With the Hellaflush Kansai event pretty much wrapped up after the awards were handed out by Mark, I decided to hang around a little longer…
…and check out the cars from the main paddock head out. After looking at parked cars the whole day, hearing engine sounds truly added to the experience, especially when it came to the more vintage rides that came to the show.
I couldn’t help come to the conclusion that despite there begin a lot of cross-cultural exchanges when it comes to styles, and the way they are interpreted, the Japanese really know how to do the “riding low” thing very well. Cars like this HR30 Skyline sedan…
…and GX71 Cresta were two very good examples.
In the rush of attempting to take as many shots as possible during the day, not to mention the constant distractions, I did miss a few cars here and there, like this 510 coupe.
If the tires and rims are visible from the back of your car you know you are running just the right amount of offset!
Even this March was doing things right.
The paddock took a while to empty…
…there was a lot of packing and clearing up that everyone had to do, not to mention…
…those tuners and companies that exhibited at the show.
But with everything nice and clear a few cars began to drive slowly around the paddock, like Mark here at the wheel of the Fatlace Japan S13, who looked he was getting a feel for the size of the open space in front of him.
Then Miura-san from TRA Kyoto went out with the “Bunny” model sitting on his lap. We were all wondering what he was doing…
…and then all of a sudden he revved the engine and dropped the clutch. Time for a little bit of hooliganism then!
It wasn’t long before Ueda-san from BenSopra took the RWD R35 out for a little action…
…in no way concerned about burning through the prohibitively expensive Yokohama Advan slick tires (that sell for $2,000 a pop!)
Mark borrowed Miura’s legendary S13 and had a bit of fun with it, getting nice and close to the little group of people that had gathered in the center to film and shoot the surprise drift session.
Ueda-san then jumped into his Rocket Bunny kitted 180SX, a car he has perfected over the years, and proceeded to burn some more rubber!
Then something really funny happened. D1 driver Yuji Tanaka, who displayed his JZA80 Supra with Celica front-end conversion at the show, unloaded the car from the transporter and had a go too! That’s probably when the whole paddock got engulfed in a rather large cloud of tire smoke.
Ueda-san gave the ex-Blitz GT-R another little go! It’s definitely not every day you see an RWD R35 sliding on full lock!
Toshi from RWB, concluded that the rear tires on Rough Rhythm were pretty much dead already, so had a go himself. With the 993 set up for grip it wasn’t easy to break traction but the rears hard to give way sooner or later!
Nothing like a bit of hooning around to finish up what had already been a great day! Mark and the Fatlace crew will be back later on in the fall for another Hellaflush Japan event. I’m sure everyone is already looking forward to it, I know I am.
Stay tuned for some desktops from the show!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare