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Monday, May 29, 2023

You Cannot Beat Tokyo Automobile Tradition

Attending a secret Tokyo underground automotive meet is one thing on virtually each fanatic’s bucket record when visiting Japan’s capital metropolis for successful of its automotive tradition. However regardless of the way it can seem on-line, meets like this are literally only a few and much between.

Due to that, having so lots of Tokyo’s finest modified automobiles collectively for a nighttime meet turns into much more particular, even when it technically wasn’t underground on this specific evening.

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The gathering was masterminded by Mori-san, the proprietor of a well-known ER34 Skyline I featured again in 2015 when it was first accomplished.

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Understanding that so many international guests can be on the town for Wekfest Japan in the course of the Golden Week vacation, Mori-san reached out to his community and a plan rapidly got here collectively.

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The concept was easy: an invitation-only gathering at a singular location, referred to as the No Identify Meet.

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I teamed up with Alec, Speedhunters’ latest contributor, arriving early within the night to catch the roll-in.

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These meets are often held in underground parking garages round Tokyo or Yokohama, out of website and out of thoughts. Nonetheless, this one was a bit totally different, taking on the loading bay and connecting carpark of an industrial warehouse.

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A collection of floodlights alongside the warehouse’s entry highway created an incredible trying scene.

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I virtually thought the meet can be a bit too darkish to shoot, however the lighting simply supplied a chance for barely totally different imagery.


I’m fortunate sufficient to be borrowing a pal’s NA1 Honda NSX-R for the month, so this meet was the right alternative to convey it out.

Heading into the town and all the way down to Shinagawa Wharf, there was loads of automotive exercise. Being Golden Week, virtually everybody was off from work, and what higher solution to rejoice than to get some driving and socializing in.

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Because the venue began to fill with all kinds of fantastic automobiles, I knew it was going to be evening.


It’s not usually that you just’ll see an NSX-R sat subsequent to a different two NSXs, however right here we had it. One was a left-hand drive Acura import from the US.


Among the automobiles had been moved contained in the loading bay to make extra space exterior, the primary being this clear Porsche 993 owned by LA Kenta from Tokyo Drive Automobile Membership.


Inside moments, this space was crammed to the brim with an superior number of automobiles.

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Climbing the adjoining constructing’s staircase gave top-down shot of the meet. You may see simply what number of automobiles had been crammed into this one lot, to not point out the overflow out on the road.


The automobiles had been packed so tightly the truth is, that it was onerous to maneuver between them.


Jun from Hardcore Tokyo arrived in type with two of his 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon builds.


This EG Civic hatchback, which we’ve seen numerous occasions earlier than, is each a race automotive and a present automotive.


Its Idemitsu-themed livery is completely on level.


The exhaust system of the Ford V8 on this De Tomaso Pantera is so dramatic trying.


Parked close by was Souki-san’s Nissan Leopard, which I used to be happy to have the ability to try intimately for the primary time. I nonetheless can’t consider this factor handed its shaken inspection on the strictest check middle in Shinagawa.


Souki-san could be finest identified for his wide-body Lamborghini Diablo VT, however relating to producing probably the most drama (and noise), his F30 Leopard kaido racer takes issues to a different degree. I will need to have dodged these takeyari exhaust pipes not less than a dozen occasions all through the night!


As Alec and I made our rounds, much more automobiles had been arriving exterior.


I headed out and located all the pieces from a Y-plate S30 Fairlady Z to an Impala lowrider.


At 11:00pm, after few hours on the location, the meet began to wrap up. It had been a whole lot of enjoyable chatting to so many guests from so many various international locations, who had been all blown away by the turnout. However the evening was not over.


It was time to get again behind the wheel of the NSX-R and hit the highway.

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Our vacation spot? An afterparty of types at Umihotaru Parking Space – the pure development for any good meet in Tokyo.

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After assembling a small group of automobiles, we headed onto Wangan Doro.

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Cruising via the Tokyo Aqua Line tunnel in convoy with the Pantera, ER34 Skyline and slant-nose 911 was an actual sight. However the sound… that was one thing else!

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Ever because the police began shutting down Tatsumi and Daikoku Parking Areas, Umihotaru PA has develop into one among my favourite meet-up spots.

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It doesn’t have the cityscape outlook of Tatsumi or the ambiance of Daikoku, however Umihotaru’s well-lit parking areas, eating places and conbini make it excellent for a late-night cling.

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It’s meets like this that hold the wheels of automotive tradition delivering Tokyo and the final Bay space. They’re additionally a good way to proceed assembly the passionate house owners of some unimaginable automobiles.

I hope you appreciated this one!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: dino_dalle_carbonare

Alec Pender
Instagram: noplans

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