Japan - The Alternate Universe

While sportscar racing in Europe and America was in its 1960's heydey, there was also an interesting (if isolated) scene in Japan. Many of the major Asian manucaturers created their own prototypes, and while they only raced locally there was some real innovation.

1963

The main event of the first Japan GP at Suzuka was a mix of older European GT's and sportscars. There was a support touring car race featuring local cars and drivers.

Japan 1963

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

GP Japan - Suzuka
1Lotus 23
Peter Warr
2
Spark
KBS019
3Lotus 23
Arthur Owen
3
Spark
KBS020
4Ferrari 250 GT SWB
Pierre Dumay
12
Bang
7328
8Jaguar D-Type
Francis Francis
1
Spark
(Japan Special Edition)
SJ017

1964

Japan 1964

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

GP Japan - Suzuka
1Porsche 904
Shikiba Soukichi
1
GT-II
Ebbro
43725
TestPrince Skyline41
GT-II
Ebbro
44240
TestPrince Skyline39
GT-II
Ebbro
44239

1967

Japan 1967

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Fuji - GP Japan
1Porsche 906
Tetsu Ikuzawa
8
Ebbro
5Porsche 906
Shintarou Taki
6
Ebbro
8Porsche 906
Tadashi Sakai
7
Ebbro
TestHino Samurai
(Designed by Pete Brock, creator of the Shelby Cobra Daytona)
3
Ebbro

1969

The Japanese movement hit its zenith in 1969, with a fantastic GP featuring an amazing array of purpose-built cars.

Japan 1969

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

GP Japan
1Nissan R382 21
Ebbro
 
2Nissan R382 20
Ebbro
 
3Toyota 7 3
Ebbro
 
4Toyota 7 7
Ebbro
 
5Toyota 7 2
Ebbro
 
6Porsche 917
Jo Siffert
David Piper
14
Ebbro
43748
7Porsche 908 17
Ebbro
 
9Lotus 47 46
Ebbro
 
10Nissan R382 23
Ebbro
 
DNFToyota 7 5
Ebbro
 
DNFToyota 7 6
Ebbro
 
Japan Can-Am

1970

Japan 1970

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Fuji (Demonstration)
N/CToyota 7 (Twin-Turbo)
Minoru Kawai
(Red)
Q-Model
QMC-007

1971 Fuji Grand Champion Series

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Porsche 908/2
Hiroshi Kazato
88
Best
9331

1972 Fuji Grand Champion Series

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

0Lola T280
Noritake Takahara
3
TrueScale
TSM114340

1973 Fuji Grand Champion Series

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

0Lola T280
Noritake Takahara
3
TrueScale
TSM114341