We'll Always Have Yatabe

Check out these sad photos from Yatabe Test Track, which the Japanese Automobile Research Institute opened in 1964. It may look like just another banked slab of concrete, but many a high-performance car was put through its paces here. And in 1966 it was the location where the Toyota 2000GT famously broke 16 world speed and endurance records, making the rest of the globe take notice of the nascent post-war Japanese auto industry. Today, the circuit lies broken and decrepit, overgrown with vegetation.


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4 Responses to We'll Always Have Yatabe

  1. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    What’s that red and white car?It’s really good looking!

  2. Jnostalgics said:

    It’s a Prince R380 II from 1967!

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