Here in Japan the weather has been rather cold, although I feel that January will be far colder then December. In addition the snow this year in Hokkaido has been massive. Presently I am in Chiba and have been between Yokohama, Tokyo and Chiba and on ocasion Saitama.
Christmas was relaxing not very elaborate and or exotic. Although there was some very spectacular and beautiful events for both Christmas and the Newyear.
Other notable moments was testing on the C1 pausing at about 200kph to see the Tokyo tower for a breif moment then it was back off out of sight on to the C1 testing.
One reason why I personally enjoy working in Japan with Japanese over sometimes American or European clients is the respect and attitude of most of my clients. They are always eager and ready to complete the project and there is no debate or issue or hastle.
One of my favorite clients and friends is ( Bigu-Aka ) a Red Porsche 911 turbo. The owner is a great all around guy and passionate about his machine.
I know many of you wish to see more pictures, however it is socially un acceptable to suddenly walk up to someone and take their picture with out persmission. It is a bad habit in America and amongest American under the age of 25. Often high in attitude and overly self appricating.
On the 19th of December at a parking area ( located ) somewhere on the C1. And I refuse to disclose the name of or exact location out of respect for my friends and kin alike.
During the 19th a group meeting of some of my clients was held and we had met up and discussed projects and events and simply caught up. Some of my clients waited about 8 months to see me.
The law enforcement usually arrives around 12 midnight as this is the time where parking structures close. The vehicles on hand were a slew of 911's in a verity of states of tune, the range was anything from 600HP to 240HP. The style and ideology is very different between the US market and DTM and Japanese market.
Along with many miss-conceptions both between US, DTM and Japanese markets. Most often it is the over excited over impressionable young American who thinks that everyone in Japan loves cars and is drifting or blasting along the Wangan.
Far from the truth, and it is often the over-egotistical european who under-estimates the American market. The Japanese have a miss-represented image of the US in many ways too. Sometimes it is difficult for them to grasp the magnitude of our market.
Later into the week post christmas we had met up again for further testing of Bigu-Aka. Testing was the focus and collecting data to refine the vehicles suspension, aeros, power etc was my focus not battling.
You probably are all more interested in what sorts of vehicles were around and on hand.
A lot of S2000's were out and about, along with a few BMW's.
Such being a Z3 M coupe and e36 M3. Ofcourse a FC3s and FD3s were quite popular. A few R35's were around but these in visual form were rather stock looking. However ECM tuning and or more is possible. Amusingly the Audi TT was rather popular, and a few Honda Civics and Integra DC2 & 5.
Ofcourse the common suspects, a Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer mostly older generations Pre Evo 8 were around. Also many Subaru's were around. The Mercedes is still a popular choice, due to the large displacement engine and rapid accel potential, ofcourse being able to suddenly accel is popular for Japan, not going to save you against somethign with legs back home in the US.
The most lame duck of the bunch was the S1 Lamborghini diablo, the owner was totally about fashion and no go. Same with the horrific shade of green I had seen in Shibuya.
I'll post some pictures once I get a chance.
cheers and happy newyear