As the day wore on, and my duties track-side came to a close, I was afforded more time to spend wandering around the sea of RX-7’s on the other side of the grandstands.
By this time the majority of attendees had arrived and the event area of Fuji was packed to capacity with rotaries of all different types. The shear variety alone was enough to keep my interests piqued for the rest of the afternoon into the evening. The weather was holding steady and with no rain, I was free to roam the grounds and search for some of the best builds at the meeting.
This FD garnered a lot of attention on our Instagram page – the slightly subdued Maziora paint was a great fit for the aggressive lines of the TCP Magic kit and the classic bronze of the TE37 Sagas. The raw, solid center-mounted wing stands were a nice touch as well. This was among my favorite FD’s at the meeting.
Another favorite of mine, albeit because this is my favorite widebody kit for the FD, was this freshly painted, silver RX-7 wearing FEED’s new GT3 kit with optional front add-ons. This is such a great example of how you can transform a 25 year old car into something that looks like it could have been developed last year. The GT3 is a great mix of street and track, and although very wide, wouldn’t be out of place parked in let’s say, a grocery store. There was one very, very large issue I had with this particular car though – and that was the ride height.
When I’m looking at cars built by people I don’t know, I try to always have the mindset of ‘to each his own’. I’m sure the owner has a reason for keeping the height at near stock levels, or maybe he just hasn’t gotten around to that portion of the build yet. Maybe his street has a lot of large potholes that are unavoidable.
Whatever the case, that’s fine, but look – I lowered it in Photoshop and it’s much better.
The RE X-Response 7 – I meant to go back and get more shots of this from the front, because I really like the front end, but time somehow slipped away and my memory is awful. This build in its entirety is really cool. Amemiya actually relocated the engine lower and further back to better distribute the weight of the 500hp 13B. I’m sure you can look it up online, but the front end reminds me of a prototype car. Which is cool to point out because you can’t see it at all in this photo…
This cool FD is a customer of Hara’s at CSG and participates in the Brig Hillclimb Challenge series at Ontake Mountain – the one that exploded back in 2014. He was also rocking one of our Takahashi tribute decals. I saw a lot of these throughout the day and it just made me feel super good about how well remembered that guy is gonna be for some time…
Young boy and One’s apprentice Kazuki Sato was there with his ever-evolving FD build. I like that he’s getting more aggressive in his exterior mods, and I think that once this is all painted and done it’ll be looking really nice. He tracks it regularly and if he stays on the path he is now, he will almost definitely be among the fastest of the next generation of Japanese time attack drivers.
There was certainly no shortage of TCP Magic kitted FD’s at Fuji that day. I feel like it’s slowly taking over RE as the kit of choice, although that’ll probably never be true, they are certainly making a dent in the power house of RX7s.
I was drawn to this beautiful example of a FD mainly because of what it didn’t have; no aftermarket mirrors, no GT wing. Just a mildly aggressive touch to the front end, great ride height and great wheels.
A car that I had no idea would be present due to how far away he lives, but was super stoked to see was the BE Craft FD. I have been following him on Twitter for years and have seen his car in a bunch of different phases.
I hadn’t seen this car since 2014 at the GLOW Attack Meeting in Doitsumura. I have to say, overall, it’s looking much more ‘updated’ so to speak since then. The red accents, new ride height and wheel choice round out the car well. I wonder if the same person owns it (*EDIT* Yes, Yusuke still owns the car!). Considering that it’s been over 10 years since it was built, it’s surviving rather well.
The best FC of the event, hands down. I was really hoping to see more well done FC’s (was especially looking forward to seeing Ito-san, but he couldn’t make it), but being able to see this car was very cool.
Closing out the second round of coverage I wanted to sort of highlight this car. Not content with sitting idly by in the Attack off-season, awhile ago Yasuhiro Ando undertook the project of building a second RX7 specifically to drift in. The finished build was unveiled at the Rotary Spirit meeting.
A complete Wisefab front lock angle kit ensures that he gets the most degrees out of the front steering without sacrificing durability when he slams the tie-rods. The Wisefab knuckles and arms are much stronger and are built to take the abuse that comes along with drifting.
Stoked to see him out getting sideways – sort of makes me want to go drifting too. Hope you enjoyed the photos, I’ll do my best to edit more this week, but probably not as most of my time is going towards getting a draft of the new book ready.