Last weekend, Dino and I, along with thousands of other fans, dared to rain in a torrential downpour to give some love to one of our favorite wheels – the ones made by RAYS.
Across many parking areas and exhibition grounds on Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, more than 500 owners showed up at the 2022 RAYS Fan Meeting to show off their RAYS wheeled vehicles and see what’s new in the world of tuning and performance. .
After a late breakfast and a cup of coffee, I headed for the legendary circuit at the foot of Fuji-san. A few text messages to Dino confirmed that the rain patches were creating a nuisance, but I thought my raincoat and weatherproof Nikon would let me continue shooting. Upon arrival, I was taken to a parking area and parked Project GC8 next to a very tasty A90 Supra.
Arriving late meant two things: I was well rested and feeling full, which was good because the parking area mentioned above was a 15 minute uphill walk to the main gate. The black clouds on the circuit threatened to rain, so I set my focus on taking some shots before the sky opened.
In the main courtyard in front of the Grandstand were trade stalls of all the big names, including KW Suspension, Arai and Yokohama, as well as anyone in the Japanese automotive industry. And you know, there are plenty to choose from.
As I walked through the stalls I began to wonder where all the RAYS stuff was. After all, it was a RAYS meeting.
I later realized that coworkers can be fans too. Plus, there were more display areas. I was probably due to another coffee.
The Japanese are quite well prepared for the rain, which is not surprising considering this time tsuyu, Or ‘rainy season’ it stays wet for more than a month. Umbrellas and waterproof shoes do the trick for most people.
No event would be complete without a huge GT-R voter, and this was no exception. The drag GT-R from display to full stage was exceptionally heavy, of course something I would like to see in action. You may remember their Time Attack FD3S RX-7, which you will see again later.
I tried my best to find out all the RAYS wheels I found while filtering out the other delicious cars on display. It’s harder than you think, especially if you’re just as easily confused as I am.
In the case, one of my favorite Datsuns.
A few cars from Star Road and Rocky Auto and I were down another 10 minutes Kyusha Rabbit holes. But the later I did, the more rain came.
Underneath a plastic sheet was Mazda’s 1982 24-hour Le Mans work ‘254i’, which Ron saw a while ago. It is now being restored anew, which means it is scheduled for another Speedhunter shoot. Check out this place.
The rally was a rally car in Japan that started for Subaru, the Prodrive Legacy RS, as the legend itself was driven by Colin McRae. Of course it’s wearing speedline wheels, but after RAYS work became synonymous with WRX.
Okay, time to get a wriggle. Going down to the P7 parking area, I finally found the 500+ fan cars that came to show off their RAYS wheels. In the first corner, we welcome punters by this wide-body NSX.
A little further on, it soon became clear that this would be a perfect blend bag of car and wheel combos.
Let me go through you and I promise I will keep my trivial remarks to a minimum; I will bring a closer look at some of the standout wheels in my next post. Enjoy the gallery and I’ll get back to you at the end of the day …
Okay, here’s the Time Attack RX-7 from Full Stage. Single-exit center exhaust for extra Batman points.
When I snuck through the car rows at the show, the rain came in nicely. Where my clothes got wet, my raincoat got wet, and my camera started to get scary because basically three people were drowning. Hours. It was time to head home, dry up and cool down.
During my long wet walk back to my car park, I noticed this supercharged AE92 Toyota sprinter Trueno GT-Z, which looked as fresh as 1989.
The parking lots were getting thinner, so I took the opportunity to park next to another blue legend to see who was the most blue.
There were more shots to get: Project GC8, wearing RAYS made STI wheels, sitting in the rain under the main gate of the iconic Fuji Speedway. I would be happy if I could get this shot, so you can portray my joy after spending the day with so many incredible cars wearing the best Japanese wheels.
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