26-11-2008 12:30 am
So why would someone throw away a job, nicely sorted drift car and apartment close to the city just to go to Japan and drift an almost standard R32 GTS-t around some rough track in the middle of the countryside? Can it be summed up by a single grainy photo?
20-11-2008 10:55 pm
I know, but that was before I bought a car.
A black R32 GTS-t with GT-R-replica nose now sits in my tiny parking space here in Japan.
As many of you would know, the first week or so of owning a new car (by which I mean old and slightly modified car that has been sitting in a dealer’s yard for nine months) is filled with enjoyable things like changing various fluids on a cold concrete floor, wondering why certain important instruments like the fuel gauge don’t work (at least the warning light does), finding rounded nuts left by the previous owner and fumbling to find the interior doorhandle at night.
All of this is shortly to be followed by the Ebisu Autumn Drift Matsuri this weekend, in the predicted minus two degree wind chill temperatures at night (28 degrees for our American friends) and drizzle/snow.
Things should be back to normal on Tuesday.
That, or they could get weirder.
19-11-2008 12:30 am
Stripped interior, scrape marks, massive angle, knocking over cones, Advan Neovas, standard body, ziptied lip, window banner, bolt-in roll cage, naturally aspirated, no passenger seat, mismatched wheels, flat green, panel gaps, convertible drifting, steel pipe fender roll, huge camber, huge commitment, full throttle, pack it up, drive it home, Yuuta Onodera, Mazda Roadster.
18-11-2008 12:30 am
Coming soon, Tetsuya Hibino’s workshop, SunRise.
17-11-2008 12:30 am
The closest translation of “gekokujou” into English is “when a junior dominates his senior”, but in the case of car club Gekokujou, it probably has a meaning closer to “mutiny”.
Gekokujou recently held a track day at Fuji Speedway to celebrate one of their older members “graduating” from drifting and leaving the club. It was very much a casual affair, with the majority of drivers on the day being part of the same circle of friends who just drift because they enjoy doing it together, but that didn’t stop us coming along and joining in the fun.
15-11-2008 12:30 am
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13-11-2008 12:30 am
A “missile” car has a couple of definitions in Japan, depending in which context you’re talking. Usually it refers to a drift car that has been left close to standard externally, while still being heavily modified under the skin. Imagine the sort of thing a D1 driver would take up to the mountains for a bit of practice on weekends.
In the case of these cars however, it means that cost of tyres petrol, and entry fee for a track day combined should cost about as much as the car itself.
At this particular event at Nikko Circuit, four drivers showed up in missiles, and three of them were current D1 drivers, which meant the driving was sphincter-tigheningly close. The first two drivers here are Shinji Minowa in an R32 GTS-t, and this year’s D1GP Champion Daigo Saito in what is just barely recognisable as a JZX90 Mark II, running a very large turbo and 19-inch wheels and tyres left over from some of his slightly better looking JZX projects.
12-11-2008 12:30 am
I posted some of these photos back in 2006 on a couple of drifting forums, and some people promptly took them, watermarked them and posted them on their own websites.
Now that Noriyaro is up and running though, the rest of the until now unseen photos have a place to be shown. These are, of course, photos of Team Burst, one of the most impressive drift teams of recent years (the award for all time greatest drift team has to be Marionette, but we’ll talk about that another time) taken back in 2006 on Meihan Sports Land’s E-Course, not the C-Course as seen on most of the videos from Meihan, where Burst does their wall-scrapingly best.
That didn’t really matter though, as the guys from Burst and Gloss Factory were doing some extremely close driving that day, both to the walls and each other, leaving a trail of rubber shreds, fibreglass and zipties in their wake.
11-11-2008 12:30 am
It’s a shame that sometimes how well someone is drifting might not come across in a photo. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get a single frame to reflect how smooth and quick their driving is.