「Legend of RE Amemiya: The Rotary Sound That Cuts Through the Night」Into the Mind of “Ame-san”
RE Amemiya has always been at the top of street tuning
Passion for rotary is the driving force for everything
From Tomei highway runs to Aoyama street drag racing to the Wangan, the presense of “Ame-san” is indispensable when talking about the legendary days of street tuners.The top tuner and representative of RE Amemiya has always been passionate about speed. Despite being a driver for RE Amemiya participating in Super GT Championship races, he always maintains “My origins are on the street”. One might venture to say that “Ame-san” was not on a legendary stage but became a legend when a lot of serious racers began to gather around him.
“No matter how you wanna say it, I became part of the runaway street racing gangs so I had to run myself. I didn’t want to lose both in speed or appearance, I had to have both. When I heard someone fast was running, I went to run there too. It wasn’t just a weekend thing either, I was driving every night back then. I was driving all night, working all day and then back on the streets again as soon as my work was done” says Ame-san. He told us he was even out running before this interview. Though he talks of “Back in the day…” stories, he still has the same spirit today.
Ame-san’s recent companion is the “Boosted 7”. Peak power is about 380ps with genuine turbo boost-up specification, but RE Amemiya’s know-how has been polished over a long time since the debut of the FD3S. The sharpness of accelration in mid-range and ultra-high speed cornering are unique to Amemiya’s machines. “Even genuine turbos won’t lose with this tuning” he says.
Speaking of the Wangan, peak activity on any weekend in the 90’s had cars packed into the parking lot of a certain restaurant in Makuhari, Chiba. More than 100 cars idled in this area at midnight waiting to jump on the expressway. RE Amemiya’s “Greddy” series of machines always sat front and center.
When early morning came, all tuners rushed onto the Wangan with Ame-san at the front. A full-on battle ensued along the highway all the way up to the newly opened Bay Bridge.
“It was often said how fast RE Amemiya was but there was definitely a limit to how much power we could get out of a rotary. There were quite a few cars that were faster than ours. High speed took importance over the ability to corner at 200km/hr, accelerate from 250-270km/h or slalom at speed. Apart from cars built and set up for Yatabe high speed trials, my cars were limited at top speeds. Some built cars solely for top speeds and I couldn’t keep up at that limit.”
After many years he still runs the highway and drops into that old meeting spot from back in the day. At that time he still thinks street tuning is the best. Ame-san, the top runner from the early days of tuning is still a hardcore active street runner.
●Special Thanks：RE Amemiya 439-10 Nanae, Tomisato City, Chiba Prefecture TEL：0476-90-0007