Vintage car exhibits are always a joy to watch for car enthusiasts, even more so when they’re on display for a great reason. A group called Rally Nippon Foundation has embarked on a tour of Taiwan as a show of gratitude for the country’s help during the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
This is the first time that the classic car club has done a rally outside of Japan. The fleet includes sixty vintage cars with an estimated value of 1 billion yen (around $9.79 million) and will be going around Taiwan, one of the first countries to have aided Japan during its time of need. The “thank you tour” kicked off on Thursday in Taipei, with the 120 car enthusiasts braving the cold weather (some in open-air cars) and starting the four-day tour that will include stops in Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung. The oldest car is a 1926 Bentley Speed Model, driven by 72-year-old Junichiro Inagawa who put a sticker on the vehicle saying “233 years of road experience”, which is the combined age of the car, driver and co-driver. All of the cars in the rally are pre-1974 models and have been kept by their owners in pristine condition.
Club official Yusuke Kobayashi said it took them a year and a half to prepare for this tour and it was easy to convince members to join the rally because all of them are thankful for the help that Taiwan extended to Japan during the disasters which includes over $200 million in financial aid.
[ via Focus Taiwan ]