OK, this is going to take a little bit of explaining.
Today, I went to Fuji Speedway for an Ikaten. ”Ikaten” is short for “ikasu hashiriya chiimu tengoku” or “Cool Streetracer Team Heaven”. They’re a regular part of Drift Tengoku videos, and the usual format is that they go to a certain part of Japan and invite a few of the local amateur teams to compete and see who is the best team and individual driver in the region.
This time though, it was an all-girl event. My friend Shino was invited along with Gon-chan and Tomo-chan, two other girl drifters from Tokyo. Their team was called “Forty Overs” because all three of the members are over forty years old.
If you look at the team board, there’s a joke in the name that comes from the character “婆”, which means “old lady”, but can also be pronounced “baa”. “４０お婆ーズ” in Japanese can be pronounced “forty overs” in English.
The theme of the group was “Showa yankee joshikousei“, or basically delinquent highschool girls from the 80s. These days, bad schoolgirls wear extremely short skirts, but the thing to do back then was to wear your skirt as long as possible.
The guys in the team did “cosplay” too, in “gakuran” male school uniforms and wigs. I had a particularly awesome red “Regent” pompadour to go with it. It would probably work pretty well for a cosplay of Sakuragi from the Slam Dunk manga too.
I’m guessing the expression on a lot of your faces right now looks a lot like the guy in the background.
There was another team of delinquent schoolgirls too!
They were part of the Kids Heart-backed team from Chuubu, which included Rie Shinmi’s R34 and Michiko Yasue’s S14, which was sporting a nice new bodykit and vinyl job.
When you think of Kids Heart, you think of Tezuka!
Their team was called “Ikasu Hashiriya Tokai Joshi” or “Tokai Groovy Girl Streetracers”.
Out of all the photos I’ve taken in Japan so far, I think this one has just become my favourite.
I think my modern shoes kind of spoiled the look of the uniform. It’s a bit hard to find uwabaki in my size!
Michiko’s nightstick was the real thing though.
Delinquent schoolgirls take no prisoners. Or they do, in this case.
Here’s Team Kindergarten. I might note here that these ladies all actually have kids of kindergarten age. The guy on the left is a real teacher too, but at a local automotive college.
I borrowed his shinai sword and did some more yankee posing. Somebody who walked past said it looked really suspicious that someone dressed as a yankee high schooler was talking to people in kindergarten uniforms!
This spectator’s Mark II was nice, but it had Nissan Fuga 19-inch wheels and…
…an RB26! I think the guy secretly wants a Laurel. This is his daily driver too.
Here’s some more spectator cars.
This Chaser belongs to Ishiai-san, who is the owner of that mangled Cresta I posted a while back. He said that car is in the process of being repaired in the paint and panel shop he runs in Yamanashi.
This Cresta was pretty neat too.
Miyamoto-san from MISSILE was there too. His JZX-centered pro shop just recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
More tomorrow!Tags: Drift Tengoku, Fuji Speedway, girl drifters, Michiko Yasue, Rie Shinmi, Shino Murai, Tsuyoshi Tezuka
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This post was written by Alexi