I don't think I've ever had to shoot so quickly at a meet like I did at the 7's Day in Daikoku last week. With the Police making it very obvious that they wanted everyone out as soon as possible, people began to leave pretty quickly once a couple of patrol cars began driving around the parking area. With the rumble of rotary engines being floored on the spiraling exit roads that bring you up onto the Wangan…
…I started to run around, trying my best to immortalize as many cars as possible, like this very nice line up of FCs.
I asked around and it seemed, that like in previous years, the meet would move on to the Umihotaru PA on the Aqua Line. Once cars began to take off more and more followed by the minute, probably not wanting to risk getting left without a decent parking spot at the next venue.
And so the cars continued to flow out.
I ran across this pair of R-Magic customer cars every year, probably some of the most colorful at the event…
…after the itasha-ed RE-Amemiya FDs of course!
You can always spot a Veilside-kitted ride a mile away, this FD wasn't as extreme as the Fortune models that were used in the Fast & Furious movie but it's still an attention grabber.
Yep, more FC goodness…
…as well as a very cool 13B-powered sedan. Can anyone guess what that is?
Looking at the long history of rotary powered cars that Mazda has produced over the years, I just can't help but wonder how it will all continue in the future. Mazda is currently developing the next generation of Wankel engines, said to be a 1.6L all new twin-rotor unit, but it's still unclear what car it will power and when exactly it will be released. Let's hope they don't forget to slap a couple of turbochargers along with it this time round!
The variations of styles, colors, bodykits, wheels and fitment in the world of rotaries really boggle the mind. I'm sure most people will remember this BN Sports FD with RX-8 front end, now rocking a roof rack for carrying spare wheels.
You can already see how the parking lot was emptying out. This was around 6 pm! Most definitely a record. Obviously the Wangan Police doesn't have much to do during the day!
Bye bye everyone, see you at Umihotaru.
Might not be rotary powered (unfortunately), but it would have been rude not to take a picture of this cool little stock NC.
By 6:15 pm most of the remaining cars were ready to leave too…
…not much point in staying any longer.
I did my last round to grab a few final shots…
…including one more of this stunning Cosmo, before jumping in the car and joining the mass migration over to Umihotaru PA.
Make sure you check back for Part 3 to find out why this was without a doubt the biggest 7's Day meet I have ever seen.
-Dino Dalle Carbonare