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By in 27-02-2009 12:30 am

I recently attended a drift event at Fuji Speedway Drift Course run by Himawari Racing in Tokyo, which is led by a young AE86-driving guy named Kazuya.

Himawari (which means “sunflower”) had an amusing way of naming the different skill classes on the day. Beginner classes were named after delicate flowers like Tulip Class and Rose Class. The more skilled groups were named things like Dandelion, all the way up to Sunflower Class, the biggest and toughest flower of the lot.

I really have to start bringing out the camera a bit more when I’m actually driving at an event, but lugging out a big long lens after getting out of the driver’s seat is usually put in the “can’t be arsed” basket.

Anyway, here’s a couple of more pics of drivers and their cars from the day.




By in 24-02-2009 12:30 am

Last weekend was kind of busy, with a trackay on Sunday and the D1 Street Legal Regional MSF Shootout at Fuji Speedway on Saturday.

The MSF Shootout (sponsored by mobile content creators Mobile Software Foundation) brings together the best drivers from each of the D1SL Regional divisions, North, East, Central, South and West. All of these guys have already scored a D1SL licence for next year, but this was a one-off comp to see which ones were the most sidewaysiest of the lot. The winner also received ¥300,000 and a free trip to America to watch the next D1 USA event.



SORRY STUTTGART: Porsche drifter at Honjo

By in 23-02-2009 12:30 am

I took the Skyline out yesterday to Honjo Circuit for a soukoukai run by Shino Kouba X Amazement. What you’re looking at is a dedicated Porsche touge drift car. The owner regularly takes it on mountain drift runs, and only brought it to the circuit after a group of his friends who were attending begged him to come.



FLYRAT DEMO CAR: Yamaya’s C10 Skyline

By in 20-02-2009 12:30 am

Flyrat is a workshop that specialises in all kinds of kyusha maintainence, restoration and modification, so it wasn’t surprising to see their demo car being thrashed around Tsukuba Circuit.

Driving it was the shop’s boss, Yamaya, who was quite amused by how much a foreigner like me liked the look of his car. Flyrat isn’t too much of a drive from here, so I might line up a shop visit next time I’m in the area.