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Capturing the Essence: A Camera Girl at the Honda Beat & S660 Meeting

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TEXT: 奥村純一(OKUMURA Junichi)  PHOTO: 奥村純一(OKUMURA Junichi)

  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa
  • A 2017 Honda S660 MUGEN RA and its owner, Saki Misawa

Camera Girls at the “Holy Land” Yachiyo Industry Meeting for BEAT & S660

Following the 2022 event, the “THANKS! Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd. BEAT & S660 MEETING” was held on October 22, 2023. Owners from all over Japan gathered at Yachiyo Industry Co., Ltd. in Sayama City, Saitama Prefecture, the holy land of the Honda Beat and S660. 162 “Beats” and 150 “S660s”, a total of 368 Honda mini-sports vehicles, including the favorite cars of exhibiting stores and staff, were gathered.

S660 MUGEN RA is even more customizable with its personality

A female owner eagerly looks around at the S660 and Beet vehicles gathered at the event. Around her neck is a digital SLR camera with an 85mm single focal length lens.

“This lens is an old lens,” she said with a smile.

Saki Misawa said with a smile. Following her visit the previous year, Ms. Misawa came to Yachiyo Kogyo, a sacred place for the S660, and her favorite car was the “MUGEN RA,” a rare complete model of which only 660 units were made. When she showed us her car, the first thing that caught our attention was the hard top and sunroof.

“I don’t often drive with the car open, but I still like to look up at the sky from time to time.”

The sunroof was installed on the hardtop so that the driver could feel the sky without having to open the roof.

“The sunroof looks cool when it is tilted up, and I like the one-of-a-kind atmosphere of this version because it doesn’t look like other S660s,” she said.

The interior was left untouched to take advantage of the RA’s original character, and to keep the exterior simple, the Honda emblem was smoothed out and an under spoiler from Body Shop Kamimura was installed. Black RAYS TE37 wheels were used to create a two-tone look, and the overall look was set up with black RAYS TE37 wheels, showing a good sense of taste that matches the hardtop even better by subtracting and adding.

“S660 is a precious companion that will take me wherever I want to go”

Saki Misawa chose the S660 because she liked its small and cute design when she saw it driving around town. Influenced by her father, who is a car enthusiast, she has loved cars since she was a child. The scene of shifting gears in the movie “The Fast & Furious” made a strong impression on her, and she wanted to drive a manual car anyway, so she decided to change her license from a limited-automatic to a manual license.

Then, to get the best one, she began searching on used car information websites.

“I found a MUGEN RA among several for sale, and it was white, just the way I wanted it. The mileage was over 40,000 km, but I decided on the RA, which was rarely for sale.”

Saki Misawa, who has become a proud owner of the S660, actively enjoys watching the Super GT and attending the S660’s 6th anniversary event in 2021 at the Suzuka Circuit.

“I also use the S660 for commuting, and I just love to drive, so it’s fun to go anywhere I want to go. I would like to continue my journey of searching for nice scenery with my car and taking photos of seasonal S660 in those landscapes.”

She told us that she plans to go camping and drive with friends. It seems that she will continue to have endless fun with his beloved S660 MUGEN RA, the best partner he has ever had.

translated by DeepL

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