Thursday, May 16, 2013

JAPAN CAR MEET APRIL 2013


As you may have noticed, there wasn't any coverage of the JapMeet in January. I did attend it, but only a handful of cars were present, and I thought it didn't justified a post. For the April edition however, a lot of things changed. Firstly, it now has an official name: it became the Japan Car Meet. Secondly, some attendants decided that the event deserved more attention, and went through a vast web campaign to publicize it.

The results were astonishing: about 70 cars gathered for this day, when compared to the dozen or so of the previous month, it was a huge improvement. Most of the regulars were here, and they were joined by  several new guys.



As day grew longer, I could shoot way more in natural light than ever. As I'm not very fond of flashes and other artificial lighting, it was the perfect day for me.



A huge work was made into the organization, trying to sort vehicles by make to optimize the parking place.



But enough about the organization, let's talk about the cars. While modern Evos tend to be more and more common here in France, classics like this Evo VI are still incredibly rare. This one was in complete stock form, save for the painted wheels.



Another car that a lot of people were waiting for was this FD3S freshly imported from Japan. My buddy Vincent had it shipped by our friends at JS Cars in order to turn it into a track-only drift machine. We will be following the build closely.



I've always loved 3rd-gen Prelude, and in fact, I actually hesitated between this and a MX-5 when buying my car. The low silhouette, the pop-up headlights and the thin taillights will always work for me.



Integras will always boast the image of the perfect FWD track car. If only it weren't for the look of the euro-spec headlights ...



Another car that I will always love will be the Mitsubishi GTO/3000 GT. While it may be a reliability and engine bay hell, it perfectly symbolize the craziness of the Japanese car makers in the 90s. It's stuffed to the rim with top-notch electronics, sport every driving feature you could imagine back in the day (a twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering coupé does sound awesome). And it looks absolutely gorgeous.



The sheer number of cars present attracted a lot of photographers. Many were lightly equipped, but some brought some more serious gear. I stole some of my fellow photog  Germain Durand some of his flashes for various occasions.



While this BNR32 is quite the regular by now, I still dig the way it looks, with these deep-dished Volks GT-P.



For this first ambitious edition, we tried to bring some food, in the form of a mobile pizzaïolo from Pizza Sokaï. It was proven a huge success, partly due to the guy himself and his bottle of various "medicinal" herbs he brought with him. It was like drinking gas mixed with ashes, and is the perfect way to spend the whole weekend in your bed.



I proceeded to takes some pictures of one of the cleanest Del Sol out there. I loved the way it looked, being so clean it could have rolled out of the factory like that.



Everything looked like it belonged to it from the start.



I particularly liked the rearend, with the refreshed taillights. I also liked the fact that i's not slammed to the ground, but retained a bit of ground clearance.



While the original car is not exactly the most beautiful one out there, this example made it for me.



And believe it or not, it was also the first time that I took pictures of my car.



And I will end with this rear shot of my beloved MX-5. Still, I need to fix this left window ...