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LET’S GO BANCHO KETTEISEN: That was the name of the competition

By in 23-06-2011 1:37 pm

At Ebisu’s Drift Matsuri, the tradition is that they run a small competition on the Sunday morning. The format is usually something along the lines of solo runs or co-operative tandems on a section of track not normally used for competitions just to make it interesting, and it’s usually judged by a couple of D1 drivers, like Drift Samurai and Naoto Suenaga as seen in this pic. At the last Spring Matsuri, rather than use the usual corner at the bottom of the hill on Minami course, the comp was on what’s known as the “Let’s Go” corner up the top of the track, so named due to its blind crest and generally high speed required to clear it in one go. As a result, the competition was called “Let’s Go Bancho Ketteisen” which sort of means “Boss of Let’s Go Corner; Deciding Battle”.


The winner of the comp was…me! The prizes were supplied by Astro Tools, and I ended up with a rather nice foldable padded creeper mat, which is perfect for working underneath cars on the rough asphalt found in the pits of just about every drift circuit in the country.

Everyone was going at it pretty hard. About two laps before this happened, I was right behind this guy! As a bonus, have a look at Stewy’s crack. Geez, can the Australians who come to Matsuri please try and keep their bums in their pants if possible?


KEI LOVE: Big fibreglass hearts

By in 21-06-2011 1:22 am

As a counter to yesterday’s post, have a look at this lovely little Wagon R. Even the spokes in the wheels are hearts. I <3 kei.

I’d like to point out that it’s a guy driving this car. Perhaps his wife took the Celsior that day?


HARDENED STEEL: Suzuki Wagon R on SSR Mark I

By in 20-06-2011 6:48 pm

Pretty tough for such a little car.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more Toyota V8 though, and haven’t already seen it on the Noriyaro Facebook newsfeed, check this video that Motorfix posted of their new 1UZ-powered KE70!

However, if you’re one of those types who thinks that a little FR Toyota like that making a noise that sounds like anything other than a 4A is sacrelige, try Youtube user URC86′s channel, especially this video which contains a little over ten minutes of flat-out nose-to-tail drifting.