Roulettezoku: Inside The World of Japan’s Loop Racers

Car Culture 19 November 18, 2018 by

Nearly every night on the highways around Tokyo, racers set off to prove themselves. With incredibly powerful cars and a sort of reverence to street racing, it’s pretty fascinating. It’s still quite an underground aspect to Japanese car culture, but, thanks to YouTuber Aldo Agunday, we’re getting a better look at it.

For those who don’t know Agunday, he’s a YouTube documentary maker who focuses in on Japanese car culture. He touches on everything from street racing to drifting to touge. It’s a must-watch channel for anyone interested in cars from the Land of the Rising Sun.

One of Agunday’s videos was recently brought to our attention by forum user Islaygaz. In the video, Agunday takes to the C1 Loop around Tokyo in search of the Roulettezoku, or street racing tribes.

Throughout the film, Agunday and his crew explore various parking areas around the Loop. They even score an interview with Roulettezoku member from No Good Racing in the process.

It’s all a bit of a flashback to video games like Tokyo Xtreme Racer from 1999. It also captures the essence of Gran Turismo tracks like Tokyo Expressway, Clubman Stage Route 5, and the Special Stage Routes too.

Along with showcasing the Roulettezoku and Japanese street racing scene, it’s also a pitch. Agunday’s grand plan with it is for the Discovery Channel to pick it up as a full-length documentary. If picked up, Agunday then wants to dive head first into all things car culture related.

We sincerely hope he manages to pull it off too. Much of the Western world’s exposure to Japanese car culture comes from video games, anime, and films like The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift. A real, authentic look into the scenes would certainly be worth watching.

If you want to check out Inside The High Stakes World Of Tokyo’s Loop Racers – The Roulettezoku, we’ve included it below. With over 900,000 views it’s off to a good start!

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