Walking from the parking lot up to the pit area in the rain after just paying a rather hefty entry fee made us doubt the effort we made to get all the way to Fuji Speedway so early in the morning.
Walking into the first pit display put aside all those doubts.
Biasion & Sivero’s twincharged Group B Lancia Delta S4. Not a bad start to the day.
No velvet ropes surrounding the cars meant upskirt shots were easy to take.
I think this BMW M1 was just brought along as a static display.
It would have been good to see it actually run though.
That’s a remarkably spacious interior.
OK, now we’re talking. 1977 John Player Lotus.
Gold on black never looked so good.
Cars back then really did have all their guts out on display.
Used and abused.
Those wheels would look good on anything.
One for the dish freaks.
Racetech Design still make gauges like this today. Might be a good option for someone who’s looking for something a bit different in their road car.
There was not one…
…but two 1989 Camel Lotus cars there as well.
The wheel, sliced bread and gaffer tape. Mankind’s greatest achievements.
You could spot those bellmouths from across the room.
I get the feeling that they don’t have too much confusion with chassis numbers in the spare parts department at Lola.
Yeah, we all said “Oooh!” as wel.
Obey the Mugen.
Bugger the conditions, I’m talking the car out for a spin.
The Porsche part of the day’s schedule was the Rennsport Cup run.
At least he was able to drive it back to the pits.
A neat Ford Corti…I mean BMW 1600.
The Lotus Europa is remarkably popular in Japan.
There was also the SMS Challenge Cup, which consisted only of Ford Mustangs.
This Saleen, sadly, stayed safely under cover for the whole day.
This desert-spec Humvee just goes to show that the parking lots at events like this are often just as interesting as the event itself.
Next time: Japanese cars at the Time Machine Festival!