His hands-on ap­proach to ev­ery sin­gle one of his cars is the ex­act rea­son that he is seen as such a vi­sion­ary within the in­dus­try to­day

NZ Performance Car - - Tuning Japanese Kei Miura Interview -

had hacked up a Ken­meri and then gone out on a track to thrash his pride and joy mere hours af­ter ob­tain­ing what was his dream car at the time. As mad as it may have seemed, his hands-on ap­proach to ev­ery sin­gle one of his cars is the ex­act rea­son why he is seen as such a vi­sion­ary within the in­dus­try to­day. What sets this man apart from many is that he is re­spon­si­ble for 100 per cent of his prod­ucts; you will not find him out­sourc­ing any step in the de­sign or pro­duc­tion of a kit. Not only is he the driv­ing force be­hind all his own prod­ucts, but he is also a big part of many other well-known com­pa­nies, most no­tably, Lib­erty Walk, with its wild Lam­borgh­ini, BMW, and Fer­rari aero kits.

It is no se­cret that Miura-san has long been a fa­natic lover of the Dat­sun and Nis­san plat­forms, and, while stand­ing in front of the work­shop with his S30, S13, GT86, and Civic all parked out front, you can’t help but re­al­ize you are in the pres­ence of some­thing — and some­one — spe­cial. Yet, sit­ting down in­side with him, he is as down to earth a per­son as you could get, al­ways quick to en­sure any vis­i­tors are well looked af­ter and that canned cof­fee and bot­tles of green tea are of­fered in abun­dance.

When I asked a lit­tle bit more about the man we don’t see in ar­ti­cles and pho­tos, it was in­ter­est­ing to hear what makes him tick.

Kei Miura: A long time ago, I had a rab­bit-shaped cof­fee mug; from this mug is the ori­gin of the name ‘Rocket Bunny’.

When I was grow­ing up, there was an au­to­mo­tive boom in Ja­pan. When I was about 10 years old, there were a lot of boso­zoku cars be­ing driven around, and it was from this that an in­ter­est in cars was sparked.

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