I’m finally back home, and had a chance this evening after work to edit another group of photos from our gathering at Fuji Speedway. You can check out the first post here if you missed it. Basically we wanted to try to create a more intimate approach to car meets; less hype, and more conversation. I think it turned out rather well and am already looking to organize another one when I return to Japan in the coming month. Like I mentioned in the previous post, getting the opportunity to chat about each build was pretty neat, and I walked away learning more than I’ve had in the past with hundreds of cars on the table. This way it gave the opportunity to for everyone to play the host role, and made for an overall more fulfilling time.
The variety of cars in attendance was more or less a small sample size of what you’d find at a larger meet. Be it full out track cars, street driven builds, drift cars, and show cars, there was a showing of each type. It wasn’t just the variety though, the cars were all really well built. You can tell the owners chose the best possible products to display the purpose and personalities of the cars.
There were more Evo 6’s than you’d normally be accustomed to seeing in one spot. Actually there were four in total; three of which we spotted at a PA along the way to Fuji. By the time the majority of those invited had showed up, the rain was coming down even harder. We planned for having the shelter at P12 so that made a huge difference in whether or not this meet was enjoyable haha.
This blue, carbon Varis kitted Evo belongs to Chika (@chikaevo). It’s one of the cleanest street builds that I’ve come across in this chassis. I mean, this is almost an 18 year old car, and despite Mitsubishi’s amazing job of keeping the body lines timeless, after 18 years almost anywhere a car starts to show it’s age. This could easily be mistaken for a newer car; the pictures don’t do it justice.
Speaking of, this mild-mannered looking Evo belongs to Takahiro Koike; a true motor sport enthusiast who spends as much time on track as possible. With full interior though, he has no problem driving this car to work if need be.
Yasuhiro’s Evo is in the same boat. No stranger to the circuit himself, he brought out his Unlimited Works tuned Evo. You know if Kaz at UW has his hand in a build it’s going to be a contender. This car is no slouch in the power department.
When the skies cleared a couple of the guys got together for a little group shot. The sun was a harsh change from the cloudy morning, and a horrible reminder that despite it being Fall, the temps were still unusually high. Seriously though, on a side note, it’s going to be 93 degrees tomorrow in Southern California…what the fuck.
I didn’t get a chance to catch the owner of this S2000 to talk at all, but at first glance I thought I was back home at a VTEC Club event or something. It’s a very simple looking build; something you may see in the states almost.
Yachita-san brought out his drift machine. I think this car gets driven so much that it’s not even worth repairing the URAS front end. He’s a really cool guy; we first met at Winter Cafe two years ago.
Hope you get a feel for the meeting, and keep your eye out for the last post!