For all the Kyusha (old cars) lovers, the Mikami Auto Kyusha Meeting is without a doubt the most anticipated event of the year! Owners and fans from all over the country gather during one day at the bottom of the Megahira Ski Resort, in Hatsukaichi city, near Hiroshima, to share their love for Japanese classics.
Sadly, the organizers announced that this 9th edition would probably be the last. One more reason, if we really needed one, to join the party!
The Mikami Auto event welcomes all kind of kyusha: from the bone stock oldies in their original conditions, to the beautifully restored classics or even the heavily modified zokusha... A pure paradise!
While the Sakura season (cherry blossom) is over almost everywhere in Japan, the trees were in full bloom during the Mikami Auto Meeting (Hatsukaichi city is located at a higher altitude). Lucky!
6 in the morning, the sun is slowly warming up the vally while the first participants arrives...
Team FINAL (Kyushu) MarkII.
Beautiful GX51 Cresta!
MarkII x Soarer x Cresta under the Sakura (0v0)
The large parking gets full at the doors open to public at 10am.
Mikami Auto event is also a paradise for all the wheels lovers! Enjoy this extremely wide and extremely rare Shadow 3-piece!
Light Star x Tsurikawa combo!
The shark nose trend, inspired from bosozoku rides, is still strong!
This small light next to the tsurikawa is called Hotaru Lamp. It imitates the Firefly at night.
The Tomcat Speed was made by Super Star in the early eighties. Here is a beautifully preserved set!
The PatoLight is a very popular accessory among the Kyusha lovers and bosozoku at heart!
Fresh barrels for those Devil Japan Shadow centers.
The tsurikawa is not a fashion. It's a state of mind!
Sexy Gurachan style oldies from the Liberty Walk team!
Skyline Love! (^0^)v
Bilbo Riverge produced by Enkei in the early eighties.
The Takeyari (long muffler) are banned from the Mikami Auto event, but not the wild aero! The Deppa (chin spoiler) on this Skyline Japan is not for the kind hearted!
510, Japan, Daruma... Choose your poison!
The Yayoi from Hayashi Racing is still one of the "most wanted" old wheel in Japan!
Crystal blue Tsurikawa! We don't see them very often!
71 MarkII with a very cool livery!
The event officially ends at 4pm but some of the participants leave earlier to avoid traffic jam on the way back home.
An other classic, the Focus Racing will never be outmoded!
Super clean 71 Cresta with Shark Nose.
Line of Skyline ketsu (OvO)
Most of the participants come by road (jisou) but few ones (especially the ones coming from prefectures far away) brought their pride and joy on trucks.
Advance Z10 Soarer waiting for the rest of the convoy before heading back home.
Another day ending too fast... With the Olympics "around the corner", Police is getting more strict with car events, especially kyusha and zoku oriented events. The Japanese government wants to clean the country (and they don't hide it) before the games and will give a hard time to anyone looking to organize such gathering. For instance, an other large kyusha event supposed to be held in Odaiba the very same day was canceled just few days before after the Police threaten to lock down the area and arrest everybody... We might have to wait few years before we can enjoy cool events like the Mikami Auto Kyusha Meeting again... (T_T)
Info: Mikami Auto is a small shop located on the North East of Hiroshima city and is specialized in classic car restoration. They also produce original parts mainly for Skyline and Failady Z.