It’s always nice to get news from the far East. Ex-pat Rupert Proctor lives in Honkers and his recent trip to Japan really piqued our interest. On his travels he passed through Fukushima, best known (unfortunately) for it’s huge nuclear accident in March 2011, and among his excellent photography are shots of the cars abandoned in the aftermath. Here, we share them with you;

The accident was preceded by a Tsunami. I recall watching it unfold on the news. Why do news cameramen always focus on the cars, being swept along? There are more important things being swept up in the horror; houses, animals and above all – people. The island of Honshu, home to over 100 million people, was shifted 8 feet east by the earthquake. Cars are the focus because they’re something we can relate to, perhaps, status symbols, and used to help scale the size of the disaster.

In dealerships and homes in and around Fukushima sit cars that normally we’d have a good nosey at but, today, they’re abandoned and untouched. Weeds grow and tyres deflate and nobody is allowed to remove them. Cadillacs on airbags, a Nissan Pao looking looking happy in it’s polluted environment, pickups with shrines on the back that we, as Brits, can’t quite fathom and a Nissan 180SX with flat paint. The Atom brand garage name might have been smart marketing back then but today it’s rather ironic. Thanks to the radiation, it’s highly unlikely these cars will ever hit the road again.

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Huge thanks to Rupert Proctor for the photography. More from him at 

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Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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