I’ve been posting a lot of the HPI videos recently, mostly for posterity’s sake, but here’s the one most relevant to drifting, the one and only volume of Drift Battle DVD!
For those that don’t know, Drift Battle was an Australian drift-only magazine that is no longer published. It was put together by Ben Ellis, who was the editor of High Performance Imports at the time, and now runs the Otomoto parts shop in Sydney.
Just like HPI volume 10, I was similarly involved in the production of this one, doing the narration, the CG-animated segment leads, and also starring in a special little segment further down the page…
This is what Aussie drifting was like in 2004. I remember being blown away watching Tezuka do fifth-gear limiter entries on the front straight of Queensland Raceway in Darren’s C33 Laurel.
This one contains some of the best in-car AE86 drift footage ever, featuring very loose driving by Tetsuya Hibino and Ken Satoh at Nakayama Circuit.
Another round of the Drift Nationals. At least you don’t really see the kinds of “rolling burnout” drifts these days that were popular back then.
Tsukasa Kamiya’s S14 was pretty hot at the time. He still regularly runs track days around Tokyo.
Want to learn to drift? Let the 24-year-old version of me teach you something!
Most of this still holds pretty true, but we’ve come a long way since then. The can of Sprite or whatever was there because I was a bit late getting to the track and ate drive-through Red Rooster from Narellan on the way to Oran Park.
Meihan drifting back when nobody outside Japan knew who Naoki Nakamura was.
Let’s finish up with some street action from somewhere that’s not Queensland with someone that isn’t a guy who appears elsewhere on these videos, I swear.
I wish I spelled “touge” correctly.
Want a copy of Drift Battle on DVD for your drifting media collection? Get one here for only ten bucks.
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