Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
10/20/15 3:39 p.m.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/h-j29ozp_yM

Yet another interesting form of automotive enthusiasm has surfaced in Japan: D-VAN Grand Prix. This group of drivers focuses their modifying energy on Dodge Ram vans, and they run the snot out of them.

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ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory UltraDork
10/20/15 3:50 p.m.

This is the video with the extremely ironic twist involving a Japanese man with a U.S. Air Force shirt!

SyntheticBlinkerFluid
SyntheticBlinkerFluid UltimaDork
10/20/15 4:27 p.m.

This isn't a new trend, but is awesome none the less.

Also I think he's wearing that USAF t-shirt because most of those vans were at the USAF base there in Japan.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory UltraDork
10/20/15 5:38 p.m.

In reply to SyntheticBlinkerFluid:

I believe that's true. However, the irony exists!

drainoil
drainoil Reader
10/20/15 6:53 p.m.

Wonder why they love the Dodge vans in particular? Is there something about the stock suspensions on them that are easier to mod vs say a fullsize GM or FORD van of that era?

Wall-e
Wall-e MegaDork
10/20/15 6:54 p.m.

In reply to drainoil:

Because the U.S. shipped a bunch of them there.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn PowerDork
10/20/15 7:09 p.m.

They explain it right at the beginning of the video - they had the vans and were using them at the racetrack to ferry people around, and one day a couple guys started racing each other.

I don't know if it's still a thing over there, but for some time they were crazy for customized Chevy Astro vans.

pointofdeparture
pointofdeparture PowerDork
10/20/15 7:15 p.m.

IIRC the Dodge vans are also unibody instead of body-on-frame.

Old video, but still totally awesome.

JohnRW1621
JohnRW1621 MegaDork
10/20/15 7:34 p.m.

The Astro was very popular in Japan. It is rumored that the first Scion xB shape was modeled by the Astro.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
10/20/15 8:49 p.m.

We've been freaking on Dajibans for a while here.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/20/15 9:42 p.m.
Appleseed wrote: We've been freaking on Dajibans for a while here.

Yep. That's why we posted the video.

ebonyandivory
ebonyandivory UltraDork
10/21/15 5:26 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote:
Appleseed wrote: We've been freaking on Dajibans for a while here.

Yep. That's why we posted the video.

Not only that but it's kinda the epitome of this entire GRM site isn't it?

edizzle89
edizzle89 HalfDork
10/21/15 9:43 a.m.

im just waiting to see when the first dodge van will enter the challenge

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