Tag Archive: Honjo Circuit

DOES IT HURT HERE: To Aru Itasha Suki No Soukoukai at Honjo Circuit, Part II

By in 09-09-2011 1:21 am

As the comments on yesterday’s post made obvious, a lot of you got the Laughing Man references. The thing about itasha is that they can sometimes reveal someone’s hidden power level.

Take this Silvia for example. I had no idea the owner of it was a mechanic I know named Tetsuya.

I’d always seen him wearing Thrasher caps with upturned brims, skater shorts and punk band t-shirts. It turns out he’s an over 9000 otaku!



DOES IT HURT HERE: To Aru Itasha Suki No Soukoukai at Honjo Circuit, Part I

By in 08-09-2011 1:47 am

Itasha! They’re not just for parking and looking at! Earlier this week, I visited an itasha-only trackday at Honjo Circuit and found my friend Ukki-san, who just loves drifting his hyakuche itasha.

Confused already? I’ve added in a few Wikipedia links to try and make some things clearer, but if something goes over your head, it’s probably better just to let it go. ( ̄ー ̄)ニヤリッ



D1 STREET FAIL: This is about as exciting as it got for me.

By in 20-07-2009 12:30 am

Before my recent short trip back to Australia (it was actually the day before I got on the plane to leave), I attended a D1 Street Legal Central round at Honjo Circuit. Here’s a pic of the paddock shortly after I arrived.

In the practice sessions, I was smooth and fast, and managed to follow the line that judge Youichi Imamura had laid out for us, which was completely different to the line that everyone had always used in competitions and practiced for. Even though I knew I didn’t really have a chance to get into the top 16, at least it looked like I had a chance because the surface was wet, and every second car was spinning out. Even Mikami-san from 3-UP said that my runs looked really good.

Then, the worst thing possible happened: it dried up.

From then on, everything went out the window. All my fiddling with tyre pressures and learning the course timing counted for nothing, as the conditions basically turned back into completely dry.

So, I stuffed up my three qualifying runs, packed up and drove home. At least I’ll get another crack at it in August for MSC!



SORRY STUTTGART: Porsche drifter at Honjo

By in 23-02-2009 12:30 am

I took the Skyline out yesterday to Honjo Circuit for a soukoukai run by Shino Kouba X Amazement. What you’re looking at is a dedicated Porsche touge drift car. The owner regularly takes it on mountain drift runs, and only brought it to the circuit after a group of his friends who were attending begged him to come.