I can’t believe 2012 is almost over! It has been a year of ups and downs, full of challenges, too many great nights to remember, seen so many great places and met a lot of great people in the process. I’m at a crossroads in my life now and I will decide over the next few months which road I will take. It’s been almost 3 years since I left Dublin for Japan, how the past 3 years have flown! Next week I will go to the Philippines on a much needed and well overdue holiday so I thought I would make a quick post of some of my favourite pictures from the last 12 months. There has been so many to chose from and I haven’t included any of the 2000+ that are in my iphone so was a challenge to pick just a few! Sorry for the amount of car pics but it’s my job at the end of the day… Enjoy.
Here is our International RWB family celebrating after completing the idlers 12 hour + 9 minute endurance race at Motegi back in July. We had staff, customers and great friends from Japan/Thailand/USA taking part and was such an incredible day with incredible people!
My all time favourite car, hands down, happened to drive in to the same parking area! I couldn’t believe my eyes. I chased it through the carpark and managed to get some pics of it before we had to leave. Amazing.
My girlfriend and I climbed Mt. Fuji back in August for her birthday. Here is the sunset from our starting point. A tough 7-8 hours of climbing later and we were greeted by the most amazing sunrise I think I will ever see!
The view and the colours were unreal! It was so cold up top but we sat there for a bit while the sun rose and the sky changed colour. If you’re ever in Japan you have to climb, trust me, its worth it!
Another event I had missed in previous years but promised myself I would make this year was the JCCA classic car festival at Tsukuba. If you love museum condition, classic Japanese cars being thrashed around a racetrack, this is your heaven!
I’ll finish the post with a picture I took last month at Rikugien garden, such a cold night but a really beautiful park located 2 minutes walk from Komagome JR station. A must-see if you’re in Tokyo around Christmas!
Well that’s basically it, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and wish you all the best for 2013!
So if you read my post with my iphone photos from our run-in with some supercars on the Tomei, I said I would post some better pics in a few days, here they are…
So I have had an RWB 993R for the last few days and was to drive to Fuji Speedway Saturday morning for the Hellaflush/Slammed Society show with a group of other guys from RWB. These cars are awesome to work with and get to drive so I was pretty excited as you can imagine…
So I left my apartment at 6am to collect Matt (www.mattkingery.com – check it out.) and make the trip down the Tomei expressway to Ebina PA where we would be meeting the other RWB guys. Passing Shibuya we got caught in some traffic(which pisses me off way more than it should after 2 years here) when this happened…
Yes, our Porsche 993R was sandwiched in by a Diablo SV, Murcielago, SLR McLaren (with a bigger wing than mine) and a Pagani Zonda!! I have been dying to see that Zonda for months and I couldn’t believe I actually got to drive alongside it and then meet them again at the parking area! Amazing stuff!
We got to Ebina PA at 8am and the RWB guys slowly trickled in. I ran down and got some more shots of the group of supercars while I waited. All these pics are from my iPhone but I will post my proper photos in a few days.
At one point I mentioned to Matt that the only way today could get any better was if I seen my favourite all time car, a car I have only caught glimpses of in the past, a Ferrari F40.
Shortly later, this drove past…
I had to run after the car incase he drove out of the PA but I got quite a few shots on my camera that ill share in a few days.
Couldn’t believe what I was witnessing, still can’t really, and all this before 9am! We hadn’t even got to the show yet!
Gary Patrick Mannion
This is my second installment of pics from Hellaflush Kansai, this time it’s the Euro’s. The Euro scene in Japan never ceases to amaze me, their popularity seems to be growing every year, even the cars in work seem to be getting crazier! Well here goes…