Introduction of the series of
"Dome F1 Adventure Behind The Scene
From 1996 to 1997, Dome was working on a F1 challenge plan with pure
Japanese technology We received so much concrete response from abroad
rather than from Japan against our will and there were all sorts of
stories; some were obviously doggy but others were very serious ones.
We thought we should challenge with pure Japanese engineering
technology when we started but as less attention we got from Japanese
companies, the less we were excited about it. In the latter half of
1997, we decided we would not mind anything if we could run Dome chassis
car in F1 Grand Prix, and we started negotiations with some people with
decent possibilities in their offer.
Mr. Marick, Nigerian Price, who contacted us in the early stage, was
the most eager person. Though there was much to sort out, it was
nothing like we were fooled or lose money so we decided to go ahead with
After some meetings in England, he wanted to see us urgently and came to
Japan. When he arrived in Japan, I was organizing a "Obake", annual
event in a fleshpot in Kyoto. As I could not cancel it, I decided to
meet him in the house where the "Obake" was held.
"Obake" is a traditional ceremony; geisha girls and customers in
disguise hop one party to another and they do performance in front of
Marick had never been to Japan before. He was brought to a very old
Japanese traditional house in Kyoto where the ceremony was held straight
from the airport.
He was very puzzled to see lots of beautiful people serving food after
food, lots of performers in strange clothes came and performed
continuously. He misunderstood that I was some kind of aristocracy who
lived in the old house and had such parties every night. It was rather
doubtful Marick was Prince and my being aristocratic didn't become even
a laughingstock. The F1 challenge plan we were involved went through
unexpected deployments later and Marick bought Arrows though it was only
temporarily as he was kicked out after losing battles with his enemies
in a short period of time.
Then we became in charge of design for a Dutch company's F1
challenge plan, and we literally went all over the world to set up a F1
racing team, or buying one. The outstanding performance Mr. Sasaki made
(Director of DOME || COLUMN , who were in charge of all negotiations)
for this project could be called " F1 Adventure Story" and too good to
be ignored. Therefore I asked him to write a series in this column.
There are lots of people with lots of ulterior motives behind the
glamorous F1 world. We could not do anything during the current car
manufacturers -oriented bubble economy era, but when the bubble economy
era's gone, we believe a chance will come even to us and you may
understand why we believe so if you read this.
Sasaki is traveling all over the world and I cannot tell you how
much he can write in such circumstance but please enjoy Dome's F1
Adventure Behind the Scene stories.