We all know that street racing is dangerous, and that motorsports are best left on the track or drag strip. However, that doesn't mean that there still isn't some outlaw allure among enthusiasts of racing on public roads. In this video, Vice Japan profiles Eikichi Nagayoshi of Japan's island of Okinawa. He is a used car dealer by day and an illegal racer by night.

Nagayoshi has a deep love for his highly customized Toyota Aristo (better known to us as a first-generation Lexus GS) that he claims produces over 1,000 horsepower and has hit 205 miles per hour. He races his car both on drag strips and in drifting competitions, but says that he often has to ship the car to mainland Japan to compete. In the absence of those opportunities, he sometimes gathers friends and takes the racing to the public roads. While we're not down with street racing, this Vice video is an intriguing personality piece, as well as a look into Japan's fabled underground racing scene. Scroll down to check out the video, but make sure you have the "CC" button clicked, because several portions are subtitled.


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      prince_david
      • 9 Months Ago
      Guess there are a lot of Americans there because of the military base. Interesting look at the street racing there.
      miketim1
      • 9 Months Ago
      JDM tuned Toyotas FTW
      bK
      • 9 Months Ago
      I like how these guys aren't like gangsters and just enjoy racing and drifting. The cops over there even seems nice to let you go with a ticket.
        AAA
        • 9 Months Ago
        @bK
        bK- aren't "like gangsters"? What do you mean?
          AAA
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AAA
          Hmm...the street racers I've seen around don't look like they're out to rob or kill you for sport, and I live in LA. Stereotype much?
          Noah
          • 9 Months Ago
          @AAA
          Meaning they aren't out to rob you or kill you for sport.
      Cursethedawn
      • 9 Months Ago
      I grew up doing illegal street racing in the Midwest US. Every weekend I was racing for money or gas. Got a lot of tickets and high risk insurance but also I had a lot of fun and nobody ever died. Moved to LA in my 20s and played a little with the big street racers there but that was getting a bit too serious. Got my windshield smashed out by someone pissed off about losing. The police won’t help street racers so that leads to illegal retaliation. Street racing has higher penalties with the law than even drunk driving. So I quietly back away from the scene. I still don’t mind a little stoplight racing now and then but it’s certainly a life style that can get out of hand if you let it.
      brianXL
      • 9 Months Ago
      Hoosier slicks, love it! Glad the USA is importing something back to Asia.
        karman876
        • 9 Months Ago
        @brianXL
        "importing .... back to Asia"? Do you mean EXporting?
      Hoale
      • 9 Months Ago
      got half way through the vid before i clicked on the cc for captions
        meshcount
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Hoale
        When people spoke English, I stared at the Japanese captions wondering "the hell is he saying?"
      fordskydog
      • 9 Months Ago
      Boo street racing! Take it to the local drag strip.
      EZen
      • 9 Months Ago
      Vice is for hipsters. Anyway, I may be mistaken, but won't that turbo blow up when you don't connect it to an air filter? What happens when a bit of rock gets flung into those delicate turbines spinning at 100k RPM?
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