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Visiting the Toyota Historical Garage. Tokyo.

If you ever visit Tokyo there is place that you have to hit, the Toyota Historical Garage. Is very easy to reach, just take a train to the island of Odaiba and stop in the station with the same name. The are so many other things to do in the island, mainly all them related with having fun and enjoy with your family in case you have kids.

But  today were are here for cars. The museum is located inside the Shopping Mall in front of Toyota MegaWeb. That Shopping Mall has its singularity as you can walk your pet inside, the do shopping with your pet. But being back to the museum I have to say that is free admission and you are free to take photos if you want to re-visit every time you want when you go back to home. There are three sections, one for shopping, one for scale model exhibition, and the car exhibition. We will see today the car exhibition.

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The first car you spot is that red Jaguar E-Type, fully restored, clean and with the bonnet open to appreciate it well.

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It is a museum is owned by Toyota and has its name on it, but is more like a kind of car history review. With one of the most iconic cars of always.

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This Levin is the second car you spot when entering the Museum, also fully restored and so immaculate. It had about 144.000 km on the clock.

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Some euro rarities are also in the exhibition, from the Renault 4 you see behind this super rare MESSERSCHMITT KR that raced the Mille Miglia back in the time.

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Europe styled scenario for the Fiat 500, probably one of the most popular cars in south Europe in all the times.

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The japanese cars are placed apart, all them together, which creates a superb atmosphere, around you there are the most iconic japanese sport cars ever.

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This is a real Z432, this car was restored by the museum during the last spring. The workshop is inside the museum and your are able to see the technicians working in real time as you will see in some other photo.

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The Toyota 800, the car who has the honor to be the first sports car produced by Toyota.

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Another car very rare to spot in the street or even in the classic meeting is the Mazda Carol, with a very uncommon desing specially in the rear, this car makes you realize how family cars having changing over the years.

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One exotic, the Ferrari Dino. Today one of the most expensive Ferrari ever.

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Toyota created the Toyota 2000 after being successful with the development of the S800, the Toyota 2000 was probably one of the most clean and best designed Toyota’s until today.

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There were also a bit of American history in the museum, the good looking Mustang never gets old.

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Yes, there was a time when Citroën created great, powerful and luxury cars. Yes, it was long time ago.

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This is a 3SGTE engine developed by TRD. Toyota raced that engine on the JGTC Toyota Supra. This was a winning engine.

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On the workshop inside the museum a Cosmo is being restored and almost ready to be in the exhibition. Soon we will be able to appreciated in a closer look.

 

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Player’s Night. Meeting.

Last Saturday we have such a great night. I attended my first meeting in the city. It wasn’t easy to find the place but finally we manage thanks to Shota. I couple of calls solve my problem. There were a bunch of well done car as Japan used to be. Maybe due to some other meeting celebrated in Osaka this one was that big. But people of Kyoto is so friendly and the have so good taste for cars.

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That time when the JDM was a must is now like the old days, the Hawaii USDM style is on its maximum explosion and super fitting wheels are all around.

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A was looking that DC2 for longtime, so clean and simple, specially being yellow.

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Of course the JDM is not forgotten in Japan, for classic cars like this Hakosuka is the best way to suit your car. Watanabes are best choice for this cars.

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I was surprised to found at 3 Hakosuka’s in the meeting, normally you don’t use to find them in the street, but owners know when to enjoy the cars.

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Lots of Civic’s. Civic is still one of the most popular cars in the country despite the prices they are reaching. Specially for the SIR versions.

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This Spoon livered Civic takes most of the people attention, maybe because the livery but I think it remembers to the Gran Turismo a lot. Probably one of my favorites in the meeting.

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I just wish you could hear that kenmeri, both idling and running, probably one of the best kenmeri’s in the area.

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This EK9 was on the way to being transformed into a USDM version of the Civic, still some work to do but he almost has it.

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USDM is all over the Kansai area and Civic’s are best choice to turn your daily into a nice car. Tow hook’s, american plate holders and rear window stickers are a must lately.

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Now I just can wait until next month for the next meeting to see how’s up for having a good time. Enjoying with your friends and family no matter what time is it.

 

 

 

Rocky Auto: Part III

I finally released the last part of the visit to Rocky Auto. You know we don’t like to talk much in our post because at the end of the day what about we car is cars. So here are last photos.

In this third part are mostly finished cars.

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Original Hakosuka GTR engine, this is a masterpiece of technology for its age.

Rocky Auto: Part II

Welcome back to part two of the visit to the Nissan paradise. Classic Nissan paradise. I did the first post just and introduction of some cars that still need some work. Specially Z31 an other Z.

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I am a little special. Probably that C210 was my favorite car over that place. When something is not very popular, it starts to call my attention, but to being honest those cars here are very expensive. In fact every classic car here is tagged in a lot of Yen.

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Toyota V8 powered 240Z. Amazing sound that car. N/A V8 is beautiful swap for the Fairlady’s. Totally restored.

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First time I sat in a Hakosuka, great experience to check the gearbox. So sport for such an old car.

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Here there is a Honda S800, almost the only exception. There was also a modified Corona in the garage.

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There were many many Hakosukas, I have never seen so many Classic Nissan together.  I think because Rocky Auto has all them.

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Rocky Auto: Part I

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I remember this day like yesterday. When I travel to Nagoya to see my friend from Shiomi Garage he took me to one of the most impressive garages that I have never seen.

I decided to make various post about this incredible shop because I have many pictures and post them in once will so much.

The first thing you find when you spot Rocky Auto is a parking lot. At the entrance there are many Z31 and some other cars still waiting for restoration, maybe some are just donors, or maybe this place is also like a museum that no even Nissan has. This first part of Rocky Auto is about that parking. The parking itself is very much than you expect.

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This is as I said what you spot first, but then you get inside moving as best as you can for this kind paradise of nostalgic japanese cars. Let me show some examples.

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Random Daikoku Night

So I was out with my friend in his Cresta at Daikoku and there were some interesting cars present. The photos aren’t the best because my camera setting was bad and I didn’t have a tripod, but I’ve fixed that for my next Daikoku post which will come soon as well. Enjoy

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