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So I visited RockyAuto Japan...

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Finally I got around to going to RockyAuto (rockyauto.co.jp), with much thanks to one of my colleagues for offering to drive. I was like a kid in a candy store, unfortunately the cars and parts were all in very close proximity to each other which made complete inspection and good photos impossible, but it was great none the less. Finally I have had a chance to crawl over and sit in a 432, and a very nice quality RB25DE 240Z with updated trim that I can only aspire to acheive. I also had a chance to have a look around the garage which was very interesting as well.

My arm really had to be twisted to attend a mountain park where the guys where doing a magazine photo shoot as well as some on-road DVD filming for an upcoming magazine. Great day all in all.

RockyAuto car yard:

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Lots of nice stuff there, then you come to this: attachment.php?attachmentid=10139. WTF??? Is it just me, or is this not the single dumbest cage design ever. Maybe someone could design a cage where a bar wrapped all the way around your head so that you could hit it while decelerating and turning in both directions. I suppose that would be even dumber...

Apparently my link no worky. I'm griping about the last shot of the orange/red car with the bar from about shoulder height to the top of the A pillar with NO PADDING.

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Oh geez. Just looked again and the main hoop isn't even a hoop!!! Looks like they have the thing welded at the corners. Someone needs to learn how to design a cage. :finger:

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Japanese cages tend to be more for show than anything else, none of the are approved for racing in Australia and I hear nothing but cage fabricators complain about them.

It is pretty though :P

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James - you suck....

I've often frequented the RockyAuto site over the years & there's always plenty of nice machinery for sale (drool)!

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Unfortunately the 2 biggest things I wanted to look at were a disappointment.

Fitment of the fat RB25DET gearbox and CV conversions. Turns out all the cars I could get a look at were running the skinny RB20DETgearbox and all the cars were still running drum brakes and uni's!

Just being around the photo shoot and being able to sit in all the cars I had only seen in photos was great though.

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That won't be a day you will forget in a hurry James :)

From what I hear a lot of the Japanese car thing is about show, whatever is in and has status, currently customised old cars. But then there are the real enthusiasts who put preformance first, like us around here :lick:

Oh, where is my HS130 :nervous:

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Have an S30 in Japan is purely a luxury not unlike an exotic. Not too many of them around and not too many owners willing to risk denting them in atrocious traffic or on the track. They are beautiful examples though, pity there aren't more of them around.

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Have an S30 in Japan is purely a luxury not unlike an exotic. Not too many of them around and not too many owners willing to risk denting them in atrocious traffic or on the track. They are beautiful examples though, pity there aren't more of them around.

Think of all the parts we've lost. :cry:

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Oh yes, very very nice. Thankyou for the pictures man. Like I'm sure it was for you, to just visit there would be a dream come true for me. Just a pity you only got one C110 :( Oh well, just means I'll have to go there and get more :D

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james you lucky bugger...

i was getting flashbacks seeing a yellow RB26DETT 240Z! haha

Still thing mine is nicer then theirs as I would!

wonder if they could sell mine for me.

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I have to say, a lot of the cars that are built in Australia are far more engineered than these. What they lacked in quality they sure made up more in quantity though. The brakes and suspension were for the most part standard.

The brown RB25DE 240Z was trimmed very nicely though, and the 432 was, well a 432 ;)

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