Doesn’t it seem like 1998 was not that long ago, when in fact it’s been over 10 years already? Back before the formation of D1GP, drag racing was still all the rage in Japan. Drifting was on juuust the verge of bursting out from its underground roots but until then, the tuning giants were throwing down at the drag strip.
For example, beneath the scooped hood of this MarkII wagon is a mod list that reads like a tuning house buffet menu: HKS 2mm head gasket, Trust TD06 turbo kit, OS Giken pistons, Blitz ECU and cams, just to name a few. It caught our eye for obvious reasons, but while the US got 6-cylinder 5M-powered Cressidas, its JDM twin came with smaller-displacement G-series. Still, with the help of those mods, this one’s 1G-GT (a 2.2L turbo) puts out 350hp!
This picture comes from a 1998 issue of Japan’s Carboy magazine (courtesy of Antonio Alvendia of MotorMavens and Speedhunters fame), but typical of the times, the 80s dream machine is the focus while a poor hakosuka Skyline is more or less ignored!