Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Moricoro Park)
For motorsports in Japan, 2022 is a special year: The FORUM8 Rally Japan 2022 will be held in Aichi in November, preceded by the opening of the Fuji Motorsports Museum in October as a branch facility of the Toyota Automobile Museum. In celebration of these events, ‘motorsports’ was chosen as the theme of the Classic Car Festival this year. Led by a rally car driven by locally-based racing professionals Teruo Katsuta and his son Norihiko, classic cars manufactured 30 or more years ago will parade around Nagakute City.
The parade route runs through downtown Nagakute so that many onlookers can stop and cheer. About 100 privately owned cars will depart from the museum and parade through the town before reaching Aichi Expo Memorial Park. The spectacular motorcade will include vehicles spanning the 100-year history of automobiles in Japan, the U.S., and Europe.
The parade vehicles will be displayed at the venue, where a variety of events will be held—including talks by the two Katsutas and their associates, who will discuss the attractions of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and things to look forward to in the final round in Japan (rd. 13) starting on November 10. This year, the Toyota Automobile Museum will resume exhibiting vehicles, having refrained from doing so in 2020, 2021. A demonstration of the Toyota 7’s engine performance is not to be missed! The Event Zone features presentations of car restoration processes, GR (Gazoo Racing) heritage parts, and traffic safety awareness programs.
The event will be broadcast at a later date on the Toyota Automobile Museum’s official YouTube channel and on the Himawari cable TV service (Himawari 11).
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, the number of entrants to the Aichi Expo Memorial Park venue will be appropriately limited. If Aichi Prefecture is under a state of emergency on the day of the event, for example, entry will be severely restricted. Please check the latest information beforehand by visiting the museum’s website at https://toyota-automobile-museum.jp/en/
Toyota Automobile Museum
Summary of the festival
|Date||Sunday, October 9 (free admission), rain or shine|
|Venue||Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Moricoro Park)
* The parade starts at the Toyota Automobile Museum at 08:45.
|Participating vehicles||about 100 privately owned cars and 10 event vehicles, etc.|
|Schedule||[08:45–10:45] Classic car parade
|Classic car parade (08:45–10:45)
About 100 privately owned cars from Japan, the U.S., and Europe will parade through 14 kilometers of public roads in Nagakute City.
08:30 Starting ceremony (Toyota Automobile Museum)
Toyota Automobile Museum
Vehicle exhibition (09:30–16:00)
The privately owned cars (about 100 in all) will be on display after the parade.
Event Zone (09:30–16:00)
◆ Toyota 7 Turbo (Japan, 1970) engine performance demo
Watch Toyota 7’s engine come into action.
◆ Motorsports vehicles on display
(The above vehicles are in the collection of the Toyota Automobile Museum.)
GR Yaris Rally (Japan, 2021)
◆ Fuji Motorsports Hotel/Museum
◆ Rally Japan
A presentation of the attractions of WRC. Supported by Rally Japan Administrative Office.
◆ GR heritage parts
◆ All car-related questions answered
|Participatory Event Zone
◆ Photoshoots with classic cars in the Museum’s collection
Lancia Astura Tipo 233C (Italy, 1936)
◆ Traffic safety workshop
Make Your Own Reflector; How Good Is Your Reflex? Experience Vehicle Blind Spots; How Visible Are Your Clothes?
|Local Information Zone
◆ Information and participatory events presented by local exhibitors
◆ A museum shop booth by the Toyota Automobile Museum
* The content of the events may vary depending on weather conditions, etc.
Broadcasting at a later date
|The parade and the events at the venue will be broadcast at a later date on the Toyota Automobile Museum’s official YouTube channel1 and on Himawari TV cable service (Himawari 112).
Note 1. The Toyota Automobile Museum’s official YouTube channel
Note 2. Himawari 11: A local cable TV channel for viewers subscribed to Himawari Network services in Toyota, Miyoshi, and Nagakute Cities.
Getting to the venue
|(As parking at the venue is limited, please use the following means of transport)
* Holders of a valid One-Day Ticket for Linimo are entitled to free admission to the Toyota Automobile Museum as well as discounts at the museum shop, etc.
|Aichi Prefecture, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefectural Board of Education, Nagakute City Board of Education, Aichi Urban Development Association, Nagakute City Tourist Exchange Association
COVID-19 prevention measures
|In efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following measures will be taken:
– People with temperatures at or above 37.5°C will be refused entry.