SPRING DRIFT MATSURI 2010: Too many photos of instant yakisoba

May 10, 2010 3:39 am Published by

For those of you who took some time to watch the live camera feed, here’s how it looked from the other side!

Right next to where I was pitting, Koguchi Power’s Yoshinori Koguchi had set up a mini workshop. It looked like about ten to fifteen of his customers were there too.

Koguchi was going out for test drives, taking passenger rides to give driving technique advice and doing suspension adjustments on their cars. Koguchi’s girlfriend was filming everyone’s runs into the first corner too. Sounds like a pretty good way to build customer loyalty!

He didn’t have his D1 car there, but he had his C33 Laurel missile.

As usual, there were a few grip cars there as well, taking advantage of the plentiful track time.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but this is basically the same view that you can see from the bathroom stalls on Higashi Course. You can watch drifting while you crap. Nice.

These are the old R33 GT-R wheels I had on my previous Skyline. One of them had a crack in it that would create a slow leak, but I had it welded up so they wouldn’t go to waste. The outside shoulder of this tyre looks OK, but the rest of it is bald. I think this was right after I finished them off at Kita Course.

You might be wondering about the title of this post. After going through the few photos I actually took at Matsuri, a lot of them turned out to be of the Peyang Chou Oomori (Really Big) Yakisoba I ate on Saturday.

This is the extra large version that has twice as much as the regular size.

The sauce in this stuff is addictively good. First, like any other instant noodles, you need to boil some water.

Next, you put in the freeze dried cabbage bits. Some people put these under the noodles, but I leave them on top.

In goes the hot water.

Make sure you fold these little tabs back before putting the lid on to let the noodles cook, otherwise your fingers will be scorched with steam if you try and open them later.

After waiting for, three minutes I think it was, pour the water out. Don’t forget to wash your filthy hands either.

Mix in the sauce and the other little sachets of spice powder and furikake stuff.

Yum. I keep a pair of screw-together chopsticks in my toolbox, since it’s a bit more civilised than the disposable stuff. You know you’re in Japan when you keep chopsticks in your toolbox.

The Japanese word for chopsticks is “hashi”, with the emphasis on the “ha”, like “HAshi”. If you say “haSHI”, it means “bridge”. If you put the English word “my” before the name of any personal object, it means it’s something you bring along to use that would normally be supplied.

So, you’d have “my hashi” at a restaurant or “my ball” at a bowling alley. “My car” is self explanatory. I remember hearing Taniguchi once say “Watashi no my car” on a D1 video, which is sort of like saying “ATM machine”.

Well, there’s the Mark II’s first proper panel ding. The most annoying thing about it is that kouki taillights are pretty expensive to replace.

I also added a couple of ripples to the doors right near the b-pillar when I was out on Kita Course doing some close driving with Naoto Suenaga and a couple of other cars. I was right on the tail of an R34 GT-t when he missed a shift and I gave him a bit of a tap.

I pitted-in shortly after that, and as I got out of the car, I saw a guy with some dark sunglasses striding straight towards me, flanked by a couple of other guys.

I was expecting him to angrily say something like “Hey, you hit me out there!” but what came out of his mouth was “Sorry about that! I missed a shift and the car straightened up! I’m really sorry!”

Heh, that wasn’t what I was expecting him to say. I had only left a little dent on his car, and it was on a part of the body hidden by the rear bumper, which he had already removed. No problem. I still bought him a bottle of green tea from the vending machine though.

At least it wasn’t as bad as this Silvia! This is Kouji-san’s car, as seen in a previous post from Okegawa Sports Land.

Clean one minute, junk the next. Drifting can be a bit like going all-in on a gamble sometimes.

Of course, sometimes it gets beyond the point of caring.

Can anyone (who doesn’t live in Japan) guess what car that right rear taillight comes from?

Christian Pickering said I wasn’t taking enough photos of the people at Matsuri, so here’s a big one of him.

Dino duckmouthedly deciding which burger he’s going to eat next at the Powervehicles barbeque lunch.

Team Orange’s Naoto Suenaga thought it was delicious.

Any tyre will do for some people, it seems.

Andy had his JZX90 out on Nishi to take advantage of the limited afternoon practice we could get on the short course layout. The Nishi track is usually run as a full circuit during Matsuri, but they change it to the layout used in D1SL competitions for an hour and a half on both afternoons.

Both Andy and I were running on last resort tyres, which meant speeds were getting progressively slower and slower as our tyres went off, but at least they went off at the same time.

That’s the little door ripple I was talking about before. There’s also a bit of red paint in there from a 180SX that I nudged on Kita Course.

That’s it for my photos until the Summer Matsuri, but I’ll be posting up some other pics and videos taken by other people in the next couple of days too.

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