Bosozoku: Japan’s Car-Tuning Subculture

© Speedhunters Ron Celestine© Speedhunters Ron Celestine
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It’s hard to equate Bosozoku cars with thuggery. This is not the car of criminal enterprise. The prime elements of Bosozoku — the neon colors, spoilers that make snow plows green with envy, and towering wings — do not lend themselves to making a stealthy getaway car. The current Boso landscape is much more tame. In fact, the crimes of today’s Bosozoku ARE their cars. Traffic violations are the order of the day, and writer’s cramp is in the cards for any officer who pulls one of these creations over. It makes a person wonder how many of these cars are even road legal.

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