Being car-crazy, it has always been a dream to actually work in one of those country where you can consider a car-haven and Japan is one of it.
We had the opportunity to get to know Tanzawa-san back in the hey days of Traffic magazine in 2003, who had introduced us Traffic crews to Miyamoto-san during the SuperGT Malaysian Round, which was called JapanGT back then.
Miyamoto-san’s company was the one who provided the official GT queens of SuperGT Malaysian Round for years and we have developed a friendship with him and the girls.
Our first trip to Japan was back in 2006 for the Tokyo Auto Salon and since then we have the longing to be in Japan or better still being a resident there in the Land of the Rising Sun. Despite been getting job offers back then, it was just not meant to be.
However, getting a job offer to actually be a part of video production for Autolegend last year was a dream come true for us all.
Making the trip to Nagoya and have the opportunity to actually work with the Japanese was quite an eye-opener for us.
Autolegend is organised by Rocky Auto, helmed by none other than the renowned Yoshiya Watanabe.
The event was held at the Port Messe, Nagoya and for the second year we’ve been invited to be a part of the production team yet again.
It turned out that Watanabe-san was quite happy with our final output and gave us the opportunity to again produce the official DVD of Autolegend.
It was quite a blessing for us as it was not as hot as it was last year in Nagoya.
Having a direct flight straight to Nagoya saved us the time to drive from Tokyo, hence being free and able to roam around town.
It turned out that the town is not as happening in Tokyo and all the action was in Port Messe during the Autolegend 2014.
Autolegend might not be as happening as Tokyo Auto Salon but slowly it’s gaining quite a following by those who are into Kyushas and all things oldies.
Eventhough the event was only open for public by 10am, the parking lot was already half full by 9am.
It was a normal thing for the Japanese to wait in their cars or opening up stools and have a BBQ at the parking lots chatting about cars.
There were quite a number of food stalls as well as exhibitors compared to last year. Autolegend was also the venue for those who are looking for parts for their kyushas as some of the exhibitors sell loose parts as well as new ones.
I had my eyes set on carburettors and its parts as even the used ones look new as hell but I guessed it will have to wait as I have other obligations to fulfil before getting back to be a grease monkey.
Despite being an event for kyusha lovers, there were quite a number of newer makes as well as super cars feature during Autolegend.
And to keep the crowd rowdy, a number of oldskool bands were there to entertain the public.
This time around, Rocky Auto went out of their norm and feature three Toyota 2000GT of which one of it having a hybrid engine, instead of its forte, tuning and restoring Nissan. It was quite a hit with the public and two of it was bought by the exhibitor by the end of day 1.
This time around, Liberty Walk was there as well featuring the Kenmarie and a full-blown 458 Italia, and its popularity around the globe made it one of the most prominent exhibitor during Autolegend.
This time around, Autolegend have more exhibitors as well as quite a number of crowd attending the event despite being organised only for the fourth year.
It won’t be a surprise that Autolegend will garner more exhibitors as well as the crowd in the years to come. We’d surely be looking forward to next year’s Autolegend.
Photos: Haznajims & Jeo