Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Down on the Street: Shakotan Civic?

Last Friday I was commuting by car to my work and just got around the block of my house, spotted something in the left corner of my eye and slammed on the brakes real hard. Why? Well this is why:
Honda Civic Rota Shakotan
Yes, my eyes did not deceive me for a split second: I slammed my brakes for a set of Hayashi Street knock offs (They are genuine!) on this Honda Civic EG. :)
Still these Rota Shakotan (that’s what they are called) still look good on this Civic. ;)
Edit: they are genuine!

BTW: Don’t mind the bad quality of the picture: after the only parking spot that was left the day before was under a tree I found my car covered in bird-crap and I tried to make my side windows at least a bit more visible, hence all the fuzzy stuff in the picture. :o


  1. Bas Kuiper

    Dude… Niks Rota! Zijn echte Hayashi’s!

    • banpei

      Seriously? That’s something totally unexpected!
      Can I have a close up look at them anytime soon? :P

      • Bas Kuiper

        Yeah sure you can! You can add me on Facebook.

      • Bas Kuiper

        When do you want to meet? I’m going to refurbish the wheels. They won’t be on the car for very long.

  2. Bas Kuiper

    It are genuine Hayashi’s.

  3. rory

    Cool little car. I love your blog and not to offend you but I find it amusing how excited you get to see cool cars around town. I can totally understand it since I lived in the “countryside” of America my whole life and would freak out when I saw a cool car. But now that I have been living in Japan for four years and see these things everyday… I guess I take it for granted.

    Keep up the good work!

    • banpei

      Thanks for the compliment! :)

      I already understand that after visiting the States several times. The number of (surviving) old Japanese cars is quite low in Europe and Europe wasn’t really JDM sportscar minded until the arrival of the Mazda Miata/MX5/Roadster in the late 80s/early 90s. Even from then on it only picked up quite slowly.

      In the US you can basically see entry sports level cars on every street corner (Miatas/Integra/Impreza/etc) while here in Europe you can find Mercedes SL(C)/Porsche/BMW M series in the same quantities.

      I think the same accounts for Japan where all the “cool” cars are actually non-JDM cars. :P

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