Here’s the second batch of photos from last weekend’s Tochigi Baka Matsuri. Enjoy!
This naturally-aspirated S14 Silvia from Utsunomiya’s Shimotsuka Racing had the traditional kadomatsu new year’s decoration on the roof, which is usually found outside the front door of a house…
…and the traditional new year’s kagami mochi rice cake on the bootlid.
Halfway through the day, Koguchi and Fukuda dressed up as police, usually known in Japan as “omawarisan”, or “a person who does his rounds”. This is not something you’d normally call a cop to his face, as it sort of means that all he does is drive around the neighborhood and not actually do any work.
That’s a pretty close imitiation of your average Japanese Policeman.
Fukuda (in the foreground) is an awesome guy who loves heavy metal (“raido za raitoningu“, he said, try saying that in a Japanese accent before you click the link) and can drink alcohol at an alarmingly fast rate. His girlfriend Chihiro (in the background and obviously being checked out by the guys on the right) is quite cute as well.
The day’s competition was held on the back straight, judged by Fukuda, Koguchi and Kenji Takayama (on the left). Whoever could do the longest, fastest, smokiest, most “angliest” three-motion manji drift would be the winner.
This LanEvo was pulling off some great zero-counter drifts.
This surprisingly good-looking RX-8-faced FD RX-7 has been around for a while, but I haven’t taken any photos of it yet that I can recall. Works pretty well in my opinion, and the owner doesn’t baby it.
Old-school drifter Shunichi Tomikuda was there with his T’s Factory project R32. His workshop is pretty close to Nikko as well.
Tomikuda also had a lot of his custom engine parts for sale, like adapter plates for people who want to fit RB26 quad throttle bodies or twin turbos to their RB25 engine. He also makes this RB25 plenum chamber with the throttle body on the front rather than the side, and a whole lot of other parts as complete kits, or what they call a “menu” here. Interested? Check out the T.S Factory website.
Another couple of old-school drifters were there, like Wakamatsu…
It might be thinning a little bit, but Hiraoka still rocks the yankee haircut.
Speaking of haircuts, there were some awesome styles on display at Nikko.
This highly patriotic sticker is more or less about the “always fighting kamikaze spirit of Japan”.
Somewhat less serious, this recycling sticker says “Silvia, wrecking for parts”.
I don’t know about no life, but they sure make life a lot easier.
This photo is an accurate representation of Japan.
After the event, everyone assembled in the parking lot for the day’s trophies to be handed out, and for the mass games of rock, paper, scissors for prizes.
The day was ended with a rather impressive fireworks display, reflected here in the windows of Fukuda’s D1 car, which I hear is getting a 1JZ conversion for this year’s D1 competition.
Can’t wait for the next Tochigi Baka Matsuri!Tags: Fluke, Hiroshi Fukuda, Nikko Circuit, Yoshinori Koguchi
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