Today is the day when Japan celebrates the Emperor’s birthday. Though the Japanese royals are just figureheads, they can still own pretty much any car(s) they want. The previous Emperor, Akihito, kept it 100 with a low-spec Honda Integra sedan. He stepped down last year, presumably to spend more time cruising around in his Teggy, so this is the first time the country is celebrating the birthday of the new Emperor, Naruhito. Toyota already gifted him a fleet of four Centurys, including a bespoke vert, but why should the patriarch of the Imperial Family settle for just four cars? A birthday seems like a good a time as any to request automobiles from your subjects.
What should the Emperor of Japan have in his garage?
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 best Toyota Corolla story?”
As we suspected, there were all kinds of Corolla stories submitted last week. A few of them, like Lee L and F31Roger were about the regret of not buying an AE86 for cheap when they had the chance. エーイダン has fond memories of getting his AE86, albeit in Hot Wheels form. On the other end of the spectrum, nlpnt shared a classic tale of life with a near-indestructible beater Corolla.
It was truly difficult to decide between three stories this week. Ian N spun an epic yarn about meeting a rally legend and his TE27, and Christopher Huffine relayed the legend of a TE38 that went 80,000 miles without an oil change, but in the end DallasD‘s saga of an AE85 becoming part of his family won our hearts: