Late Evening Udon With A Couple Of Kansai Avenue Drifters


If you happen to’re solely excited by extremely polished present automobiles and/or four-figure horsepower numbers, this in all probability isn’t the story for you. In reality, we’re looking at one thing on the completely reverse finish of the modified automotive spectrum.

This story begins throughout a current journey to Kansai, the place I accompanied some mates visiting from Australia. After a day of exploring numerous areas of Osaka and having fun with a few of the native meals, I acquired a message again from previous pal confirming a dinner rendezvous and a few extra-curricular actions.

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I’m grateful to have made fairly a couple of mates in Japan since I’ve been dwelling right here, and Ryoma was one of many first. Ryoma had promised to take us to a preferred native udon spot, so we hopped into our rental Toyota Alphard and headed out of the town in direction of his native Household Mart.

As we arrived, we have been greeted by an SR20-swapped C33 Nissan Laurel and Ryoma’s RPS13 Nissan 180SX. You may discover fairly shortly that his 180SX is much from a present automotive, however let me inform you from expertise, these physique panels inform some wild tales.

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Today, drift automobiles appear to develop into overcomplicated in a short time with loopy steering angle kits, hydraulic handbrakes and big energy. You’ll discover none of that right here; Ryoma’s 180SX is so simple as it will get. Aside from an S14 turbo and an digital increase controller, it’s just about commonplace power-wise. Add some used aero elements, fundamental suspension upgrades and modified steering knuckles, and that’s all he must get the job finished.

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After some dialog – and naturally a few conbini snacks – we adopted the drift automotive duo into what can solely be defined as a heavy industrial space. Watching and listening to Ryoma’s 180SX cruise together with its straight-pipe exhaust and battle scars was fairly a surreal expertise; one thing you’d count on to see in an early Drift Tengoku VHS or avenue drifting compilation.

Now, keep in mind after I talked about that udon ‘restaurant’ earlier? Effectively, you’re it. We have been equally confused on the time…

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Apparently, this spot is widespread amongst locals and has fairly a little bit of historical past. If you happen to haven’t fairly caught on but, that’s a merchandising machine that serves sizzling udon. Whereas we have been all keen to flee the chilly in a heat noodle store, Ryoma reassured us that this udon would hit the spot.

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I’m not going to inform you this was one of the best udon I’ve had – it was removed from it – however whereas within the firm of two drift automobiles, cracking jokes with their house owners and soaking in the entire warmth potential from a cardboard bowl filled with noodles, it was one thing you’d by no means expertise wherever else.

Keen to flee the chilly, we devoured the remainder of our noodles and piled again into the Alphard. For the following hour or so, we adopted the 180SX and Laurel deep into the mountains, however for considerably apparent causes, you’ll need to let your imaginations do the remainder.

Alec Pender
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