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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

You Cannot Beat Tokyo Automobile Tradition

Attending a secret Tokyo underground automobile meet is one thing on nearly 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 through the Golden Week vacation, Mori-san reached out to his community and a plan rapidly got here collectively.

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The thought was easy: an invitation-only gathering at a novel location, known as the No Title 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 web site 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 sequence of floodlights alongside the warehouse’s entry highway created an incredible wanting scene.

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I nearly thought the meet can be a bit too darkish to shoot, however the lighting simply offered a possibility 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 proper alternative to convey it out.

Heading into the town and right down to Shinagawa Wharf, there was loads of automobile exercise. Being Golden Week, nearly everybody was off from work, and what higher option to have fun 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 a superb evening.


It’s not typically 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.


A few of the automobiles have been moved contained in the loading bay to make extra space outdoors, the primary being this clear Porsche 993 owned by LA Kenta from Tokyo Drive Automobile Membership.


Inside moments, this space was stuffed to the brim with an superior collection of automobiles.

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


The automobiles have been packed so tightly in truth, that it was exhausting to maneuver between them.


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


This EG Civic hatchback, which now we have seen numerous occasions earlier than, is each a race automobile and a present automobile.


Its Idemitsu-themed livery is completely on level.


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


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


Souki-san is perhaps finest identified for his wide-body Lamborghini Diablo VT, however in terms of 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 at the very least a dozen occasions all through the night!


As Alec and I made our rounds, much more automobiles have been arriving outdoors.


I headed out and located every part from a Y-plate S30 Fairlady Z to an Impala lowrider.


At 11:00pm, after a superb few hours on the location, the meet began to wrap up. It had been loads of enjoyable chatting to so many guests from so many alternative international locations, who have 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 by way of 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 in every of 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 good for a late-night hold.

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It’s meets like this that preserve the wheels of automobile tradition handing over Tokyo and the final Bay space. They’re additionally a good way to proceed assembly the passionate homeowners of some unbelievable automobiles.

I hope you appreciated this one!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: dino_dalle_carbonare

Alec Pender
Instagram: noplans

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