Tag Archive: Tsukuba Circuit

BEST MOTORING: Behind the scenes

By in 12-05-2009 12:12 am

I’ve been doing a bit of part-time work recently helping out on Best Motoring video shoots. Pretty cool eh?

This is part of the video collection at the best Motoring Office. Two or more copies of every issue since number one, with a lot of them still in the original plastic wrapping.

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FAKING THE FUNK?: Video of the Noriyaro Skyline at Tsukuba

By in 16-02-2009 12:30 am

I’ve been back in Australia for a short holiday since last week, and decided the other day to extend the trip until early this week.

Yep, this whole week has been posted from a non-JDM location. Sorry about that.

Also, since all of my equipment is back in Japan, and because I only made enough posts ahead of time to last until Friday, today will be one of the first completely non-original content posts on Noriyaro.

Oh, the horror.

Fortunately, we’re keeping it relevent! Remember this post about drifting on Tsukuba Circuit? I found the Youtube channel for Shun Akutsu, who was there that day with his Kunnyz aero-ed JZX100 Mark II.

Just after a minute in, you’ll see a black Skyline with white front aero slide past on turn one. After that, it turns into a roughly ten-pixel blob, but at least now I have evidence that I actually managed to link the final corner and manji the front straight.

(日本人のお客さん、あの黒いR32は私のです。筑波って、アクセル全開で!レツ ゴー!)

Of course, you could always visit the Youtube page the video is on, and click on the “watch in high quality” link.

Shun’s NSX drifter was having engine work done at the time this video was shot, so have a look at some of the other videos on his channel videos of that, like this one on Ebisu minami for some Honda V6 drifting exhaust music.

There might have to be a feature done on that car a bit later too…

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WAN MEIKU: Option2 x Mercury AE86 race at Tsukuba Part I

By in 05-02-2009 12:30 am

A while back when I took the Skyline to go drifting at Tsukuba Circuit, there was a series of AE86-only one-make races being held by Option2 magazine and Ken Satoh’s Mercury workshop on the same day. The drifting sessions were filling the dead time between races, which was the main event of the morning.

Naturally, there were a whole bunch of very quick hachis there competing in the roughly ten-minute races, running the gamut from expertly tuned and prepared to completely boro and awesome.

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TSUKUBA DRIFT: 187 on a tyre

By in 25-12-2008 12:30 am

Tsukuba is probably the most well known of all Japanese circuits among Japanese car fans and therefore has the most often mispronounced name (just say it as in “scuba diving”). Along with places like Fuji Speedway, it’s one of the champagne tracks of Japan, and usually has an entry fee to match.

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