S-CHASSIS AT DAIKOKU FUTO PA – JAPAN
Daikoku Futo parking area, a location synonymous with Japanese automotive culture. This rest stop in Yokohama is a popular meeting point for a huge variety of Japanese car makes, models and styles. On a cold winters night I headed to Daikoku to check out a meet hosted by All That Low, a group who focus on extremely low and stanced cars. The event was huge and easily filled the paring area, cars were lined up all night trying to find available spaces. The S chassis was well represented at the meet with some nice examples on show, they were a good look into the heart and soul of Japans thriving stance scene.
We arrived quite early at Daikoku Futo, the sun was only beginning to hide behind the massive overpasses before setting over the horizon. Sitting quietly in the deserted car park was this pewter S15 Silvia Spec S. A nice amount of low and some white RAYS Gram Light 57D wheels sit under the beaten up guards. Simple yet very effective.
Once the sun had set Daikoku really started to come alive. The parking spaces quickly filled with a wide range of cars. This aggressive track-styled S15 grabbed my attention early. Matte black paint, some big aero and wide wheels give you hints at this Silvias intentions.
The S15 was strong in numbers, however the older generation S13 still made an appearance in fine form. This beautifully styled two-tone aero kitted S13 was one of my favorites. Wider front and rear guards help to squeeze the SSR MKIII wheels within the cars lines. Bucket seats and a roll cage also add to the character of this little gem.
Also repping the S13 brigade was this tidy 180SX. I believe Enkei RPF1 wheels look good on just about anything, and this 180 proves that point. It goes to show just how nice a simple drop in height and tasteful wheels can transform the look of an otherwise stock looking car. Testament to Nissan’s original design.
The last of the S13 models I saw looked as though it had just arrived from a Tokyo Auto Salon display. The pristine paintwork, lipped body-kit and flawless Work Meister M1R wheels proved this was a quality built car.
The next generation of Silvia also had a couple of showings. This brightly painted S14 sure knew how to stand out in a crowd.
And this white S14a pushed the boundaries of the factory wheel guards can handle…
The night flowed on as cars were coming and going from the floodlit arena. It was a car show in motion, constantly refreshing itself with new displays.
There was no doubting though the popularity of the S15 as a base for modification and expression. The model was in abundance and there were a handful of standout examples. One such example was this S15 Varietta. The rarely seen convertible Silvia shows that with some playing around it can compete with its fixed roof brother.
Wheel fitment on point.
White S15’s seemed to be a popular choice. This one with it’s crazy aero and retro style RAYS TE37V wheels had a dominating presence.
Taking camber and low ride height to the extreme was this unique Silvia. With a hint of Onikyan styling, most commonly known as ‘demon camber’, I’m sure it’s not to everyone’s taste. Here in Japan though anything goes, and seeing static cars like this negotiating speed bumps is quite a sight to behold.
Finishing off with another white Silvia. Clean and simple with subtle body styling additions and a tasteful set of wheels. Hard to believe the S15 is nearly 20 years old now, its shape is timeless and still remains sporty among today’s crop of sports coupes.
What an amazing place Daikoku Futo is. The atmosphere, friendly people and the projects they passionately build and create. The S chassis still has its place in Japanese car culture, even with its age it is still able stand out in a car park packed with today’s current models and trends. Such an epic experience for any car enthusiast, I can’t wait to get back to Japan and do it all over again.
Written and photographed for s-chassis.jp by Explosive Curiosity.