13-02-2009 12:30 am
I’ve been going through more of the photos I took on some of my earlier trips to Japan, and there’s some fairly interesting stuff in there, like this little incident that happened at the first D1GP round I ever attended, at Ebisu Circuit in 2004.
Miki Ryuji, while trying to match Hibino’s ridiculous late-corner entry speed (Youtube video) ran a bit too wide and collided with the dirt wall.
30-01-2009 12:30 am
These two friends from Shimane Prefecture own cars that look good and are drifted constantly.
Pay attention. This is the right way to do things.
26-01-2009 12:30 am
I now have a large bruise in my arse from where I have been repeatedly kicking it for only giving myself ten minutes to cover one of the most awesome static car shows I have seen in Japan so far.
Why wasn’t I there on time to cover the Japan Classic Car Association’s annual New Year Meeting in the Odaiba parking area? As I mentioned yesterday, we had a rather important interview scheduled at the same time with a person of great interest to the worldwide Japanese modified car scene.
Of course, work generally has to come before pleasure, but when pleasure is only ten minutes down the road from where you’re working that day, you’re going to try your damnest to get there in time.
23-01-2009 12:30 am
If you had to pick a car to represent Japanese motoring in the year 2008, it would have to be this clean, Volk-wearing R35 GT-R.
22-01-2009 2:02 am
Here’s one for all the people who make a big deal about not using bolt-in cages in drift cars.
The first corner at Bihoku Highland Circuit is bordered by a steep dirt wall with stacks of tyres in it. Usually, the tyres cop it if someone strays a bit too far off the proper line when they initiate, but someone the dirt sees a bit of action too.
16-01-2009 12:30 am
This is “Kiirochan”. She drifts her yellow 180SX at full speed while wearing skintight jeans.
Every now and again, somewhere between the freezing winter mornings, numerous low doorways and lack of proper Australian lamb chops, I get a little reminder of why I came to Japan.
More on this later.
09-01-2009 12:30 am
This is CLR’s Takurou Watanabe, and he is getting ridiculous angle.
08-01-2009 12:30 am
The whole “low offset, dished chrome” thing was never going to last. The latest thing to run on your car over here in Japan is narrow fifteen-inch steel wheels.
Of course, it’s winter right now, snow is falling in the mountains, and those wheels have Bridgestone Blizzak studless snow tyres on them.
You can probably guess the rest.
02-01-2009 12:30 am
So here’s what happened.
A train of missile cars in an Expert Class session, led by D1 drivers Daigo Saito and Yukio Matsui, drifted into the first corner at Okegawa Circuit, a small go-kart-style track in Saitama Prefecture. The S13 driver, who was at the back of the group, came in a little bit too hot and was unable to see a stationary Mazda that had spun out just moments before. I’ll let the following pictures speak for themselves.