It’s right back at Daikoku PA now for a final look at the other day’s supercar gathering. During the few hours that I was there I literally never stopped walking around, because as cars left, more kept coming in. By around lunch time the lot was so full that a many were forced to park along the access roads. It’s only at the 7′s Day in July that I’ve seen a turnout like this!
I was beginning to get worried that no Skyline GT-Rs would show but, but eventually a few cars did roll in, giving a much needed JDM balance to the vastness of exotics that were spread around! The Kure-replica wide body BCNR33 is a car we have already seen at the R’s Meeting back in fall last year, and sitting next to the dark blue stock san-san it looked even wider! JGTC racer for the road!
I have a deep love for light silver BNR32 V-SpecIIs, it is without a doubt the perfect san-ni. Great to see the owner has obviously taken great care of this awesome R.
More Stageas kept arriving…
…but it was this Auto Gallery Yokohama built Z-tune replica that I ended up following right up to where its owner decided to park it. I immediately noticed it was running R35 Brembo brakes all round, and I needed to get a closer look.
After seeing a cool gold Trans-am at the Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom show last month I have been noticing more of these cars around Tokyo and it was great to see one actually showed up to the meet, parked right next to a brand new Ferrari 458 Italia.
Now that’s different!
It never fails to surprise me (for lack of a better word – need to be PC and all) how extreme Japanese supercar owners manage to go at times. It’s all about standing out I’m sure. Let’s leave it at that shall we.
This “plain” white 458 Spider should help your retinas recover from the shocking colors I just made you endure.
The bosozoku never seem to miss a meeting these days. But while they usually just show up in hoards of bikes…
…at least there were some cars to check out this time round too. You couldn’t get more Japanese if you wanted to!
We all know that Japan is a place where a lot of the best cars in the world end up, be it modern or classics. On a regular basis, on the streets of the capital you can see all sorts of rarities…
…so running across a Ferrari F50 at this meet was almost “normal.” But along with the white car that we saw yesterday three others showed up, this completely stock dark red example…
…along with 2 more lighter red ones! That’s almost crazy even for Japan.
But if you have been reading my ramblings on here over the years you will all know that my heart will always belong to this particular car. Once an F40 shows up at a meet like this, it is officially complete. No matter what else rolls in it will be totally overlooked! I am exaggerating of course but what the hell, there is some truth to it.
Curiously enough for a Japan-based F40 it is very rare that the exhaust system has been left stock. The owner wasn’t too happy that I was taking pictures so I had to apologetically step away from his pride and joy…
…and focus my attention towards other Italian exotica that had arrived like this 8C spider, quite rare.
I thought this satin black SLS cabrio was the batmobile for a second!
Now this is what I’m talking about. If you are going to go full out, you might as well register a race car and drive it on the street like the owner of this 964 RSR has done.
When I spotlighted the Alpina B3 GT3 at the Tokyo Motorshow in 2011 I was under the impression these cars were supposed to be rare. Only 33 were imported to Japan but I keep seeing them around the city! It’s probably the same guy driving around every day!
This is what Michael Knight would have driven in the eighties had he come over to Japan. This is KITT JDM version in obligatory white! But jokes aside this Pontiac Trans-Am was in excellent condition and certainly brought back many childhood memories of that cool show.
We saw a Daimler Double Six in yesterday’s post but there was plenty of other classic British metal present like this heavyweight coupe from Bentley, the Continental T…
…this beautifully restored 1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe…
…and a stunning E-Type.
Even a Viper stopped by for a quick look, but shot off immediately, its V10 screaming as it climbed the long spiraling access roads that bring you back up onto the Yokohama Bay Bridge.
In isolation the 599 is still a stunner, but in comparison to the new F12 Berlinetta…
…it is really beginning to show its age. I have yet to see one in Japan however, but I’m sure once deliveries start it will become a common sight.
The NSX-R however, is a car that will never age. It will always remain one of the best, most finely balanced sports cars the Japanese ever produced and it saddens me that Honda seems to have forgotten how good it is at making proper drivers cars…and by this I don’t mean ones boosted by electrical motors.
Next to the NSX-R was this Hakosuka…
…one of two that showed up to kick off the year in style.
The R35 Club members did a good job of appropriating spots as cars left, creating quite a nice long line up of rides. I drove the black car pictured above to the gathering, a very special example with an extremely special motor that left me speechless on the drive down from Tokyo. I just hope the owner will allow me to feature it one of these days.
…sporting a wide variation of dress up parts.
So along with all the exotics, low-riders, zokusha, various vintage cars the only thing that was really missing was a hot rod or two…which began to arrive just as I was about to leave.
Japan continues to amaze. What a great start to 2013!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
I'm hoping to see another F50 in stock condition and voila, instead of 1, i get 3.Great post again Dino. Looking forward on your speedhunting this year.
That porsche in the first pic is on point.
I dunno about the F40 owner but generally it is considered rude to take pictures of people without out permission, maybe he feels the same way about his car lol.
Im always scared people taking pictures of either of my cars will forget to blur the plates lol
That 8C convertible...gorgeous ride! Interesting to see the amount of British metal there, nice to see in the wild. Sweet article man!
Hell yeah, I know a RUF anywhere! and a BTR no less, instead of the more well-known ones! Way to go, Japan!
"The owner wasn’t too happy that I was taking pictures so I had to apologetically step away from his pride and joy…"
I see, so he brings is rare Ferrari F40 to an exotic car meet, and gets upset when people take pictures?
That, I don't get.
So let me get this straight. The guy with the f40 got butt hurt because the photographer was taking pictures? But he brought his car to a meet and popped the engine bay? C'mon son. Well he shouldn't of brought his car to the meet. I dislike tools like this. If you don't want anyone to take pics do not bring it out of the garage.
speedhunters_dino KiwiMotoring it probably wasnt his car but the mechanic working on it. he didnt want any pictures because it wasnt supposed to be there.LOL. That happened to a friend of mines. His mechanic was driving his car to shows without my friend permission. my friend found out by spotting his car in Superstreet at a car show three states over. Needless to say he works on his own car now.
Spare a thought for the owners of those dayglo Lambos: dissed on Speedhunters by no less an authority than yourself Mr D C!
Then again, if you're the sort of person who would 1) drive a Lambo and 2) do that to it, chances are you're a firm believer in the dictum 'all publicity is good publicity'. Or to put it another way: you have no shame ;)
On a separate note, if i owned an Alpina B3 GT3, i too would drive it around every day!
tenpennyjimmy Not dissing, each to their own. I just couldn't help think what Ferruccio Lamborghini would say...
speedhunters_dino tenpennyjimmy um....dino wasnt dissing but he doesnt have to say he like it either. It s as classy as you can get without saying( that car is burning my pupils ).LoL Also if you driving a lambo and think (Hey im not getting enough attention with a mid engine 650 hp beasts) you might have self esteem issues. Im just saying.
Y0SH Thanks for the correction, don't know much about these cars, except that they look cool :)
Damn, Japan nevers seems to stop to amaze me... Such a variety of cars and such passion for them... I would say the japanese are unmatched for this! Amazing article as always, enjoyed every single part of it.
I live in Studio city and i should see this type action but i dont. Japan is sh*tting on hollywood. Celebrities dont have cars like these and what do these guys for a living. A 8c convertible , really! I want that job he has because i have yet to see one here in hollywood. Wow,these guys are getting cars movie stars dont have access to. Great article.
hanablemoore Maybe all the Hollywood guys are buying Priuses and Leafs. You know, peer pressure and all that. ;)
Censport Your right. I see more prius then anything else out here. These celebes are so lame they wont even buy a cool hybrid/electric cars like the Fishker Karma or the new Telsa sedan. Sad really.
That black 964 (I think) with the flat nose, is that a Gemballa bodykit or something else (custom maybe because they kinda look like NSX headlights)?
This is a crazy event! So many amazing cars in the same place and from all ages and price ranges. I love it.
LepiCHichi Yes, Mach Green is my favourite factory colour on early RX-7s. You don't see many like that any more.
Parked next to F40 is a 964 Speedster... in blue? I worked for Porsche then, and even I don't remember them being offered in blue. My memory could be aging at a faster rate than the rest of me, of course.-Dino: "It’s all about standing out I’m sure." Or, if the photo is any indication, it's about attracting Japanese women closer to your car. ;) That's another area in which some people will go to extremes, ね？
-Personally, I'm digging that green chrome. It reaches that Hot Wheels kid still in me.
Censport That's a factory color- its called Maritime blue. I owned a 964 American Roadster with the same color combo
Sloancars I remember the color, just not on the Speedsters. But then, Porsche was still doing a lot of custom work back then. Ah, the American Roadster. We had a standard red one. Loved that car.
i know e-type is considered one of the most beautiful cars ever, bet hard top version looks rly ugly. nice pictures tho ;)
Sweet! I wish we had this in Europe... Never seen a meeting with so much variety. Awesome.And, why does one buy a Ferrari F40, and then the owner doesn't want anybody to take pictures, on a car meeting? Stay at home then...
Martijn M I had the same thought about the F40 owner. There is one here in Nashville, and the owner loves for people to take all the picture they want.
stikitnowcom Martijn M Wonder if you guys caught the driver bucket seat covered in plastic? thats either a brand new seat or just a very OCD.
@furisan I thought they were fiat lights too, different take on a slant nose, need other angles to deceide how it looks. and making your murc' look like a gallardo???
lowrado furisan I thought those headlamps looked kind of cool too. Glad i'm not the only one!
F40 = Best Ferrari ever
NSX-R = My favourite japanese car.
A lot of nice cars in this post, thanks Dino.
I can't wait for TAS coverage !!