NZPerformanceCar : Hey, Jessey. Your Majesta looks damn comfy. What made you buy it?
Jessey: Hey, NZPC. I visited Japan in 2016 and saw a lot of VIP-style cars. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with them there, and, about a year later, I was scrolling online and saw that WS Imports had this one for sale. I instantly said, “I want this car”, and fate would have it that, three weeks later, my boss sent me up to Nelson for work, so it couldn’t have been a better opportunity than to get paid for driving up and collecting my new car. [Laughs.]
Who wouldn’t want to roll super lush? Although, VIP hasn’t been your go-to style in the past; why the switch?
I wanted to own a late-model daily-driver that stood out more than just the usual Silvia, and I knew this was the car as soon as I saw it. Yeah, I’ve built a couple of drift cars in the past and still have a love for them, which is why I’m building an AE86 Trueno that will be hitting Ruapuna in the next couple of months, but, for daily duties, you can’t go past the Majesta.
And now that you’ve had a taste of air, do you prefer it over being static?
All my previous cars have been slammed static, and, honestly, I feel [that] the factory airbags in some of the Toyotas have a lot of issues. That’s not to say that all airbags do, as there are plenty of awesome kits out there, but stuff like these tend to, which is why I will be converting it to a static set-up with 326power suspension very soon.
That’s a big call! But these cars look and work so good with the 326power stuff. Have you kept the modifications fairly simple otherwise?
Yeah; all the modifications were done in Japan (airbag controller and short-stroke kit) — all I did was adjust the airbag sensors, so that it will go extra low, because who doesn’t like a big Toyota on the ground? Oh, and I changed the wheels.
Wheels are a huge part of VIP styling; was that a hard decision?
I’ve always wanted to buy new Work wheels, and although it pulled off the Work IS207s [that] it came on, I felt that the Emotion CR 2Ps were the best wheel Work had to offer. It’s got a nice concave with dish, and the car sits perfect over them with the offsets.
That it does, Jessey. Thanks for the yarn.