Tight fit! Day 9 kicked off with Zee from All That Low picking 8 of us up from our hotel in a rented Honda van.
We then met up with the American crew from Royal Origin and then we were on the road.
First stop, the biggest Up Garage in Tokyo. Matty pulled the trigger on this awesome cammo HPI harness and Zee scored a hydraulic handbrake for $46 for his Aristo (which funnily enough he was thinking of selling, but after buying this he’s turning it into a drift project!)!
Zee then took us all to Up Garage GT, a more race focussed Up Garage. Alexi took us to this shop the other day but it was shut, so again, it’s just amazing how our luck is panning out on this trip!
So much wants.
Monkeys (also so much wants!).
Spotted in the car yard next door.
And this beauty.
I want that steering wheel + horn button combo, amazing!
Our crew was growing in size as another car load of American guys met up with us.
Across the road from Up Garage was this GT-R shop. You can have that R34 GT-R for $30k.
Zee then surprised us with a visit to Mines and we each individually greeted by President and CEO Michizo Niikura. I was having a pretty massive fan boy moment as I’d seen him in so many magazines and DVD’s over the years.
This super clean BNR32 was in the workshop. I got to show Niikura-san photos of my GT-R (which I told him came with a Mines ECU when I first bought it). He said “R32, Favorite!”.
Niikura-san pulled out their amazing R35 GT-R, unfortunately the famous R34 GT-R was not at the shop.
Mines Super Response Engine.
What a dream. Krysti got to sit in it too, and Niikura-san also told her that he though she was “very pretty” which had her squirming.
We then headed for Zee’s hometown of Yokohama. After a quick tour of the area (which was all lit up and had a great vibe by night) we hit Shakey’s for all you can eat Pizza.
It was time to hit Daikoku for Zee’s All That Low x Royal Origin Daikoku Night Meet. Walking back to the carpark we spotted this old man drumming away in front of a crowd of youngsters at a game parlour.
Zee’s friend Shingo’s amazing ride. Our van was packed, so Krysti got a ride in this beast!
Snapping necks! It just looked amazing rolling so low on the streets. Sounded beast too.
I was trying to snap a shot in the tunnel. Soon after I snapped this shot a bike rider popped a wheelie past Shingo’s car and hit the hard left up ahead with one knee down. What a sight!
Daikoku was absolutely PACKED! Zee did an amazing job of uniting the stance community in Tokyo!
Beautiful. We’re all falling in love with 4-door R34’s.
I’l take it.
This crew was called “Lifetime” and they had some absolutely sick rides.
Like this E46.
And this crazy R32 Golf.
Which didn’t have a rear bar.
This R32 Golf was amazing too, it’s roll cage lit up with LED’s when he drove off.
This scooter was on an air set-up and scraped the ground rolling in to the meet.
Loved this E46.
I’ve never seen so much hardcore camber in the one place.
Beauty. Not everything on the night was stanced up.
And as expected, there was just so much variety on show.
From old school VAG.
To new school madness.
Lots of cars were rocking USDM stickers. Illest etc.
There were also a lot of fun local stickers.
Had to take a snap of this Odyssey.
And one of my personal fave cars of the night. It was an oval window too!
A guy owned this!
The Bōsōzoku rocked up, they were loud, and visually spectacular. They all parked up in front of the Police HQ at the car park (Yes balls! And yes, there’s a police station at Daikoku!) and very soon after the Police came out to shut the meet down (they were amazingly nice about it and no one was defected!).
When one venue gets shut down, everyone seems to know where to go to next. We cruised to our second venue in Yokohama with a bunch of very tough cars.
Loved this carpark (which was already packed when we got there), what a backdrop! Reminded me of the Opera House. Again, there was a Police Station at the car park, but amazingly they let everyone stay.
Hottest S15 there. Picture does it no justice at all. The colour was amazing, the whole car just had so much presence.
There was just so much amazing fitment everywhere you looked.
View of Yokohama from the carpark.
I had to sit for a while in front of this Cima to take it all in. How is this rolling on the streets? Mind = blown.
Loved this S13 convertible that rolled in.
It’s now reppin’ an Acquired Taste sticker!
So happy that some old school metal rocked up.
Thing of beauty.
Heart is stolen.
Gahhhh. So amazing from every angle.
1am. Zee from All That Low now rocking a Zen snapback and getting one last cold drink from a vending machine before calling it quits and driving us all the way back to our hotel. What a day, and none of it would have happened without Zee (what a man). The guy has 2 kids and a hardcore job, yet he took the time out to hire a car for us, drive it all the way from Yokohama to Shinjuku to come get us, then he gives us a grand tour and takes us to his meet, introduces us to his friends, gets us to another meet and drives us all the way back home (only to have to drive 1.5hrs on his own to the rental company and drop off the van before making his way home).
We owe him lots! Be sure to follow his page: All That Low.