As a racing fans, it is embarrassing to say “Ouch excuse me, I never been to Suzuka Circuit”. That is why when the chief editor, Jason asked me if I accept the invitation from Suzuka Circuit to interview the racing fans, I feel that I have a gift falls from the sky.
This is a big thing in my life. I must be well prepared, I tell myself. That is why I spent the holiday on Feb 28th with another 3 days annual leave. Before I step on to the Suzuka Circuit, I went to Kyoto which I wish to go for so long. In order to welcome the surprising invitation, I walked on the streets in Kyoto for 14 hours no matter uphill or downhill. Surprisingly a30-year-old man unable to take this challenge. My right knee was in a horribly pain.
Thinking about the objective of this trip – 2017 Suzuka Circuit Motorsports Fan Thanks Day will be held on 2 days later, I can only choose to simplify my trip in Kyoto. This might be the largest challenge in my life. Without any choices, I carry a backpack, pulling a 28 inch luggage, taking public transport to Mie Prefecture. Especially with this important task, I am allowed to work with a lame leg.
My leg feeling better with some healing paste from Miss Miao. I felt lucky that I did not keep on walking while I pass by Kyoto on the way to Suzuka Circuit. Or else my right knee will be damaged completely.
Perhaps it is psychological effect, I able reach the destination by walking and meet up with Mr. Masashi. Due to the knee has cured, I walked around alone in the middle part of Japan. Surprisingly the town has no relation with the circuit at all, no flags, no racing path. I thought the Suzuka City is a big stage for Kochira Family, but actually it is just an ordinary small town.
The sky is getting dark, my knee feels pain again. I decided to turn back after this block because the next day will be my first date with Suzuka Circuit. I was thinking when the last time I had this high expectance was. Perhaps it was my first dating and the first time my mother going to bring me to the amusement park. I opened up the beer I bought and try to reduce the pain of my knee. I can hear the sound of gas coming out from the can. At the same time the pain on my body has lost.
When I opened up my eyes, it was 2 hours to go till the appointment. I have definitely enough time to reach my destination. But the god is giving me a test. The staff told me that the business is too pack today so the company unable to send me a taxi. Without any hesitation, I ran to the bus station. The only solution is taking the bus to there. With the amazing effect of adrenaline, I have make it above my capability. I am not just representing myself nor TG, but it is about the whole Taiwanese honor. I can lose my leg, but cannot late!
Well, I tried my best but still 15 minutes late. Of course, bow with “Gomennasai” is what I have to do. The crowd in the bus is different as what we do when going to work. The crowd in the bus has a same intention without any brainwash. I can smell it from the My-Day-Fleet jacket. I can smell it from the Benz cap and Ferrari backpack too. It also can see from the T Shirt with the “YAMAHA 46” printing. I understood that environment of town do not need any relation with the culture. The real culture built up by people. The power of the crowd in bus is spreading the culture more than any marketing words.
The circuit is crowded. I put on the media’s jacket. Mr. Kazuo and Ms. Wu brought me in to the circuit from the side door. They will give me some helps during the interview. This circuit has been used for over 50 years. But it does not looks old. At least the appearance kept well. The order is maintained well. The crowd is huge as expected but it wasn’t stuck. Everyone is patient with relaxing mood.
Mr. Ishiguro said that Suzuka Circuit will host a Fans Thanks Day around the same time in every year. He mentioned that it is free of charge. Due to the low understanding about racing culture of Taiwanese, I have to explain that Fans Thanks Day is a non-stop show of all famous vehicle. F1 is compulsory with other highest speed formula in Asia – Super Formula, High rank GT Race Super GT, FIA GT3 etc. For the 2-wheel vehicle, there is craziest Suzuka 8hours FIM Endurance World Championship and WGP.
Perhaps racer is the more important element compare to the vehicle in the racing sports. Especially when you need the population. The appearance of popular racer is compulsory during the Fans Thanks Day. The most eye-catching racer are Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Satoru Nakajima, Aguri Suzuki, Kazuki Nakajima, Kamui Kobayashi, Jean Ales and Keichi Tsuchiya. You must have known Mr. tsuchiya if you have watched “Initial D”. The popular racer for bikes are Toru Ukawa, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Yuki Takahashi.
Besides the international popular racers mentioned above, there are more popular young racers in Japan. They having interaction with the fans politely. The Sazuka town is not cold in the early March. The time for Open Pit and Beginning Zone is afternoon. The sunshine makes everyone take off their jacket. Fans showing their shirts under the jackets to show their supporting team like everyone’s religious. Anyhow, the crowds are moving in a limited space. The moving speed is slow but overall it is disciplined.
Mr. Ishiguro said: 2-year-world-champion Mika Hakkinen did not has the chance to visit Suzuka circuit again after his retirement. However, we able to invite him to The Fans Thank Day with so much challenges. Let’s talk about the new season, Mika is still the graceful Mika. I have seen him in Dapeng Bay International Circuit 2-3 years ago.
The podium has become merrier. Few fans went up to the podium. They are youngsters around 20 years old and some young kids. They got the mockup trophy and champagne from staffs and the cheers from the crowds. Do not think this fake ceremony is boring. Imagine it if you are the kid on podium. I think this is meaningful. Assume that this kid enjoy the happiness more than anyone, it should not be limited to the racing. He will try the best in the specific industry to stand on the real podium.
Huge noise coming from the Pit area. Undeniable, it is F1. It is not the F1 in this era, this exciting sound is impossible to appear in current F1. Certainly, it is Ferrari 248 F1, V8, naturally aspirated engine. The last year of Michael Schumacher in Ferrari team. The earlier performance of Super GT is extremely exciting. The incredible sound perhaps more insane than the current F1. Do not nervous, this year F1 is going to catch your ears again. Come to Suzuka Circuit on October 6-8 to witness the show.
The special program designed by Suzuka Circuit for kids are inspiring. Besides the demonstration of prize giving ceremony which mentioned before, the new Circuit Challenger facility in Motopia Playground is good inspiring the kids too. The Racing Theater in the same area is educating. It let the kids understand more about racing basic knowledge through actual experience, adults too.
Motopia has more than 31 amusing facilities. It cannot be finished in 1 day. S-Plaza Hotel has a lot of visitors. It is running quite well. I heard that I was being arranged to stay here. But it was cancelled due to my late reply of the invitation. But I think that is fine because it makes me has a chance to go around the town. Regarding the transportation, I only 15 minutes late in the condition which I unable to get a taxi. The return trip is even smoother. Organizer has arranged a taxi for me. I have arrived in my hotel even before I have my nap in car.
Mr. Ishiguro said, the traffic here is much better compare to other international circuit. It seems like he is not lying to me. Thank so much to Mr. Ishiguro and Miss Wu for concerning my knees for the whole day.
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