S15 HEROS: Ebisu Circuit D1GP, 2004January 26, 2011 12:59 am
Ebisu Circuit, July 2004. Ryuji Miki, Nobushige Kumakubo and Yasuyuki Kazama.
S15s were definitely the flavour of the month back in 2004. This was the first time I had ever shot drifting in Japan, and it was with a little Nikon Coolpix 4300 that I borrowed from Mum. I didn’t even have my own camera back then, let alone a digital SLR. The delay between pressing the shutter release and the camera actually firing was so long that I had to track the cars for about four seconds to get a single decent frame.
Luckily, there was so much crazy action going on that it made it hard to take a bad shot. This was during the free practice sessions, and the “Need For Speed” theme song was playing in the background over the P.A. system.
This event was the first time I saw drifting in Japan, and finally seeing it up close with all the smoke and noise and speed irreversibly hooked me on it.
Thanks to Ben Ellis, the former editor of the now defunct Drift Battle magazine, for helping me with vague directions to the track, and reassurances that the taxi drivers at Nihonmatsu Station knew where it was! Come to think of it, the first magazine article I ever wrote was a report of this round.
This was also the same round that had the big Miki/Hibino crash.
If we’re talking about D1GP S15s, you can’t forget about Taniguchi. He seemed more interested in playing alone though.
Note to self in the past: Don’t use digital zoom. It makes photos look pants.
Tags: Ebisu Circuit, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Nissan, Nobushige Kumakubo, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Ryuji Miki, S15, Silvia
Tanaka’s Tex Modify S15.
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This post was written by Alexi
best noriyaro post to date lol some very sexi legendary cars right there
o how i miss my drift battle mags, both the regular issues and my collection of which i lend to a mate never to see again
kinda feel like D1GP isn’t the same since the end of all those amazing Nomura/Immamura/Taniguchi/Ueo battles…those guys made D1 imo…
much appreciation to those specific vehicles
best years of d1gp, i miss all those cars, styling was just right
AHHHHH!! I heart you so much for posting these pictures of some of my favorite times of drifting when everything was so unadulterated by politics and reality and growing up! I’m such a fanboy for 2004!
I think that’s something that D1 has lost, but what Daijiro and KT are trying to regain… the aspect of fun. These cars all had less than 500hp, no NOx and was a lot more fun to watch.
this is real drifting
Hard in the paint or shall I say rumble strips
love those sliding 15s !!!
that’s the same year i got hooked into Drifting, except that my story is very different. Alexi if you have more pictures from 2004 please post them if you haven’t already!! same goes for pictures from 2005… and any other old pictures.
I had two copies of the ol Drift Battle mag with that Ebisu round in it, and cut out the same picture you posted first and had it on my bedroom wall ever since. Keep up the old school pics!
ahh the good old days 🙂
I’ll have to send you some of my old ones Alexi from Tsukuba 2003.
Those were the days. about 100 people watching.
some of my favourite photos of all time. wish drift battle mag was still around 🙁
Haha, wow they’re some old photos. I’ve had the 4th pic on all of my computer hard drives and phones since I saw it!
Def the golden era of D1.
Fantastic shots too Alexi!
My fave those days are Miki Ryuji’s Top Secret S15…
Only to hear the exhaust rumble and those HKS GT-RS turbine whistling…PORN!!!
drift battle mag was a legend shame it gone 🙁