So, today is Skyline day (R32), yesterday was Cefiro day (A31) and Friday is Laurel day (C34), so do something nice for your car this week if you drive a Nissan. It’s also Mini day and Sunny day, as “3 2″ can be pronounced “mi ni” or “san ni”. Unfortunately for me, there’s no zeroth of October, so I’ll just have to wait and see what date S.T. Garage set for the 1JZ Meeting this year.
Putting that aside for now, I heard some interesting things yesterday…
Just in case you haven’t heard about this before, Keiichi Tsuchiya and Daijiro Inada recently decided to disassociate themselves with the D1 Grand Prix series that they helped create and popularise. Long story short, it was due to disagreements with the management over the direction the competition was taking, which essentially ended when Tsuchiya gave an ultimatum: D1 Corp fire the management or he’s out, which is how it ended up.
Since then, both he and Dai-chan had announced that they intended to start their own drifting series, but there hasn’t been much more about it since then.
Well, yesterday’s video shoot for Hot Version at Nikko Circuit revealed some new information: There’s going to be three classes in the competition. A normal class, super class and ladies’ class. Car tuning specs are aimed at “the kind of mods that a normal person can afford”, meaning no 1000hp monsters or works cars, and the entry fees will be much cheaper than other competitions. The difference between the classes is going to be based on skill only, not on the car.
“If people want to build cars to a high level, they can drive them in D1.” said Dai-chan, when I asked him about it.
There’s no word yet on how they’ll be working with the regulations, but the evolution of the Street Legal series might give them some idea. Essentially, it seems they’re not aiming at taking on D1 itself, but at creating a series that is more like what D1 used to be in the past. How this conflicts with similar series like MSC is yet to be seen.
It turns out they don’t have any intention of starting the series this year, so it’s going to be a 2012 gig.
Also there yesterday was 2010 D1 Street Legal champion Naoki Nakamura. Looking very out of place in a suit, he formally apologised to the assembled drivers, which included the likes of current D1 drivers Koguchi, Hibino, Tezuka and Daigo Saito, as well as Taniguchi and Orido, for the fuss he had caused with his arrest for street drifting. Tsuchiya accepted his apology on everyone’s behalf and insisted that Nakamura be given a second chance. Chalk him up as a driver in their series then!
The day was a fairly good indication of what things might be like with the new series. Politics and alignments are probably going to play a bigger part than ever in who will be seen at what competition in the future. Even at this particular video shoot, a couple of drivers who you’d think would have been invited were nowhere to be seen. One certain female driver, who actually turned up at one point to see what was going on, was actually quite upset that she hadn’t even been told about the event. I got the feeling it might be due to her alignment with a certain coloured team.
If you’re wondering about the awful photos, I didn’t have a proper camera on me since I was actually working at the shoot. As you can see, I tried taking some pics before it fogged up after walking from miserable sleeting weather into a lovely and warm meeting room but…
…it soon became completely useless!
It shall be interesting to see how this all turns out.Tags: Daijiro Inada, Keiichi Tsuchiya, Naoki Nakamura
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