Meet Japan's 'Mr. Ferrari', Who Drove His F40 At 197 MPH On a Motorway To Prove a Point

Japan has long been one of Ferrari’s strongest markets. But within the car community here, many attribute much of the Italian brand’s success in the Land of the Rising Sun to one man: Toru Kirikae. Kirikae-san is regarded as the godfather of Ferrari in Japan and is called by his friends as “Mr. Ferrari.” Quite the…

This Countryside Car Museum Celebrates When Japan Was on Top of the World

Museums may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Japan’s car scene, but there’s a surprising amount of them scattered around the country. The nation’s main car manufacturers all have museums, like the Nissan Zama Heritage Collection, Honda Collection, Toyota Automobile Museum and MEGA WEB showroom. But…

The First Speedhunters Live Show at  Fuji Speedway Was Everything Great About Japan's Car Culture

If there’s one thing I hope you learn from reading A Car Nerd’s Guide to Japan, it’s that there’s never a shortage of car-related events in this country. The regular meets and events make it the ideal melting pot for this unique car scene to grow and evolve. It’s almost hard to keep up with everything going on here…

Nissan’s Zama Heritage Collection Is a Paradise of Skylines, Oddballs and Race Cars (And It’s Free)

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a country is to check out its local car museums. It’s a good indication of what types of cars are appreciated there, how the local car industry has influenced life around it and how the local culture has influenced the cars as well. Unlike in Italy, where a lot of the…

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