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Local "Classics" Car Event: A Disappointment

Weeks back, in mail I got a notice from Ferrari Japan, of a Classic Car Event at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, which is only ten minutes away from my house.

With a little anticipation, I got on my bicycle and showed up. To my disappointment, it turned out to be mainly a Lambo tribe meet.

The only Ferrari related venue was a small booth of one of Tokyo's Ferrari dealers taking potential customers for test drives in a California or 458, which I have little interest of.

Anyway, since I was there, with my camera, I took some shots of the cars, mainly being amazed that there are still diehard fanatic Lambo owners here and as you can see in the pics, take things to extreme.

The only cars that interested my were the Miuras (there were three, an S, SV, and Jiota look).
The other of interest was the old, 400GT Lambo.

Thought some of you would be interested to see the pics, so here's some shots. I can add more if there's interest.

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Jimmy, do I see a Red Countach on Air Ride suspension?!?!?!?!


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Jimmy, thanks for posting
Agree that the Miura is one of the best looking of all the tractors
Looks like it was a fun event despite the lack of stallions.

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Jimmy, on a side note I was surprised to see the number of vintage US muscle cars on the roads during my visits to Japan.

It has me thinking that if my wife ever sells her 1969 GTO (all original convertible) she might get a better price in Japan. It has ~50,000 miles on the original engine.
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Jimmy, do I see a Red Countach on Air Ride suspension?!?!?!?!
Josh, I believe so, and I can attest to the fact that you would find much more surprises, knowing the mentality over here.

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360 Modena, ... Tractors !!! I would be blasted out of the event by their almost illegal exhausts in symphony, if I utter a word like that ! All proud owners indeed, maybe a bit demented ?

You should see the Porsche clans here, they really go all out modifying their cars.

As for the American muscle cars here, yes there's a serious die hard bunch live and well in this Far East ! Only ten minutes away from where I live, there's this joint called the Mooneyes, originally a US diner/souvenir joint designed in the 50s/60s look. Maybe I ought to take some pics of the place. Talk about nostalgia.

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Josh, I believe so, and I can attest to the fact that you would find much more surprises, knowing the mentality over here.

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Using that Coutanch as an indicator, I would have I may not believe what I might find there! Although that is not the right car for that modification, I must say that I appreciate the Japanese' sense of creativity and willingness to personalize a car.

As much as I love preserved classics, I also very much enjoy modifying cars and taking them to an extreme that the OEM wasn't able to.


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Using that Coutanch as an indicator, I would have I may not believe what I might find there! Although that is not the right car for that modification, I must say that I appreciate the Japanese' sense of creativity and willingness to personalize a car.

As much as I love preserved classics, I also very much enjoy modifying cars and taking them to an extreme that the OEM wasn't able to.
Josh, same opinion here. I do admire these owners' spirit in creating cars of their own likings.

Since you are the professional, Josh, if you were there, you would have a field day finding out all these one-off things they do to their beloved cars. This is true with these Lambo owners and Porsche owners in particular.

I do find it strange because on the whole, the culture over here is not to be too much of a standout sore finger. Instead, people are not much of self expression group.

Another funny thing to notice is that most of these Lambo owners, if you see and talk to them in person, are on the whole, very unglamorous, almost lacking visible personality, so to speak. This country is full of dichotomy.

Glad you enjoyed those pics, Josh.

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That Miura "Jota" replica is a crime against humanity. How can you destroy the gorgeous Miura like that? A Miura should be 100% correct - it is a classic. "Pimp my ride" wheels should not be allowed.

On the modern Lambo's, I quite like most of the extreme versions here. It's not for me, personally, but I can appreciate their efforts.


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Onno, I agree, but the owner (whoever he is, loaded of course) seemed extremely proud and showed no hesitation whatsoever bragging almost ! Even the people who sponsored the event placed the car as one of the center pieces !

I can almost see your blood pressure rise !

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Sounds like it's worth coming out there to check out the car scene sometime. Do you have big car events with exotics in Japan, that someone would want to travel to Japan to see? Something like Amelia Island, Cavallino, Monterey Historics etc?


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Josh, afraid not worth your time and plane fare, probably.

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Josh, afraid not worth your time and plane fare, probably.

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Jimmy, I visited Japan twice, each visit was two weeks.
Once on holiday for an international 50' sailboat regatta
And once while doing some consulting work for Avon Japan.
I think a visit is well worth the T&E.

It's such a beautiful country with incredibly polite and friendly people.
I even managed to climb Mt Fuji to the base of the snow cap.

Seeing the cars would be icing on the cake!

Josh, if you ever have the opportunity, go for it.
Very different from Europe.
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I even managed to climb Mt Fuji to the base of the snow cap..
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Did you get a flag and stick with brands from all the tea houses?
If so, good on you!

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Jimmy, I visited Japan twice, each visit was two weeks.
Once on holiday for an international 50' sailboat regatta
And once while doing some consulting work for Avon Japan.
I think a visit is well worth the T&E.

It's such a beautiful country with incredibly polite and friendly people.
I even managed to climb Mt Fuji to the base of the snow cap.

Seeing the cars would be icing on the cake!

Josh, if you ever have the opportunity, go for it.
Very different from Europe.
Al, +1 there.

My negative comment was in reference to car events in general only.

If Josh wants to come for visit and anyone of you are coming out this way, I would be glad to offer my service out of brotherly luv !

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Al,

Did you get a flag and stick with brands from all the tea houses?
If so, good on you!
Boy, you guys are all experts, more so than me !

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Thanks Al, I'll do more research and add a visit to Japan on my places to visit agenda. Jimmy, you may not realize what you have done by extending that invitation! HAHA


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Thanks Al, I'll do more research and add a visit to Japan on my places to visit agenda. Jimmy, you may not realize what you have done by extending that invitation! HAHA
Josh, it would be my pleasure.

Our FL member, amanderu (Gus) was here in May and swift53 (Alberto from Fchat) and his family was visiting for the first time few months back and it was my delight make their stays more fun.

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thanks for sharing the pics jimmy.

any of these present? lol

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thanks for sharing the pics jimmy.

any of these present? lol

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Will, thanx for that link, very interesting. I was not aware that these modern mobs like such cars !

The more traditional yakuza status was Mercedes, but I suppose times have changed.

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