2012 Beaulieu Simply Japanese Day: low, loud and proud
Can a Micra ever be cool? CJ seems to think so...
Because one car show isn’t enough for a day, I also went to the Simply Japanese event at Beaulieu National Motor Museum on Sunday.
Slightly different crowd to the Wilton House event, but equally charming in its own way.
For obvious reasons I couldn’t get there until later in the afternoon, but the grounds out back of the museum were still packed with all manner of Japanese cars. The usual suspects were well represented, alongside a few classics and some less obvious choices, too.
Take these K11 Micras, for example. A neatly matched pair, neither had anything much like an interior left, and both were low enough keep the grass trimmed. And yes, the Micra’s a popular choice in grassroots rallying, but I actually love the style here more than anything. Micra and style in the same sentence. I know.
Want to go lower? No problem. I do hope the owner backed this Honda out, rather than risk ripping off the front lip on the kerb.
One of many, many Imprezas; another example won the day’s People’s Choice Award.
Serious roll-cage in this Mazda MX-5, no roof and no seat for a passenger.
This one, on the other hand did have its passenger seat. Although it’s presumably only welcoming to people happy to share space with airbrush art. And skulls. What was that about hairdresser stereotypes?
Final pic for here – there are a few more in the gallery link – and I think it tells its own story. Impressive perseverance, though.
- CJ's Beaulieu Simply Japanese Day gallery
- 2012 Wilton House Classic and Supercar Day: just a few more pictures
MSN Cars' Steve Walker takes the UK's cheapest new car for a test drive to see if it's worth parting only £5,995 for.
Date 23/05/13, Duration 4:17, Views 832
Which of these endangered 1970s and 80s cars would you be saddest to see become extinct?
Thanks for being one of the first people to vote. Results will be available soon. Check for results
- Austin Allegro
- Austin Maxi
- Austin Montego
- Austin Princess
- Hillman Avenger
- Morris Marina
- Morris Ital
- Vauxhall Viva