• Apr 27, 2009
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Here in America, gearheads tend to think that we start our young ones off right, introducing kids to the joy of automobiles through Hot Wheels, Automoblox, racing video games, bumper cars, and the like. Japan apparently has a better idea.

Apparently taken from a Japanese children's show called Hirake! Ponkiki, the hilarious footage after the jump shows some unidentified costumed characters (think: Sesame Street) taking to Japan's fabled Twin Ring Motegi in a Honda S2000 and a Integra to showcase the joy of spirited driving. The show segment including portions covering gymkhana, drifting, and high-speed work. In the tradition of many Japanese gameshows, it's colorful, zany stuff that has our inner child wishing that someone would have had the good sense to slap some Nomex and a brain bucket on Grover, handed him the keys to a Corvette parked in the pits of Laguna Seca, and said "Have at it, my furry friend."

[Source: Youtube via Japanese Nostalgic Car]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me or was the first driver Smokey Nagata, because i did here what i thought sounded like his name. Amazing show though too bad the beeb probably would never do something like this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol Nagata-San would never get himself involved in this level of idiocy. He may be Zany... but having worked for him for about 2 years now, I can attest that he has morals, and would never steep this low.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow. surprised they would fit in the S2000 with those giant costumes on.

      great car choice though! :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Okaaay...
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's absolutely brilliant, and f*****g hilarious!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think what's even more odd is that fall out boy sounding song followed by U2's "Vertigo", all in English.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the first song is "Shut Up" by Simple Plan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now, dress all drivers like, be it F1, Nascar or MotoGP.... and imagine how much fun it would be to watch motorsport on TV again!!! Think also of personal airbags....

      And have you noticed? The Green Character wore a helmet while driving! I don't want to moralize but that's great education.

      Also, the choice of music was interesting - Canadian Simple Plan, German Gamma Ray, Irish U2 and what I suspect was Dutch Robby Valentine.... :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        haha that green thing is the japanese stig
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well this is....interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome! Best children's show ever!

      Anyone else notice the Ford Motorsport and V-Dub stickers on the red wooden box behind the red furry character when they are on the set?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Japan is clearly superior in children education
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is... is... is that Grimace? From McDonalds? Did he dye himself Green?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How DARE you say "a integra" autoblog? Your'e grammar is'nt perfect! you should spend more money on editers for you're aticels.

      Somebuddy had to say it. >_>
        • 5 Years Ago
        Speaking of mistakes, you (JWho) spelled grammar wrong :)

        • 5 Years Ago
        discokicks75...

        No.

        an Integra
        an Impreza
        an Edge
        a Gallardo
        a Flex
        a Mustang
        • 5 Years Ago
        "a Integra" is fair usage. You don't say "an Gallardo" or "an Flex," do you? I'm not sure what the criteria is, but I think it's open to interpretation (conversely, I'm pretty sure that it isn't spelled 'aticels'). Anyone have some useful grammar guidance?

        • 5 Years Ago
        @ discokicks75:

        Actually, it's "AN Integra". The easiest way to remember how to properly "a" or "an" is that you must choose the article based upon the phonetic quality of the first letter in a word. If the first letter makes a vowel-type sound, you use "an", and if the first letter would make a consonant-type sound, you use "a."

        Grammerblog.com anyone?
        • 5 Years Ago
        How about :

        ..an F1

        what's the deal with that ? :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      May I be the first to say...

      What in the hell?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nosman

        A) It's a TV show for kids....

        B) The primary meaning of the word gay is merry, cheerful.... so, outside your world, you're actually right....
        • 5 Years Ago
        WHAT IN THE WILD WHACKY WORLD!!!! THATS GAY!!!
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