2020 Can’t Kill 7’s Day

As I drove down the ramp that leads into Daikoku PA, I really didn’t know what to expect. I was prepared to drive in, see no rotaries, and drive straight out. But it seems even the challenges that 2020 has thrown at us so far aren’t enough to keep people away from their automotive passion – in this case a unique, triangular-shaped one.

So I’m happy to report that 7’s Day 2020 was celebrated in Japan, even if the size of the gathering at the world-famous Yokohama parking area was a fraction of what we’ve become used to seeing over the last decade.


But then again, that was to be expected, and I was genuinely surprised at how many cars made the trek over on a weekday evening. It was a good turnout all things considered.


After visiting Pan Speed the night before, where I spent a good few hours talking to Komoriya-san, it was awesome having another day to ponder over all things rotary.


It’s in instances likes this that Daikoku PA becomes something akin to an automotive museum. These brand or model-specific meets act as both history lessons and a visual representation of current styles.


So while I was walking around taking shots of sweet rides like this clean FC3S on Work Seeker F40-style wheels, I was talking my eldest son through the history of the RX-7 and what makes it so special and different from other Japanese cars.


In retrospect, that was probably not the best idea as he’s been pestering me for two days straight, asking when we’re going to get an RX-7. He prefers the “rounder one,” but only if it has a big wing at the back.


I did try to steer him away from such ideas by delving into the reliability issues of the rotary engine, but the kid has a point: They look amazing and they sound unlike anything out there. Another one to add to the list, I guess…


Not that the thought of RX-7 ownership hasn’t entered my mind before. If you’ve been reading my 7’s Day posts for the last 10 years, you’ll already know that I do quite like FCs.


And there was a lot of FC goodness to feast my eyes on at Daikoku. I swear, the older these cars get the better-looking they seem to become.

Even better, every car in this red lineup was on period correct wheels.


This particular FC stood out to me the most. It reminded me of the tuned RX-7s I saw when I first arrived in Japan in the early ’90s. It’s so cool to see owners preserving this now vintage style.


7’s Day is also a reminder of how the Fast and Furious franchise grew the RX-7’s appeal. It’s funny, because we car enthusiasts made fun of the first few movies, ridiculing how they portrayed the scene and made the cars look tacky and cheap thanks to gawdy paintwork and graphics, and excessive use of nitrous and under-glow. The reality is that those movies introduced a new generation to modifying cars, which in turn ended up shaping the aftermarket world as we know it today.


Right, back to the proper JDM stuff… As I touched on earlier, the turnout at Daikoku was obviously down compared to what we are used to seeing, but that didn’t mean there was a lack of interesting cars.


The sheer number of aftermarket aero parts for the FD3S never fails to amaze me. You can sculpt something really unique with this platform.


On the other side of the coin, the older these cars get the more it makes sense to leave them stock bodied. Check out this zenki; aside from a body color-matched front lip, a decent ride height and a set of RAYS Volk Racing ZE40 wheels, it retains the factory look and rocks it beautifully.


This kouki on the other hand was bone stock, right down to its factory ride height and wheels. This really is something you don’t see every day.


For complete contrast, it makes perfect sense to bombard you with images of FDs as far from factory-spec as possible. Which style do you prefer?


And then there was this unfortunate FC3S owner, who arrived at Daikoku just as a patrol car was driving into the on-site police station. After the officers looked over the RX-7, they asked its owner to accompany them inside.


Fast forward 90 minutes and he rejoined the meet, albeit now sporting a koshou or ‘out of order’ sticker on the RX-7 because his wheels poked out too far from the guards.

Fans of JDM style buy replicas of these stickers online and display them on their cars to be, well… JDM. But you really don’t want to receive one from the Japanese police. Essentially, it means your car has to resit its shaken inspection, which can be a painful experience for modified car owners at the best of times.


Japan is getting stricter and stricter by the day when it comes to car modifications, so local enthusiasts really need to be extra careful.


That said, at least the police didn’t ruin the 7’s Day party until later in the evening, which allowed a few more owners to arrive and join the display of rotary goodness.


Had this yellow FD turned up when the police were pulling over the red FC, I’m certain it would have received a nice red sticker too.


‘No officer, it’s stock height I promise. Look, it only rubs a little bit…’


As day began turning to night, it reminded me of just how important it is to have places like Daikoku PA to hang with your friends on special occasions like this.


For a few hours we all forgot what a crazy year 2020 has been so far, and instead just enjoyed cars as we’ve done since forever.


Just as I was about to put my camera away for the evening, I snapped a couple of images of this sick wide-body RX-7 as it rolled in.


For me, it only reinforced the fact that the FC3S rocks, and that Mazda did things so right back in the day with the whole rotary movement and the evolution of cars it spawned.


7’s Day 2020 at Daikoku Parking Area was an awesome evening out until the police moved everyone on. While the majority of cars headed over to Umihotaru PA, I called it a night and drove back home extremely satisfied.

Our next appointment with Daikoku PA will likely be on August 6 for 86 Day, but until then I trust this was a post you really wanted to see from Japan.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino



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Dino, the saviour of 2020. Still bringing us epic photos and proof there is still hope in the current endless wave of bad news. Yay!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks! Risking my life for you guys lol


Im in heaven... flood of FC pics...moarrrr please....(personally i love fc than fd ) arigatou dino san

Dino Dalle Carbonare

My pleasure!

Jay Soh Tsu Chung

What kit is that last FC using? It's giving me Koenig vibes...

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah it confused me that one, looked like a Scoot one but not 100%


Dino, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I've wanted to go to 7s Day in Japan for too many years and honestly thought this was the year it would happen. However, the way things turned out meant I wasn't allowed into Japan.
Seeing your images has helped me get over it and wait til next year. Keep up the amazing work.

Irish Rotary Nut

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Ah man sorry to hear! 2020 has properly sucked you know what! Hope to see you there in 2021!

phantom2468 .

Dino I must say this article brightened up my day. I was supposed to move away from Japan this year. But with the current human malware going on I can't do it. But this made me reconsider staying a little while longer. This reminded me of the joy the car culture of Japan brings. I hope to attend this event one day with my own FD.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Hey man I know Japan can be somewhat overwhelming at times but you got to concentrate on the stuff that brings a smile to your face. I'm happy to hear this post did this for you! Get your FD and see you in 2021!


No series 1s at all!?!?! Oh well.

Any RX-7 is the best Rx-7 though.

Love 7s day.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

If you mean the SA22 the third picture down is literally just that, an orange first gen RX7?


I'm not sure what series it is now that I look at it more closely. Its got parts from possibly all three series; series 3 front bumber and rear taillights, series 1 rear bumber, some series 2-3 side mouldings. The one pictured is probably a series 2 based on the seats would be my guess. Although in Japan it wasn't alwayssto cut and dried as here in the states or in other non-JDM markets.


It's '84. Rear lights are '84, rear bumper is from '78, side moldings are taken away, front bumper is ERC (designed to fit '80-'85 side molding). Seats are one Recaro and one from FC (a limited leather version in '91).
There were only two body types in 1st gen SA22C in Japan. Pre-80 and Post 80.

Tom Westmacott

Apologies for leaving the eighth comment, but couldn't not thank you for delivering these fantastic images and sharing the JDM rotary dream with the rest of the world.

The sheer number of aftermarket aero parts for the FD3S never fails to amaze me either, especially as they all represent elaborate and expensive ways to spoil it.

To me, if you're going to take on the care of a rotary engine, you might as well make it worthwhile. The lighter weight, gorgeous styling, double wishbones and all-around sheer passion and focus of the "rounder one" make it the car for me. The FC is a fantastic 80s period piece, but the FD is a timeless superstar.


The FD is a pretty car..but the pop-up lights really date the car, which is why I personally, wouldn't call it timeless. I'm probably in the minority in this, but I think the FD looks better/more modern, with a fixed headlight conversion. In terms of the prettiest of the 90s Japanese sports cars, the Z32 is the best looking of them all, in my view, but the FD is a close second though.

Tom Westmacott

Certainly beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and not everyone rates pop-ups ;-) I'd say cars like the Muira and 2000GT are timeless, maybe I just haven't accepted that pop up lights are a thing of the past!
Agree that the Z32 looks great - short wheelbase, light colour, and a slight drop on some wider wheels, lovely.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Agree, the FD truly refuses to age! It's pretty amazing if you think about it. Like Komoriya touched on the other day in the other post, I really do wish Mazda supported these older cars more. They should have MazdaSpeed offer restoration and modernization packages. No brainier really, plus it would do so much for the brand, would get so many positive vibes out there. Now all Mazda seems to be about is an AWD 250 HP Turbo Mazda 3? Like what is that about? It's 2020 and 250 HP is exciting? Mercedes is making quasi 400 HP A-classes and Mazda tries to get us excited about a 250 HP "Performance variant." Lame.

Tom Westmacott

Indeed, Mazda will NEVER get another rotary past emissions laws. However, what they can do is re-work some of the 78,000 FDs that left the factory between 1991 and 2003, generating excitement and crucially reminding people that they have a wonderful heritage of high-performance sports cars - which would be the perfect support for their attempt to move upmarket.


I will own a RX7 at some point in my life!

Any photos of the veilside fortune wearing RX in the 2nd last photo :)

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Me too!

Sorry no pix, but I'll post one for you today on my IG @dino_dalle_carbonare


yes SiR 7 Goodness from the Land of JDM.
anyway its not so bad if you trade Project GTR to a rx7 ummmm exciting what would a RX7 look like if Dino owns it.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Hey let's not get any crazy ideas here lol I'd say if I owned an RX-7 it would be all about performance with balance and very simple looks.


Wouldn't it be incredible to wake up and get up just to go to your garage and feel and body lines of the rx7, and hear it rotary nirvana in cold breezing air. most of all drive it like crazy cause you can't stop smiling.


beautiful cars and photos thanks for sharing

Dino Dalle Carbonare

My pleasure :)


Always love your commentary and pics!!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thx man!


Great content. Definitely an event I want to see in person some day. I had a FC for 10+ years and now finally own and FD. While the FD is the better car in every aspect, I would be lying if I said seeing the well executed FCs above makes me miss mine.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

I love the FD too, just have difficulties fitting in one!


I totally understand that!. I'm 5'10", 180" and I'm right on the edge of comfortable with the factory stuff. A proper bucket seat and smaller wheel would go along way imo.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Yeah I'm an extra 10 cm (substantial width too!) and it's ever so tight in there


My car barely made it in a pic lol

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Y plate?


Man I would love to have a RX7!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Get in line lol


[immediately jumps on Amazon and searches for "koshou" sticker...]

Dino Dalle Carbonare



2 weeks later...

*event cancelled*

Dino Dalle Carbonare



Don’t like my wheel poke, try my sword stroke - and the little piggy goes reeee reeee reeee all the way home.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

LOL what