【Day2】15 Apr 2017
Interacting with local people
|On day two, there was a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to yesterday's forecast. In the morning, the weather turned out to be sunny so the entrants as well as the event staff were relieved for now. The entrants took time to get their car ready for a long-distance traveling of approximately 320 km, checking their car by starting the engine long before the departure time. Keeping their fingers crossed for good weather, they departed the Shima Kanko Hotel.
After leaving the hotel, the entrants competed in a PC competition at J-Place Isobe, then headed to Okage Yokocho located in front of the Inner Shrine of the Ise Shrines. In front of Akahuku main shop, a stamp point, there were many people coming to cheer for the entrants early in the morning. Although last year's route did not pass through Okage Yokocho because the G7 Ise-Shima Summit was held, many people looked forward to this event every year. There were more people than usual this year and the crowd were excited to see the historic cars.
The entrants left Mie Prefecture after lunch and ran along the coast in Wakayama Prefecture in the afternoon to each point. The sea was shimmering and dazzling as the sun hit the surface and the entrants drove along the calm sea. Even in the afternoon the weather stayed settled and they enjoyed driving under the pleasant weather.
At the Nankishirahama Airport Site, the final point for day two, eleven consecutive PC competitions took place using the large runway. Although the entrants were struggling to step on the measurement line at exact timing, they all ran through the finish line with a smile. Some entrants smiled as they performed well, and others gave a wry smile as they failed. Still, each entrant seemed satisfied because they tried hard on the competition and really enjoyed it.
As the entrants arrived at the Kishu-Minabe Royal Hotel and checked in, it started to rain as if it had waited for their arrival. Apparently, the weather seems to be on their side.
Since it was Saturday, there were many people coming to cheer this day too. The crowd waved flags and their hands to the entrants along the streets or at each point. The cheers lifted their spirits when they were tired. To interact with local people is also one of the best part of classic car rally.
On day three, the rally will run on a course of approximately 320 km, starting from Wakayama and traveling to Nara, then to Kyoto. There are two days left. Although it is hard not to think about the results, the entrants must first finish the race safely.
（text & photo：Mika Iwamoto）