Team A Bo Moon is a legendary drift team born from the Hiroshima region of Japan and most known for their signature Nissan Skylines. We introduced the team to our readers in 2014, when we learned their strict requirements for make and model (four-door R32s only!), ride height (super low), tire selection (specific widths), and color (always blue!). Needless to say, it's a pretty exclusive club, and we wondered just what it would take to become a member. Thankfully, we were able to spend some time with their newest member, Seiichiro Toyama, to answer that question.
Now in his late forties, Seiichiro has been in the scene ever since he got his driver's license almost 30 years ago. When he started messing with cars, A Bo Moon didn't exist yet. It wasn't until about 16 years ago that he would meet the leader of what was considered a junior team at the time, Akinobu Satsukawa. Almost 10 years after first meeting Akinobu, Seiichiro purchased his own Skyline sedan, while A Bo Moon continued to gain recognition and respect around the drift world.
Seiichi admired A Bo Moon from afar and had no intention of joining the team. He just wanted something simple that he could build and enjoy drifting. Four-door R32 Skylines were affordable and plentiful at the time, and his modifications weren't groundbreaking, but they were just enough to get the job done. He upgraded to a larger turbo, changed the differential, and lowered it to a manageable street ride height. He participated at several local drift events and didn't mind riding solo. The idea of joining a team never crossed his mind, but that would soon change.
In 2017, Seiichiro received what he refers to as the "love call." Prior to this call, Akinobu received an invitation to take part in the first U.S.-bred Final Bout event to be held in Japan. Coincidentally, it would go down at their home circuit of Motorland Mikawa in Aichi Prefecture. Akinobu was looking to put on a grand performance but felt he needed some new blood thrown into the mix. He decided to recruit a new member, and it needed to be someone who already knew how to drive the way of A Bo Moon. Seiichiro was the perfect fit.
There were a few things, though, that had to be done to Seiichiro's R32 in order to bring it up to the team's standards. For example: Paint the car blue, lower it a bit more, and swap out the tires. Seiichiro also had some artistic freedom to put his unique twist on things to make his R32 stand apart from his teammates. One of those things was the purplish-blue mica, with plenty of diamond flake. In a group of cars fighting for attention with colorful graphics, it is the reserved presentation of Seiichiro's exterior that singles him out in a very good way. The lack of vinyl fully exposes the clean lines that start at the pulled front fenders and move to the expertly widened rear fenders. When opening the rear doors, the fenderwells look as if they were originally stamped out at the factory that way. The rest of the body lines are kept modest, with modified Aeromaster bumpers and side skirts meant for early-model-year S14s. The stickers Seiichiro does rock on his car follow the long tradition of trading with members of various drift teams.
Although the exterior is something to marvel at, the interior won't be winning any awards soon. But what it lacks in refinement, it makes up for with plenty of character. From the worn Bride Zeta driver seat to the corrugated plastic door panels, everything says this car has been through some battles.
After knowing team leader Akinobu for 16 years and owning an R32 Skyline for 7, Seiichiro is now part of the A Bo Moon family. Akinobu describes him as a "cheerful, responsible idiot," which always brings about a good laugh. However, being a member does come with challenges, such as the low ride height, which, according to Seiichiro, requires constant attention to the underbody and suspension. But he concludes that it's definitely worth it, and every time he gets to drift with his other team members, he's living life how he always wanted.