You’ve come a long way, baby!
Two hundred. That’s how many issues there have been of your favourite Japanese tuning magazine since its launch editon back in November 1999. How things have changed! While back then we were talking about tuning your Japanese joy toy to hit the heady heights of 150mph, in this latest issue we’re explaining how you can top 200mph! Check it out on page 71.
But it’s not just the benchmark for top speeds that have changed dramatically as, since its inception, the Japanese performance scene has witnessed an explosion of creativity and development unlike any other. For example, what other scene has such diversity of genres at its heart? Retro, modern, stanced, styled or tuned, owners of Japanese cars have embraced them all. And then there’s the dominance of Japanese machinery in the field of competitive motorsport. Time Attack, sprinting, drag racing, drifting or Gymkhana – name the discipline and you’ll find a tuned Japanese car at the top of the tree.
Of course, way back at the end of the ’90s few people in the UK had heard about Time Attack or the art of drifting, and a large part of the popularity of the sports today can be directly attributed to magazines like Japanese Performance spotting these niche pastimes, seeing the potential and opening their readers’ eyes to these cool new competitions. And over the years we’ve featured just about every significant and groundbreaking car there has been and this 200th issue is no different, with Stephen ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni’s latest drift monster gracing our cover. It’s a Nissan R35 GT-R with a 1200bhp turbocharged V8 that has split opinion and broken the internet. You can get the exclusive inside story of the build from the man himself on page 18. There’s even a huge double-sided A1 poster free with this issue to celebrate this unique and frankly insane machine! Elsewhere we have another opinion dividing ride in the form of a 500bhp Impreza P1 on airride. It may make the purists froth at the mouth, but we love it! And that’s not all, as there’s a radical RX-7, a tracktuned, road driven Mitsubishi Evo VI, a pocket rocket Toyota Glanza and a hard-slammed S2000 that needs to be seen to be believed! So while many things have indeed changed since that iconic first issue back in ’99, the one thing that has certainly stayed the same is that Japanese Performance continues to bring you the best in Far Eastern car culture from the UK and around the world, and long may it continue. Enjoy!