I’m still yet to put together a full post on our visit to Auto Service Kishimoto, but for now I just wanted to focus on this particular car, because as you can see, it’s something quite special indeed. I remember seeing a photo of it somewhere on the Internet a few years ago; I actually screen-captured it and saved on my phone. After learning that it was based all the way down in Fukuoka, I just kinda figured that I’d likely never get the pleasure of being able to see it in the flesh. But somehow, last week I found myself standing before this ridiculously angry-looking old Nissan while Mr. Kishimoto himself fired her up and brought her to life, right in front on my eyes!
Eight years have now passed since Kishimoto-san originally transformed the Skyline 2000GT you see here into a track-only race car. Still, to this day I don’t think there’s any other Hakosuka like this in the world.
Kishimoto-san was kind enough to drive the Hakosuka out of its garage slightly to give us a better look. The interior of the car is purely functional, having been stripped out and caged, and there’s even a fuel cell in the boot. But of course, it’s what’s on the outside of the car that really turns heads…
The additional carbon-fibre aero parts not only look wild, but they seem to complement the boxy lines of the ‘Box’ Skyline body quite well. The rear wing is also pretty crazy but it’s definitely not just for looks – it’s bolted to the chassis inside the boot.
Under the Skyline’s hood hides a highly strung and incredibly cool-sounding big boy L31 – if you watched our Instagram story during our visit, you would’ve heard it in action! 😉
When I asked Kishimoto-san about the car competing in racing events, he just smiled and replied, “At Autopolis, number one!”
In an interesting twist, after many years of heated battles at Autopolis circuit, Kishimoto-san is now considering making the race Hakosuka street legal, which unfortunately would mean removing most of its super-cool aero parts. I’m unsure whether this is something he will actually end up doing or not, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at the Auto Service Kishimoto workshop plus a full travel blog from our Kyushu trip coming up very soon. For now, I hope you’ve enjoyed this close-up look at what is perhaps the coolest-looking Hakosuka in the world! A big thank you to Mr. Kishimoto for showing us around and letting us take these photos – どうもありがとうございました.