Off on the rails! Time to get out of the mountains, and take the bullet train towards Nagoya!
Not Fuji-san, but a cool view from the train nonetheless.
At the train station in Okazaki, we had a surprise guest. Oppo’s own Flavien Vidal met us at the station with his gorgeous factory-turbo RE-Amemiya-tuned SA22C.
He refers to this car as “Spacious and reliable.”
At that point, we somehow managed to cram the three of us and all our luggage into that car, and headed out to a friend of his’s shop.
Yup. That’s what he called it.
There really was a crazy collection of cars there.
Amazing Panhards, (Which Flavien notes I pronounce incorrectly)
and Wankel-powered NSUs.
Flavien ushered us inside the building. All I’ll say is the Japanese are a lot more trusting than I would be if it were my shop.
The owner of this shop loved bikes, but that Z50 was NOT for sale, I was told.
Old Daihatsus are really forgotten these days, but this thing was in really good shape.
I’ve been told this Lancia is sold.
It is extremely rare to find Japanese text on cars. You could tell this was something special.
The place had a quite a bit of clutter, but that only added to the charm.
“This was the owner’s daily driver for a while.”
All these cars had the keys in the ignitions, even the ones outside!
It took a little effort, but the 360 fired up in a small cloud of blue smoke.
That little 2-stroke actually worked pretty well!
Next stop, we visited a location where a few cars just sat derelict. “He won’t sell any of them.” Flavien mentioned.
Tommi Makinen edition Evos are unheard of in the US, but this guy was just dropping his kids off at the mall!
At this point, we had to stop at one of Japan’s famous car accessory shops, AutoBacs, and man did we find some good stuff.
There were a LOT of in-car cameras.
These seat covers had fake leather and punching!
Have you ever seen this many air fresheners?
Air freshener names. Presented without comment.
Even among Japanese cars and the surroundings, I still doubt Flavien’s comment about his RX-7 being “spacious.”
We visited a scrapyard that would barely sell anything, but man they had some cool stuff.
A rare Mazdaspeed AZ-1, on top of a Mini.
2 door Amazons, 280ZXs, Bathtub Porsche replicas...
Figaros, Be-1s, Beats. It’s a shame. They’re all scrap. Nothing we can do.
At that point, we went and got some dinner, discovered there wasn’t much night-life in Okazaki, and made plans for tomorrow. Toyota Museum bound!
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