NSX Fiesta 1998

What they see and how they feel after attending 1998 NSX fiesta in MOTEGI, JAPAN. We introduce some comments by NSX owners coming from overseas below.

Kendall Pond reports:
This was a very good event. We owe a lot of thanks to all of the Japanese people we had the pleasure to meet. Especially, we like to thank Tomiyoshi-san of NSX Club of Japan, Nakamura-san of Honda and Nakanishi-san of Honda. These guys were the best hosts! We want many Japanese NSX owners to come to NSXPO 99 in the United States. It will be held in May in Monterey, CA at the famous Laguna Seca race track. Please come and allow us to return some of the great hospitality that was extended to all of us. I think many more people will come from the US to NSX Fiesta 99. See you soon!

Wayne Miller reports:
It was amazing to visit the birthplace for our superb automobiles and to see, firsthand, how much work really goes into its production. The hospitality was great and I would really like to thank Honda, the NSX Club of Japan and Kendall Pond for all of their efforts. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the rest of the NSX Fiesta weekend due to a prior engagement but I look forward to seeing many of you at NSXPO ’99 in California next year.

Doug Hayashi reports:
Dagmar and I had a great time in Japan and at the NSX Fiesta. The hospitality of Honda and the NSX Club of Japan was fantastic. The Twin Ring Motegi Track is a spectacular track. Now if I can only figure out how to get my car there next year……

Shanti Traskowski reports:
I am writing a comment now!

Skip Durbin reports:
It was really enjoyable to meet so many NSX zealots like myself .I hope that many Japanese owners will come and join us in America for some of our NSX events. My overall impression is that it would be difficult for us Americans to be as kind and hospitable as our Japanese hosts have been. However, we will try very hard to equal or surpass the consideration that you have shown to us. Thank you very much for inviting us. And, one more thing – Keep the shiny side up!!

Telly Chang reports:
This was the best vacation that I have ever had. I was very impressed with the hospitality and friendliness of all of the NSX owners in Japan. I hope you will join us in May for NSXPO ’99 at Laguna Seca. If you come for NSXPO, my only wish is if you bring the TRM Angels!!

Francis Gan reports:
The 1998 NSX Fiesta is going to be one of the most memorable experiences of NSX ownership for me. In addition to the spectacular events that Honda of Japan put together, I am very honored at the amount of effort put in by the very hospitable members of the NSX Club of Japan and our hosts from Honda throughout our entire trip. The wonderful event was capped off with having had the honor to drive (offered by *** please translate card attached***) in the closing parade around the road course. This is a wonderful event that I hope I will be able to attend in the coming years.

Tino Stramotas reports:
What a great way to see Japan for the first time ! Great people but still too much language barrier in a country that has relied on the west to recover too many cars and a new appreciation of what a car can do to get people together. Honda was unusually shy with their information much more so than the Germans would be on a factory visit. I still think the visit was an eyeopener. Who said there are no angels in Japan ? I even got to touch one!!

Alex Vizcarra reports:
What a phenomenal weekend. It has truly been a trip of a lifetime for me. Everything has been state of the art, from the Twin Ring Motegi track and facilities, to the factory tours, to the bus tour at the Test oval, to the museums, the cars, the rides and drives, and most specially, the people.

Everything is so new to me… the ambiance, the sights and the sounds…. awesome! Honda and the NSX Club of Japan did a wonderful job in organizing the event.

The sight of 200-plus NSXs in one place is truly wonderful. The group of famous professional drivers at the event was truly a treat. And the shopping…

The NSX Fiesta is truly the premier NSX event… next to the NSXPO, that is! <very big grin> Kidding aside, we really hope to see a lot of you wonderful NSXers to come over to the United States for our national NSX event, the NSXPO. We hope to extend the same wonderful hospitality you have given us.

Until then, enjoy the NSX!

Keith Jarett reports:
I am overwhelmed by the welcome, the facilities, and the effort that our Honda and NSX Club of Japan hosts put into making our short stay so enjoyable. I will write a full description for www.nsxprime.com, but I would like to thank everyone who helped to plan and execute this incredible event.

Brian Chrisman reports:
I had a *wonderful* time. I want to thank Honda, the two Honda representatives, and Mr. Tomiyoshi for hosting such and excellent event. The organization, scheduling, accommodations, factory tour and events were all fantastic. Of my previous travels around the world, this event was by far the most fun and interesting.

I sincerely look forward to hosting anybody related to the NSX fiesta who will be coming to the US for NSXPO next year.

Miled Salheb reports:
Watakushi-no namae-wa Miled desu. Anata-wa ikaga desu ka? Hajimemashite. Omeni kakarete ureshi desu. Niyu Yoku-kara desu.

Being this our first visit to Japan, we could not have been greeted and hosted by a more distinct and hospitable group of gentlemen. Our endless thanks to Hirofumi Tomiyoshi-san (NSX Club Of Japan), Masahiko Nakamura-san and Gaku Nakanishi-san (Honda) and Hiroyuki Kase-san (yellow Type-R). Their knowledge of Honda and of our most prized possession, the Acura NSX, was insurmountable. To top that off, they were most fluent in the English language. This comes to me as sort of an embarrassment since we visited them, we should at least have made an attempt to speak their language. A lot easier said than done as we only have 26 letters in our alphabet and they have 2,000 symbols. To experience the dream of a lifetime and to share it with many other NSX owners and enthusiasts, both American and Japanese, is a memory I won’t ever forget.

The ability to ride with a professional driver in a Japanese NSX-R around the world famous (and brand new) Twin Ring Motegi Racetrack was simply outstanding! Touring the NSX Factory, meeting Shigeru Uehara (Chief Engineer responsible for the NSX) and riding a Honda bus on the Honda Proving Grounds watching NSXs race by (like an F-16 formation) on the high embankments was more than I could ever have imagined or muster.

The hospitality of our Japanese hosts, the overwhelming number and variety of NSXs on one racetrack, the visit to Honda R&D along with the NSX factory tour, touring the Honda Collection Hall and riding an electric bicycle with the beauty of Japan in the background and the wonderful friends I have met (from Japan and United States) will remain a memory I will cherish and honor as a proud NSX owner for the rest of my life! Gokuro sama!

A very special thank you goes out to Kendall Pond for his endless time and energy in organizing such a spectacular event! Because without him, none of these wonderful memories would have been possible.

Kite kudasai NSXPO ’99. Koei desu. Mata-kimasu. Iro iro, domo arigato. Anata-wa taihen ii gido-san desu soshite goshin setsu-ni. Anata-o homon dekite ureshii desu. Tanoshii jikan-o arigato gozaimashita. Go-shotai arigato gozaimasu. Zehi tazunete kudasai.

De wa mata otomodachi… ’91 gin NSX

Jim Meyer reports:
I am writing a comment now!

KyePrigg reports:
What a great weekend, the highlight was the final parade when I got the chance to drive my own NSX on the Motegi circuit – WOW !!!

The side by sides are amazing and everybody should give them go. Many thanks to Tomiyoshi-San for arranging everything for us and also many thanks to Kase-San for the drive in the type R.

The Motegi Hotel is really nice, the diner party was really great, I made a lot of new friends over the weekend, Arigato Gozaimashita.

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1994 LeMans 24hours Race

First challenge for NSX, all 3 cars got checker flag

I went to Lemans as a member of group tour, stayed in Lemans central. I wanted to see famous administrative checking and scroutineering at Jacobin, that was one of characteristics for this race, and I left Japan on Monday. Administrative checking started on Monday, but many entrants appeared on Tuesday. I started from my hotel located riverside, crossed a bridge and climbed a slope, so I reached Republic. After in a few minute I could see really large St. Julien church. Administrative checking already started at Jacobin beside this church.Disclosed administrative checking is a characteristic very much. We could not enter the space where officials checked every racing cars beyond a fence. But every entrants unloaded their racing machines from transporting truck and remove to the entrance of checking place by their hands. During they waited outside of the fence, we could see and touch those racing car. That was very exciting for funs. Though we cannot understand that in Japan, many pupils from elementary school with teacher see and touch a racing car as social education. Christmas in winter and 24 hours race in summer, these are big event for residents. Many children enjoyed to drive a miniature car below the church. Qualifying practice sessions were held twice a day (evening and night) on Wednesday and Thursday. I could not realize why these practice did so late. But I could find that answer when I were in circuit. Sunset is late very much in Lemans. Darkness doesn’t come until 10 p.m. First qualifying started at 7 p.m. Sun was high and shining over the circuit. This practice imagines for daytime racing. On the other side, second practice started at 10 p.m. and finished at 0:00 or 0:30 a.m. Posterior practice imagines for nighttime racing. I watched first qualifying practice at inside of first sicaine. I could not see car, but realized car coming by sounds. Car accelerated and closed to our standing point. Sound became loud and engine sound decreased because of slow-down. That car appeared in front of me, and disappeared. Next that car accelerated, sound became loud and silent. I was surprised at one car went out of course at this sicaine.

I walked around central of city because there were nothing to do at daytime on qualifying day. Many posters displayed everywhere in Lemans city. NSX appeared on poster and cover of official program. I were surprised at many posters displayed at premises of Montparnasse station on a large scale. And one red NSX was shown at Lemans station, then regional HONDA staffs explained about that car. I were very happy. I took some my photos with beautiful lady. Next day of 2 days qualifying practice sessions was Friday. Friday is a holiday. There was a parade around Republic Place on that day, but I thought mechanics were busy for tomorrow. Classic opened roof car went around the city with drivers from every teams. Young lady had a board showing driver’s name. Many spectators encouraged them everywhere, especially to regional teams. When I returned from Paris, that parade was almost over, but this town was filled up by drivers and supporters till midnight. At last final day has come. It was long period from administrative checking and scroutineering on Monday to goal on Sunday, called “Lemans week”. Finally starting day is coming, even I felt so. But starting time is 4 p.m. If we start after having a breakfast late,six hours to start race. There are many attraction at the circuit. Time passed away.

Inside story

I dropped my video camera

The day after my arrival Jun. 14 was 2nd. day for administrative checking and scroutineering. That was a chance to close to racing cars. “I will take many many photos and video.” I left my hotel after breakfast. Ten minutes to Jacobin by foot. I walked along the river with some members of tour. “This atmosphere is French-like. ” We talked so and take some photos each other. Suddenly I dropped my video camera. “All right?”, I said “Oui, oui”. My video camera dropped on grass. It looked like no trouble. But ……………

Alarm indicated on video camera

2nd. day for administrative checking and scroutineering was clear day and many many people gathered around this area. “I’ve just taken photo of TOYOTA and DAUER PORSCHE. NSX will come next.” At that moment I found a alarm indicated in finder of my video camera. “What’s happened?” I’ve never seen it before. Battery was OK. Tape was OK, too. I could not realize what error occurred. When turned off alarm disappeared, but when turned on alarm appeared again. There were three NSX having check in front of me. I took many photos unconsciously preparing for the worst. I cannot explain what uneasiness I had. After I took photos that I aimed at, I returned to my hotel quickly. I was surprised at looking instruction book. “Head is dirty. Clean up with dry cleaning cassette” on that book. “I don’t have cleaning cassette.” I had films, batteries and video tapes for spare. But cleaning cassette was not prepared. Anyway I cannot take video qualifying practice sessions from tomorrow and final start and goal. I jumped out to town to buy a cleaning cassette. Fortunately it was light until 10 p.m. in Lemans this season.

Cash are necessaries

I found out a cleaning cassette tape. At that time I was surprised at vitality from Japanese company again. Manufactured goods from Japan were supplied such district. Thanks!! I went to cashier. One trouble happened. I paid with travellers check but clerk didn’t know check. I experienced this trouble many times in Lemans. A lady from A.C.O. said “I have been working for three years here, but I have never seen this check before. This is first time to see it.” She telephoned to anywhere and accepted. Credit card and travellers check are not accepted at most of shops excepting large store like department store. Only cash are acceptable at shops in circuit.

Have a bottle of water every time

We had a rest at a parking area on way to Lemans by bus after arriving at Charles de Gaulle airport. Members of tour are about ten. And another group joined at the airport. Most of them came repeatedly. They advised to us. “I think there are no bottles of water in our hotel. Better to buy it here.” I didn’t buy. Perhaps I were dull. When I checked in my hotel, I could not find water everywhere. There were no auto vendors and refrigerators.(I think that is normal.) I spent that night without water, but on next day I bought six 500ml bottles at supermarket immediately. Finally I drank up all bottles. This year everyday were clear. I walked around with bottle in my bag. Travellers from another countries had 1 liter bottle on their hand. That was usual. Anyway air is dry very much. Don’t forget when you go out.

Missing purse

Jun. 17 the day before final start is off, no events. “This is good opportunity to go Paris” I went to Paris by TGV having guide book borrowed from another attendant. I visited Montparnasse, Grande Arche, Arc de Triomphe and arrived at Montmartre. I looked many pictures for my souvenir. But it was 7:00 at that time. The train to Lemans I have reserved departed 7:55 from Montparnasse. All seats were reserved. I had no time to discount it, and I bought it. I catch subway and changed to TGV. The train started to Leman. After a while I read the article “Montmartre” in a guidebook again. “Beware of pickpockets” I reached my pocket. “I lost my purse.” I pretended to be calm in the train. One hour after the train arrived at Lemans station. Travellers check were in my purse. I telephoned to issued company for lost and recovering. I were relieved that check would return. I didn’t lose all money and have no trouble after that. But I got angry.

What mademoiselle said

I went to Republic Place often in the interval of practice. One afternoon I walked around restaurants for lunch. Four young girls closed to me and said “Avez vous…………….”. I realized they wanted something. But what do they want? I looked their faces with a cigarette in mouth calmly. Many ladies smoke. They looked nice. I understand what they want is lighter and pickup it from by bag. At that time they watched me from head to feet and said something. Of course in French. I cannot understand what they said “This middle aged man looks nice for his age” or “Japanese middle aged man is not fashionable”. They said “Merci” and went into crowded street. This difference is important for me. I study hard French because you cannot say what you like.

Another man sleep in my room, I think

The hotel I stayed in Lemans was located very convenient place. I attended alone. Travel assistant said to me I used twin bed room. But I checked in for single room. I felt something for gain. But from third night I moved to twin room. The man who works for A.C.O. went to bed late for his work. Every nights he returned to our room after I had sleep. I heard after his return he wrote a report at restaurant in this hotel. When I waked up in a morning, he remained to sleep. LEMANS is private trip for me, but business trip for him. Mind to not disturb him. Although he waked up too and after greeting I went down to restaurant for breakfast. After I had it, I returned our room. Next bed was empty. “Having breakfast? But he isn’t.” When I waked up in next morning, he remained to sleep usually. I went down to restaurant. After a while he went down too. “I changed my room for only one night because new traveller who watch only final race stay in this hotel. I sorry that was noisy because of removing my all baggage.” I thought I talked to same man. But he was a cameraman. I talked to another man. At that time I had no glasses. I wondered it. 

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