VICE presents Okinawa’s illegal street racers.
Okinawa is a stronghold for car enthusiasts, and Nagayoshi has been drift- and drag-racing for decades. However in recent years, most of Okinawa’s racetracks have been shut down, which leaves Nagayoshi and his pals only one option—to race on the streets of Okinawa.
Nagayoshi’s car is taken directly from the racetrack to the streets. It is a risky thing to do though, with one of the Nagayoshi’s colleagues killed the previous year in a race. Local police keep close eyes on them, and if caught the drivers face large fines and maybe having their car impounded. Since we’re talking about 1,000hp cars like Skyline GT-Rs, Silvia’s, Aristo’s, Supra’s and other Japanese vehicles, it is safe to assume that many of them are not exactly street legal.
All of this eventually leads to the question: would it be safer for everybody if authorities acknowledged the need for a place to race and helped them organize legal events?