All tagged Narita Dogfight
Without a doubt, Philip Robles has become a household name in the time attack scene around the Southwestern US. Having competed in a wide variety of sanctioned events throughout Arizona and California over the past several years, he has solidified his place among motor sport’s most dedicated drivers.
The axiom that Vtec Club USA is growing and naturally progressing to something truly fascinating is irrefutable. So much so that looking into the series from the ‘outside’, we can clearly see that things have mushroomed into an enormous spectacle. Even to the point that our friends from other parts of the world have begun planning trips around Vtec Club events, and all this is clearly a good phenomenon. An absolutely amazingly-good phenomenon to be exact. Realistically though, the idea of elevating a grassroots series to something that is revered worldwide is a facade that multiple event organizers strive for. A facet that only a small percentage of organizers have been able to scratch, and even fewer of those that have actually been able to ascend past the metaphorical glass ceiling. Stories of a small group of friends brought together by one passion…
I received a last-minute message from Sean early Thursday morning while I was browsing through what was left of the famed Tsukiji fish market located within central Tokyo (now mostly relocated to Toyosu Market). He asked me if I wanted to check out Chiba Prefecture and generally just hangout, and obviously I said yes. Plus, my ankles had been killing me from exploring all of Tokyo the days prior, so the idea of riding around in a car for a day was a pleasant thought. Therefore, I began shoveling down the sushi I had obtained for an early lunch, bought the most expensive strawberries I’ve ever bought at around 4,000 JPY, power walked to the nearest train station, and was picked up in a soccer mom van by ‘Sean-san’ at another train station outside of busy Tokyo. From here I assumed we were going to check on the JDM Yard team that was being housed and prepped over at Xpoint Import Japan, but to my surprise we made an unplanned visit to one of the most unique garages in Chiba, Garage Work.
There’s no right or wrong as long as you follow your heart and build something unique to you by incorporating your experience, knowledge, time, and of course, your obsession for creativity and the insanity that we all normalize as automotive racing. Naturally, there is always an outlier though. A supposed anomaly that inherently demands everyone’s attention, and many know one of these outliers and his Japanese inspired build under the powerful pseudonym – Narita Dogfight.