With my Japanese visa running out soon, I had to get Adam over to Osaka to experience Japan. So after pestering him throughout the year, he finally booked a ticked and was on his way over. I spent the week prior to his arrival prepping the R32. We had timed his flight so he would arrive Tuesday night, just in time for an Hitomi-Go day at Meihan the next day. Hitomi-GO at Meihan was the main day I wanted him to experience during his trip, and with there only being one this month, we had timed it pretty tight. With everything going to plan Tuesday night, I got the car ready and loaded it up for the trip Meihan the next morning.
After taking a few photos while filling up. Jesse and I headed to Osaka airport to grab Adam. After waiting 3 hours at the arrivals gate, we finally received a call from Adam. "My layover flight was late, and I missed the transfer flight on the gold coast. So Jetstar sent me to Tokyo.." Both Jesse and I were beyond shocked. Apparently Jetstar told Adam that they will send him to Tokyo and help him get down to Osaka from there. This was not the case, and after arriving in Narita airport, Jetstar handed Adam a form to fill out for any train costs to Osaka and sent him on his way.
I was feeling pretty bad for Adam. Anyone that has been to Japan knows that your first time there is daunting, and getting around is always hard, plus it was Hitomo-GO the next day! It was now 11pm, and Adam had 1 hour before the trains stopped. Around 11.30pm received another call from Adam telling us that he had successfully made his way from the airport to Tokyo's main train station." but since it was so late, the option of catching a train/shinkansen was lost. After Jesses wife Akemi hastily did some awesome quick research, she managed track down a sleeper busmthat would make it's way from Tokyo to Osaka overnight, arriving at Osaka Station at 6am. This was our only hope of getting Adam here for the Meihan day the next day, so we gave him all the details for the bus and wished him goodluck finding the bus station. We didn't hear back from Adam after that, so we assumed that either he was dead, or he had found the bus station and was on his way. I got up at around 5am, got in the R32 and headed into town. Getting to Osaka station at around 6am I found a tired looking brother standing outside with his bags, looking a bit lost. Beyond stoked he had made it, we loaded his bags up and got on the express way to Meihan. After his not so smooth introduction to Japan, the trip to Meihan sure made up for it. While cruising out of the city we were greeted by half a dozen guys also heading to Meihan. Convoying through the country side with 5 or 6 drift and D1SL cars was a great start to the trip. Hitomi-GO/Looking days bring out the best drivers and cars from the Kansai area. As we pulled in Asayan-san from looking was checking over one of his customers RX7's.
Seeing his AE86 and the other Looking customer cars was another awesome start to the trip.
Jesse had his new "back up" S14 out also. It was looking pretty flash on the new XT7's and suspension.
We wasted no time filling in Adam's entry, and sending him out on track.
So glad he was finally experiencing Meihan. It's impossible to explain the experience and driving you see at this place via emails, and videos don't do it any justice at all.
Remember the cars we met up with on the journey here? This blue 'Rudolf" S13 was one of them. While heading along the express way in the morning I remember saying to Adam "I'm pretty sure that car flipped last week, it looks like he's swapped everything into a new shell in a week!" (as the car was looking brand new again). During one session in the morning, we heard some unusual crunching sounds and looked up to see the same guy upside down, in exactly the same spot. 2 roll overs, in 2 identical cars, 2 weeks in a row. Worst luck ever.
That didn't stop him driving for the rest of the day however.
With the first day at Hitomi-GO a raging success, we headed home to get some rest and to prep the car for the number of track days we had planned for the rest of the trip. More photos and video of that soon.