The Sagamiko Forest Skyline & Kyusha Meeting had acres of perfectly painted kaido racers, but one that really stood out to us looked like it had been found in a barn. In fact, this Hakosuka is a known drifter and was displayed in the style of an old school street racer.
Larger-than-normal flares barely contain classic 3-piece Panasport 8-spokes, wrapped in what truly makes the car — fat, dry-rotted, all-weather Bridgestone RA-300 tires. A dry version of this tire was the first racing slick in Japan, and since tires do decay over time this was a super rare sighting.
On the back, though, are a pair of widened steelies. Headlights from a Peugeot (?) match the contours of the openings. Even the routing of the oil cooler lines is clean. A homemade tow hook caps off the package. The look is that of a Hako built during the peak days of racing, but then put away for many decades and rediscovered.
The main thing about this Skyline is that it’s not overdone. Even the patina looks natural and inoffensive, not deliberate. The key is balance. In contrast to many intentional “rat rod” drift missiles, not any one area is overthought. It doesn’t look like it’s trying hard and as a result, ironically, has incredibly strong presence. The rusty hardtop was one of the most wild cars at the event.
To be continued…