I must admit i’m not really a daytime kind of person. I’m at my best after the sun is down, the city lights turn on and the streets are abandoned. It has something to do with the magic of an illuminated city that awakens me and drives me onto the streets. I’ve seen many enchanting city’s in this world but nothing compares to the streets of Tokyo by night.
Although this Hummer is a car that’s hard to miss, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance during the day. After dark is when I started noticing things I most likely wouldn’t have seen during the day.
We walked back to the Hotel after doing a round of night shooting in Tokyo central and Fuchu, more on that in a later post, when all of a sudden I noticed the silhouette of my all time favorite car in a parking lot. Excited as a football fan on super Sunday, I started walking towards it but this was something I wasn’t expecting!
My heart broke when I saw the state this BNR32 was in! Clearly it was standing there for quite some time, something the signs on the window confirmed! It turned out that the owner of the parking lot had written a request to the owner of the car to contact him ASAP! They weren’t too happy with the owner since the car already stood there for a couple of months! The owner didn’t even bother unhooking the tow rope.
I’ve said it before in my TAS2012 coverage but Oij (only in Japan)!
I started shooting straight away, still amazed by the fact that someone could abandon a car like this! But what happened next completely blew me away because it turned out that the car wasn’t even locked! I was in shock. I could almost hear her whisper…”Please take me with you! Save me!”
It was actually quite hard to leave her behind! It’s getting harder and harder to find clean examples of this iconic beast and even though this was anything but clean, I still wanted to take her home to give her the love and care she clearly deserves! There are a few clean ones in Holland but those go for ridiculous prices but why buy a clean one if there’s a slight chance to actually save one? These cars must be preserved for future generations and I don’t mean to be displayed in a museam but to rule the the things they where build for; The track and the street!
So next time you see a classic in poor condition, buy it! Make it a long term project if you want but restore it! Because they have what most new cars don’t have; a soul!
Stay tuned for more on my trip to Tokyo! For now you can find me roaming the streets of the world, Looking for dying Godzillas to rescue!
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