Wednesday was the last day for Smoky Nagata to dyno tune the last batch of Nissans in Houston which happened to be open to the public as well. Fans from all over stopped by Secret Services Auto to see the legend doing what he does best.
Something to note from this day is this was the time that Project Mothra from Baker-Jackson Nissan made it’s debut. Crowds gathered as news spread that this 370Z was coming to SSA straight from Underground Graphics shortly after just having the PowerHouse Amuse Vestito kit installed. This aero kit, thought to be the only one in the United States gave everyone in attendance a “broner” (JohnP’s word, not mine).
The car looked great. It was a unanimous decision. Now it was time to match those good looks with some power. The only trick though was to make it up not one, but two semi-steep ramps to make it into the shop. With the newly installed, straight-from-Japan aero, it was understandable not to want to scratch up, or even (GASP!) crack it! An expert was called in to have the car guided in ever so slightly up the incline.
Smoky had been tuning cars from the previous night all the way till after 2am, so it was a surprise to me to find out that he was back in the shop at 10am! The man is a machine! Never once did he stop. Well, maybe once. An ice cream truck had come by, and I thought this was a great time to get some ice cream as the day was starting to get a little warmer. Another guy (sorry, forgot your name) was kind enough to buy Smoky and his head tech a round of ice cream too, to which I suggested only the best for our overseas guest. Ninja Turtles.
Well actually, you would think that a man could sit and enjoy his ice cream, but we ARE talking about a machine here. So that didn’t stop him from getting work done.
As the day quickly turned into night, the much anticipated tune for the R35 GT-R was about to take place. The car had a few problems with a boost controller that was installed, and the guys did their best to correct any issues. There were talks about COBB tuning having a great tune for GT-R’s so it was interesting to see how Smoky’s tune would stack up against it.
The results are in.
The owner of this particular GT-R was ecstatic to say the least. Jason Langley also gave it a test drive, and both said exactly the same thing, that their hands were still trembling and that their tunnel vision had been reduced to the size of a pencil top.
Everyone was all smiles.
So as we close on this epic journey from Japan to Houston, Maydaygarage would like to thank everyone who was involved in getting this legendary tuner here including (but not limited to) Secret Services Auto, Planet-Zero, Baker-Jackson Nissan, Swat Performance and of course, Top Secret Japan.
But it doesn’t end here! Smoky will be at Import Reactor Friday and Saturday night as he anxiously awaits to see the show cars here in the States. He also wants to see how many people love our car scene so don’t let him down and give Smoky a reason to return!
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