A Dark & Wet 7’s Day In Thailand
The Hunt For 7’s Day

For the second year in a row I’ve missed 7’s Day Japan, but as I sat in my Bangkok hotel room thinking about all the RX-7 goodness Dino would be hunting and I’d not be, my phone rang. On the other end of the line a voice demanded that I head to the loading dock at the Impact Arena (where the Bangkok International Auto Salon was happening) to check out how the local Mazda RX-7 faithful celebrate July 7th (7/7).

Although I had planned to head into the city and soak up the Friday nightlife, without a moment to waste, I grabbed my equipment and hailed the first cab.

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In hindsight, I should have known that taking a taxi in the afternoon across the city would have disastrous consequences, but I had plenty of time to think about it as we crawled our way through traffic at no more than 2km/h. By the time I arrived it was night and had begun raining.

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I thought it might all be over, but to my surprise (and relief), the familiar sound of modified Wankel engines reverberated around the loading dock area. My cultural exploration was still on.

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While pacing up and down the rows of RX-7s, a few things quickly became apparent. The first: almost every RX-7 was a late-model FD3S.

There were a few FC3Ss sprinkled among the crowd, including this track-focused example, and even an older SA22C sporting carbon fiber overfenders, but FDs made up the vast majority of cars.

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No thanks to the incredibly restrictive laws enforced by the government, getting older cars into Thailand can be a difficult and very expensive proposition. Both the FC3S and FD3S fall into that category, but with more scope to modify the later-version RX-7, the FD is far more popular in Thailand’s enthusiast circles.

The second thing I noticed, which consequently also plays a part in why FDs are more popular than FCs, is the fact that wide-body kits are really hot in Thailand right now.

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Possibly only in Japan could you find an area filled with more RE Amemiya and Rocket Bunny-kitted RX-7s.

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Although the variety of colors and wheel combinations kept things interesting, most of the cars followed the same modifying recipe, and I was starting to wish there was a little more variety. Of course, there’s a high probability that some owners retreated home with their cars before the bad weather blew through.

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But just as that thought crossed my mind, something different caught my eye – an FD3S RX-7 fitted with a full R Magic Armor aero kit.

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The Veilside kit does an amazing job of turning the FD into something radical and unique, but R Magic aero is in a whole different league. This kit transforms the FD’s exterior image into that of a track devouring monster, and this build by Masterpiece Body Service and Nagaoka Thailand channels the spirit of R Magic’s Japanese time attack machine.

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Only at the rear does the car beneath the FRP and carbon truly reveal itself, and I would have loved to check out what’s under the hood to see if the engine is just as heavily modified as the exterior. At a guess, I would say that it is.

On that note, my third and final observation at this meet was power.

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The desire for power is a common theme in Thailand. Turbos the size of your head found can found in a variety of cars, and at the Auto Salon there was even a dyno competition outside that anyone could enter to see who had the most power.

The Hunt For Power

Toon, the owner of this FD3S RX-7, is a perfect example of a Thai enthusiast who craves power over everything else. Like many modified FD owners, he chose the RE Amemiya’s wide-body kit to upgrade his car’s exterior, but it’s what you can’t see from the outside that Toon has invested the most in.

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Along with large a bridge-port, the rebuilt 13B has been rid of its sequential twin turbo system in favor of a big single GReddy unit. All the supporting performance modifications are present and accounted for too.

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Another common trend in Thailand is a JDM-like row of gauges on the dash, and in this respect Toon has gone all-out with six traditional Defi meters plus a Defi-Link Display unit.

In gunning for a 10-second ET on the quarter-mile, Toon rebuilds his engine with a revised combination every year. He’s getting very close to his goal now, and on one of his recent runs at the strip he managed a mid-11-second pass while falling out of the groove and having to save it. Check out the video below.

7’s Day in Bangkok might not be as big as what Dino experienced in Tokyo, but that’s not what is important. What is important is the love that the enthusiasts have to come together and celebrate the rotary, whether it be in Japan, Thailand, or anywhere else around the globe.

One thing’s for certain – I need to get back here again. Same time next year, perhaps?

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography

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1

Ironically, i just put down a super street mag featuring that FD with the R Magic kit. Under the hood is a ported 13b with a single Greddy T88-38GK producing 720 hp.

2
Jay Soh Tsu Chung

And apparently, this is the only car beside R-Magic's own machine to sport this kit.

3
Rich E Wavy Kariuki

Really? I could've sworn I've seen it a few times, just not with the full R Magic livery. Looks much better with it.

4

That's pretty wild.. wish I could have met the owner that night v.v

5

Haha well there you go ^^ the mystery is solved!

6

Haha was about to say the same! Sick FD no doubt.

7

Oh man. That FC looked sweet, more on that!

8

Right?! I'll definitely have to go back and make sure to find that FC ;)

9

amazing in one place.

10

I'm glad that's 7/7 days seen in my hometown are more colorful then in Bay Area. Thank you Ron.

11

Your quite welcome ^^

12

I'll be honest, I was at 7's day Japan this year, and I think, while Thailand's 7's day might of had way less cars than Daikoku did, the variety there might of been just as good if not better! At Daikoku I found myself wondering if I hadn't already seen certain cars because a lot of them looked alike. Not downplaying Kanto at all but I would of had a blast shooting at that event!

13

That's rather interesting! That was the feeling I had in Thailand, but again, the time that I could arrive at the venue, it was dark and raining so I fear a lot had already left. It was a blast though and would recommend checking it out next year ;)

14

Still awesome coverage bro!! Those cars look really interesting! It would be nice to go back to thailand and see how the scene is! They do crazy stuff there as well, i'm aure you've seen.

15

Haha they really do! Still trying to figure out ways to show it all ^^

16
Christian Clark

The FD with blue Greddy livery is goddamn beautiful. *wipes tear away* *slow clap*

17

Lol I love the *slow clap*

18

Does anyone know what type of fender mirrors these are on the green sa22c

19

Amazing story man, great photos. I was suprised that here is so much RX7s there. And so many with ReAmemya kit. I know its not much veriety, but Seeing all those cars together is breathtaking. Id go for a red FC first tho, looks amazing :o

20

Yeah, they seem to love Re-Amemiya in Thailand and they do it 110 %.

21

I like how that blue FD had looped hose over the ends of the T-bolt clamps, might have to do that so I don't stab myself again.

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