If this isn’t true car culture at its best, I don’t know what is. For years I have been participating in the pilgrimage to the Daikoku Parking Area on the seventh of July, the unofficial celebration of the Mazda RX-7 – or rather everything and anything rotary related. But rather than doing my usual night coverage this time round, I thought I’d experience this massive meeting during the day. Since the seventh day of July fell on a Sunday this year…
… it meant that more people would be heading out earlier than past weekday meets. My assumption turned out to be right, because when I arrived in the middle of the afternoon – after having spent the first half of the day covering the JCCA Meeting at Tsukuba – the whole place was already jam-packed.
I spent hours strolling up and down the seemingly unending rows of parked RX-7s, taking it all in under the scorching summer sun…
…which eventually set behind the layers of stacked roads that circle the famous rest stop.
RX-7 owners must be a tightly-knit group because year in and year out they continue to organize what is without a doubt the biggest word of mouth gathering…
…with owners coming form pretty far away places to meet with fellow rotorheads. I even met an Australian RX-7 owner who flew to Japan just so he could check it out. Now that is dedication.
Being a weekend meant that there were all sorts of other cars mixed in, and as I will show you in the next post, this included some pretty interesting exotics too.
But all eyes were of course on the 7s, which thanks to the ease with which they can be transformed came in all flavors.
Seeing it’s really the rotary engine that links all these enthusiasts together, there were plenty of cool 8s to check out too…
…like this more stance-oriented example right here.
And the more I looked at all the cool RX-8s parked around, it was almost incredible to think that Mazda no longer builds rotaries. We can only hope this is temporary, as it’s a well known fact that down at the R&D facilities in Hiroshima, Mazda engineers are working on something for the future. Just seeing the enthusiasm for these cars, a rotary-powered sports car is a halo model that Mazda just can’t afford not to have!
For the time being, it’s obvious owners are really pampering their cars with cool new upgrades like the must-have Scoot hood…
…or going a little crazy on the engine side of things.
Among all the wild face conversions that are out there for the FD3S, I have to say Fujita Engineering’s TVR-look widebody kit is one of the nicest. Fit and finish is also very impressive. What do you guys prefer?
Maybe something more sedate?
Or something in the middle?
Whatever your answer may be, it still is pretty crazy just how much choice there is out there…
…and just how easy it is to build a unique-looking FD!
Don’t worry, however; if you are more into the FC I will have some cool cars to show you too. The older this generation of the RX-7 gets, the better it seems to look. Maybe it’s just me?
It’s also extremely humbling to see the support the Japanese enthusiasts give us in Japan: minasan arigatou!
Hopefully you guys will be happy to hear that to spice up this year’s 7’s Day celebrations…
… I will also be bringing you a look at the Mazda Tuning Festa that was held on Friday at Tsukuba circuit. It’s the first time I made it to this event, and I hope you’ll be as glad as I was with the result.
Even if it might be considered small by some standards, it was oozing with quality as well as the odd surprise. So get ready and prepare for some serious rotary fun this week!
Dino Dalle Carbonare
really not a fan of the front end conversions for FDs much prefer them with the standard front end with a nice kit and some nice after market headlights
Great to see 7s Day spreading around the world. My FB stream has been full the last couple of days with pictures and videos of 7s Day meets from all over the place. We had our first Irish 7s Day too with support from Mazda Ireland. Absolutely awesome day!
Fujita TVR was cool. But Veilside Fortune is still my favourite. Can't see any of it. Which made me a bit sad. Happy 7's day anyway. Brap! Brap! Brap!
the Mazda RX-7 FD - the car the more you customize the worse it looks.. so many ugly ones in there.. the one shot of the mostly stock yellow car by far stands out.. Never understood why so many ruin one of the best looking factory cars ever by putting bunch of shit on it.
The Fujita widebody kit could be so, so sweet with proper wheels to fill out the blisters. Looking forward to seeing more from this week!
The yellow 7 with the lip is just spot on. As much as I can appreciate all the work and time and money that goes into the conversions and crazy body stuff, the factory body with small additions always seems to be best. These certainly weren't sedate looking cars from the factory and in my opinion don't need much to look unique or exotic.
I feel like this is why "SpeedHunters" was created... to give it's readers and inside look at JDM gatherings that only take place in our dreams. Thank you both @DINO DALLE CARBONARE and @SpeedHunters for keeping the tradition going!
Stock body FD with a lip will always look best to me, and I too find the FC's becoming like a fine wine.
Unfortunately that red, stanced rx-8 scrapped the whole side of his car on the way out of the PA that night
I'm partial to the more clean lines of a subtly modified FD. Not a huge fan of the nose conversions but then again I've never seen one in person. Really any FD would work for me as they're such a rare sight in my part of the world.
@AS201 You aren't the only one!
@atomskk Get one form Japan
@LouisYio That green and red Lemans car,Don't you mean 787B? I'll say that's the best sounding rotor ever!
@HRDNTS Well spotted :)
@AndrewCinch There was an interesting one, I think most should like it
@Luka024 100% just saw this after i posted mine. hahaha
@Luka024 I totally agree with you. Some of these conversion kits make the car look terrible and unnatural. The FD looks the best in stock body panels.
@FunctionFirst FCs rock!
@EricSeanDelaney They are almost vintage haha
@MadisSidam Should have a few more :)
@BigLen How'd he pull that off? Sad thing to hear.
@tomok Haha well spotted! ;)
@speedhunters_dino @FunctionFirst Late 80's slant nose, flip up light Japanese sports cars are like our generation's muscle cars. Every manufacturer had their own and some boasted big power in the right trim. There's a speedhunting mission for you Dino. All late 80's Japanese sports car post. Go! (:
@FunctionFirst he was parked too close to the curb and didn't pull out far enough before turning the wheel... Then backed back into his spot and tried again. The next time he curbed his left rear wheel on the same curb. Got mad and bottomed out his car going over the sidewalk humps that split through daikouku
@speedhunters_dino @LouisYio So it does, sorry. Just did a quick search and it turns out they did make a 767b AND the 787b. The 767 was a IMSA car and the 787b was a evolution of the 767. Learn something new every day, cheers gents!