The amount of influence that Amemiya-san has in the field of tuning Mazdas, specifically the RX-7, is arguably untouchable. The popularity of his designs and the overall originality of his creations are known not just throughout Japan, but the entire world. Walking through the showroom of Isami’s flagship shop in Tomisato, Chiba, you’re given proof of how much weight the name carries. Trophies from race events, car shows, and manufactuer recognition are plastered from one wall to the other. Momentos of achievement past and present line the glass cases along the walls of the showroom, surrounding the beautiful blue, Super GReddy clad demo car sitting front and center.
It was an unusually warm afternoon as we made the short drive from TM Works to RE Amemiya. Isami was in Tokyo for the day handling some prior business engagements, but seeing as how we were so close to the shop, Masao insisted we stop by to say hi to his friends who work there. As you can imagine, there is never a dull day here. The shop’s bays are always occupied with customer cars, and the lot is full of patiently waiting clients. Given Mazda’s reluctance to continue with the rotary platform, many consumers lack the ability to service their rotary-powered car at dealerships. Places like RE Amemiya are used to fill that void on top of all the aftermarket tuning they do. As a result, there is never any lack of business. Last time I visited this shop was years ago, so it was nice to come back without the timidness of my old, novice self.
The iconic demo FD was sitting outside, next to the wacky, bubble covered, 13B powered, NB Miata Roadster. The baby blue FD has a full amalgamation of RE exterior parts, starting up front with the Facer N-1 front bumper with a full compliment of carbon. AD kit sides with the carbon front fender generator continues the aggressive styling down to the rear of the car.