An Afternoon At Daikoku: 7′s Day 2013

If you’re an RX-7 owner after a little bit of inspiration, you must get yourself to one of these 7′s Day gatherings. I don’t think there is any other place where you could see so many different interpretations of Mazda’s popular chassis, while having the chance to chat to their owners and get some advice. I’m pretty sure I say the same thing every year, but as time goes on it seems like the quality of cars at this event is always improving.

Maybe it’s a good thing that Mazda has stopped – at least for the time being – making rotary powered cars. A bold statement I know, but if back in 2002 when the FD3S went out of production Mazda had replaced it with a newer iteration of the RX-7…

… there is no way we would have such a spotless selection of SAs, FCs and FDs roaming the streets of Japan.

I hope this selection of pictures I have chosen from Sunday’s Daikoku meet will serve to back-up my opinion…

… I’ll let you decide!

As soon as I got out of the air conditioned comfort of my Legacy this is the first car that I saw. Black might not be the best color to highlight the aggressive details of the R-Magic widebody kit, but it sure makes it look badass.

It was cool reading through your comments on yesterday’s post and seeing everyone’s opinions regarding some the various front-end conversions that exist for the FD. I’m happy to see that the majority of you seem to prefer the simpler route, keeping the seemingly ageless lines of this final RX-7 generation as they are, or maybe spicing them up just a little…

… with a few choice parts form the RE-Amemiya catalogues, as both this and the silver example above show. But let me ask you another important question when it comes to the FD…

… and of course the FC. Would you keep the pop-up headlights or replace them with fixed units? I’m pretty sure this must be one of the hardest questions RX-7 owners would have to ask themselves.

If you have an opinion, make sure you let us know!

Much like any meeting at Daikoku the cars kept coming and going, keeping a fresh presence in the car park. This however does mean the occasional sprint is necessary if you happen to see a car you didn’t get to photograph leaving. Some get away, and  for me this time it was a really cool RX-3 that I just couldn’t catch. Ah well, it was the 7′s Day, not the 3′s Day after all!

With plenty of other cars to look at I kept walking and spotted more greats like this Revolfe-tuned FC sporting a very mid-’90s style rear wing.

And speaking of the ’90s, this little group looked like they were just about to hit the Gunsai track for a Hot Version Touge Battle!

Check out this FC on gold BBS rims – not a combination you see often…

… but maybe a more modern day street-drifter look is what most people would go for. This particular car seemed to be attracting a lot of attention…

… much like this FD, but probably due to the curious selection of soft toys…

… both on it, as well as in it. An image that definitely needs captioning!

I did mention in the first post’s comments section that I did have some cool SAs for you all. On top of the wild example I selected for the opening picture, there were more stock-looking cars too, of course.

Being a Sunday there was a nice mix of other cars as well and I just can’t help but share a few, like this Abflug-kitted Z32…

… and some of the supercars that showed up for a little while, starting with this orange ‘tashed’ 458…

… and a F360 that was maybe attempting a Lotus-inspired livery.

Black-on-black Countach anyone? And yes it sounded as angry as it looked!

The biggest surprise of all was probably this Ferrari F50…

… that looked like it had just come back from a day at Fuji Speedway. I think this may be the first F50 I’ve seen with an aftermarket body kit!

Carbon wrapping your wheels can’t be the easiest of tasks.

Nothing however managed to come close to this attention-grabbing Corvette…

… which on top of a wild wide-body conversion boasted Swarovsky-encrusted headlight reflectors. Imagine if all those little fake diamonds were LEDs!

Oh and when I mean wide…

… I really mean wide!

Sunday at Daikoku really brings out a great variety of cars, but seeing most of the parking lot was filled up with Mazdas, it wasn’t long before these guys took off.

Best non-Mazda car however was this Suzuki Twin kei car that thought it was a BMW M special. I just love the little concave RAYS TE37s!

After the pleasant distraction, it was back to hunting some more rotaries…

… and keeping an eye out for ‘new’ cars that had recently arrived.

Another BBS-equipped FC, this time a cabrio. I’m really beginning to like the look, especially with such a clean body.

There were so many cool FCs present this year I was really enjoying checking each of them out, like this example on Watanabes.

By about 5pm a line had formed of cars attempting to leave. Incredibly enough, the police didn’t do the usual thing and kick everyone out – so the party continued!

Don’t worry lonely AE86, your day will come on the 6th of next month!

With the police – who’s HQ you can see right there in the background – not disrupting things…

… people kept arriving, owners communicating among each other via phone from various PAs on the Bay ready to send out warnings if problem arose. I’ll stop here for now, but fear not as I have one final post to wrap things up with. In the mean time make sure you download some desktops below.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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71 comments
Killachipmunk
Killachipmunk

Definitely has to be pop-ups, though usually with a bit of sleepy-eye action!

LouisYio
LouisYio

There will come a day when I get to see a Countach.... hopefully the Countach I see will be as cool-looking as the one in this post.

 

And to answer the question: I've grown to love Keisuke's car in Initial D, especially after the little upgrade with the RE-Amemiya kit... so fixed headlight.

AlbertTaureg
AlbertTaureg

Being a big fan of both Rilakkuma and RX-7s, I'd love to see these shots of the yellow FD with the enormous Kuma in the desktop section!

Daode
Daode

Haha I think that Suzuki Twin kei car is great. It's good to see people having fun with their cars and not taking things so seriously, more people need to do that. At least if you run over a stuffed bear it wont damage you car haha.

Johnny_Bravo
Johnny_Bravo

P.s. I think the TE's on the Kei car are convex not concave

Johnny_Bravo
Johnny_Bravo

nice post man! if you want to shoot a wider variety of rotaries come to nz 2's 3's 4's 5's 7's and 8's definately appeal to the less is best crowd too styling wise. 

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

Its funny how in these posts on 7's day people have taken cheap cars and made them look a million dollars, then people have taken cars worth a million dollars and made them look cheap (and aweful).

 

also, pop up lights all the way. Especially on the FD. It seems a shame to remove them from a car that came with them, when you can't buy new cars fitted with them any more. 

BozoMotosport
BozoMotosport

Weeel,I'd go for pop up headlights because there is no new car with pop up headlights,wich is sad,I like them.

bakayaru
bakayaru

"it's ok when Japanese modify Japanese cars, but not Italian cars. That's sacrilege". Interesting. I always found it fascinating how subtle racist ideologies affect design exploration. Japanese are not inferior to Italians, and if you visit Italy, you'll see LOTS of bondo and fiberglass.

Brad_S
Brad_S

I don't see any ugly cars here. I quite like the headlights on the vette and the slr is just bad ass!

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

Quote on the yellow RX7: Nothing has ever been the same since stuffed animals learned to drive! :D

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

Spotto! EVO wagon! Yes a 7's event but thats rarer than anything else there! 1 of 100 built! They built more f50's if you ask!

Kiske
Kiske

Could never remove the pop-ups on my fc. I do love the look on FD's more. Only time I don't mind it on an FC is with the RE kit or a full time attack build (and look.)

Hotcakes
Hotcakes

Some very nice 7s there. Particularly liking the clean, simple silver one in the seventh pic (hey, it is sevens day). But that Corvette and those exotics...wow. They make me want to gouge my own eyes out.

RX7
RX7

That sa22c with white on gray paint and gold wheels looked crazy awesome.

w
w

No early rotaries left in Japan :(

zephoto
zephoto

Great turn out at this meet!  You're a bad influence Dino... I reaaaaalllly want to pick up an RX-7 now haha

scibO
scibO

Money definitely doesn't buy you taste. WTF is with the spoiler/kit/ugly ass chrome wheels on the SLR? Best example I've seen of ruining a hyper car. The black on black Countach tho... so much WIN!!!

 

As for the discussion... rx7 or not. Any car with pop up headlights should keep them. Because pop up headlights is just way too cool!!

j_kouki
j_kouki

AbFlug Z32.. curious to see how it looks frontal

legory
legory

I'd keep the pop ups, of course! There's nothing better than the pop-up motion of the FD's headlights. 

jake Laird
jake Laird

The Japanese should be kept away from Corvettes.

worker bee
worker bee

I"d remove the pop up headlamps... Don't like how they look when they're up... That's just my opinion of course.

WMele25
WMele25

The question was posed, pop ups or not.

 

There isn't a right answer. To each his own and more importantly, to each car it's own. I think everything on the car plays a roll into whether or not the pop ups stay or go. The overall theme of the car probably being the most important. I left the pop ups on mine for the three years I have had it but now the car is going under the knife and getting a new everything and the entire car is changing. Even my beloved rotary is leaving for a v8 and with the more modern engine, I have decided to do a more modern interior including seats and the sound system. The exterior is getting updated as well. I am using factory S5 bumpers and tail lights. That with the color I have chosen, I think the car would look best with East Bear replica dual 90mm fixed headlights.

 

To each his own though.

FunctionFirst
FunctionFirst

First: Pop Ups 4 Lyfe

 

Second: "After an exhausting night of pillaging and plundering Tokyo, Pedobear, Pikachu and friends decided to sleep it off at the first stop they could find."

TheCrudMan
TheCrudMan

Do you have any more of that clean black FC that you said was attracting a lot of attention?  For whatever reason that's the one that jumped out at me the most...

roryfjohnston
roryfjohnston

I drive by a FC everyday after dropping off the handsome man at preschool.  I wonder if he knows about Speedhunters.......

 

Brad_S
Brad_S

I prefer fixed headlights. Also that's cool that you made a desktop for the lonely 86

LouisSoon
LouisSoon

Japan car culture is just too awesome

DCS
DCS

Please step away from the fiberglass people. Why take the best looking Japanese car and ruin its looks with ugly ill fitting body kits. Not a single one of those cars will age while a stock FD's looks great after 20 plus years. Someone is going to say something about to each their own or opinions but your wrong your just wrong. Stop watching the Fast and Furious on repeat in your parents basement and messing up rare cars. Just by a Civic if you want to plaster all that crap on it. 

mk4 lew
mk4 lew

Gotta be the pop-up headlights for me, i like more standard looking cars, the F50, SLR and Vette look horrible, end of.

JDM_Luca
JDM_Luca

I really like when Japanese guys modify japanese cars (even though not always...) but please a body kit on a Ferrari F50?Really?But after all it's just my opinion.If the owner's happy i'm happy as well even though that's a sacrilege.

jzx81
jzx81

Arigato Dino, some great looking cars there. And some really nice SA's.

(Pop up lights, to keep the 90's vibe is my answer).

imtopher
imtopher

is that even an AbFlug kit? i couldnt find it anywhere online or on their site.. 

 

speedhunters_dino
speedhunters_dino

 @worker bee A lot of people's argument on this is that they can shed a lot of weight from the very front of the car. 

Frozzy
Frozzy

 @LouisSoon 

Everything but their style of modifying exotics lol

bakayaru
bakayaru

@DCS Enjoying your self-righteous correct-ness? It's pointless. People will continue to modify their cars as they see fit. "Taste" changes over time, as do all fads.

goon
goon

everything you said is subjective doe

K's
K's

When did FD's become a rare car?

w
w

 @speedhunters_dino You see plenty of 510's, Z cars, Hakosuka's etc but where are the RX-2's? You see the odd Savanna but early rotaries seem to be a bit thin in Japan. 

roryfjohnston
roryfjohnston

 @Frozzy  @LouisSoon I agree with you on that.  People here know how to do Japanese cars but the high end exotics I see around Osaka kiiiillllllll me.


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