In Sapporo, Hikkaido, I left the Snow Festival in hunt of some gloves to stop my paws from freezing, and stumbled upon this Nissan museum of sorts. It only had a few cars, but what great cars it had
This was a GT car, complete with scrapes, exhaust soot and tyre wear
But it wasn’t all modern cars, this 240Z car looked great
But my favorite was this Skyline.
It’s amazing what you find just walking around!
I’ve been to Hiroshima, am now in Kyoto now and am going to B-projects tomorrow, so I have plenty of interesting things coming up for you.
While in Otaru, Hikkaido, I was having dinner and got chatting to the Japanese guy next to me. He shouted me a beer – then he took me to all the flashest bars in town. He invited me to his shop the next morning, but I had no idea what I was in for. It turned out that he was the owner of a fresh seafood shop and restaurant, and he sat me down and fed me a whole crab, half BBQ and half boiled! Thanks, Sato Ichirou!
I’m a bit of a fan of the old KP61 Starlet, with its light weight and RWD configuration. There is even one that used to compete in D1! On my way out of the JCCA, with a full CF card and no battery power in my Canon, I nabbed this TS Cup styled Starlet with my phone
Do you get a bit of a sense of awe when you are up high in the mountains, looking out over an incredible view? I know that when my family and I hiked the Overland track in Tasmania over 5 days, when you stopped for a gander the place would take your breath away. I think this is especially true when you haven’t just come to the place for the view, but rather something you enjoy. My point is, you really can’t describe how amazing Ebisu Circuit is until you have been here, but hopefully this picture will help convey my message. Thanks Andy and Em of powervehicles.com and the German and Swiss guys for making it a fun day!
It was a last minute decision to head out to Matsushima, about a half our train ride from Sendai, but definitely worth the effort
I think the real attraction about this place is it’s seaside setting. It is located in Ishinomaki Bay, but has a view out over the Pacific – well, on a clear day at least
The landowners around here put alot more effort into their houses and shops – even little details like this fence
This bridge lead out to a little temple on a tiny island. What was of more interest to me, however, was the oyster shop just out of sight to the left. The shopkeeper insisted on steaming it against my request, but it was very tasty and warmed me up despite the icy ocean gusts of wind
Even the train station was pretty. I think the lack of visibility (due to snow) put a dampener on things, but it was a very enjoyable outing
If ever you are in Japan, don’t give Sendai a miss. I chose it for it’s proximity to Ebisu Circuit, but it’s wide, tree lined streets were beautiful, especially in the snow
When I arrived in Japan, I emailed Alexi from noriyaro.com/ about some ideas of things to see. You can understand my excitement when he told me about the Japanese Classic Car Association meeting! Here is a quick post about the Sunnys (Datsun 1200s) I found.
Kazumasa Hirota’s TS Cup car was my absolute favorite. I have wanted to see it for a long time, and couldn’t believe my luck.
Beneath the bonnet is a pretty special a12, out to 1300cc and with lots of fruit. I’m visiting his shop later in my trip so I’ll fill you in on the details.
This four door Datsun 1000 is the only B10 I found at the meet. I’m fairly sure it packed an a12.
This KB110 had an a15 with quad Mukunis – bike carbs. I’m was hanging out to hear it start up!
This man couldn’t believe that I owned a sunny, done up similar to his.
However this is without doubt the best street Sunny I have ever seen, owned by Kenji Mihashi. It is for sale for 1.6million yen, I believe.
Hirota built the engine for Kenji, and it is a work of art.
An original GX-5 done right.
I couldn’t leave out this FWD, a-series Cherry!
This Sunny looked menacing, but had a fairly standard drive line.
I’ll leave you with this two door. Read the story about it on beeoneoneoh.wordpress.com/
Would you like to see the Skylines and Truenos of the event, too?