It was just after 1pm on a Saturday and I was behind the wheel of my Toyota JZZ30 Soarer, following the spiralling elevated highway that leads down into Daikoku Parking Area in Yokohama. I’d arranged to meet my Yokohama-based friend Shin Yufune along with a bunch of his friends there, although I still wasn’t all that sure of what to expect. But as I pulled into the line of parks at the back of the PA, I was met with this glorious sight!
Quite a few cars had shown up – maybe around 10 or more – and they were all seriously cool! In typical fashion we all bowed at each other and introductions were made, and we started checking out some of the different cars that came along…
You might’ve already seen this video we made, but seeing as I got a bunch of photos too I thought I’d put together a blog post so you can see some of the cars in closer detail.
Daikoku PA is a public rest stop so there were heaps of people just passing by throughout the day, and naturally some were quite interested in the cars…
Under the bonnet was just as exciting, with a 2JZ-GE conversion running Rising L-Type ITBs. Nice!
This two-tone GX71 Cresta on SSR Formula Mesh wheels was running a 1JZ-GTE engine with a TD06 20G turbo, and it looked as through it could’ve come straight from the track; the stripped out interior housed a spare set of wheels and the owner’s helmet and overalls. It’s worth noting that Ono-san, the owner, drifts the car regularly alongside the white Soarer! (Click here for video proof!)
The pattern of cool old-school style continued with this awesome KP61 Starlet on Advan A3A wheels. The stripped interior was all business too, with a pair of Recaro seats, harnesses and a half cage.
A badge on the rear hinted at what could be found under the hood; make sure to watch out our video to see/hear it!
This is Yufune-san’s GC10 ‘drift Hakosuka’ Skyline. Out of all these cars, I don’t doubt this one gets driven the hardest! Powered by a monster L31 breathing through 50mm Mikuni carbs, the S13 Silvia rear subframe-converted Skyline sees regular track action, and it’s also his only car! I was lucky enough to go for a few passenger rides with Yufune-san last year at a few different circuits around Japan… here’s some video footage if you’re interested.
A second GC10 Skyline; this one was in beautiful condition with more of a classic restored look. It was attracting a lot of attention…
Perhaps partially due to the fact that the owner was a beautiful woman! This is Agnes, a passionate car enthusiast who runs an automotive parts business with her husband. Check out her Facebook page for her Hakosuka here.
There are many women in Japan who’re into drifting and motorsports, but Agnes is only the second female classic car owner I’ve come across in Japan. She was so nice and I’ll have to try and stay in touch with her!
The Kenmeri was also running an L28 on ITBs, and damn it sounded awesome! The owner was an older, quiet gentleman who politely nodded when we met him, then proceeded to start the engine and rev the sh*t out of it!
I won’t lie, it felt pretty cool being able to drive my own car to Daikoku PA. There’s just something very special about this place… when you stand there and imagine all of the amazing cars that’ve sat in the very parking space below your feet, it definitely gives you a little shiver down the back of your neck.
Weirdly, this was the first time I’d ever visited Daikoku during the daytime. Previously I’d attended meets here on a Friday or Saturday night – and nothing beats the atmosphere here in the dark – but I was surprised at how much fun it was!
There were many other casual meetings taking place at the same time as ours, including a large group of 86s. They were all of the new variety apart from this one panda Trueno at the very end!
A small Porsche gathering…
I really enjoyed the striking blue and gold colour combo on this 993.
A number of different GT-Rs rolled through while we were there too…
Just casually popping in to see what kind of activities were going on.
Just the fact that there are enthusiast cars in the background of most of these photos is pretty impressive, right? It’s just common knowledge among all petrol-headed people here that Daikoku is ‘the meeting spot’. People often ask about when meets take place here but the answer is that it’s ongoing. They’re all organised through small groups of friends like this, so there’s no way of knowing exactly what is going to be taking place there when, but generally on weekends and Friday and Saturday nights something will be happening.
All types of performance cars come here, from cheap and fun to low and wild and rare and exotic. All you really need to do is drive here, park up and sit and wait!
I’m so grateful that my love for old cars has led me to meet so many cool like-minded people like Yufune-san, Agnes and the others we met that day. We come from such different cultures and we might not speak the same language, but sharing a common interest really does go a long way in these sort of situations. どうもありがとうございました! 🙂