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WEEKEND EDITION: Videos from Lithuania, Washinton State and Canada

By in 19-09-2009 5:02 pm

I was recently sent this video by Vidas from Lithuania. Believe it or not, Lithuania is a fairly big viewer of this website!

Here’s what he had to say: “This weekend we had our drifting championship final, and we made a small video about it. I thought maybe you and your readers would be interested about it.”

Driftingo čempionato KOVA#4. Game over. from vidas on Vimeo.

I received an email the other day from Terrell with a link to the Nissan Pacific website. Here’s a recent video of the Pacific Northwest guys driving in the Evergreen Drift series at Evergreen Speedway. Lots of fairly decent looking cars in there!

Evergreen Drift August 16, 2009 Round 3 from Abbitt Wilkerson on Vimeo.

This next video from over the border in Canada is from David Vickers, one of a couple of guys who visited Japan a little while ago. This video was made as his submission for the eBay Motors Master competition. Despite his ridiculously boro hachi and stupid hipster haircut, apparently he has two cute girls that hang around him all day and help him work on his car.

Any Sprinter guys who would like to help David win the eBay competition he made this video for, visit the eBay Motors Master website and rate his video.


OH! SORRY!: Rii-chan’s Super Drift Technique

By in 24-07-2009 12:39 am

By request, here’s a higher-quality re-upload of this old video, shot by myself and Laurence Janus (who made this famous video).

The driver is my good mate Yoshio Takahashi. His nickname is “Rii-chan”, which comes from the fact he is the leader of his drift team (say “leader” in a Japanese accent to understand), called “Side Attack”. If you put “-chan” on the end of someone’s name, it’s kind of like making their name sound cute, sort of like saying “Stevie” instead of “Steven”.

A few years ago when I was still just visiting Japan instead of living here, I visited a Drift Matsuri at Ebisu Circuit. Rii-chan was quite insistant that Laurence and I ride in his car on the high-speed Higashi course before the end of the event, because linking the front straight over the blind crest with his TD-06 SR20DET was his specialty at the time.

Just before the spin, you can hear the tyres making flapping noises as they delaminated, but Rii-chan wasn’t going to stop, even on the steep downhill section of Higashi. He was more concerned about my having a good time than he was about crashing! Before you ask about his helmet, it was a souvenir from an old job of his, and no, it’s not exactly regulation.

While we’re on the subject, does anyone else think there’s something majorly wrong with a lot of the drifting videos coming out these days? Am I the only person who doesn’t really want to see an entire video of high contrast slow-motion with tightly-cropped focus pulling, shots of weeds blowing in the wind and other things that have nothing to do with anything? Without some sort of narrative, human interest or personality to the video, it’s like eating a cake made entirely of icing.

Come on guys, you obviously have the skills behind the lens and with the mouse. I know you can do it. If you don’t want to change your style, but still want to make a nice cake, I’ll have a chocolate-orange marble sponge please.

I suppose I should put up or shut up and make my own videos eh? Uh-oh, did I just volunteer to do even more work? Who wants to sponsor Noriyaro with a nice little HD camera then?




OPTION DVD: Vol. 185 Okayama D1 and Seven Meeting

By in 18-07-2009 1:26 am

Wow, look at that entry by Tezuka. I’ve heard people say that the reason he can drive so well is because he has nothing between his ears.

I would have liked to go to Okayama, but it was a bit too far to drive, and I was entered in a practice day at Honjo Circuit the following day. More about that in another post.


THE MIDDLE BIT: 2007 Ebisu Road Trip “The Drift” Part 1.5

By in 08-07-2009 11:28 am

A few days ago, I posted up these videos, shot and edited by Jos Roder, of what happened before and after our trip to Ebisu Circuit for the 2007 Autumn Drift Matsuri.

Here’s what happened in between, which some people might consider to be the most important part of the series! Jos has also been nice enough to answer some of the many questions you may have about Drift Matsuri in his video.

Ebisu Road Trip 'The Drift' Part 1.5 from Jos on Vimeo.


HIGHWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE: Osaka to Ebisu Circuit road trip

By in 29-06-2009 12:30 am

Here are a couple of videos made by Jos Roder, an Australian guy who used to live in Osaka a couple of years ago.

I was on a short trip to Japan at the time, and wanted to go and see the Autumn Drift Matsuri at Ebisu Circuit. After working out the best way to rig my itinerary, it turned out that‘s Laurence wanted to go too, and so did Jos, who was kind enough to volunteer his drifter S14 Silvia to get there if we split the costs.

Osaka to Nihonmatsu is a fairly long drive by Japanese standards though, and the highway tolls would have cost 15,550円 according to the trip planner on the Nexco (highway company) website. We decided that this was money worth saving, so we took the low roads to get there. This seemed to be cheapest (but definitely not most stress-free) way of getting there.

Slow average speeds, no open petrol stations, traffic lights, stopping for roadworks and navigating in the dark made for a much more interesting trip than taking the boring-old highway. Laurence’s planning with the map was spot-on though, and we didn’t take a single wrong turn the whole way.

2007 Autumn Drift Matsuri Epic Road Trip (Part 1) from Jos on Vimeo.




By in 21-06-2009 11:28 am

Now here’s something that could be very interesting.

Option have decided to start putting some of their content online as downloadable DVDs. Their system seems to requires you to download and install a program called “DVD Toaster”, which then downloads and burns a DVD for you to watch.

Each DVD, which is payable by credit card, seems to cost all of only ¥800! For a comparison, Option sells for ¥1905 at the shops.

I might give this a test-drive one day and see how easy it is to use, and if people in foreign countries can use it.

One can only hope they decide to put up old Options and Drift Tengoku DVDs…