TOP GUN Racing members that are still active in 2014 gather for a rare group photo.

Loop Soldiers

Over the years, many Kanjozoku car clubs have come and gone. After the huge crackdown on illegal street racing in Osaka almost a decade ago, many left the Kanjo racing scene altogether and clubs disbanded. Some of these hobbyists moved their racing onto the circuit where it’s legal, some of the older guys left altogether and the few that stuck around continue to carry on this underground Osaka tradition.

The car clubs that remain who were once rivals are no longer rivals. They decided to stick together as a group to maintain the storied history of the Kanjozoku and put their conflicts aside. Today, they are as tight of a group as ever and though they do still occasionally run the Osaka Loop, it is all done in fun and to strengthen their bond, rather than to compete under separate entities.

No Good Racing is one of the most highly-respected car clubs within Osaka’s Kanjo scene and a former No Good member was actually our main contact when first started with this project.

No Good Racing is one of the most highly-respected car clubs within Osaka’s Kanjo scene and a former No Good member was actually our main contact when first started with this project.

Since many of the Kanjozoku are friends now, you’ll likely see different car clubs represented on a car even though the owner is a part of one particular club. This signifies their unity and mutual respect for one another.

Since many of the Kanjozoku are friends now, you’ll likely see different car clubs represented on a car even though the owner is a part of one particular club. This signifies their unity and mutual respect for one another.

Club Wharp, like No Good Racing, is another highly-respected club that has been around since the early 1980s. Many of the members have retired since but there are still a couple of older enthusiasts who chose to stick around to carry on their tradition to the next generation of Kanjozoku.

Club Wharp, like No Good Racing, is another highly-respected club that has been around since the early 1980s. Many of the members have retired since but there are still a couple of older enthusiasts who chose to stick around to carry on their tradition to the next generation of Kanjozoku.

Some car clubs even have a decal together that shows their union. This is a “SPECIAL BROTHERS” decal that signifies the collaborative effort between LAW BREAK and TOP GUN Racing.

Some car clubs even have a decal together that shows their union. This is a “SPECIAL BROTHERS” decal that signifies the collaborative effort between LAW BREAK and TOP GUN Racing.

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