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COLOURS OF EBISU: DriftColors, episode II

By in 26-04-2011 12:01 am : Episode 2 – Ebisu Circuit Meet The Drivers Part 1 from Luke Huxham on Vimeo.

So maybe you already saw the first episode of Luke Huxham’s DriftColors, but here’s where it starts to get a bit more interesting. This time, Luke (behind the camera) shot interviews of some of the weirdos who show up there to slide around and make noise out in the countryside.

My hair doesn’t look like that any more though.


I WANT TO BE AN ENGLISH TV PRESENTER: 1JZ Road Trip to Fuji Speedway by HoonTV

By in 18-04-2011 11:25 am

Enough teasing, let’s start with the 2010 1JZ Meeting videos!

HoonTV’s Mark Boxer will be releasing the rest of the parts soon, which he says will come even sooner if you click the subscribe button, so do us a favour, because I want to see them too!

Also, if you click the Youtube logo to view the video on Youtube, it’s available in 720p res.

Just as a note, the thing Jean-Claude Van Damme says on the Black Black ad is “眠気スッキリ”, which means “It clears your drowsiness!”



1000JZ: One motor meeting preview

By in 23-03-2011 12:06 am

Remember the short video of the 2010 1JZ Meeting I put up a while ago? Perhaps you were wondering why it wasn’t a bit more in-depth than it could have been?

Well, I have your answer.

Mark Boxer of Hoon Media, who has already been making motoring videos professionally for some years now, is launching a new Youtube channel. Boxer’s videos will cover the Japanese stuff that we like, as well as muscle, bikes, oldschool and offroad.

The first thing to look forward to is the complete 2010 1JZ Meeting video, which Boxer says he will be uploading sometime soon! Of course, I’ll be posting relevant videos up on this site, but be sure to subscribe (either follow the link at the end of the video, or click here) so you don’t miss out on any new videos.


WEEKEND EDITION: From Youtube to you, old school and new

By in 13-02-2011 11:29 pm

Here’s the plan. You’re either going to like all of these videos, or hate some and absolutely love others.

First up is some Ken Block, filthy Rusko dubstep and girls wearing innertubes. You know you love it.

Next up is some proper oldschool thanks to Youtube user TwinTurboRS. He’s uploaded quite a few of the old Auto Vision street drifting videos, so check his uploads for more. Some of the more interesting include:

A long video of Osaka’s Nanko Minami.

Bumper-cam of a race on the Tokyo C1.

Kanjo Civics making a whole lot of noise on the Royu Driveway down in Osaka.

Orange Road down in Kansai. I had the VHS tape of this back when I was first learning to drift and would watch it about a dozen times in a row to try and figure out how they were doing it. This video was also used on the show Today Tonight, a current affairs show that usually concerns itself with frivolous topics such as “neighbors from hell” and “the increasing lack of cheese on takeaway pizzas”, as an example of Australian street drifting.

You’ve probably seen this one already, but for those who haven’t, see what sportbike drifting is going to look like in a few years when it becomes more popular, thanks to Icon. Love that Master-Chief-style Variant Salvo helmet.

If you don’t mind listening to videos with the volume down, try some of the videos on user ANDECHSYOU’s channel.

Here’s a video from Chiba Damashi event at Mobara, which I haven’t been to yet, but is reportedly the craziest drifting event in Japan, even more so than the famous Kansai All Stars event!

Another one worth watching, especially if you like tyresmoke is the guys from street drifting team FOOL at Tsukuba Circuit. Just turn the sound down and put some music on.

You may have heard that Japan is a relatively safe place to drive, but that doesn’t meant you won’t occasionally come across weird or dangerous situations on the street, in this case recorded by the JAF Mate drive-cam recorder. Imagine blasting down the expressway and overtaking an old man on a bicycle?

Here’s one to remind you that drivers don’t usually stop for pedestrian crossings. Be careful when you visit!

Here’s a video that gives me flashbacks of something that happened to me right near the house. Natural selection is all well and good, but I don’t really want to be the one doing the selecting!

User peacelovers23cafe has a good set of uploads of old Japanese racing action, such as Tsuchiya doing some shakedown runs in the Advan JZX100 Chaser.

D1 commentator Manabu Suzuki used to be a race reporter, and his English these days is about as good as it ever was!

To make up for the bad audio on the previous drift videos, prepare to turn your speakers all the way up for some Hakosuka in-car at Fuji.

Finally, if you’re itching to come to Japan, this will make it worse. User egawauemon has a large series of steady-mount videos shot around the world, but this is his longest one of Tokyo. If your computer can handle it, head to Youtube and watch it in 1080 res.


SUBARU, THE ANIMATION: Houkago no Pleiades

By in 01-02-2011 8:09 pm

Yes, you are looking at the right website. No, I didn’t upload the wrong image.

While American car makers like Dodge prefer commercials that show General Washington leading the charge in a Challenger, Subaru Japan’s latest advertising campaign involves animation and magical girls. Who’d have guessed it?

Houkago no Pleiades (放課後のプレアデス) or “Pleiades After School” is the name of a new ONA (original net animation) series comissioned by Subaru and made by Gainax, the same studio that made Neon Genesis Evangelion. As most Subaru fans would know, the company logo is a representation of the Pleiades star cluster, uncoincidentally called “Subaru” in Japanese, which is found in the Taurus constellation.

The series, which consists of four episodes that run for about five to seven minutes, is the story of a girl named Subaru who discovers her friend is in a team of magical girls who are searching for shooting stars called “Engine Fragments”.



WEEKEND EDITION: 2010 1JZ Meeting video preview from Hoon Media

By in 19-12-2010 9:30 am

1JZ Drift @ Fuji Speedway from Hoon Media on Vimeo.

So, we all know the type of drifting video that’s popular these days? You know, like lots of focus pulls, weeds blowing in the breeze, vignettes and shots of people doing random things set to some music that the kids like this week?

At least nobody is using Linkin Park or Drowning Pool any more.

Mark Boxer, the editor of Phat Sliggity DVD, put this oh-so-artistic teaser together of the segment he’s making of the video he shot at the 2010 1JZ Meeting when he had a few spare minutes. Don’t worry, the real video will be along the lines of a normal video, with people talking and engine sounds. Mostly 1JZs, come to think of it. Check out my new pink Alliance Speedmetal helmet with custom visor print supplied by the guys at AFG Moto here in Tokyo. Thanks Akira and Jason!

Making Phat Sliggity 2 with lots of content from Japan is still a big possibility (the first one is still available), but whether or not it goes to DVD is another question. We’ll wait and see.