TUN­ING JA­PANESE — KEI MIURA IN­TER­VIEW

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EVER WON­DERED WHAT IN­SPIRES THE MAN BE­HIND IN­TER­NA­TION­ALLY AC­CLAIMED BODYKIT MAN­U­FAC­TURER ROCKET BUNNY, AND WHY IT’S CALLED ‘ROCKET BUNNY’ TO BE­GIN WITH? JOIN AARON MAI AS HE SITS DOWN WITH CRE­ATOR KEI MIURA TO AN­SWER ALL OUR QUES­TIONS

reat art is an out­ward ex­pres­sion of an artist’s per­cep­tion of the world, while the in­ner work­ings of a tuner’s mind — at times a dark and mys­ti­cal place — are a process that few could ever com­pre­hend.

It is no se­cret that Kei Miura is a trend­set­ter, a game changer ex­traor­di­naire, and his way of mix­ing old-school style into mod­ern plat­forms makes for some in­cred­i­ble cre­ations. Nowa­days, it is hard to at­tend a show and not wit­ness one of his aero sculp­tures: when it comes to au­to­mo­tive aero, his brand has a rep­u­ta­tion that few can keep up with. As an old-school orig­i­nal thinker who hasn’t wa­vered in his be­lief about what a car should look like, Miura-san has shown the tun­ing world that stick­ing to your guns re­ally is the best way to tune cars. So, rather than just pho­tograph­ing his cre­ations, we de­cided it was time to get to know a bit more about the man be­hind the move­ment that is Rocket Bunny.

Miura-san is a man of few words, and he has a very clear train of thought; there is no room for un­nec­es­sary com­pli­ca­tion. His work, while in­tri­cate, re­tains a level of sim­plic­ity and he en­sures that it doesn’t de­tract from the aes­thet­ics of the OEM lines that we al­ready love in a car.

While we were chat­ting en route to the work­shop, Miura-san told us about his first ever car, and, just like his areo causes jaws to drop, so his choice of first car was jaw drop­ping: it was none other than a Ken­meri Sky­line. “I re­mem­ber buy­ing the car, and driv­ing di­rectly to my friend’s work­shop. Im­me­di­ately, we changed the wheels, bolted on fender flares, and changed a few other bits and pieces. We worked all night on the car, be­cause, the next day, I went rac­ing in it.” He erupted in a burst of laugh­ter — look­ing back, it must have seemed in­sane that he

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