If you’re an enthusiast of a certain age, there is a very good chance you got your first taste of JDM cars from a pirated copy of a Best Motoring VHS tape. It would be inaccurate to call it a show since it was never broadcast over the airwaves, but the monthly videos — released first on tape when they debuted in 1987, then DVD — were hugely popular in Japan. Eventually, they even crossed the Pacific divide before the days of internet.
For $20 an episode, you could watch legendary Japanese drivers give their impressions on the latest cars forbidden from US import in Best Motoring, or catch the latest in Japanese tuning trends in Hot Version as they raced around Tsukuba and fought touge battles. Now there’s no longer a need to fumble around with recorded media.
Want to see a review of the Tommykaira M30 when it was new? How about a comparison of 1990s Japanese 4-wheel-steering systems set to synth music? A touge battle between the world’s best drifters? Or when the whole gang went to Finland to watch Tommi Makinen hoon the crap out of a Subaru? It’s all on the Best Motoring YouTube channel.