1991 Honda Beat: DFW Kei Car Meetup

My two Kei car brethren from the Magazine shoot we did at the end of last year have a mutual friend who recently got his hands on a Suzuki Alto Works RS/X. And, he knew another gentleman with a heavily modified Alto Works, so they asked if I wanted to come on up to Dallas for a Kei car meetup!

I, of course, said absolutely, because it sounded like a good time, but it was also serendipitous because I just got my hands on a DJI Osmo Mobile 2 smartphone gimbal, and I wanted to give it a real World test. Also, it was a great chance to meet a fellow online acquaintance who had recently moved to the area from Canada with his utterly awesome Autozam AZ-1.

I only took a little bit of video and the low light conditions were playing havoc with my phone camera, but the result isn’t bad! Check the quick music video I put together below!

Also, check out the Usagi Motors YouTube channel for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/UsagiMotors

Honda Beat and Mitsubishi 360 in a Magazine!

A couple of months back a good buddy of mine, Toya san, in Japan sent me a message asking if I knew anyone else that had a Kei car in Texas. So, I immediately contacted my buddy Cameron and asked if he knew anyone. He had a close friend, Nate, who had an Alto Works. We were kind of hoping to collect up a few more people, but unfortunately, it seems these tiny Kei cars aren’t very ubiquitous in Texas, the land of the truck.

At any rate, with Nate’s Suzuki Alto Works, Cameron’s Suzuki Cappuccino along with my Honda Beat and Mitsubishi 360, that was four Kei cars, which was still a pretty decent collection! So, fast forward a couple of weeks and my buddy and one epic photographer were on a plane. They stopped by JCCS in California first and then made their way down to Dallas. We had an awesome little meetup, starting at Mitsuwa before heading to historic downtown Plano.

After an excellent afternoon with some amazing food at Ye Ole Butchershop, Toya san and I set off for Hico to see the Mitsubishi. It was pretty late by the time we arrived, so we just filled up on some Hard Eight Barbeque and turned in for the night. The next morning we got the old Mitsubishi 360 out for some more pictures!

After gallivanting around downtown with my 360cc smoke machine, we came back up to the house for a few more pictures in and around the garage.

Then, with the tight schedule they had, they set back off for Dallas with a plane flight out. Now I work with Toya san pretty regularly, so he kept me apprised of any developments and asked me some follow up questions for the story. Finally, after months of hard work from him and his editors, the magazine hit the shelves!

I turned out better than I could have imagined! If you’re in Japan, go buy a copy at your local bookstore, it’s worth it!