Blogroll – Day 10

After snapping temples and lots of cherry blossom and endless kimono for a few days I was feeling refreshed and ready to get back into the automotive shooting.  Good way to kick things off was to see a car that I have been craving to shoot since I first saw Dino post a shot of it on Facebook.  The Rocketbunny FD RX7.

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Obviously I was chomping at the bit to get out to Rocketbunny and grab as many shots of this incredible looking machine as possible.  However as Miura-san was busy with clients until mid afternoon I needed to find something to keep me out of trouble.

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After having spent the night in Nagoya, I decided to head out to the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry.  The main reason I wanted to head here was that this workshop was the original site of the Toyota group.  These used to be production lines…

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Nowadays it is host to a collection of machines, and is used as an educational facility.  Metal presses were in action making example engine parts just on a smaller scale.  Impressive stuff!

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Imagine making cars like this, the attention to detail was amazing.  The people who built these cars must have been incredibly skilled workmen.

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As I made my way down into the hall, engines, cars and other machinery was all present.  This Celica could quite possibly be the cleanest example on earth!

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Watching an automated machine bring together the panels that make up a shell right before welding.  From a bunch of random pieces to a 3d shell in all of 15 seconds.

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One for the JDM fans.  The humble Chaser.  Quickly enough it was time to head back to Nagoya station and jump on the Shinkansen again.  Miura-san and the RX7 were waiting.

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We arrived in the pouring rain.  Luckily there is always one place we can depend on – the trusty gasoline stand.  Covered, and with a coffee shop inside it was the perfect shoot location.

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A classic (very JPS) styled livery on the RX7 with the ducktail wing, and pumped aero just made this car look so good from every angle.  After grabbing this shot Miura-san comes strolling out with a piping hot coffee.  Time for a quick break before the shooting continues.

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