TURN ME ON: Snap-on key holder

By in 18-11-2009 3:31 pm

I’ve wanted to pick one of these up for a while. Snap-on makes a bunch of these key holders and shift-knobs made to look like their driver tool handles.

EDIT: I get a lot of emails asking about these. They are NO LONGER AVAILABLE new from Snap-On Japan. If you really want one, they can be found on Yahoo Auctions. Use the search string “スナップオンドライバーキーホルダー”



2009 AUTUMN DRIFT MATSURI: Getting there and having fun

By in 16-11-2009 11:36 pm

Last summer’s Drift Matsuri (click here for Saturday and here for Sunday’s pics) was a relatively quiet event compared to years past, so I was hoping that this year’s Autumn Matsuri would be a bit more fun.

Sure enough, it was.

What’s not fun about the event though, is the early morning start. Although, it is nice to drive through parts of Tokyo in one minute when it would normally take twenty in peak hour.



THE NIGHT BEFORE: You’ve all been here, I’m sure

By in 13-11-2009 8:00 pm

You’re all going to have to wait until next week to hear about the little competition I’m running. I’ve been working as well as getting ready for Ebisu’s Drift Matsuri this weekend, which I should have already left for if it weren’t for a little problem I had.

Let’s just say that I’ve learned a lot about 1JZ coilpacks in the past couple of days.

At least you can look forward to some photos from Matsuri next week.


SOME STUFF: Not really a proper post, but it does have pictures

By in 11-11-2009 11:39 pm

I haven’t really been making a lot of posts recently, and that’s because I haven’t really been taking a lot of photos! I’ve done quite a few events in the JZX100 recently, like a competition run by Rays Wheels, and the Dunlop Drift Grand Prix at Nikko Circuit. Despite only making the semi-finals, it was probably my best effort at Nikko so far, with every single one of my runs being fast, on-line and with plenty of angle. The only thing wrong according to the judge of the event, D1 driver Yoshinori Koguchi, was that the flick on my entry wasn’t fast enough. That was good with me, since that’s exactly what I thought was weak about them too. Time for some practice and suspension fiddling.

Anyway, I’m sort of glad I bought a mobile phone with a decent camera (DoCoMo F906, if anyone wanted to know), since it means I don’t have to carry around a proper camera. At the same time, it’s bad, since I end up taking a lot of photos that I really should have taken with a proper camera, like these ones.

Today, I dragged some Australians, who are here to drive at Ebisu’s Drift Matsuri, around Tokyo to see some car-related things. One stop was at the Toyota MegaWeb, where they have the new FT-86 lined up against a mint red Levin. I didn’t make enough time to go and actually visit the Tokyo Motor Show, so this was the first time I saw the car in real life.

I must say, it looks a lot better in real life than it does in photos. It actually looks like it could be a really cool drift car. I’d drive one for sure.


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