SPRING DRIFT MATSURI 2010: G1 Grand PrixMay 7, 2010 8:18 pm
It’s Drift Matsuri time again! Once again, unfortunately for you guys, I spent more time messing around behind the wheel than I did holding a camera.
I guess that makes these pictures all the more special.
This time around, the G1 Grand Prix event was held on the Friday rather than the end of the event on Sunday, so I left for Fukushima on Thursday afternoon. First though, it was into the local Super Autobacs for some foaming window cleaner and a spare exhaust gasket.
Then, just like last time, to Don Quixote for junk food and other silly things.
Just before the expressway, it was a mantan (full tank) fill-up with haioku (high octane) paid with genkin (cash).
Learn those three words, and you’ll always be set for gas stations in Japan.
I spotted this R34 on the expressway on the way up. This picture doesn’t make it look anywhere as neat and low as it looked in real life though.
The next day at Ebisu, and it was overrun with other Australians!
They’d already been out on the track the previous day, and just like every other time someone has been too keen to start drifting in a new car, the loom on this Soarer had a length chomped out of it.
Yep, lots of electrical tape and swearing.
The queue for this the next day was over an hour long, so I took advantage of it while I could.
Shane and his yankee 180SX.
Shane likes using truck PCD wheels, because they’re low offset and practically free.
I suppose I should actually start talking about the competition here!
The G1 Grand Prix is going to be held the day before every Drift Matsuri this year, and is a whole-day event on one of the courses at Ebisu open only to foreigner drifters. This time, it was on Minami Course.
Naturally, the judges for the competition were Kumakubo and Naoto Suenaga.
The pole-dancer Sileighty Silvia convertible was there too.
Stu shows Luke from We Are Drift the size of his filler nozzle.
One neato part of the event were these window banners that Kumakubo had made up! Here, Luke helps Emily from Powervehicles stick one on her 180SX.
Nice eh? They were designed my MS-R too! Proper D1-spec there.
Unfortunately, that’s where my photos end for the day. I’m sure Dino from Speedhunters will post up his coverage of the event pretty soon.
As far as results go, I qualified third and placed third, just like last time. Weird. Andy from Powervehicles placed first, and fellow Aussie Chris DeJager came second.
However, here’s the best part.
I earned a D1 Street Legal licence for placing.
More to come from the Spring Drift Matsuri.Tags: Drift Matsuri, Ebisu Circuit, G1 Grand Prix
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3 stud FTW! 185/65 on 15×9.5’s and plenty of grip to get around the place with some small rear end mods.
very good day, next time ill be there to drive 😉
You earned D1 Street Legal licence? CONGRATULATIONS!
Good work on the D1SL licence 😀
Those window banners look really good too!
wait, how was that s13 convertible a sileighty?
well anyways, good coverage and super fresh r34 in that 4th pic
Dino already finished his Matsuri coverage on Speedhunters! There’s some sweet pics of you on the track, Alexi.
daamn that R34 looks hot ! 😀
.. wait . . . was that a Peugeot 206 in the first pic ? Is that common or rare in Japan ? oO . . i really wanna know 😀
nice.. congrats for the licence (:
Donki rocks. Been to the one in Ueno, and it’s like Crazy Clarks on smack…. Everything you could ever need when your drunk at 3 in the morning, and a few things you don’t. Just don’t go if you are clostraphobic or get headaches from loud colours or the Donki theme blaring out at full bore.
Well done with the D1SL licence. Dino has posted 5 parts up on SpeedHunters with quite a few of you tandem drifing with Andy and others. Looks like a blast.
fuck yeah man. congrats on the licence. which round are you going to compete in first?
good stuff as always
next time you should take someone with you!! to take pictures for you.
and congratulations on getting the D1SL license
great stuff man! can’t wait for the rest 😀
as for Dino’s coverage on SH i get the impression that he’s finished with posting stuff relating to the spring matsuri :\ there were a couple of shots of you driving in the 5 parts that he’s already posted, but i’m going to assume you’ve either already seen those or had people email you about it 🙂
and congrats on D1SL! rock it hard!
(also is the R34 missing a rear wiper blade?)
Alexi, I have some cracking shots of your 100. Ill shoot you some links later today.
huge congrats on getting the d1SL license man, now we get coverage of more d1sl events haha
wow! D1SL! Be realy proud of that Alexi!!!!
Congrats on the D1SL licence Alexi. The window banners are awesome!
good work on the licence dude
looks like fun, Ill have to check out those speed hunter shots
wtf why are all those australians in japan
in my opinion alexi is the only one worthy of staying
congrats alexi! how exciting!
Fuck yes! Congrats on your D1 License!!!!!!!
Congrats on the license!
good to see you and chris dej on the podium mate, well done on the sl license as well
is this related?
oops! wrong blogpost, my bad!
the R34 looks amazing ! no spoiler