AUTOMADORI: 2 Pedal Drifters 2009 meeting at Fuji Speedway

July 7, 2009 12:30 am Published by

As promised, here are the photos from the 2009 2PD meeting at Fuji Speedway.

The 2 Pedal Drifters meeting is an annual event put on by Drift Tengoku magazine, to promote the unconventional use of slushboxes in drifting.

Most of you are probably hoping to see some photos of this Estima in action. Unfortunately, he decided to call it quits early in the day!

You may recognise this car from a recent wallpaper. I’ve seen this guy a couple of times at the touge, but I’ve never actually spoken to him yet! It’s not an automatic, but he came along to support a friend.

I think this Mark II Blit wagon was completely stock apart from a set of normal JZX wheels on the back with some cheap tyres.

He was driving it like he stole it though.

These guys brought along a cheap automatic Cedric to kill on the track.

It says “stick it in gently” on the filler flap.

As you can see, they definitely killed it.

Most of the cars there were of the large Toyota variety, since they are plentiful in automatic form.

They look just as good as the manual versions from the outside though.

Toyota Crowns converted with JZX90 engines and transmissions seem to be becoming more and more popular.

This is Drift Tengoku’s editor, Ryuusuke Kawasaki. He really gets into his work.

Kawasaki-san said that he has been around drift cars so long, that he knows how to stand within centimeters of them as they drift and not get hit.

It wasn’t just late-model big four-door Toyotas that attended.

Here’s another shot for the X71 fans.

It’s not common to see an S12 Silvia at a drift event, and even less common to see an automatic one!

JX110s should become more popular as they become cheaper. It would almost be a shame to strip the interior of one of these to use as a drift car, since they are extremely comfortable!

Here’s another couple of shots of yesterday’s teaser Cresta.

It wasn’t actually that girl’s car, it was her boyfriend’s. She still rode passenger seat during the drift sessions though.

For some reason, the profile of this R31 looked a bit different from the usual.

It might have been the unusual paint and late-model Work wheels.

OK, I’ll have to give it to this particular Verossa. It’s really good looking.

The Blit driver didn’t give up early. He kept smoking it up all day.

It makes me sea-sick just looking at it.

Ouch. Remember how I crashed at Fuji recently? This guy copped it on the same corner.

Kawasaki-san, who also drifts an automatic JZX90 Mark II, went out for a ride in this one that belongs to Miyamoto-san from MISSILE…

…before taking it out himself.

Ever seen a magazine editor who could drift as well as this?

Kawasaki-san takes his drifting seriously.

Or perhaps not so seriously. After about five non-stop laps, the car conked out and it looked like a radiator hose let go on him.

Miyamoto came racing up in Kawasaki-san’s car (the pink one on the left) to survey the damage. Apparently, it was just overflow that caused the sudden rush of steam.

They really do some goofy stuff in Japan!

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  • Laurence says:

    I will have a JZX110W Blit one day! Think of the tyres it could carry!

  • Direzza says:

    All I can say is wow. I wonder if this’ll catch on….this goes to show even people with families could have fun.

  • Isidro says:

    so many 4doors <3
    I think the coolest thing about Kawasaki-san is that he was drifting like a mad man, and without a helmet

  • BlueSlug says:

    great stuff Alexi! i really love the rear-end shot of the white Tourer V, so proper. are you shooting with a 2.8? i need to get myself some better glass lol…

    also i’m really digging the aero on the cresta from yesterday, does anyone know which kit it is? i plan on acquiring a jzx90 some time in the future haha

  • Jose A says:

    SICK! I love big 4 door toyotas!

  • DiscoQuinn says:

    That R31 looks different because it’s the rare non-B-pillar type.

  • N/Aontherun says:

    AW said to find out that that babe didn’t drift that cresta 🙁

    none the less still very chill pics and cars

  • Warren says:

    Wallpaper for that awesome dirt drop of Kawasaki san!
    Awesome stuff as usual with some really nice looking cars. I especially dig the crashed X81 and that manual C35 Laurel!

  • Slappy says:


  • banpei says:

    Great pics, great report! 🙂
    I love the Mark II GX71! It is one of the very few cars which was not converted into a sharknosed zokusha, but I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing actually. 😉

  • Shane says:

    great post alexi enjoying the wet Australian Weather?

  • STJ says:

    The R31 looks strange because its the very rare passage (full hardtop) model.

  • Babalouie says:

    The MkII Blit Wagz is the last resting place of the JZ-series engines AFAIK. The JZX110 wagon continued to be in production for a few years after they phased out the JZX110 sedans with the V6 MarkX.

  • Jayzedex100 says:

    Auto’s aye……. prefer my factory manual 100. Seems needlessly hard on an auto, trying to drift it?

  • Laurence says:

    I am 99% sure Babalouie is right about that. Ironic that the 1JZ’s final resting place was in a car that looks like a hearse…

    According to Goo-net the Mark II Blit iR-V ran until April 2006.

  • Fury-S12 says:

    holy crap an s12 lol only took 200 posts 😛

    good to see some people use there autos for more the criusing but it does beg the question why?

  • Fury-S12 says:

    oh and anymore pics of the s12?

  • Rob_180sx says:

    Haha, what an awesome event. Good to see heaps of pics up of it 🙂

    I can’t believe you thought that Verossa looked alright though…

  • Luke.H says:

    I dont care what any one says, the Verossa is the hottest JZX of them all, such a damn nice car with its unusual round curves.
    That purple and white JZX90 looks so damn odd with that paint job.

  • Umai Naa!! says:

    Any specs on the S12, Alexi?

    Same goes for the Estima. I’ve always been intrigued by the running gear they using in them, given that the standard engine lays on it’s side. If it’s as simple as it seems popular, I’d have a crack at building one 😀

  • azrain says:

    aaaaa sadly no pic of Cresta Jzx81, Okabe the Disable Drifter

  • MeZ says:

    Holy shit how close is Ryuusuke to the action? Reminds me of that crazy camera man *insert guys name here* The one that films at D1 i think it is>?

  • Josh says:

    It says “stick it in gently” on the filler flap.

    i NEED a sticker like that LOL

  • STJ says:

    The JZX110 blit was produced two years longer than the MarkII, but only in non turbo form. The IR-V was discontinued in 2004. But the mark X supercharged is a awsome car it only needs a manual transmission.

  • 5hu7o says:

    i wish there were girls game enough to sit in the car while drifting in aus. We need more japanese drift girls in aus so i can marry one.

  • Warren says:

    Mez, you probably mean Zaku.

  • Alexi says:

    It’s a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR with a polariser.

    It’s not too bad here, actually!

    Most of these guys weren’t hardcore drifters, so I suppose auto makes sense, since manuals are a bit more expensive to buy and daily driving is a lot more pleasant.

    I was only able to get there in the afternoon, and he was already hosing his car off ready to go home.

    Just that one.

    Dangerous Cameraman Zaku!

  • Juan Carrillo says:

    omg… that jzx71 is so beautifull.. hmmm

  • R31 GTSR says:

    The R31 is a R31 Passage only sold in japan. its as common as the rest of the R31’s which is dime a dozen