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80’s Toyota Soarer Revived As A Nostalgic “Kaido racer”

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TEXT: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)  PHOTO: 青木邦敏(AOKI Kunitoshi)

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“Kaido Racer” attracts a lot of attention

The story of 1980s customization never ends and continues and evolves into the present day. “Kaido Racers” (street racers) have expanded their enjoyment to include racer replicas, grand champion races, works, silhouettes, and hi-society cars. Now more and more middle-aged and older people are recreating the machines of those days. Now that a wide variety of parts are available, it is probably the most enjoyable time of the year. At the 2023 Osaka Auto Messe, Hall 4 was filled with custom cars from that era. One that caught our attention was the Toyota “MZ10 Soarer” displayed at the booth of K-Break, a well-known brand in the VIP category.

A Soarer-based silhouette machine that has been lovingly built up

K-Break’s representative, Mr. Obayashi, was a nationally known Kaido Racer before starting his own shop. He is also known for his expertise in all kinds of modified vehicles, crossing the boundaries between four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles.

Mr. Obayashi owns more than ten vehicles. The one he has been riding ever since, and which he has lovingly built with ever-changing specifications, is a silhouette machine based on the MZ10 Soarer.

Because of his special feelings, the details are filled with much attention to detail. Car lovers and modification enthusiasts will be amazed just by looking at this machine.

The racing silver and purple paint scheme is typical of the “bad 80s” and is finished with a shiny seven-color glitter paint.

The big front spoiler with air ducts for a wild look and the nostalgic slit light jacket make the concept clear.

Attention to detail finished with old-school parts

The parts that give the silhouette machine its racy look are basically one-offs, but the basic parts used are valuable aero parts from that era.

Although not immediately apparent, the side steps and rear bumper are modified from Yamato’s that were popular at the time.

The rear wing is a Kidam’s original, similar to the seven-panes, but more angled and raised at a sharp angle.

In addition to this wing, a silhouette wing was added for a more powerful finish.

A machine that a modification specialist has seriously built is of course highly finished. Many of the modification enthusiasts attending the event looked at the machine. This Soarer is not an illegally modified car, but an officially certified car.

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