Tag: NSX

Tatsumi Pa

 

After spending most of the evening at Daikoku Pa we headed to Tatsumi, which is situated on the on ramp to the Tokyo Loop.

The two parking area’s had totally different vibe’s with the cars reflecting that. Tatsumi seemed to have more performance focused cars/builds and Daikoku was more stance/cruise focused.

This is primarily because Tatsumi’s placed perfectly for the late night racer, the Tokyo loop is the personal playground for all these performance cars. Throughout the night we would watch groups of racers head out onto the loop, charging out the carpark, only to return 15 minutes or so later. Racers would park up again, grab a drink from the vending machines, chat with other drivers and then organise heading out on the loop again. Watching this unfold and the other cars coming in and out was definitely surreal.

We managed to bump into Blake from Speedhunters with his NSX, I would strongly recommend his build articles on this car, it looked amazing in person and Blake was a really sound dude!

Seeing the bay and all of the skyscraper apartments from the parking area looked amazing, such an awesome backdrop to this very tasteful Porsche.

Seeing this Hako 4 door and Porsche parked up together, chatting away sort of encapsulates the Japanese car scene in general, its just about sharing that common interest and nothing else matters.

As a bit of a juxtaposition to the performance cars, this Subaru Legacy wagon was tucked away to the side. Crazy low ride height and mad fitment definitely made it stand out.

Tatsumi concluded an awesome day with Park, I can’t thank him enough for giving me the tour. I can’t wait to catch up with him again when I’m visiting again.

 

Tag: NSX

Okayama Super GT

 

After ending up partying all night in Sendai, I jumped on an hour long ish bus headed for SUGO. Possibly my favourite track of the Super Gt calendar. Arriving at the gates was surreal, the track’s damn near built on top of a mountain.

Seeing Super Gt in person for me has really been a bucket list thing for me ever since I first caught a race stream on Reddit a long long time ago, Gran Turismo also introduced me to the legendary cars far far before I knew quite how special they were too. It really blows my mind that more people outside of Japan don’t know about the race series that is so damn interesting and dynamic.

I jumped into the queue for the paddock access just as it opened and the pits began to fill with hundreds of people. I’d never experienced something quite like this at any UK track. Every single team was giving out gifts (including potted plants of all things!). I jumped between the crowds when I could to snap photos of the cars hanging in and out of their garages.

The sights, smells and sounds were really a whole other level compared to what I’d seen before. The whole place stunk of race fuel and burnt rubber. Seeing these cars in person really was special. The aero setups are far more tame compared to a few years ago, but they still hold such serious presense now.

I’ve always loved the Keihin cars, ever since watching the 2010 footage of them taking their first GT500 win here at SUGO in the HSV.

Unfortunately as I started to get into the flow of shooting the event, my camera’s batteries decided to call it quits. I think it was a bit of a blessing in disguise though as I just focused on enjoying an experience which really ment so much to me. I’m still blown away by these cars and have so much respect for the series. This certainly won’t be the last time I’ll attend a Super Gt race!