popular Illegal Street racing group in Japanese Sub culture, consisted
of truly elite racers not ricers
. Entry into the club
required a car with a minimum speed of 155 mph as race speeds often exceeded 215mph. Apprenticeship for 1 year was mandatory before becoming
member. Safety was highy stressed in the Mid Night Club
who showed recklessness and posed
a danger would have their membership revoked. Races were carried out on the Bayshore
Route of the Shuto Expressway between Tokyo and Yokohama. Quality of the drivers
made it nearly impossible to be caught by police.
Membership cars were often very heavily modified, producing up to 600 BHP. As club policy
inquiry into how its racers could easily afford such high priced modifications was prohibited.
The group permanently
disbanded in 1999, when a fatal
while racing a group of bikers. Several
were hospitalised and a person was killed. As club policy
, if such a thing happened
they would end the club
The Rockstar racing
series Midnight Club
is based on these actual
racers, the two Kanji letters in Midnight Club
translate to Wangan, meaning Bayshore, the route
raced by the drivers.