It has been a while since I wrote an article on Tokyo Tuner. Between making videos, submitting articles to magazines, and becoming a full time contributor to Speedhunters, you can imagine the dilemma I have getting articles out for Tokyo Tuner as well. I’ll do my best, and from time to time (if time allows it) I’ll whip something up for everyone. However, I’m really leaning towards focusing Tokyo Tuner on films ^__^. Lets just see how the cards play out shall we ?
Enough of my rambling, lets talk cars!
With my expertise normally focusing on tuned, and customized cars, when it comes to classic cars, I’m definitely out of my comfort zone. I do however have a profound appreciate of classic styling and engineering that went into developing some of the worlds greatest cars, and love studying more about them when I get the chance.
So when my friends in the GT Terrorist group invited me to join them and some of their friends on a morning cruise to Oiso to attend the Car Magazine (カー・マガジン) weekend meet which primarly focuses on older, classic cars, I was game.
Even though we were meeting bright and early at Daikokufuto, my girlfriend was down for joining me. So, since it’s incredibly dangerous to take pictures and drive at the same time, I passed my camera to her and let her have at it.
It was quite the different experience hearing her command me to get closer to the cars or to move over so she could get a better shot.
And truth be told, she did a really good job!
As I mentioned earlier, the Car Magazine weekend meet is an event hosted by the magazine, and primarily celebrates classic cars of all makes and specs – perfect for me to a closer look at some rare and unique cars.
The first car that caught my attention was this Morris Minor 1000 Traveller.
The Morris Minor was one of the first British cars to sell more than 1,000,000 units, which may not seem like a lot now and days, but back in the 60’s that was something truly to celebrate.
The Lotus Europa is a tiny car. My friend owns one and rather enjoyed watching me try to get behind the wheel of his ( spoiler alert, I don’t fit). Body Shop Happy specializes in all things Lotus and brought their race spec Europa. I’ll get back to this beauty later.
Two cars that would be an absolute blast to drive on the many togues here in Japan. Which one would you choose as your weapon?
If you’re fan of World Rally Championships (WRC) , then you probably already know about the Violet GT. For Nissan, the 160J and Violet GT was its most successful car – winning damn near everything from 1979 to 1982.
The Fairlady 1600 entered production in 1965 and came with 1.6L inline four R16 mated to a 4 speed synchromesh transmission and was good for 96PS. The owner of this one has gone to painstaking lengths to keep everything as original as possible and nowhere is that more clear than in the interior. The toggle switches, padded dashboard, and the padded steering wheel was all added after 1968 to help meet safety legislations.
The Fairlady 2000 was lauded as a bargain sports car. The R16 inline four was replaced with a larger 2.0L inline four U20 mated with a 5 speed manual transmission, which at the time was a rare thing for a production vehicle.
The owner of this one has added a few modern touches in the interior and RS Watanabes match the car brilliantly. I truly would have loved to spend time with both of these vehicles.
Last and not least, the S30 – the first generation of Z cars was, and still is a highly sought out Datsun. This one spotting carbon fiber bolt on overfenders, and old school SSR Formula mesh wheels.
The car that needs no introduction. I really need to find one to do a video on. I think everyone would like to the see that yeah?
One of the things I enjoy the most when writing an article on Tokyo Tuner is the fact I can be upfront, and tell it like it is from my point of view. I had no clue what the hell this was when I first spotted it. Like, seriously.. No clue.
The fact that I didn’t know made the car all the more interesting.
As it turns out, this mysterious looking car comes from a company called Panhard – a French manufacturer that was more known for making light tactical and military vehicles. It’s also one of the oldest auto manufactures.
The Dyna Z was came with a 851cc two cylinder boxer like motor matted to a column mounted 4 speed manual transmission. The body was originally made of aluminium sheet due to the fact the need for building fighter planes was no longer necessary which left producers with a massive inventory of metal.
Definitely the biggest car at the event had to be this Rolls-Royce Wraith.
Back in the late 30’s, if you were a rich aristocrat and need a vehicle to lather you in the utmost of luxury, the Wraith was the best way to go.
Under the hood – a 4.3L straight 6 engine propels the damn near 2 ton of luxury forward while the hydraulic filled dampers which varied stiffness depending on speed made sure all passengers rode in the best of comfort.
The great thing about the Car Magazine event was the variety of cars that attended the meet – which created quite the juxtaposition if I’m honest.
As you would walk around, you would find the lot was filled to the brim with beautiful, vintage iron and steel in the form of cars and motorcycles.
But then right across from it, a heard of mid engine, V12, italian sports cars which, yes are just as beautiful (I might be slightly biased since this is one of my all time favorites) , but is a complete and polar opposite to a lot of the cars such as the massive Wraith.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is definitely a car I would love to cane around the togue. With 505 hp, 4 doors (so it’s more practical), and 6 speed manual transmission in Japan (sorry America..), and reasonable-ish price tag, what isn’t there to love about the Giulia?
Speaking of cars that would be fun to drive, Radical SR3 sporting a nice British livery.
With only a few examples of the 4 door R33 GTR ever made, it was quite a treat to see one with my own two eyes!
I’ve have seen a few A110s roaming around the streets of Tokyo, but this was the first time seeing one outfitted to go rally racing.
Apparently, it was the first for a lot of people as the car constantly had a crowd around it.
With Car Magazine hosting the event, they made sure to set up a few extra activities and booths for people to enjoy and buy.
One common theme that I’ve noticed at all the events are the over priced toy cars. Luckily, my apartment is too small to build up another collection.
However, something that was completely new to me was the free rides in some of the cars.
In a lottery like style, people would line up and hop in one of the variety of cars they had.
Once given the all clear, the cars would race across the parking lot at breakneck speeds before coming to a stop at the end.
I guess, depending on which cars you road in, ‘breakneck’ speeds could be a relative term as the little fiat 500 and MG couldn’t hold a candle to some of the cars that were giving people rides.
I was determined to find out how I could get a chance to try my luck and get a ride in a Lamborghini, but received a message from the group that everyone was about to head out for lunch. Time was up before I knew it.
Thus my time at the event was cut shorter than expected. However, I still wanted to try and put something together for everyone. Stay tuned for one special feature and more videos on the way!