December 1, 2023


Power Of Engine

The Not-So-Secret, Secret Tokyo Underground Meet

2 min read
Meals For Thought…

As I descended to basement stage, the scent of stagnant, humid air combined with exhaust fumes started to fill the elevator.

For a cut up second, I assumed the elevator had gone via a portal straight to Malaysia, however the lack of two-stepping and rev battles informed me that I used to be certainly nonetheless in Japan


The doorways open to Takashi-san’s secret Tokyo underground meet – timed to coincide with the Tokyo Auto Salon – and a parking storage filled with individuals and automobiles.


The location was solely made recognized the morning of the meet, and even then the main points had been despatched privately with express directions on what to do, the place to park, and the way not to get the eye of the police stationed proper subsequent door to the venue.


Sharing or discussing the meet on SNS was additionally strictly forbidden.


Watching Takashi-san operating backwards and forwards nervously led me to assume issues might need gotten a little bit out of hand.


“The parking workers are complaining that there are too many individuals, and are asking us to go away now,” he stated, confirming my suspicions.


I instantly felt sorry for Takashi-san, and was barely aggravated, as clearly phrase had unfold far past the invited.

Why do individuals must wreck factor? Can’t individuals comply with easy directions?


The vibe of the venue is ideal for underground meets and I’m positive lots of effort and time went into securing the spot, so hopefully it hasn’t been ruined for future utilization.

On The Different Hand…


Maybe I’m taking a look at all the pieces the fallacious means, although? It’s potential that I’m being overly vital in regards to the scenario and want to take a look at issues from a unique perspective.


As a result of, regardless of there being much more individuals than Takashi-san had anticipated to show up, everybody who was there was extremely well mannered, pleasant, and most significantly, respectful.

And you may’t blame anybody for eager to attend.


Everybody had an unimaginable time, together with Takashi-san, who was so completely happy that individuals might take pleasure in themselves at his secret/not-so-secret occasion.


The extra I give it some thought, maybe putting that stability between having enjoyable and never crossing that line of being disrespectful is essential.


If we will preserve this stability alive and effectively into the longer term, automotive tradition can proceed to be an incredible expertise to be personally concerned in and better of all – share with others.

I wasn’t the one Speedhunter at this meet; Toby was additionally current and has lined up a extra detailed take a look at just a few automobiles that caught his eye, so preserve a glance out for that story.

Mina otsukaresama desu!

Ron Celestine
Instagram: celestinephotography

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