Race queens from all over Japan gathered at the foot of Mt. Fuji for the NAPAC 24 Hours of Fuji SUPER TEC Race, the only 24-hour endurance race in Japan, held from May 26 to 28. A total of 52 teams competed in the race, and more than 47,000 people visited the venue in total over the three days to liven up the first event in which the Corona regulations were greatly relaxed.
This year, a team from ROOKIE Racing, founded by Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda, won the overall championship for the first time (bottom photo). The venue was excited by the comeback in the last 23 minutes of the race. The team also entered a state-of-the-art model equipped with the world’s first liquid hydrogen engine. Mr. Toyoda himself took the wheel and completed the race. It was a very fruitful event from a technical standpoint as well,” said automotive journalist Kumiko Kato.
To add color to such a hot event, more than 100 race queens also participated. They charmed the visitors with a variety of costumes, ranging from sexy costumes with open bosoms to tight mini-skirts, as well as maid costumes and Chinese dresses.
One of the race queens who made an appearance at the event was Nanana Yasuda, who was named “Japan Race Queen of the Year” in 2009.
I hope this event will continue for a long time to come, as it is a festival for us as well, with 200 fireworks, stalls, camping space, and many other ways to enjoy the event.
Many visitors were intoxicated by the co-starring performance of supercars and beautiful women.
From the June 16-23, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Takero Yui