Super Surprise: TOP SECRET

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

A visit to TOP SECRET wasn’t planned so it was a huge and pleasant surprise when I saw it along the way to the strawberry farm and asked to stop by.


If you didn’t know by now, TOP SECRET Performance Engineering is a Japanese car tuning company located in Chiba, Japan and is known for its GOLD trademark colour for its cars.


The boss Kazuhiko ‘Smoky’ Nagata has been tuning and creating performance vehicles since the mid nineties. Initially his cars were green but apparently he was inspired by the Olympics gold medal and changed to gold instead.

His story is really interesting. He made a reputation for himself by repeatedly going behind bars for excessive speeding. He would tune and build monster cars and then take it onto the highways or public roads and whack 340km/h out of them. Unusual publicity stint but works well for both business and pleasure (his need for speed).

See the Supra on the left with the numbers “400″ on the bonnet? This is the V12 twin turbo 1,000bhp car that Smoky hit over 400km/h with at a top speed challenge. OMG how does one even dare to go at 400km/h?! He not only got arrested for speeding in Japan, but also in the UK and in the US. That’s called global marketing. ;)

I saw many gold cars inside the garage and also in the parking bay, a pity the row in front of the garage aren’t all in GOLD! My favourite is this:

Heh, couldn’t help taking many photos with it because it’s just so SICK! I wished I could spend more time there examining each car and talking more to Smoky; unfortunately I had my appointment with the strawberry farm and I had to go. :( At least I breathed the same air as these monstrously sick gold cars!

Cheryl Tay

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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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