Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Quarantine Cleaning

Plenty of time at home means that I could finally do some long overdue cleaning inside my memorabilia closet.

Over the years I have accumulated a pretty large amount of books, pamphlets, magazines, die-cast models and car parts. Some of them were acquired at events like Nismo Festival (see the air restrictor?), some are gifts and some just outright bought online or at small shops in Japan.

The die-cast collection of JGTC Ebbro miniatures takes by far the most space, last time I counted them there were over 100 pieces.

The reason for them being so many is that I collected every single model of the GT500 series from 2000 to 2004 (after which the championship was renamed to Super GT), which is when I really fell in love with Japanese motorsport.

This was, in my opinion, the golden era of GT racing, with more traditional chassis and aero that gave the cars an appearance still quite close to their road-going counterparts. The liveries were also incredible, with sponsorships changing almost every year.

Hard to believe, but I acquired the first piece in 2002, the championship winning Esso Ultraflo Supra. This model is now worth around 30,000¥!

Back then I picked this specific one over the GT-R as Juichi Wakisaka was my favorite driver. 18 years later he is now retired and a successful team principal for Toyota in Super GT.

I don’t own many models from other series, but the Nürburgring 24h winner Porsche GT3 one that I bought at Manthey Racing during my last year’s trip at the ‘Ring is by far my favorite.

I also managed to put some order in my DVDs, mostly vintage JGTC races, Nismo Festival and a few others.

And this is pretty much it, up next is time to put some order in my OEM and Nismo spare parts closet. 

Hope everybody is doing well and staying safe.

Until next time.

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