Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

© Evan Griffey© Evan Griffey
Hot Wheels Respectability?
According to official records, the Bosozoku gang count hit a record low of 6,771 in 2015, but the gang numbers do not reflect the car enthusiast numbers. As the gang has thinned the car scene has gained steam . . . proof of this move toward the mainstream is best represented by the Galactic Express, a 2018-issue Hot Wheels pack that features a Dekotora big rig and matching Bosozoku car. How long can these zany rides prowl the open roads? How do they pass motor vehicle inspections? Time will tell, but enthusiasts definitely enjoy the show — while it lasts.

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