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Charity Event Report from Shun!


The charity organization WHEELS gets together our own Tatsuya Kataoka as well as other professional drivers to participate in charity events.  This year gave kids in disaster struck Tohoku Region something of a dream come true by visiting various elementary schools.

Shun was along for the ride and submitted this report!  Just look at those smiles!  This charity event is really something!


From June 14-15, I helped out the charitable organization WHEELS,

where we visited both Kazuma Elementary and Kitakami Elementary in Ishimaki City. (^^)

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The event was called “Kids Dream Experience,” where we let the kids have all kinds of hands-on experiences with racing cars and have racers and mechanics give them talks, to make them think about their dreams.

The cars participating in the event were the:

Hatsune Miku SLS
Subaru BRZ
Sportsland Sugo Pace Car

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We let them change the tires, start the engine, and sit in the cockpit! (^^)

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I’m so glad they all seemed to enjoy it! (^^)/

Everyone listed closely to the talk portion we gave in the gym.

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Not to be outdone by a bunch of grade-schoolers, the drivers also tried their hand at changing tires.  (lol)

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They seemed pretty interested in the competition’s car, too…

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Kataoka said, “It’s been a while since I’ve driven this car,” as he climbed in the SLS!

We had lunch together with them, too.  Everyone had a great time! (^^)/

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And played on the playground during recess…

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The drivers usually look quite serious out on the race track, so this is the only time you really see them smile (^^)/

Be the time we left, I was feeling the energy, too!

This is an amazing charity event!

I hope to participate in similar events in the future, and continue to spread the fun of motor sports to as many people as possible!

- Shunsuke


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