You know what’s difficult? Travelling to Japan with carry-on luggage only! As much as I tried to not pick up anything new on my recent short visit to Tokyo, I seemed to just keep acquiring things left, right and centre! I mean, okay… perhaps I didn’t really try that hard. 😉
It wasn’t until I got back home that I realised just how awesome some of it was, so I thought I’d put a quick post together with a few photos. Plus I realised that Pedey did actually take a few photos before the Nostalgic 2 Days show too so I’ve included a few of those as well.
When we first arrived at the Pacifico Events Centre in Yokohama on the Sunday morning, we met up with my good friend Shin Yufune, the owner of this battle-hardened ‘3100GT’ Hakosuka Skyline, who was parked downstairs with his friend Keisuke.
A lot of the cars parked down there were owned by people there for the event, so naturally there were quite a few other interesting cars floating about. Just across from us was this R32 GT-R and a very sweet little Toyota Sports 800. I’d never seen one of these cars before! It really made the BNR32 look massive.
Anyway, Yufune-san had given me a bag with some goodies and I didn’t get the chance to properly look through it until now. He’d included a few of my favourite magazines, and after flicking through them I realised he was actually in ALL of them. That is so cool! That’s his car (and his friend’s car) on the cover of G-Works magazine – the text reads “multilink drifting Hakosuka hard top & sedan”.
Mr Yufune is a regular at Mobara Twin Circuit, and I actually went there and wrote a story about him a couple of years ago. You can read it here.
And here’s another photo of him drifting, this time featured in Doriten! His friend’s SR20-powered 510 makes an appearance in there too. Unfortunately Yufune-san managed to scrape the barrier while he was at this event and it actually did a pretty decent amount of damage to the rear of his Hakosuka. He’s a pretty handy guy though, so of course he’s almost fixed it completely.
As if these things weren’t enough, I bumped into my friend Shunsuke Matsutani from Osaka at the show as well, and he was there working on the Number 7 / Watanabe Racing stand, and he stocked me up with a bunch of stickers, t-shirts and even a really cool clear oil cap.
I can’t thank these guys enough for their generosity, and I feel really bad as I was totally unprepared to be catching up with anyone at the show and I didn’t bring any gifts to give in return (a massive faux pas on my part but as usual I was really unorganised!)
I’ve still got some more photos we took of some of the Fairlady Zs and other Skylines from the Nostalgic 2 Days event, so stay tuned for those soon.