The 7’s Day Festivities Kick Off

Driving back from Umihotaru PA tonight I actually realized that I spent seven hours covering the 7’s Day gathering, how fitting! The weather was somewhat uncooperative today, first serving up a nice and thorough drenching at Daikoku PA and then blow-drying me with strong winds at Umihotaru. But, like most people that showed up…

…either with their awesome rotaries or just to check out the gathering, I couldn’t have cared less about the weather because as ever there was so much to see.

It seems that no matter how early you arrive at Daikoku on 7’s Day, at least half of the parking spaces are taken up by RX-7 of every generation, as well as a good number of other interesting cars to spice up the mix. I pulled in at the PA at a little over 3 pm and it looked like the party had been going on for quite some time. Of course it helped that today was Saturday! The little drizzle that was falling as I arrived turned into torrential rain in a matter of minutes, so I was only able to run around and get a handful of shots before most owners jumped into their cars…

…and headed out back onto the Wangan. It was obvious everyone was in search of cover, and no other PA around the Tokyo Bay quite matches Umihotaru for optimal sheltered space, and plenty of it to boot. So while in previous years the pilgrimage to the manmade island in the middle of the bay occurred well into the night…

…today most cars had arrived by 5 pm!

And of course they kept coming…

…and coming, in a sort of never-ending parade!

Some left earlier than others…

…but that just opened up more space for more to stop by and park up.

It’s truly incredible just how much of an impact the RX-7 has made in the Japanese car scene; but it’s pretty sad to think that as we celebrate this special day today, Mazda no longer makes rotary-powered cars, at least for the time being.

People are now holding on to their prized possessions longer and longer, fine tuning them, perfecting them and generally lifting the overall level of quality. As you will see in the upcoming coverage, there were some true gems tonight!

The rain decided to stop for a little at one point…

…meaning that I could finally head out into the big uncovered parking space, to check the rest of the line up like this stunning RX-8 slammed on a set of 19-inch TE37s.

It’s past 2 am here in Tokyo so it’s time for me to sign off, but you can expect tons more to come tomorrow when I start the proper coverage of this year’s 7’s Day!

Oyasuminasai!

-Dino Dalle Carbonare

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1

cant wait for the desktops!

2

cant wait for the desktops!

3

I wonder how many times YOU heard "AR-AKS-SEVEN" today, love how japanese people pronounce names in english ;-) Waiting for quality views from umihotaru!

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I wonder how many times YOU heard "AR-AKS-SEVEN" today, love how japanese people pronounce names in english ;-) Waiting for quality views from umihotaru!

5
Pete the perfect pilot

Hurry up! Can't wait to read more about this awesome event!

6
Pete the perfect pilot

Hurry up! Can't wait to read more about this awesome event!

7

The one reason I fell in love with Speedhunters was because Dino was able to provide us with exclusive rotary coverage from Japan! This does not disappoint!!!!  Thanks Dino!!!!
 

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The one reason I fell in love with Speedhunters was because Dino was able to provide us with exclusive rotary coverage from Japan! This does not disappoint!!!!  Thanks Dino!!!!
 

9

what wheels are on the red Advan FC?

10

what wheels are on the red Advan FC?

11

pretty cool to have so many running FC's and FD's in one place!  Always had a fondness for these cars - great styling through the years

12

pretty cool to have so many running FC's and FD's in one place!  Always had a fondness for these cars - great styling through the years

13

Awesome to see so many rotary powered jems all in one place, can't wait for the highlighted machines!

14

Awesome to see so many rotary powered jems all in one place, can't wait for the highlighted machines!

15

Surely i meant how they spell it, not pronounce. Need to focus more when i'm typing xP

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Surely i meant how they spell it, not pronounce. Need to focus more when i'm typing xP

19
WilliamKinchelow

Please make some of these wallpapers!

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WilliamKinchelow

Please make some of these wallpapers!

21

"it’s pretty sad to think that as we celebrate this special day today, Mazda no longer makes rotary-powered cars,
............................................ at least for the time being."  Hopefully they're playing mind games, it's a big part of their heritage.
I'm sure there's a few things on the drawing board at HQ that will eventually get leaked.

22

i always love coverage from 7 day meets. wish it was more FC's, but no doubt love seeing rx7's posted. now if only we could see or post photos of readers rx7's in this month.

23

@yucci_SENSE え?どれどれ?サイトみたけど、発見できなかったよー!どこどこ?! RT うおおおおおおおおお!!SPEED HUNTERSにオレのクルマ載ってるぅぅぅぅぅぅぅぅ!!鳥肌立った!!http://t.co/FstQH1li Green FC is mine.

24

@njoyamanjoko 八枚目の、帰ろうとしてるFCですw

25

@yucci_SENSE あ!ホントだ!すごいじゃん!暗くてわからなかったw キレイな緑FCだったもんね!23時くらいにカブリオレ乗ってる(た?)別のFC友達も来たんだよ!今度、クラブでFCの話で盛り上がろう(笑)

26

@njoyamanjoko もっと居たかったんですけど、予定があって・・・FCトーク楽しみっすw

27

@yucci_SENSE また来年もありますからw FCトーク!イイネイイネo(^O^)o 私のFCに対する想いはハンパじゃないのでお気をつけて(笑)

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@njoyamanjoko いやいやいや、負けないですよー!!FC実は4台目ですw って、ここで張り合っても仕方ないですねw会った時に熱く語りましょう!!

29

@yucci_SENSE むむむ!私3台乗り継ぎましたw いやぁ、そんなに熱い人だったんですね(笑)ぜひぜひFC談義に花を咲かせましょう♪♪♪

30

@njoyamanjoko それもヤバいっすねwwwええ、是非是非♪

31

Fantastic!

32

Desktops of everything!! This is the best event of the year!

33
GrifBatenhorst

It was nice seeing you guys tonight. Thanks for the sticker and hope to see you at future events.

34

@yucci_SENSE かっこええやないかい!!笑 なんか、普通に、良かったね笑

35

@tommynyan2 いや、まじで、普通に嬉しいwありがとうw

36
KietaPhillips

Gotta love a good gathering of this caliber, awesome coverage!

37
Nasty.Bomb.26

+1 Please !

38

@yucci_SENSE 何これ、めっちゃカッコいい!!そして撮る方も上手いなー。

39

I love Japanese gatherings!

40

@hirobambi まじ、プロだよなー。感心したわ。

41

Mazda should take note and do what Toyota did!!!

42

Mazda should take note and do what Toyota did!!!

43

 @Nikhil_P well mazda never stopped producing the miata so in a way toyota took notes from them.

44

 @Nikhil_P well mazda never stopped producing the miata so in a way toyota took notes from them.

45

Wheres all the SA22C?

46

rx8=tits

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