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PRESS RELEASE TRANSLATION: Naoki Nakamura arrested for street drifting

By in 17-01-2011 9:20 pm

I hope you all enjoyed the random mobile updates on the Noriyaro Facebook page from Tokyo Auto Salon.

Something that a lot of people there in the drift world were talking about was the arrest and charging of D1GP competitor and D1SL 2010 Grand Champion Naoki Nakamura for street drifting.

This is the original press article from the Mainichi newspaper on the 12th of January that started it;

Traffic law violation: Suspected drift racers arrested, Minoo, Osaka.

After investigation of repeated dangerous driving the mountain region of Minoo, Prefectural Police Transportation Investigation Division have announced that professional racer and suspect Naoki Nakamura (28) of Nara Prefecture, Sakurai City is among sixteen men charged on suspicion of reckless driving.

Mr Nakamura was arrested in the early morning on the first of August last year at Aomatani road in Minoo City after using a modified car to slide at high speeds (drifting) in a dangerous manner.

Mr Nakamura is a domestic drift competition champion. “I wanted to practice” the suspect has admitted.

Akira Chatani


Aomatani is the same road as seen in Laurence’s Osaka Touge Drift video.

Following this, D1 Corp. published this press release the following day;

Media Release regarding Naoki Nakamura

According to a newspaper report dated January 11th, D1 Grand Prix participant Naoki Nakamura was arrested by the Osaka Prefectural Police Transportation Investigation Division on suspicion of reckless driving traffic violations in the early morning hours of August 1, 2010, after drifting on a road in the mountains of Osaka Prefecture.

We feel this regrettable incident is contrary to the sportsman’s code of conduct for a D1 licence holder. To all of the other earnest, striving competitors, to the fans who are cheering at our events and to everyone else involved, I apologise for this scandal from the bottom of my heart.

After hearing from the person himself of the severity of his arrest, an official staff meeting was held at which it was decided to suspend all his appearances at our events for an indefinite period.

The core focus of the D1 Grand Prix corporation is the sporting development of circuit-based drifting, allowing drivers to show the art and skill of their technique and car control in judged competition.

Drifting events are held in over 35 countries around the world, and D1 is a pioneer and world leader in drift competition. This means we must strive to practice a proper competition and follow policy in recognition of our position.

Following this incident, we will be striving to foster future awareness of this issue among our competitors.

January 13, 2011
D1 Corporation Co., Ltd.
President and Board Representative, Osamu Suzuki


Keep in mind that these are my amateur translations and shouldn’t be taken as the exact wording.

Having seen him drifting in his D1SL car on the street with my own eyes before, I can’t say it’s too surprising. D1 management has made it clear in the past that any sort of trouble with the law would result in heavy consequences, and they’ve followed through in this case. Similar charges in the past have usually resulted in a 500,000 yen fine and a two-year licence suspension, so it’s likely that’s what will happen here. There have been a couple of other D1 drivers charged with similar offences in the past, but they didn’t have the profile or attract the publicity that Naoki did.

What’s even worse is that as 2010 D1SL champion, he was set up to go into this year’s competition as the first seeded competitor.

I guess other drivers will be extra careful with their numberplate tape and surgical masks from now on.


SNOWBISU: D1 cars left out in the cold

By in 13-09-2010 10:01 pm

Alright, news and info time.

The response to the Drift Tengoku subscription post was amazing. I’m glad there are that many people out there keen on it. I’ll have the relevant info up as soon as possible.

If you’ve been wondering why there haven’t been a lot of posts recently, it’s because a lot of my best pics, like the ones of the recent AE86 event I attended, are now going to the Noriyaro section of the very same magazine! I guess I’m going to have to start shooting some more.

Speaking of posts, if you want to be notified every time a new post goes up on the site, the Noriyaro page on Facebook is a good way to keep up with them.

Just to keep it random, enjoy this pic of the sudden snowstorm that occurred right after the winner’s battle at Ebisu D1GP in March last year. They get the craziest weather up there!



By in 29-06-2010 10:29 pm

Here’s something fun that they’ve added to the schedule of D1 Grand Prix events. If you’re not one of the kinds of people who like to have one foot out the door when they’re announcing the winners because you want to beat the traffic, you can go for a walk on the circuit itself after the event is over.


BLAST PATTERN: Tezuka’s BNR324 at Sugo Speedway

By in 15-03-2010 3:49 am

Here’s a pic of Tezuka’s Bee-R Skyline from back in 2006. I think this was right at the end of the first practice day.

It still looked so fresh! These days, it’s amazingly haggard up close, but it gets the job done.

The Bee-R mechanics had the rev-limiter set on full shotgun mode that day, and thanks to the bowl shape of the valley that Sugo Speedway’s first corner is in, you could always tell when Tezuka was out on the track. Kablam!


THE LEGEND OF THE OSAKA ONEVIA: Atsushi Kuroi memorial gallery

By in 04-02-2010 1:56 am

I heard a rumour the day before yesterday from a friend who lives down in Kansai that drifting pioneer Atsushi Kuroi had somehow died. I didn’t want to say anything on here just in case it wasn’t true.

Unfortunately, the news was confirmed yesterday on Kuroi’s Mixi (Japanese Facebook) by his wife. He had died from massive injury after a scooter accident.

Rather than just post a single pic with a few standard words of condolence below it, I thought I’d go back through my archives and post up the best Kuroi photos I had as a tribute.