THE DRIFT TEAM: Burst, 2006

November 12, 2008 12:30 am Published by

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.

The guy in the red shirt with trademark bleached hair is Naoki Nakamura, Burst’s leader. He’s a very friendly and approachable guy, which makes it even easier to appreciate his drifting skills. Since these photos were taken, he has moved into D1 competition, driving a Koyorad-sponsored white S15 Silvia.

A note to any person that is considering building a gokart-sized track in the near future, and would also like to use their track for drifting for extra revenue, but is worried about how drift cars might damage the edge of the track, rip up their grass and dig ditches in their dirt. Take a look at this picture; see how the concrete edge of the track has small divots running perpendicular to the track? This is useless for go-karts to drive on (meaning the intended racing line on the track is maintained), but perfect for drifters who don’t really care about that sort of thing.

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  • maxe says:

    first time i saw photos of these cars i thought the photographer was a total fucking tool for not taking heaps more

    im glad the circle is finally complete

    also people ripping off stuff and watermarking it is hella gay

  • the Anti Alexi says:

    I love Team Burst. spesh when Naoki did that massive drift in the MSC round in 2006? on E course every one else went to feint the other way to make it to the next corner under drift but he just came in so fast and got it in one slide.
    my favourite driver in Japan.


  • Laurence says:

    I will need to edit up the video of this day at some stage!

  • s0apgun says:

    wow man you took those photos??

    i have whoring them around forums and my flickr account for a while

    thank you for the pictures and i’ll be sure to link to your page any time i see your pictures!

    so awesome to see the rest of these finally

  • Brian Harte says:

    i am proud of my pair of BURST stickers on my new car…

  • Earl says:


    I’d like to subscribe to your newsletter.


  • Xavier says:

    Been waiting for these pics !!!

  • combo mando says:

    more pics of that clear hitman steering wheel!!!
    i got the same one!

  • reuben says:

    why cant we have teams like this in new zealand! seriously doesnt get any cooler than this.

  • Paul says:

    Dude you are single handledly responsible for all the rampant Burst fanboyism on the internet.

  • Alexi says:

    I’d say that Burst themselves have more to do with that, but I was there at an especially good time.

    Thanks to Mr L for driving me out to Meihan that day.

  • Joey says:

    That pic of the guy hanging out the window, carrying the sideskirt while the back tyre is fukt and rolling on the rim says it all!!!!! Classic…love this site!!!! go alexi…

  • matt says:

    can you make a wall paper of the pic of the wheel in the preview post?

  • work equip 01s says:

    what logo is on nakamura’s right door

  • Daniel Eady says:

    Hi if a car came around a 90 o’c bend and has cold slick tires on and setup or a slick tire race.Is it still possible to drit off the bend if not how would it drift off.Car weighed 580 kg thankyou very much Daniel Eady ps i preér to email 2 photos