26-11-2008 12:30 am
So why would someone throw away a job, nicely sorted drift car and apartment close to the city just to go to Japan and drift an almost standard R32 GTS-t around some rough track in the middle of the countryside? Can it be summed up by a single grainy photo?
13-11-2008 12:30 am
A “missile” car has a couple of definitions in Japan, depending in which context you’re talking. Usually it refers to a drift car that has been left close to standard externally, while still being heavily modified under the skin. Imagine the sort of thing a D1 driver would take up to the mountains for a bit of practice on weekends.
In the case of these cars however, it means that cost of tyres petrol, and entry fee for a track day combined should cost about as much as the car itself.
At this particular event at Nikko Circuit, four drivers showed up in missiles, and three of them were current D1 drivers, which meant the driving was sphincter-tigheningly close. The first two drivers here are Shinji Minowa in an R32 GTS-t, and this year’s D1GP Champion Daigo Saito in what is just barely recognisable as a JZX90 Mark II, running a very large turbo and 19-inch wheels and tyres left over from some of his slightly better looking JZX projects.
11-11-2008 12:30 am
It’s a shame that sometimes how well someone is drifting might not come across in a photo. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get a single frame to reflect how smooth and quick their driving is.
07-11-2008 12:30 am
Drifting with a construction helmet held on with a piece of elastic? No problem!
22-10-2008 11:00 pm
The crowd loves it, but having to do unnecessary extra laundry is never fun.
Click below to see the outcome.
16-10-2008 11:00 pm
Koichi Hayashida’s S13 Silvia.
07-10-2008 10:22 pm
While Toyota was firing up their more prestigious Formula cars opposite the Nissan stand, the people’s favourite Skylines easily drew a crowd with the Nissan team’s comprehensive exhibition.
Even though this Hakosuka is worth about as much as a new BMW M6, there were no barriers keeping you from getting right up close. I saw at least a couple of people walk past it and brush the buckles of their backpacks against it though.