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Rotary Owners Unite: 7’s Day At Daikoku PA – Speedhunters



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I’m not sure we’ll ever see 7’s Day meets the size they used to be around a decade ago when 300+ cars showed up, but any gathering on 7/7 still has a special feel about it. I didn’t want to arrive late at Daikoku PA and be confronted with a closed parking area (the onsite police have a habit of doing this at bigger events), so I arrived just as the sun was headed for the horizon.

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Despite it being early, there was already a pretty good lineup of cars, so I immediately started hunting out the gems.

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Gems like this very clean RX-7 Spirit R.

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This particular car was riding on a set of Mazdaspeed MS-02s wheels (by RAYS). I’m not crazy about the look of these things, but if you own a RX-7, they’re a wheel that you definitely need in your collection.

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At events like this, I always end up spending much of my time checking out wheels and fitment.

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At 7’s Day, you know a lot of the people who bring their cars along have had them for a long time, and that means they’ve probably been through a few wheel setups. This GReddy-themed FC3S RX-7 nails the late-’90s BBS look really well.

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The RAYS Volk Racing TE37 never disappoints though, as this black FD on SLs demonstrates perfectly.

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If the owner has gone a more modern route with body styling, you’ll often find lesser-known wheels under the arches.

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My plan was to stay until the daylight faded, and leave before the police shut the gathering down.

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That said, as this seemed like a far quieter and more chilled 7’s Day meet than years prior, maybe that was never even going to happen.

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I’ve lost count of exactly how many times I’ve covered 7’s Day at Daikoku PA, but if I had to guess, it would be around 15 or 16. And as was the case at many of these previous visits, something other than an RX-7 ended up stopping me in my tracks this year.

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Sometimes it’s a Cosmo or an RX-3, but this Mazda Luce Turbo RE-130 powered by a 13B turbo rotary engine was the real standout for me.

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While the body design is nothing to write home about – it’s as square and uninspiring as you can get – there is something special about this model. Maybe it’s the pillar-less front and rear doors, or the over-engineering that mid-to-late-’80s Japanese cars had, or perhaps just the fact that something so average-looking came fitted with a high performance rotary engine that just makes it so cool. It’s probably a combination of all three.

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As the afternoon gave way to the evening the cars kept arriving.

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And with that a nice variety.

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It’s definitely hard to miss a Veilside Fortune RX-7 in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift orange and black form. During my recent visit to Veilside I was surprised to learn that Yokomaku-san still builds these things.

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One thing I noticed at this event is a generational shift when it comes to rotary ownership. It was refreshing to see a lot of young kids driving these cars and taking pride in owning something so unique.

After more than two years of a global pandemic, more interference from the police and the emergence of new events, it’s nice to know that on a warm July 7th evening, you can still come down to Daikoku PA and chill with some rotary guys and girls.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
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