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    A sad say for tuning community

    I found out today that we have lost an OG of the tuning community.

    RIP Junichi Tanaka founder of Jun Auto

    I have known Mr J Tanaka over the years with questions and dealings.

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    RIP. Loved your camshafts, Junichi...

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    RIP Mr. J

    Jun was right there at the top of the list with some of the most highly engineered products ever made for the Supra.
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    OS Giken triple clutch & Super Lock LSD, Racelogic TC, TRD gen2 catback
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    RIP, I remember being inspired by the JUN supra in my youth.

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    RIP, Tanaka-sama. I loved your parts! JUN always had a reputation for some of the finest and most precisely fabricated components that money could buy.
    JUN were also early adopters of stroking out a 2JZ, offering the very first 3.2L stroker kit circa 1998-99.

    Some OG JUN Supra inspiration:





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    And let's not forget the 424.xxx kph (262 mph) JUN JZA80 Bonneville car with twin T-78s. RIP, Junichi, one of the best ever, for sure.


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    ^^Thanks for those pics. Exactly what I was looking for. I am almost positive that same car went 262 mph. If it wasn't at Bonneville, then, likely, it was in New Zealand. I almost always fail at searching, but I'll see what I can come up with and validate, or disprove, my recollection from my foggy memory.


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    So, it occurred to me my recollection might have come from one of my HYPERREV magazines but the problem is I do not read Japanese. Pages 56 and 57 of HYPERREV Vol. 70 (Supra No. 3) has an absolutely fantastic pic of the JUN Akira Supra at Bonneville. As best I can tell, and this is completely open to interpretation, the "title" to these two pages states, Over 261....(with the rest in Japanese. A caption on page 56 references the 424 kph which I believe is attributable to the Jun Akira Supra, but I am not positive. The caption also references the JUN Z32 TT and, then, there is a reference to 401.20 which appears to refer to the Z32 but I'm basing that on the pic of the Bonneville plaque of 248.760 mph which would have just edged out the Z32's speed of 248.744 mph. If anybody has this volume of HYPERREV, and reads Japanese, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    In thinking about this more, it may be that the 424 kph run came before Bonneville. I seem to recall (could be wrong) the Supra was supposed to shatter the Z32's record at Bonneville because it had already gone 14 mph faster. That said, if true, the JUN team fought less than optimum conditions at Bonneville. As I recall, JUN put 7.5-inch wide wheels on the back of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency, but lots of wheel spin spoiled a run that some anticipated (including yours truly) that would approach 300 mph. We know this did not happen, but it takes nothing away from Junichi's incredible effort. Wendover is notorious for iffy weather (ambient) and so-so salt conditions that militate against lights out terminal velocity runs.

    Any additional input is enthusiastically welcomed.


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    Heard about this last night, few names in the tuning world hold the same level of reverence in my eyes.

    Jeff, that yellow JUN Supra coming around the final turn at Tsukuba full drift attack mode... love it. Hadn't seen that video in years, but it is still very impressive. Also not bad at all, a 1:01 around that track, on tires of that vintage. You could tell it was fighting for grip all over the place.

    Ken, JUN has a lengthy history of land speed racing in the US, as you're aware. My memory suggests that it was indeed the Z32 that ran to 262.xxx mph at Bonneville sometime in the 90's. That very car sold at auction last year for a surprisingly reasonable price. It had been tuned more for street at some point, but was still a very well built car all the same.

    A quick search for Bonneville records shows that JUN holds two spots, one in BGMS at 260.809 in 1991, and another in BGCC at 233.217 in 1997, with a Skyline. Unfortunately the page I found doesn't specify what car the BGMS run was in.
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    That's indeed some crazy news. I literally emailed with Junichi a week before he passed away.

    Good news is that JUN AUTO will stay in business as always, Toshiyuki is taking over.

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    A legend and a pioneer. Was good having you here

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