93-Year-Old Grandpa Still Can Drive In Racing Games
Past occupations include him driving taxis and garbage trucks in his heyday
Ryuji Urabe is 93, and yet he can still drive hard thanks to a sim-racing setup that his grandson Koutaro Yamamoto built for him.
The first upload on their channel has racked up 3.5 million views, and it's easy to see why. He has such an endearing smile and exudes such energy even for his age that it's not hard to have fun watching him go.
Urabe-san started as a taxi driver in Tokyo in the '70s before switching to driving garbage trucks in the '90s. By the time Urabe-san became an octogenarian, he gave up his license as his age eventually necessitated greater healthcare requirements.
But Koutaro's sim rig has reinvigorated Urabe-san's desire to drive, and over the course of five months has upgraded the setup to include a larger display as well as a full Logitech wheel, manual shifter and pedal box kit. The vibes are just so good as a whole, and Urabe-san, despite the initial embarrassment, is happy that the YouTube videos are getting enough attention.
South China Morning Post picked up the story on 6 June, and the resulting video (above) now has a million views, with the most recent video on Urabe-san's YouTube channel getting a few English-language comments as late as yesterday. It's such an endearing and powerful story, and is a pretty good preview of what some of us will be doing as we grow wrinkled and rickety.