Video: Japanese Imports Run Wild In “Idiotkhana”

Every once in a while, YouTube shows you something incredible and one-of-a-kind. That’s what happened this week when we watched Dylan Pfohl’s “Idiotkhana.”

The stars of the show are Dylan’s 1997 Mazda Miata and 1993 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL. These Japanese import cars are more often seen in autocross and drifting competitions. Yet they make for insane off-roading machines in Dylan’s capable hands. It helps that they’re reminiscent of Gambler 500 builds, what with the Miata’s “aggressive oil leak” and the 3000GT’s “toasted motor mounts”! It shows that if you have the guts to bash these cars and the skill to keep them under control, you can have a ton of fun.

Dylan Pfohl rallies his '97 Miata and '93 3000GT to the edge of control in Idiotkhana.

We spoke with Dylan to hear more about his builds and what went into shooting Idiotkhana. “My main inspiration is the Gymkhana series,” he said. “I’ve always been a fan and I got the idea to do my own version back in June.”

As a Colorado resident, Dylan took full advantage of his state’s beautiful wilderness for the shoot. “I used the trails near Central City and drove both vehicles,” he said. “I met the drone pilots, Kyle Fisher and Trapper John, and we figured out a game plan to make it work. Basically, they had to listen for my loud exhaust coming around the corner and go after it!”

Idiotkhana shows Dylan driving his insane imports through dusty Colorado trails.

Despite rolling hills and massive trees affecting the drone pilots’ reception, a lot of the footage came out looking spectacular. “Luckily, both Kyle and John built their drones to take a beating,” said Dylan. “They survived multiple tree and ground impacts.” Other issues involving passerby, the 3000GT’s busted door handle and e-brake, and even a herd of cattle affected production. But the guys still managed to pull off some amazing shots.

Our favorites are scenes are the Miata catching air off of the whoops and the 3000GT going pedal to the metal in the tunnel. What are yours? Let us know in the comments below!

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David Chick

David Chick comes to us ready for adventure. With passions that span clean and fast Corvettes all the way to down and dirty off-road vehicles (just ask him about his dream Jurassic Park Explorer), David's eclectic tastes lend well to his multiple automotive writing passions.
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