Feb. 1st K6 Running ☆２月１日K６ランニング☆フィルム
It was the day before Narita Dog Fight had to leave and yet we still had his nights filled to the brim with car excitement. The recent debut of K6 rolling shots Facebook page has made these events a quite popular. There were so many cars that driving from Umihotaru PA to the exit onto the Wangan at 50kmph was barely enough time to get in every car for a few photos. The guy who runs these events was recently forced into buying a new car and for the sake of continuing these long nights in the cold with all his buddies he chose from a selection of cars that had a rear window which could be opened while driving so he could shoot photos. I think that’s pretty cool!I don’t take that many photos usually when we host a K6 rollers night but I think snapping a few here and there of some of the things I like serves its purpose in its own way. Documenting so to speak. Above, SatsueiSeki does his thing explaining how the photos will be taken using people as cars to demonstrate. Usually when you think about shooting rollers; booms, suction cups, and a dedicated car to take pictures from are all standard things you might think of. However, this time the amount of cars photographed was so large it was broken down into a very courteous, systematic Japanese way of doing things which was so orderly that I think it could never happen elsewhere. Well, given the fact that most of the guys aren’t young punks straight out of high school trying to show off it tends to run really smooth. People are split up into groups and then circle the K6 with a specific method of shooting and signalling to efficiently take as many photos of each car in the allotted length of road as possible. Lately I have become the driver of the dedicated camera car which I actually enjoy a lot. Usually I love taking photos of different cars and shooting as much as possible but, this event is one of my good friends things and I like to let him do his thing. With that being said I still snap a few here and there when we are parked at Daikoku PA or hand my camera off like the rest of these photos. The disposable camera I had just bought 20 minutes or so prior to taking this photo was in my lap and I quickly grabbed it and handed it over to Sean, (Narita Dog Fight) who was riding shotgun next to me. I asked him to just unload on what ever he wanted outside his window with the flash on. I practice, or above practicing, take a lot of photos that are just spur of the moment and could be considered a waste of film by many people, but in the end when I finally get everything developed and remember each moment that each photo was taken, it is really surprising how many of those photos that were just spur of the moment impulses turn out to be really cool. The fact that you have a set count of photos also puts a sort of cap or limit on yourself, well, a transparent limit in a sense, since you can always bring more disposables or more film rolls. But this limit I speak of is really fun and exciting. Always testing myself to see how many interesting photos I can score in one roll.
Below: Sean can be seen sitting in the warm passenger seat waiting for the next group to band together before heading off on the loop. A few cars that I have seen recently at the track also showed up during our breaks off the K6. This extremely clean blue Chaser is just one of the examples. Here is some Park stuff, especially because of the “MikiHouse” sticker. A neat Alto Works on StarSharks that was in the parking lot after the second go around on the loop. As soon as I saw it pulling in I started hoppin’ around in my seat all giddy. Slammed the Highway Star into park and ran over and popped a few flashes off and then scampered back to the warmth of the car. Haha.When I get photos like this back I am always so stoked. The combination of the “now”, an old car, and film as a medium really provide a platform for me to express myself in aspects that digital doesn’t always cater to. Sometimes it’s not even about the result of the picture. Just looking through the view finder of an old range finder or single lens reflex, matching the two images and listening to the shutter fire is such a rewarding feeling in itself that I often find myself really excited right after taking a photo. It’s good practice for my self control since I usually have this urge to take more photos one after another. And with film, its important to pick and choose; and go all out(sometimes). The owner of this RWB Porsche recently had some pretty nice engine work done and is back on the road after a small break. It sounds a little different and is unexpectedly fast with around 380 horse to the rear 12 inch tires. A lot of guys in the K6 running meets own Z’s and a lot of them are z31’s. This is mainly due to the fact that SatsueiSeki owns a Z31 and so all his friends that own them always show up. Nevertheless I have come to see this car in a new light growing to appreciate it despite its quirkiness. Yves Piaget in the Aqua Line with a big blast of the flash from the disposable.A happy face to finish off the night, a semi mess up in the film though. The left side has another photo’s edge coming into frame. I left it in there for the heck of it.
Have a good night/morning.