Event>>back To Tsukuba For The Idlers Games

When I was living in Japan, Tsukuba Circuit became a bit of a second home for me. It was close by, and featured some of the best car action in the world – paradise for a car crazed dude like myself. Of all the events I've been to at Tsukuba, few have left a bigger impression on me than the Idlers Club races. Idlers is where the internet legend of the Rauh Welt was born and is where you'll find the very best in Japanese automotive culture. When I found out there was going to be an Idlers event during my visit to Japan this month, it was tough to hold back the excitement.

After a quick stop by Seven Eleven for some breakfast, it was off to Tsukuba Circuit for the second Idlers Club sprint race of the season.

I'm pretty sure I've taken this exact photo at all the Idlers events I've been to. It's pretty hard to resist when there's such a high quality assortment of machinery piled into the paddock.

There have been a few changes to the event format since the last time I've been to one of these. There's now an all-AE86 trophy race that's been added to the festivities. It was a bit like an N2 race except that the cars were slightly more street-oriented.

It was nice being able to see the flat black RWB Porsche 993 in the flesh. It looked even better than it does in photos, especially as it ran alongside Nakai-san's matching 930 during the Super Cup session.

The Euro Class was dominated by BMW M3's, including this white E30 fitted with a matching set of TE37's. This is what you get when you combine one of the most loved German cars of all time with one of the most loved Japanese wheels of all time…

Besides the Hachiroku race, the GT Fighters class provided a nice sampling of tuned domestic cars. I can't think of too many other places where you can see an R34 GT-R battle wheel to wheel with cars like a KP61 Starlet or an EG6 Civic.

The variety of cars at in Idlers event is quite staggering. There's literally something for everyone.

The "RWB-look" may be defined by satin paint and wheels, but this 930 shows that it also looks great with a bit of shine to it.

Vintage cars also played a big role in the event. Here we a humble little B110 Nissan Sunny being chased by a pack of imported machines during a mixed makes race.

In keeping our monthly theme there were a few exotics taking part in the action, including this Ferrari Dino 308GT4.

You know those moments when you look at your surroundings and think "there's no place in the world I'd rather be"? Watching the Porsche field roll out onto the track yesterday was one of those moments.

This 964 was another of the many cars repping RWB yesterday. Never before has a pink car looked so terrifying…

A glance into the cockpit of this '66 Honda S800 roadster brings upon the sudden urge for some motoring.

An E36 M3 blasting down the front straight in the afternoon under darkening skies. In Japan this time of year, the threat of a big rain storm is never far off.

The striking looks of this track-ready Alfa Romeo GTA are enhanced with a set of TE37's. It's tough not to become an Alfa fan after being exposed to all the badass examples in Japan.

As its name suggests, the GT-K class was for kei cars like this fully-tuned Suzuki Cappuccino. It was quite a sight to see this car out there amongst the classic Minis and Volkswagens.

The RWB "Tommy" 993 rolls into the paddock following its final track session of the day.

Remember when I mentioned the threatening skies earlier? Well, late in the afternoon they opened up with a heavy downpour and some incredible thunder. The Porsches continued to the race in the rain, but eventually it got so heavy that the race had to be finished behind the safety car. You just gotta salute the owners that took their valuable cars out and hammered them during the rainstorm – especially since older Porsches are known to be handful to drive even in normal conditions.

As quickly as it started, the big storm passed – just in time for the Super Cup racers to take to the track. The combination of the high powered machines and wet track was a dangerous, yet exciting one.

Yep, just another fantastic day in Japan.

I'll be back soon with much more from the Tsukuba Idlers Games.

-Mike Garrett



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Oh Mike, Dino is great, but I really missed your coverage of cars in Japan! There isn't a shot in this post that I don't like, apart from the Beemer one, because I don't like the car :D Anyways, great to be "home" huh?


Awesome coverage!


What's that yellow car at the rear of the pack in the pic with the B110 Sunny?


great coverage!! any more pics/info on the 510 hiding behind the bug-eye wrx in the black & white photo?


any more pics of the flat black Rauh-welt AE86 in pic 3? so sexy!!!!


I'm going to Japan on tuesday (tokyo) are there any awesome events in or around tokyo that I can attend like this one? Please help a brotha out :D


Great cars, event, pictures and coverage, you really make these events get to life. I'd love to see the last picture in high res.


@Mr. Moons: It's a Ginetta G15 :)


Its not a GTA. Its a GTV 1750.


omg. desktop of the Rauh-Welt AE86 please!!!


Please oh please more pictures of that Rauh-Welt flatblack Levin! It looks dope! I wonder if its the same red car we see last year?


Damn it! Posts like these make me want a 993 of 964 so much! Aircooled thunder in classic package...


.."Hello? Is this Rauh Welt? Yes, I'd like you to have a go at my classic Cooper S..."


Hey Mike, what kind of persons are the owners of these machines? industrial tycons? or just liberal professionals , like doctors and lawyers? Are these events like horse races? full of rising noses as you pass by?

Please, make a profile on the kids that work at factories and gas stations just to fill up the tank of some street built Q's s14, you know, that sort of gear heads that NomuKen usted to find going from prefecture to prefecture on that series of videos


This surely must have been awesome day!!! Love the 993 in B&W .. :-O


Can you show more pics about thenew Rauh Welst monster?

But are very cool pics a fucking love Japan.


I totally built that exact6 E30 in Forza 2.


Oh my god. This post just blew me away... there's too much dope on this page to be contained in just one post! Nice job Mike. One day I will shoot a Rauh Welt car.... one day!


heyhey, did that TVR behind the Dino see any track-action?


How about the TVR in the pic with the Dino?? Those cars are sick.


Classic Mike Garrett blog post! AWESOME!


you are my hero sir. doubly so if you can post a desktop of the red #79 930


that car is s o o o o o o o o n i i i i i i i c e


More pics of the AE86's please!!! In love with the black matte levin, the combo of colors, stance and wheels is just phenomenal. Thanks for this Mike ;)