Anyone with even an inkling of petrol flowing through their veins would’ve at some point watched an episode of Best Motoring on YouTube. If you haven’t, feel free to stop reading this very instance because great content creation is quite obviously misplaced in your presence.
Best Motoring is the quintessential Japanese motoring programme as it incorporates the expected quirkiness yet still manages a curve ball every to maintain that element of surprise. Even though everything is in Japanese, the universal language of motoring and racing doesn’t require comprehension of a language so much as it does an understanding of your heart.
That aside, the premise is simplicity. The favourite segment is the “battle” one which is quite self-explanatory. They round up a bunch of professional Japanese racing drivers such as Keiichi Tsuchiya, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Manabu Orido and their peers, place them in some fairly-evenly matched cars on either Tsukuba or Suzuka circuit and let them race.
Being professionals, none of them hold back on the track and mind you the machinery can be some precious metals most of the time. They drive Ferrari F40s, Lamborghinis Murcielagos and the Japanese tuning specials to the absolute limit with little disregard for preservation.
Occasionally, the battles can be… far left field. Take this episode for instance. You’ll find a Daihatsu Mira, Suzuki Alto, Subaru Vivio, Suzuki Cappuccino, Toyota Estima, Honda Odyssey and Toyota RAV4 fighting for the rights to, erm… get to the supermarket the quickest. As a joker card, there’s a bone stock Nissan Silvia S13 right at the back as well.
It might seem like the grid of a video game with your mates for a good laugh but this is all real and as bonkers as you can imagine. Never change Japan.