The Malaysian Restaurant With A Acquainted Shopfront

I’ll begin this one off just by saying Malaysia is completely distinctive in the case of automotive tuner tradition. Sure, Japan is nice, however Malaysia takes it the additional mile in additional methods than one.

Chances are you’ll bear in mind my final story wherein I lined an Preliminary D-impressed AE86 in Texas. Now you’re a life-size diorama of the well-known Fujiwara Tofu Store constructing from the well-known manga, on the opposite aspect of the world.

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The brainchild of three AE86 and anime/manga lovers – in that order, by some separation – this movie-set-like constructing is definitely a totally functioning restaurant and museum, serving all of our favourite Japanese staple meals. Suppose rice bowls, curry, ramen – you identify it.

Along with the restaurant, the constructing additionally homes a private, unofficial assortment of Preliminary D paraphernalia, together with a reproduction of one other acquainted automobile from the sequence – the Purple Suns FC3S Mazda RX-7.

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On high of a plethora of posters, photographs, fashions and different Preliminary D collectables, you’ll discover orderly piles of automobile elements – principally wheels and AE86-related tools – and never one, however three fully-functioning Preliminary D arcade machines. Sadly, I didn’t get the prospect to have a go on one, however I stay up for that on my subsequent go to.

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Now, for my fellow AE86 enjoyers, your eyes most likely darted immediately in the direction of the Black Restricted parked out entrance – however we’ll cowl the tofu store reproduction automobile first. This Trueno belongs to Lim, one of many three founders, and is the results of 10 years of blood, sweat, tears, and an entire heap of name new, previous inventory OEM elements.

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It began out life as a kouki (facelift) Trueno, however was backdated to a zenki (pre-facelift), holding it true to the manga. Exterior of the equipment proven on the well-known Fujiwara Tofu Store automobile, this AE86 is totally normal; the magic resides within the nut and bolt restoration, making Lim’s Trueno just about model new.

I’ve identified Lim for fairly a couple of years now, so it was nice to catch up and eventually see his automobile within the flesh.

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The Black Restricted can also be owned by one of many founders, however hides fairly a couple of extra modifications. Other than a set of RS Watanabe wheels, the outside is comparatively normal. The drivetrain, nevertheless, is something however.

A lightly-worked 20-valve 4A-GE with open velocity stacks on its ITBs and a customized exhaust manifold propels this Corolla at what I’d assume to be a comparatively quick tempo. While this automobile is comparatively tame by modified AE86 requirements, it’s actually a dream-spec Hachiroku – for me no less than.

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My Corolla bias has by no means been refined, and if I’m sincere, it’s most likely been abundantly apparent as of late. However a fan-created tribute to a tofu store from a Japanese manga is actually not one thing you’d anticipate to see within the coronary heart of Kuala Lumpur, so I simply needed to share it with you.

Malaysia was fairly an eye-opening expertise for me within the context of automotive tradition, and if a real-life Fujiwara Tofu Store wasn’t sufficient to persuade you, don’t fear, there’s some extra loopy stuff headed your method shortly.

Alec Pender
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