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    Thread: Tokyo Grocery Run (Ferrari F40 LM content)

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      01-23-2011 06:37 AM #1
      This is a typical day in Tokyo where I was fortunate enough to have my camera on me!

      Losing the convenience of a garage was a condition of moving here, but I work with what I have. Our car is parked in a quasi-vending machine, so I can’t work on it there.

      Note turntable at garage entrance.

      So the next best option is to park on a quiet bridge in front of our apartment and have at it. Today I endured the harassment of pigeons as I performed a tire rotation.


      I then decided to shakedown the car as I ran some errands downtown. Here are some poorly photographed shots of what you will see in downtown Tokyo on a lazy Sunday.


      F40 LM(?) taken after leaving the grocery store. It sounded like it had straight-cut gears. Sorry for the crap picture, I caught it at the last minute.

      Exactly four minutes later:

      The Conti GTC’s are not uncommon, but the British Racing Green color was particularly eye-catching. I think I snapped this as I was shifting from 1st to 2nd and steering with my knees.

      Stopped for a quick pic from the middle of the road in front of….


      …the greatest 24 hour sushi joint in the world. You always leave because you have run out of money, not because you have had your fill.



      Headed back towards home, I run across a freshly washed Maybach 62.


      And then this little gem. 1 of 60 ever made. It’s a Crown GT-Z aka supercharged, 5-speed taxi.


      Shakedown and grocery run complete, I arrive home:



      That fella fishing in the second picture didn’t seem to be having any luck. If he is fishing for keeps, he is a braver man than I.

      There is a saying:
      “An oyster from Tokyo bay won’t kill you….it’ll take at least two.“


      Hope you enjoy!


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      01-23-2011 06:57 AM #2
      All these threads about Japan make me want to go.


      Is it wrong that I want this more than anything posted?

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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      01-23-2011 08:05 AM #3
      Seeing an F40 on the streets like that is pretty amazing. Good pics!

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      01-23-2011 08:23 AM #4
      Also does this song play every time you get your car out of those parking garages?




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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      01-23-2011 09:44 AM #5
      EXACTLY what I was thinking about the parking garage !

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      01-23-2011 09:52 AM #6
      As much as the movie overall is cheesy. I love the scene where they take the car out of the parking.

      for having cool cars! For parking/living in a place I really wish to live!

      Thanks for the pics! Post more!

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      01-23-2011 09:57 AM #7
      What I noticed right away is that your car is smaller then the USA scion-XA? Which is a tiny ass car in my opinion but the fact that the parking garage is make specifically for tiny cars only? I noted the side rails inside the doors that hold the car in place? Do those things curb the rim or is it rubber material of some sort?


      Anyway I can't wait to visit tokyo one day. Imma rent a tiny ass car like yours and blast this music in the background while I drive around like a typical american tourist.


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      01-23-2011 10:07 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by samc View Post
      What I noticed right away is that your car is smaller then the USA scion-XA?
      Its a Toyota IQ

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      01-23-2011 10:12 AM #9
      Thanks for the heads up Mr. Obvious. But must we google every tid bit of information before we post? ... ok fine

      scion xA = 154.1 inches or 3914 mm.
      scion iQ = 117.5 inches or 2985 mm.

      Let me whip out that calculator.... Yes you're correct IQ < xA. I'm glad we cleared this up.

      (I live in the USA where we dont have the iQ so yes it's the first I've heard of it)

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      01-23-2011 10:20 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      All these threads about Japan make me want to go.


      Is it wrong that I want this more than anything posted?

      No, you're a TCLer. Of course you're going to like the obscure car that isn't available in the US more than a road-legal supercar that is amongst the greatest cars of all time.

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      01-23-2011 10:27 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by PhilHVW View Post
      Seeing an F40 on the streets like that is pretty amazing. Good pics!
      Seriously, woulda JIMPed right there
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      01-23-2011 10:29 AM #12
      The face of the f40 just looks so mellow to me. It's awesome. I want one. NOW. It's definitely in my top 5 list of supercars.


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      01-23-2011 10:30 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      No, you're a TCLer. Of course you're going to like the obscure car that isn't available in the US more than a road-legal supercar that is amongst the greatest cars of all time.
      Are you mocking me?

      I wouldn't be able to drive the F40 at its limit anyway. I'd die the first time I went full throttle.

      Also it's hideous with the lights up.

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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      01-23-2011 10:43 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by mellbergVWfan View Post
      Are you mocking me?

      I wouldn't be able to drive the F40 at its limit anyway. I'd die the first time I went full throttle.

      Not unless you stayed at WOT for a few seconds. Turbo lag out the ass in those things.

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      01-23-2011 10:53 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by samc View Post
      Thanks for the heads up Mr. Obvious. But must we google every tid bit of information before we post? ... ok fine

      scion xA = 154.1 inches or 3914 mm.
      scion iQ = 117.5 inches or 2985 mm.

      Let me whip out that calculator.... Yes you're correct IQ < xA. I'm glad we cleared this up.

      (I live in the USA where we dont have the iQ so yes it's the first I've heard of it)
      You call me Mr. Obvious because you did'nt know about a car and compared it to a car that had nothing to do with it? Sad that you don't know something that by your own words is..........OBVIOUS.

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      01-23-2011 10:54 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by mike02467 View Post
      Not unless you stayed at WOT for a few seconds. Turbo lag out the ass in those things.
      True. In GT5 it's like a NA Mk2 Diesel then VTEC kicks in and the space time continuum rips open.
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      Oh mellberg is cool, but his car certainly isn't helping that happen.

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      01-23-2011 11:02 AM #17
      I can't get over how tiny and awesome that car is!
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      01-23-2011 11:09 AM #18
      This is really fascinating... and I understanding that a few of this type of parking facility are installed in the United States as well. I've heard there are a few in New York City.

      But how does it work?

      You pull in, the turntable faces you towards the "slot"? You then get some sort of receipt from the "vending machine"? How does the car get pulled into the slot - is there something that slides out to pull the car in? You get out of the car before it gets pulled into the slot?

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      01-23-2011 11:15 AM #19
      If you go back to the invention of urban parking garages in the 1920s, the "automobile vending machine" concept came before the modern drive-up garage. Drive-up garages were a later innovation chosen for their convenience and because America ended up growing around the scale of the automobile from then on.

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      01-23-2011 11:17 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by bc View Post
      s.

      Stopped for a quick pic from the middle of the road in front of….


      …the greatest 24 hour sushi joint in the world. You always leave because you have run out of money, not because you have had your fill.



      maybe its just me, but the best sushi place should be one that lets you leave with a full stomach and a semi full wallet, not an empty stomach & wallet

      if i come visit Japan you can bet your Subaru I'm hitting you up for a trip around town! first round of sake bombs are on me

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      01-23-2011 11:23 AM #21
      I'd love to go to Japan some day, but I'd die from starvation.
      Now go get your shinebox

    22. 01-23-2011 11:36 AM #22
      I enjoyed! Thank you for sharing.

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      01-23-2011 12:08 PM #23
      Yeah, say you dont want to eat Japanese food, is there a more "eastern" food options?

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      01-23-2011 12:14 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      I'd love to go to Japan some day, but I'd die from starvation.
      Allergic to fish?

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      01-23-2011 12:16 PM #25
      Cool pictures


      Love the iQ

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      01-23-2011 12:27 PM #26
      what you doing in japan?

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      Very cool!
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      01-23-2011 12:55 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by GTE77 View Post
      Yeah, say you dont want to eat Japanese food, is there a more "eastern" food options?
      east of Japan would be... the middle of the ocean?

      Tokyo is an international city, you can eat anything you want there. They have world class Italian, French, etc. restaurants.

      But avoiding Japanese food because you assume it's nothing but raw squirming octopus or something is doing yourself a disservice. Try some katsu curry, hit up a ramen shop, hell get a beef bowl at yoshinoya.
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      01-23-2011 01:16 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by SidVicious View Post
      Allergic to fish?
      Nah, just not much of a fish eater, and sushi disgusts me.
      Now go get your shinebox

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      01-23-2011 01:16 PM #30
      Great thread You must be a camera ninja to be able to snag that F40 as it went by!

      Seeing your iQ makes me that much more excited for when Scion releases it here in North America in the summer

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      01-23-2011 01:46 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post

      But avoiding Japanese food because you assume it's nothing but raw squirming octopus or something is doing yourself a disservice. Try some katsu curry, hit up a ramen shop, hell get a beef bowl at yoshinoya.
      I could eat ramen on a daily basis Don't forget other dishes like sukyaki (a hearty hotpot dish usually with beef, tofu, veggies, noodles etc.), tempura, goza(dumplings) etc.

      Heck, you don't have to do the seafood thing at sushi places. Just ask for futomaki. It's basically sushi without the fish. It's usually various pickles and omelet. The only exotic thing about it is the seaweed.

      BTW, are the places you parked your iQ legal parking spots? I figure parking in Tokyo is like Manhattan or worse.

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      01-23-2011 01:53 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      Nah, just not much of a fish eater, and sushi disgusts me.

      you must not like pink fish tacos either!?

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      01-23-2011 01:58 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      east of Japan would be... the middle of the ocean?

      Tokyo is an international city, you can eat anything you want there. They have world class Italian, French, etc. restaurants.

      But avoiding Japanese food because you assume it's nothing but raw squirming octopus or something is doing yourself a disservice. Try some katsu curry, hit up a ramen shop, hell get a beef bowl at yoshinoya.
      Ok, Maybe I should rephrase myself.

      On the quick, on a regular daily basis, stoping for quick bite, will I find anything besides fish? I dont like fish and I plan on not liking it for a while sooooo.......

      I'm pretty sure japan has "world class" international food. Just like any 5 stars Hotel in the world will have food from around the world. What I'm asking is without going to a "exclusive" place, can I get a quick bite? Hamburger? Pizza? Spagethi? etc etc etc.

      Also, By Eastern I mean Eastern WORLD. Not east of Japan, sheez....

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      01-23-2011 02:01 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by AKADriver View Post
      hell get a beef bowl at yoshinoya on 42nd street in NYC.



      no need to head all the way to Japan for that! heck i think California has them all over the place too




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      01-23-2011 02:11 PM #35
      did you always carry a jack that big in a car that small??

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