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EVENT REPORT23rd BRADLEY CUP CHALLENGE
2021 LANDCRUISER TRAINING MEETING

The 23rd "BRADLEY CUP" was held in the 70th anniversary year of the Land Cruiser.

4×4 Engineering Service's wheel brand for four-wheel drive, "BRADLEY". The 23rd round of the "Bradley Cup", a trial competition named after the brand, was held on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

The event is open to Toyota Jeeps, Land Cruisers (including Prado), and FJ Cruisers. This event attracts a large number of users, especially for Land Cruisers, regardless of year or model.

Last year, there were many applications, but unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19. "For the first time in two years, a total of 44 people from all over Japan gathered in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, the birthplace of the Runcicle, to enjoy trial competitions at the "Sanage Adventure Field," which is called the "sacred ground for Runcicle enthusiasts.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of the Land Cruiser. There are also rumors that the Land Cruiser will be getting a full model change soon, so things are looking even more exciting. This is a report on this festival for Land Cruiser lovers by Land Cruiser lovers.

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On a muddy off-road course, 44 cars put on a hot show!

In this trial competition, the riders compete to see how well they can clear the sections within the time limit without losing points. Points are deducted if the vehicle touches the course tape, markers, or poles, backs up, or gets stuck and stops for more than five seconds as the riders pass through the markers set on rough roads such as rocky roads and moguls. Clearing a section without any point deductions is called "clean," and the person with the fewest total negative points in all sections becomes the winner.

However, although it is a competition, as the sub-name "Land Cruiser Training Meeting" implies, the purpose of the meeting is to improve driving skills. For this reason, the numbers are arranged in order of performance for those who have participated in the past. By observing the driving skills of the better drivers and exchanging information with other participants before and after the race, you can use this information as a reference when driving yourself.

This time, it rained almost the entire day. The mud that flowed down from the tires on the muddy course made the rocky roads slippery. It was a day where the skills of the users were reflected in the results.

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The ranking will be determined by the total number of points deducted from the four sections (two sections each in the morning and afternoon), the time, and the overall result of the SS time.
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The difficulty level can be adjusted by the driver himself by selecting a route that matches the characteristics of the vehicle.
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The muddy mogul course conditions are a great opportunity to see what the Runkle is capable of!
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The interesting thing about trial competition is that newer vehicles do not always have an advantage.
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The goal of this event is to make people fall in love with the Land Cruiser even more by experiencing its ability to handle rough roads, even rocky roads lined with large rocks.

Land Cruiser enthusiasts of all ages and from all over Japan gathered for this event.

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Shohei Kubota / K-BJ44V modified (1982)

Mr. Kubota, who lives in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, came from the farthest distance to participate in the event. When he participated in the Bradley Cup for the first time three years ago, he was clean in all sections, top in all section times, and top in SS times, but due to the regulations favoring 80s, he regrettably finished second. This time, he was looking for revenge, but unfortunately he came in 3rd.

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Kiyoko Yuasa / U-PZJ77V (1993)

The reason why he got hooked on the Land Cruiser was when he went to watch a trial and glacier competition and became friends with people who worked at Toyota Motor Corporation. Many of the people who live in Toyota City work for Toyota Motor Corporation, and he was impressed by their strong love for their hometown. Currently, he owns three cars: a 40 series, a 60 series, and a 70 series. "He said, "I like the 40 best because it has two sides: cute and strong! He told us.

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Shotaro Nomura / S-PZJ70V (1992)

Mr. Nomura's birthday was June 14, 1992, and his car was registered the next day, June 15, 1992. I didn't get it by accident," he says. It was just a coincidence, but now I feel like it was fate," says Nomura. She is also a Runcicle rider and participated in this event with her friends. The love connected by a Runcicle is wonderful.

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Fuma Sakaguchi / K-BJ41V (1988)

Nineteen-year-old Mr. Sakaguchi was the youngest participant in this event. He got his driver's license when he was 18 years old, but it was in the fourth grade when he started driving at the J.club off-road course (Aso City, Kumamoto Prefecture) run by his father, Sumio. Since then, he has been improving his driving skills mainly on off-road courses. This time, he finished the race in spite of a broken power steering pump.


Land Cruiser enthusiasts gathered from as far north as Sapporo and Iwamizawa in Hokkaido, and as far south as Nakatsu City and Hita City in Oita Prefecture and Aso City in Kumamoto Prefecture.

The oldest was Mr. Shinji Shikuma (66 years old), born in 1954, and the youngest was Mr. Fuma Sakaguchi (19 years old), born in 2002. Most of the entrants were male, but two female entrants also participated. The cars ranged in age from a 1980 Series 40 (K-BJ41V) to a 2017 Prado (TRJ150).

The appeal of this event is that regardless of age, gender, or vehicle, people can interact with each other using the common word "Land Cruiser" as a point of contact.

"Boss Terada" who has been involved in the management of the event since the beginning, warmly watched over the event.

Masahiro Terada (74 years old) is the "living legend" of the Bradley Cup and the Land Cruiser.

The number of participants in the Land Cruiser trial competition, which started with just two or three people including Mr. Terada, increased every year, and at its peak, the event attracted more than 120 vehicles. "At the request of "Boss Terada," who wanted to make the event even more exciting, 4×4 Engineering Service became a sponsor of the event, using the name of the BRADLEY wheels that were currently on sale, which led to the current Bradley Cup.

Once again, the boss was watching over everyone with a warm gaze. "It was impressive to see him say, "I still want to participate when I see them running so happily.

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Boss Terada laughs, "I'm the one who created the Land Cruiser boom!"

Display of the new wheels of the sponsor "BRADLEY

In February 2021, the new addition to the BRADLEY lineup, the BRADLEY FORGED TAKUMI, was displayed and attracted the attention of participants and galleries.

This is the first forged wheel from the eternal classic "Bradley" line, and it is a top-of-the-line model with an unprecedented level of lightness and toughness. The new wheels are thoroughly focused on rough road driving, with anti-bead slip processing.

The fact that these wheels, which are perfect for a full-scale trial competition like the BRADLEY CUP, were created is proof that the members of 4×4 Engineering Service are as much four-wheel drive enthusiasts as the participants of this event. We hope you can see for yourself the high level of perfection of these wheels.

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It was a local enthusiast from Toyota City who conquered the difficult conditions to win the tournament.

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Yasuyuki Miyagawa, who consistently scored few points from section 1 to section 4, was the winner this time. He said, "I won because it was raining all day. While everyone else was slipping and having a hard time, I happened to choose the right line and was able to clean without slipping at all.
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The trophy presented to the winner, Mr. Miyagawa, was made by Boss Terada. This kind of warmth can only come from this event. And the first prize was 100,000 yen!
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The annual rock-paper-scissors tournament was also held. In addition to prizes donated by sponsors, participants also brought in local sake and other specialties from around the country.

The chairman of the convention committee is the guy who makes the Land Cruiser at Toyota Motor Corporation.

Mr. Kazuyuki Ueno, who works for Toyota Motor Corporation and is involved in the development of the Runkwheel, was the chairman of the convention committee.

"The course was designed with the expectation that all participants would be able to complete it, but since there were many first-time participants this time and bad weather was expected, the course design was more difficult than usual. We were relieved when everyone, from beginners to experienced runners, said, "It was fun! I am relieved to hear that everyone, from beginners to experienced participants, had a great time. The 23rd Bradley Cup came to a successful conclusion with the conclusion, "It was great that the stormy weather allowed us to experience the fun of the Land Cruiser even more.

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"This year is the 70th anniversary of the Land Cruiser. As a Toyota employee, I think I was able to give back to all the enthusiasts," concludes Mr. Ueno.

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Visitors and their cars

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    Mr. Masaki

    I heard about the Bradley Cup a few years ago and came to visit since it is close to my house. My car is a mid-size Prado 150 with a FABTECH suspension. I would like to participate in the Bradley Cup, but I'm still getting used to my car, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to.

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    Mr.Sakai

    I came to observe the Bradley Cup because someone I know was participating, but I didn't want to hurt my car so I didn't participate. I've been driving a 40 Land Cruiser for 13 years now. I'm planning to restore it this year, but I've moved to an area where I can register this car due to emission regulations. In addition to this, I also have a Land Cruiser 76.

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    Mr.YONDABURUDHI

    My friend is entering the race, so I came to support him today. My Land Cruiser 80 is equipped with 4x4 Engineering's country suspension and steering damper. I've also added the bumpers myself, and I'm doing some 4WD related information on Youtube. Please subscribe to my channel.