As I descended to basement degree, the scent of stagnant, humid air blended with exhaust fumes started to fill the elevator.
For a cut up second, I believed the elevator had gone by way of 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 folks and vehicles.
The location was solely made identified the morning of the meet, and even then the small print had been despatched privately with specific 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 employees are complaining that there are too many individuals, and are asking us to depart now,” he stated, confirming my suspicions.
I instantly felt sorry for Takashi-san, and was barely irritated, as clearly phrase had unfold far past the invited.
Why do folks must smash an excellent factor? Can’t folks comply with easy directions?
The vibe of the venue is ideal for underground meets and I’m positive a variety 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 the whole lot the incorrect method, although? It’s doable that I’m being overly essential concerning the state of affairs and wish to take a look at issues from a special perspective.
As a result of, regardless of there being much more folks than Takashi-san had anticipated to show up, everybody who was there was extremely well mannered, pleasant, and most significantly, respectful.
And you’ll’t blame anybody for eager to attend.
Everybody had an unbelievable time, together with Takashi-san, who was so completely satisfied that folks may get pleasure from themselves at his secret/not-so-secret occasion.
The extra I give it some thought, maybe putting that steadiness between having enjoyable and never crossing that line of being disrespectful is vital.
If we will preserve this steadiness alive and properly into the long run, automobile 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 have a look at just a few vehicles that caught his eye, so preserve a glance out for that story.
Mina otsukaresama desu!