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Craftsmanship of Customization: Sylvia Parts in a Daihatsu Esse

The popular "Tohoku 660 Series" is a race contested exclusively by kei-cars. We would like to introduce the machine of veteran driver Mr. Takeshi Otsuka, who competes in the Tohoku 660 Championship, which is contested by cars equipped with the new NA (naturally aspirated engine) standard. We will be looking at the secret of his machine makeup, in which he uses parts from vehicles other than mini-cars.

Decoding Success: The Budget Formula Behind Daihatsu Mira’s Racing Triumphs

Introducing the machine of Mr. Hidaka Komatsu, the 2023 Class 2 champion, who stepped up to Class 1 of the popular kei-car race "Tohoku 660 Championship". Based on the Daihatsu "Mira", he has evolved it by pouring his know-how into it. Here are some of his specialties.

Daihatsu Wilderness Camper: “North-Hunter” Has Flashy Paint to Avoid Rifle Shots!

Amidst the recent outdoor boom, the customization of light campers has also evolved rapidly. The North Hunter, based on the Daihatsu Atrai, is lifted up, has powerful bumpers, and is loaded with numerous options, but every element is based on practicality, not just coolness.

MAX Is a Rare ‘Fellow’: Encountering the Daihatsu Kei-Car from the Early 70’s

Daihatsu produced and sold the Midget during the post-war reconstruction period, and together with the then Toyo Kogyo (now Mazda) was a major supporter of the Japanese economy. Later, the Fellow was the first car to enter the market as a kei-car rather than a cargo vehicle. Mr. Shigeru Besshi, an owner of the second-generation Fellow MAX, is an old car enthusiast. We asked him to tell us about his old car and the appeal of this event.

Passion of Preservation: The Story of a Legendary Daihatsu Collector

At a classic car event, we found a Daihatsu Midget with a huge collection of miniature cars and other goods lined up inside. We thought this collection was something out of the ordinary, so we approached the owner, Mr. Ryoichi Ohashi. He is a collector of Daihatsu Compagno Berlina and Compagno Spyder, and who is well-known in the classic car world.

Stars of the Past: Daihatsu Charmant and Its Era

Daihatsu entered into a business alliance with Toyota in 1967, working together to develop a new four-wheel passenger car brand. In this issue, we look back 40 years ago, in 1974, at the first-generation Charmant, a high-end compact car developed independently by Daihatsu based on the second-generation Corolla, from the catalog of that time.

Circuit Legends with Daihatsu ‘Esse’: A Living Legend’s Journey

Mr. "J J", 72 years old, was enjoying circuit driving in his Daihatsu Esse with its attractive blue body. He was a living legend who used to attack the Tsukuba Circuit and Fuji Speedway half a century ago. So we asked him what he is particular about his beloved Esse.

Nostalgia Unleashed: The Timeless Design of the 3rd Gen ‘HIJET Van’

The Daihatsu Hijet Van is a super long-selling car with the oldest history among current kei-cars. This 3rd generation Hijet Van, with its distinctive square headlights, was revived by its owner, Mr. Sasaki, who found it lying in a warehouse. The customization that makes the cute style stand out even more is noteworthy.