Our (Simon and myself) first day in Los Angeles was hectic. The 14hour plane ride was just that- 14hours, cooped up in the broke baller economy class. We landed in LAX early morning, 6am to be exact. After being woken up by the flight attendant, I say to Simon "oh dude, it's 6am, we have a heap of time to kill until The Chronicles meet". He looked at me, eyes half opened and said nothing, I wasn't sure if he was still half asleep or just knew what was coming and didn't want to deal it.
What I didn't know and what Simon had dreaded was the line after exiting the plane. It was a lengthy process. We had to get through 2 gates before we could get our bags. The first gate was to have our passport electronically checked, then at the second gate a custom officer checked our passports again. We were in-line for a total of 2.5 hours before collecting our bags. It was then a short bus trip to the car rental place. On the 405 heading south to Makito's workshop SevenApples in Torrance, driving in a LHD drive car on the wrong side of the road it finally felt like our USA trip had officially started.
The plan was check-in with Makito, get breakfast, organise our temporary contact number/ internet, grab snacks and then spend the rest of the day at Eibach HQ in Corona for The Chronicles 2016 summer meet . Later that evening, Makito would take us to his favourite Mexican place for dinner in Compton.
When we got the call to meet up with him, he was working on his FC RX7 at a mates workshop, he told us to meet him there before dinner. An hour later, we arrived to a quite street, pulled up into a parking lot filled with RX7s and under a half opened workshop roller door, we saw a familiar Red FC RX7, “hey guys, welcome to rotary power ”, it was Makito and we had arrived at Rotary Power USA.
The first thing you notice about the workshop is it’s size, its tiny, full to the brim with cool stuff all there for a purpose. The guys were super chilled, the owner Jeff an ex-racer has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and was super down to earth. We talked rotaries (mostly listened) with him. The next day we met up with Garrett (isn' that the most badass name!) and Justin (the other guys from Rotarypower) downtown L.A in the Art District for coffee and ended up at the Petterson Car Museum.
The one thing about car people is the universal language and the kinship. The jokes are the same, the topics are the same and the reasons why we choose the lifestyle all boils down to the same general things; freedom, creative independence and expression.