07-11-2014 11:24 am
I was up in Gunma the other day, so I stopped in to visit N-Style, a bodyshop that has made quite a few cars that have featured previously on Noriyaro.
The shop’s owner Nagahama nearly fell over when I pulled up in my van, as I was the last person he expected to show up on a Tuesday afternoon. After enjoying a can of coffee and having a quick chat, I poked around the yard to see what made up his latest lineup of personal cars.
29-10-2014 6:34 pm
You might have seen the AE85 I picked up recently in one of the posts below this one. Check out the daily-driver that belongs to the guy I purchased it from!
15-10-2014 2:28 pm
When I was at Nikko Circuit the other week shooting the video in the previous post, I also took a few pics of the Ito Auto/Project Mu D1SL cars as they were out practicing.
First car on the team is the Ito Auto’s boss, “Manki” Ito in his JZX100 Chaser.
13-09-2014 8:41 pm
I can’t remember who it was, but I remember talking to a D1GP driver who has been overseas a few times, and he said that one of the reasons he loves drifting so much is that it allows him to travel and have lots of fun while making friends all over the world.
I understand what he means now, after I recently travelled all the way to Norway from Japan to drift in one of the world-famous Gatebil events. I remember reading about Gatebil many years ago in Max Power magazine, but I never thought I’d end up actually driving in one.
After taking care of the Norwegian drift team “Driftmonkey” when they came to Japan earlier this year, and had a lot of fun drifting with them at Ebisu Circuit, team owner Ove Harlem sent me a message asking if I’d like to (telling me, more like it) come over and drive of their matching team Supras in Norway. The team’s regular driver Reidar Andresen had to miss the July Gatebil event, so the three cars on the team would be piloted by regular member Anders Klerud, with two guests, Formula D driver Ken Gushi and myself.
What made this even more awesome was that the July Gatebil event is the biggest one of the year, and it’s held at the Rusdskogen Motorsenter, a beautiful track in southern Norway that was planned by F1 track designer Hermann Tilke. It looks like something out of Gran Turismo, with lots of elevation changes through forest and rock walls, with a big final corner where you can bake it up in front of the crowd. The Supra I was driving had a full Brian Crower 3.4L 2JZ engine with an enormous Garrett turbo, which made short work of the tyres, and made getting from one corner to the next a very fast experience.
Please enjoy this video of the event made by the team media guy Luke from Zero Media (thanks for the Jaffa Cakes mate). I took a whole lot of in-car video too, so I’ll be making my own video as well. It was an amazing event, and I hope I can make it over to Norway again sometime soon.
Tusen takk, alle mine nye venner. Jeg savner deg! Jeg elsker Norge!
19-07-2014 8:47 pm
It was my birthday last week, and on that day, I was given the chance to guest-drive 750hp Driftmonkey Supra at Gatebil Rudskogen, the world’s most insane modified car event. Not bad eh?
There’s lots more video to come, but for now, here’s my solo run in the “breisladd” (powerslide) competition.
Even with one cylinder not firing, and some pretty wonky angle, I managed to place 20th overall. There were 84 cars invited to the qualifying, including the two other Driftmonkey drivers, team regular Anders Klerud who ended up ranking 5th, and the other guest driver Ken Gushi, who came 24th after mistaking the final outer clipping point as an inner clipping point.
The placement of the clipping points also surprised me a bit, as I wasn’t expecting them to be a good two metres out from the ripple strip! I was just happy to make it fairly cleanly around the course (apparently my clips were all spot-on), but I probably didn’t make as much smoke as the car should have been able to. More pics and vids from Gatebil Rudskogen coming soon!
29-04-2014 1:04 pm
Here’s the final part of the 2013 1JZ Meeting coverage. This time, we’ll be looking at some of the action on the track, and also immediately to the side of the track in the dirt.
15-04-2014 12:25 pm
These pics from last September might be a bit old, but they’re by no means stale.
Let’s have a look at the 2013 1JZ Meeting at Fuji Speedway.
22-02-2014 8:00 pm
If you’re a regular reader of Noriyaro and aren’t subscribed to the Noriyaro Youtube channel, click this link right now and sort that out.
Even if you are a regular visitor, you might not know that I’ve just started a new Noriyaro2 Youtube channel. Expect things like “behind the scenes” and bonus videos that are a bit longer than the ones on the main Noriyaro channel.
The first two vids uploaded are two uncut ten minute drift sessions from the “Buzz Killers” video posted about a week ago, with more to come from other events later this month.
14-02-2014 11:38 pm
Here’s the latest Noriyaro video shot earlier this week. Enjoy!
12-02-2014 12:21 am
I hung out with some cool guys today. Crazy video coming Thursday!