On any one day at Fuji Speedway, you can watch cars or bikes on the main circuit, drifting on the Drift Course or time attack on the Short Course, and gymkhana (a similar sport to motorkhana and autocross) on the dedicated tarmac gymkhana course. Since it only costs ¥1000 to get in the front gate (or ¥900 if you have a Japan Automobile Federation membership card), people out on a pleasant drive through the scenic roads that lie in the shadow of Mount Fuji will often stop in for an hour or two and see what’s on.
Old mate here seemed a bit more interested in keeping his Mini Cooper looking shiny though.
After an entire week of D1 photos, it seems like a good time to take a break from drifting’s biggest spectacle. We don’t have much really have much choice in that matter though, since there’s not going to be another round held until the weather gets a lot colder, and then a lot warmer again here in Japan.
Touge drifting is where D1′s roots lie, so here’s a photo set from recent weeks of an unnamed course deep in the mountains. Rumour was that a certain AE86 bearing Yamanashi plates regularly seen at this touge course belonged to a D1 driver seen in the previous article.4 Comments
Dragging a two-day event out into an entire week’s worth of content might be pushing it a bit, so here’s the final coverage of the final round.
Twenty pics of eye-candy from the practice and qualifying sessions.2 Comments
Here’s something that has probably puzzled car fans for years. Why do Japanese people make that vee motion on videos and in photos? Here’s why: (more…)3 Comments
You may be wondering if Naoto Suenaga was able to make it back out on the track after his heavy hit of the tyre barrier during Friday’s practice. Team Orange put in a lot of hard work and actually manageed to get the car into an agreeable state, just as long as you were only looking at it from the grandstands and not any closer. The funniest thing however, was what they did about the missing wing mirror. (more…)2 Comments
The weather was less than agreeable, but a bit of rain can’t stop drifting, even if (more…)Comment on this article
Congratulations to Masao Suenaga and Team RE Amemiya.
Today at Fuji Speedway was, as they say here in Japan, “heavy wet”.
Regardless of the scary conditions, a majority of the drivers made their way out to the track to get in some valuable track time. Unfortunately, some drivers had the conditons get the better of them, like Team Orange’s Naoto Suenaga.
He was not injured, and the Orange crew are still at the track pounding away at the bodywork to get the Impreza somewhat respectable and ready for tomorrow’s practice and qualifying.2 Comments