Whenever the topic of classic Japanese cars comes up, one of the most frequent refrains we hear goes something like, “I used to have X car. I wish I had never sold it.” It seems that no matter who you are, there is a car in your history that you wish you’d kept. We definitely have a few regrets among JNC staffers: an S13 240SX, CB7 Accord, FD RX-7, BB6 Prelude, and so on. Misery loves company, so tell us about your tragic mistake.
What car do you wish you hadn’t sold?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your must-see Japanese automotive destination?”
If we were judging on sheer effort, f31roger would win by a mile because of his epic dissertation on the topic. We’ve never been to Suzuka Circuit, but that got nominations from both Land Ark and dankan. On the other hand, j_c chose Fuji Speedway but a very specific aspect — the NISMO Fest bus tour that takes place on the track while race cars zoom by. Unofficial gatherings were popular too, with Lupus choosing Daikoku Futo and エーイダン going for the Wangan or Mt Akagi. However, the most touching answer this week came from Toyotageek, whose heartfelt answer won the day:
I’ve been fortunate to visit a number of automotive places in Japan, especially Toyota related, from AMLUX, Megaweb and the History Garage, Toyota Automobile Museum, Sakichi Toyoda Memorial House, Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, and the Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, to other venues like Twin Ring Motegi and the Honda Exhibition Hall, to the eclectic Ikaho Toy, Doll, and Car Museum.
But my favorite must visit destinations are the homes and garages of my friends….
Michimoto-san’s and his 2000GT – where else can I can out with his fellow 2000GT owners and cruise the Tokyo nights in a 2000GT?
The Maehara brothers where Toyota runs in the veins of several generations – where else can I visit the family museum Maehara 20th, have a BBQ with friends and sit in a Toyota Origin?
The garage of Makoto Dohi, Yotsuba Auto – where else can I visit and hang out with the maestro of Sports 800’s and drive the coutryside of Utsunomiya with a small band of “Yota-Hachis” feeling the open road beneath us, and enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of rural Japan?
The list goes on, but I’m sure you get my drift.
Those corporate locations and museums are great, but the best destinations are the ones where memories are with friends. Those are the true must see and do destinations for this Toyotaku. 🙂
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!