE37 with Nismo aero.



Varis anyone?



This S15 front 200sx was a jaw-dropper with its classic styling.

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For those who are into classic Hondas, this EF8 sports a rare Mugen kit. This was also the first time I was Tecnocraft seats in a CRX.  Great taste!



Once our photo session was over we did the traditional thing car people do, and that is to eat. It’s the universal ending to anything car related.



The group was massive yet you could feel how close the individuals are, even as an outsider. In the short time I was able to hang with them I was even able to make a few friends. As this piece nears its end, I wanted to thank the Naraka crew for not only gathering to show their cars but also teaching me a few things about the universality of car culture. To Aoun, the photographer from Stickyride, my endless gratitude goes to you for being an amazing host. Until next time!





About Pravan
Prav comes from a background in academia and consistently pursues the development of a community both with his work in academia and his interest in all things motor. It is this community which he believes will help preserve automotive history and knowledge, priming a future generation of enthusiasts to expand and improvise on previous builds. Through his lens, he captures fleeting moments as car enthusiasts build, break and rebuild their creations as a means to preserve and express what the enthusiast originally intended. He finds his daily inspiration from the merging of cultures, mainly the transfer of street culture to the front stage of art, food and design. Consequently, nothing is more relevant to this merging than automotive builds meant for the street. You can find his daily life in images IG:@Pravzilla.