Meet the maddest Lambo tuner...
...in the world. This is Morohoshi-san, and he lights up Tokyo's underworld with his pink Diablo
Posted: 09 Feb 2014
We pull onto the intestinal wangan, the Bayshore route of the Shuto Expressway that connects the Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures. Morohoshi says: "This is the old Mid Nite Club racing area." To a petrolhead, this is as storied and ancient as the temples that pockmark Tokyo. The Mid Nite Club was formed in 1987, and you could only join if your car hit 160mph. But to be competitive, you had to have a 200mph car. The group disbanded in 1999 after a fatal accident where two bōsōzoku bikers were killed and eight motorists hospitalised. Six of them were members of the public.
"This is not a street-racing car," says Morohoshi, pulling the scissor door shut as we leave a service area. He hits the clutch and revs hello to the congregation of tuners lining the car park; R32 GT-Rs, Honda S2000s, EK Civics all rev back. Then, before I can draw breath, let alone colour it in, he detonates back onto the wangan, 529bhp tugging at the skyline. The irony's not lost.
When we eventually catch up, Morohoshi and his friend Shinya Egawa are laughing at our dim-witted Toyota Vitz (Yaris over here) hire car. "Slow car!" shouts Egawa. Yeah, cheers mate... Morohoshi is Egawa's modding hourensou - a sort of mentor and guide. Egawa has a Gallardo coupe, and under Morohoshi's careful tutelage, he's fitted it with a hologram wrap, and plans a similar light show to his sage. Morohoshi says: "There are many people that want to have my style. I encourage all of them. I don't sell cars, I don't own tuning shops, but I'm the best producer of modified Lamborghinis there is. I think of myself as a consultant. I helped Egawa-san plan his modifications.