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Day Two

And now for a word from thedreadpilot.

Yesterday, I promised a treat for all GT fans. Today, I present you with Tokyo R246: The Walkthrough. Katie and I did one lap together while taking pictures and seeing the sights. We then went back to the hotel, and she fell asleep. It's over two miles long, so that's understandable. I then went back and did a timed lap. I made it in 49m 38s. Beat that in your Benz Patent Motor Wagen.

The track is in a very pleasant place. It encircles the grounds of the Akasaka Imperial Palace. On the front stretch, there is an Aston Martin dealership, in addition to the two mentioned in the walkthrough.

Sony Computer Entertainment seems to own most of the front stretch on the course. In addition to the large building pictured in the walkthough, they own another building closer to the beginning of the straight. They also seem to have control over most of the floors of the building next to the start/finish line. I'm not certain, but I think this is where Polyphony Digital's offices are located.

During my second trip to the track, I left Katie's camera with her. So, I didn't get pictures of the interesting cars I saw. Among them were a Chevy Tahoe, an Astro Van, a GMC Typhoon, a Cadillac Sedan deVille, a beat up old Mustang from the early 80's, a Hummer H2, a Hummer H1, and an Escalade. The 'Slade was only rollin' 20s, not 24s, so perhaps there's still hope for Japan, though.

There were a few more unusual cars about as well. I noticed several Skylines and Evos of various vintages, a few Bentleys and Rolls Royces, a Ferrari 430, and—this one nearly got me killed-—a Mercedes McLaren SLR. I was turning my head, trying to verify that I was looking at what I thought I was looking at, and neglected to see the taxi turning into the intersection I was crossing.

On the way back to the hotel, I passed the Kirin virtual stadium again. Apparently, there was a big soccer game tonight, and while I was still over a kilometer away, I could hear the crowds chanting.

This concludes the Gran Turismo portion of this vacation, although if we happen to stumble across a Photo Mode location, I'm sure we'll get some shots of that. I now return you to your regular blog host.



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Jun. 8th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Surprising amount (and variety) of American cars on the street, there. And an SLR sighting -- you just don't see one of those every day, unless you own one! Sounds like the trip so far has given you lots of good stuff to see -- and the photos of R246 are definitely a treat. Do you mind if I share the link with a few gear-head buddies?

Jun. 8th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
On behalf of thedreadpilot (who uses LJ so infrequently that he doesn't remember his password), we wouldn't mind at all!
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