Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Category: Daijiro Inada

Suzuki Cultus at Pikes Peak hillclimb in 1992

Being from the Playstation generation I only knew about the existence of the 1992 twin engined Suzuki Cultus (aka Suzuki Swift) through Gran Turismo 2. This little car is overshadowed by its bigger brother, the Suzuki Escudo Pikes Peak, but looking at these two videos of the 1992 Pikes Peak hillclimb makes me fond of the little brother too!

The first video shows Daijiro Inada doing the 0-100 in 3.6 seconds (I bet he liked that!) and some of the JDM competitors damaging their cars.

Quite spectacular is the onboard camera footage from the Mitsubishi Colt number 7 when it tumbles down the mountain:

Even more spectacular is the run done by Nobuhiro Tajima in his twin engined Suzuki Cultus: even though he has a damaged tire he manages to finish his run in 12:51! Amazing!

Makes me wish it was 1992 again! ;)

Go!Go! Daijiro 3 DVD box

I’ve become quite a fan of Daijiro Inada over the past years and now I see this DVD box has become available from Video Option lately:

I really want this DVD set! Surely looks like hours and hours of fun! :)
I also spotted him visiting the workshop of Daisuke Shouten and finally we can see all his series of rides in historical cars like the older Skylines, Silvias, Levin/Trueno, etc.

Now if only the Yen would drop a bit I would be able to order this…

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