Another post on another stop in my Japan adventures; this time I swung by the Wangan King’s lair, Top Secret. I was actually on my way back from Powerhouse Amuse when I made the last minute decision on making a quick stop at Top Secret since it was along the way of my train ride. So, I got off at Chiba Station, made my way onto the light-rail line and hopped on a bus that took me right to the front door of the shop. When I arrived, there was an immediate grin on my face because I felt like I just stepped into GTR heaven. Everywhere along the shop and the front lot were littered with GTRs, even the dyno had an R34 just sitting on it. At that point, I knew I made the right decision to come.
After admiring the cars in the front lot for a good half hour or so, I made my way back to the actual shop entrance. The staff was pretty accommodating and let me browse around, take pictures and what not, although they did tell me not to go into the garage area (I guess there were some top secret shit going on that a mere mortal can’t see). But I respect that and there were plenty for me to see regardless, so that didn’t really hinder my visit at all.
With that said, let’s get on with some photos!
You can’t miss the sign.
A few of the GTRs out front. I especially love the Z-Tune kitted R34.
The gold ER34 just sitting there collecting dust.
Two legendary twin-turbo cars in their own rights.
The dyno was actually a separate shack that was located by the side of the garage where an R34 V-Spec II Nur was just chilling minding its own business.
Another car at the front lot was this gorgeous BN-Sports R35. I wish I got more photos of this beast.
Several retired old-timers just being neglected by the side of the garage.
A big Top Secret banner inside the shop let’s customers know where they’re at.
Some entertainment in the waiting area for people to indulge on while their cars are being serviced. I love that they were showing dyno videos on their big screen!
Like with any other tuner shop, parts were displayed everywhere and there were something for everyone; from beautiful titanium pieces big and small, to giant Trust/Greddy twins.
I did manage to catch a glimpse of the garage area and the man himself, Smokey Nagata, working on a R35 GTR.
25 years of quality. And many more to come!
So, that about sums up my Top Secret visit. One thing I do regret though was the fact that I didn’t get a chance to speak with Smokey but hopefully I’ll get that opportunity in the future.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and yes, there’s more to come!