These pics from the 2013 JCCA (Japan Classic Car Association) Endurance race were a long time coming, but I finally got around to editing them this past week. Last October I ventured out to Tsukuba circuit to spectate the race and I’m extremely glad I spent the time to attend. Aside from the expected vintage Japanese tin flying around the track (which I will definitely post at a later date), I was surprised by a huge pack of vintage formula cars.
I don’t know all that much about these open wheel machines, but the details, old world look and fabrication style speak for themselves. I would definitely love to get in one and throw it around the track or add one to the collection if money and space would just step out of my way to acquiring one.
As soon as I walked through the Tsukuba entry tunnel I was greeted with this sight.
There were a few run groups which created a sea of fat vintage rubber.
Proper colours on this Lotus.
Much like at the Idlers endurance, the driver gear was placed on the cars in preparation.
Nice color coordination.
I loved the rear tail profile on this one. He seemed to be at a huge disadvantage in rubber width though.
After a quick look, the race was on.
The shape and open wheels really make these look like they are beasts on the attack.
After a few laps this track maintenance vehicle came out.
This guy was having a bad day.
But probably much better than the guys cleaning up his mess.
I love the look of primitive aerodynamics. Its like something a kid would carve for a pinewood derby.
The contrast in size with the more pedestrian vehicles was quite amusing.
Another thing that makes me smile is the ability to maintain these machines with a couple guys and a hand cart full of tools.
Inner workings of the beast
I wonder what percentage of the overall weight the fire suppression system fills.
Contesting legality? Probably just checking toe the old-fashioned way.
The plastic bottle catch can definitely didn’t fit the look.
It was hard to resist jumping in.
Loved these Braid alloys.
This NACA duct feeding directly at an aluminum plate with flared holes was a bit curious.
So meaty. The safety pinned knockoff lug is a great look.