Hayashi Racing is (maybe) bringing back the Bomber wheel as part of a (maybe) Heritage Wheel reissue program (…maybe)

Hayashi Racing may be best-known for its venerable Street Wheel, which was Japan’s first aftermarket alloy wheel, and has been in production since 1967.  However, they do also have a bulging back catalog of wheels from the pre-bubble era which haven’t been available in decades. But, that is possibly about to change, with Hayashi-san thinking of re-issuing some of his earlier wheels as part of a limited heritage collection.

The first vintage wheel to be given this consideration is the Bomber, which was a 3 piece wheel with the right sort of chunky looks and deep lip to complement any shakotan-style ride.  They were sold for a short time in the early 80s and not many were made.

So they’re rather rare and almost impossible to find used, but Hayashi has hand-made a prototype set to gauge public interest on whether they should start making them again.  The wheel above is a gargantuan  14 x 10.0 -38, which would need overfenders to fit on pretty much any car, but would be a perfect fit on the rear of a Hakosuka coupe (hint, hint). The other prototype is a 14 x 8.0 – 12 (below);  the perfect size for an AE86.

At this stage, Hayashi Racing’s plans are to make a very limited run of 14-inch Bombers; there’ll only be 20-25 sets made available globally, they’ll be handmade and come with a price tag in the neighborhood of US$4,500 a set.  It’s not cheap, but you’re unlikely to come across someone else who has a set, and, well, they only go into production every three decades, so this is your last chance to get a set if you really like these.

If you’re interested, Hayashi Racing would love to hear from you.  Reach out to your official Hayashi Dealer, like Barrel Bros in Australia, Circuit Dreamer in the USA or GTR Heritage Centre in the UK. You can also contact Hayashi Racing directly on their Facebook page.

If this all works out, then Hayashi is seriously considering doing the same with some of its other back-catalog wheels, like the Command and 3-piece Techno Phantom.

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8 Responses to Hayashi Racing is (maybe) bringing back the Bomber wheel as part of a (maybe) Heritage Wheel reissue program (…maybe)

  1. Geoff said:

    Done. Emails sent!

  2. Dave said:

    venerable? don’t you mean vulnerable?

    • Rob said:

      Probably not, no:

      “Venerable – adjective

      Commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character:”

  3. Yes I need a set of Bombers!

  4. Nigel said:

    Kidney…wheel !! (Worth it I think).

  5. ahja said:

    Ha. I have some of these on my coupe. I always loved them but NOBODY else has ever commented on them. So its funny to see people act like its a well known or lusted after wheel.

    • ahja said:

      Oh and its very gratifying to see the manufacturer themself agree that its like the greatest wheel they ever came up with (the 4 lug anyway).

  6. Jayrdee said:

    I hope everyone eats these up …

    … so they end up being mass-produced again and I can get them cheaper since I’m broke

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