You Cannot Beat Tokyo Automobile Tradition






Attending a secret Tokyo underground automobile meet is one thing on nearly each fanatic’s bucket checklist 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 a lot of Tokyo’s greatest modified vehicles 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 in the course of 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 singular location, known as the No Identify 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 normally 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 collection of floodlights alongside the warehouse’s entry highway created an incredible trying scene.

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I nearly thought the meet can be a bit too darkish to shoot, however the lighting simply supplied a possibility for barely totally different imagery.


I’m fortunate sufficient to be borrowing a good friend’s NA1 Honda NSX-R for the month, so this meet was the right alternative to carry it out.

Heading into the town and all the way down to Shinagawa Wharf, there was loads of automobile exercise. Being Golden Week, nearly everybody was off from work, and what higher solution to rejoice than to get some driving and socializing in.

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Because the venue began to fill with all kinds of wonderful vehicles, I knew it was going to be a very good 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 number of the vehicles had been moved contained in the loading bay to make more room exterior, the primary being this clear Porsche 993 owned by LA Kenta from Tokyo Drive Automobile Membership.


Inside moments, this space was crammed to the brim with an superior choice of vehicles.

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Climbing the adjoining constructing’s staircase gave a very good top-down shot of the meet. You may see simply what number of vehicles had been crammed into this one lot, to not point out the overflow out on the road.


The vehicles had been packed so tightly in truth, that it was arduous 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 instances 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 trying.


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 imagine this factor handed its shaken inspection on the strictest check heart in Shinagawa.


Souki-san is likely to be greatest recognized for his wide-body Lamborghini Diablo VT, however on the subject of producing probably the most drama (and noise), his F30 Leopard kaido racer takes issues to a different stage. I will need to have dodged these takeyari exhaust pipes a minimum of a dozen instances all through the night!


As Alec and I made our rounds, much more vehicles had been arriving exterior.


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


At 11:00pm, after a very good few hours on the location, the meet began to wrap up. It had been quite a lot of enjoyable chatting to so many guests from so many alternative international locations, who had 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 vehicles, we headed onto Wangan Doro.

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Cruising by means 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 change into certainly one 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 excellent 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 an effective way to proceed assembly the passionate homeowners of some unbelievable vehicles.

I hope you appreciated this one!

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: dino_dalle_carbonare

Alec Pender
Instagram: noplans

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