As some of you may know, the day before yesterday being the 7th day of the 7th month, was RX-7 day! I knew that there was going to be a big meeting at Daikoku Futou parking area, so I waited until the peak hour traffic and torrential rain died down before getting out onto the Shutokou and Wangan to head down to Yokohama.
Unfortunately, right when I was around Haneda Airport, I saw that dreaded information sign. “Daikoku Futou Parking Area is Closed”.
Seriously, the last two or three times I’ve headed down to Daikoku, they’ve shut it down at about nine’o'clock, before I even get there. Usually, it’s because of the kyushakai and kids on bikes that we all know and love making too much noise and generally being annoying to the police. That was usually on a weekend though, but since it was a weekday and I was earlier than the usual closing time, I figured it should be OK, even if they did close it.
I made a quick phonecall to Dino Dalle Carbonare, who was also covering the event for Speedhunters. He didn’t answer, but I figured that everyone would probably head out to the Umihotaru parking area in the middle of Tokyo Bay. I didn’t want to waste the three thousand yen toll (that’s $38 Aussie and $33 US) going there if nobody else was though, so I slowed down behind a truck and called Dino a couple of more times.
I got through to him literally as I was passing the off-ramp to Umihotaru, and just barely made it on. It turns out that so many cars showed up to Daikoku that they were blocking the on-ramps and causing trouble for the truckers and bus drivers who are the usual attendees of expressway parking areas, so the police kicked them all out. A few minutes later, I was at Umihotaru, which was only populated with a few dozen groups of people out on a night drive. They had no idea what was soon to decend upon them.
I thought I’d put these pictures up here first, because they’re probably the best-looking ones I took. The Zimax cars all looked great and completely at home on the Wangan.
Insert the standard “if I had an RX-7, this is how it would look” comment here.
If I did have one though, it would probably look all haggard like this one. I heard this particular one likes to do endurance races at Ebisu Circuit.
I’m trying really hard to write a caption that doesn’t mention Batman. I wasn’t able to though.
I was hoping there’d be some drifters there. These guys are from Tochigi, and I regularly see them at Nikko Circuit events. They were surprised as hell to see me there!
Actually, if I had an RX-7, it would probably look like this.
Drift alignment isn’t great for long-distance highway travelling, is it?
Kenji, the guy with the BN Sports RX-8 nose conversion, brought his RC Drift Samurai replica to play with in the parking lot.
Here’s Russ from every FD maniac’s favourite blog, RE Extreme.
Russ is currently without a real RX-7, so he brought along an RC version too.
Sorry for knocking out the steering rod or whatever I broke on it Russ!
RX-7s kept slowly pouring in.
After one particular car parked, a big crowd formed around it. Who had arrived?
It was Nomuken with the Video Option crew.
He did the usual “walk around, look at interesting cars and make fun of people” thing.
Speaking of interesting, that’s an interesting spoiler wrap.
The same car had this on the front. Swarovski-jewelled parking light, which they’d call “deko pojishon” or “decorated position lights”.
The Tamon car was there too.
My first car was an SA22C like this one, but in factory powder blue. I might mention that the entire car park started to have that particular rotary smell by this point.
Isami Amemiya showed up in the RE Amemiya demo car, but he wasn’t too interested in hanging around for the crowd.
Erm, Ferrari? Full points for effort, if anything.
OK, that’s all I have! I’m really starting to think a video camera would be more useful than a still camera at these sorts of things.