I’ve been looking forward to this event for a while and now the Skylines Australia Nationals 2011 is officially over and what an event it was! Listening to RB motors screaming all day around a track to a nice and quiet Show n shine the day after at Shepparton Showground was quite the contrast… Read more
While this meet was not held in Japan, it was a meet with a difference. Most of the time car shows or car meets usually involve only parked cars. But in this case, the car meet in question had a motorsport element combined with a clean car show featuring lots of JDM. Everything from a baker’s dozen of MX-5s to the menacing KPGC10 were featured. Cars are made to be enjoyed, both visually and behind the wheel. And this car show definitely fulfilled that. What are your thoughts?
This was a JDMStyleTuning.com meet in sunny Sydney, Australia.
Drift Matsuri is an event held thrice a year in Japan. Literally translated it means “drift festival”. For 36 straight hours; that’s right, non-stop drifting and social events. It’s commonly held on the Ebisu Circuit (split into many courses) which is in the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan over a weekend.
There can be close to 400 over cars at the event and is one of the few events that recognise the large number of foreign drifters living in Japan. It even has a special G1 GP competition for the foreigners!
It’s a rare event to see so many pro drifters (in their own practise cars) and amateurs rubbing shoulders together in the same place. And everyone is there for the same purpose, to perfect the art of drifting, to have fun and to share the love of drifting.
For a visitor to Japan and a JDM car nut, you have to visit this festival once in your lifetime. It usually happens in Spring (May), Summer (Aug) and Autumn (Nov). If you don’t have a car, then don’t worry! Because you can always rent a drift car from Powervehicles.com, who sometimes have ex-GP cars for sale on their website.
If you’re looking for a serious motorsport event with score cards and the like, then this event is NOT for you. The Drift Matsuri was started to appreciate the art of drifting, the inherent beauty of a car going sideways, accompanied by the raucous sound of popping exhausts and the intoxicating smell of burnt rubber. It’s about the spectacle of the event, it’s about the entertainment that it provides. Drift Matsuri isn’t about trophies (although they are given out) or who has the best car. It is ONLY about drifting. You can turn up in a old AE86 with rust everywhere and still enjoy the event. There are minimal egos and instead great appreciation and camaraderie.
If you haven’t been before, please go and check it out.
An awesome video of this Autumn’s Drift Matsuri held on the Ebisu tracks.
This is a video that Remi Schouten did, you can find his blog here: http://okidokyo.com
On Sunday afternoon, in the little town of Motegi, there’s gonna be a showdown..Wild West style. The 2010 Super GT championship will come to its conclusion with a 250km race that will decide the champions for both categories. The weight penalty system has done its job this season, along with the unexpected cancellation of the previous race at Fuji thanks to a mighty typhoon and no less than 9 teams in GT500 and 6 teams in GT300 will arrive in Motegi with a shot at glory. With no weight penalty and a short track distance to contend with, pure speed will win the day in what promises to be a great race. Before we head to the circuit, let’s have a look at the contenders in both categories. Read more
Don’t you just love it when the guy in the beat up corolla with drum brakes in the rear decides to treat the road like a race circuit? They roll in and out of traffic (because you have never seen a car this unstable before!). They stop at the traffic light lopsided (because their shocks and springs aren’t working in unison anymore). They squeal as they come to a stop (because there are no longer brake pads left, just metal on metal). They lose traction off the line (not because of power, but because there is no tread left in tyres on the slightly moist day). They have phat tyres (because the tyres only have 20psi in them).
But the most disturbing thing is their attitude. They think they are ‘beating’ everyone, they think they are ‘great’ drivers, they think people are going to move out of the way of them etc. And this is the most dangerous attitude to have on public roads, because the guy in the car changing lanes in immediately in front of you doesn’t care and doesn’t notice you. So be warned Mr and Mrs F1 wannabes, the road doesn’t distinguish.
On a separate note, i really love this blog (where i got the picture from) called Singapore Traffic Watch. It names and shames bad drivers, beautiful!
Every so often I’ll have a good dig around the JDM internet, I personally can’t read Japanese but sometimes you can get an idea of where you’re heading by rolling over the link to see where it points as that is usually in English. Here are some links I’ve come across that will help you get through Monday! Read more
What I thought was going to be a mostly cloudy but fine day turned into thunderstorms and an early return home. That’s not to say it was a waste of time heading to Central Circuit on Sunday, quite the opposite actually! Not only did Trial Osaka have their scheduled ”Circuit Run”, but a whole heap of Honda NSXs and a trio of incredibly tough FD3Ss from Autocraft made an appearance too. Read more
Well I hope you’ve all been enjoying the coverage from one of the biggest drift shows on earth. It’s been exactly a week since matsuri finished but I’m already hyped for the next one later this year! Read more
Well known drift track and MSC Challenge venue DEC Circuit, or more commonly known as Sekia Hills, has closed down. It’s not all bad news as there might be a buyer interested in taking the circuit on, but in the mean time it’s out of business. Read more
The Japan Drag Racing Drivers Association (JDDA) was established to provide a structured competition for professional and amateur drag racers all over Japan. The competition is divided into East and West divisions with four rounds in the East and three in the West. Read more
The Japan Drag Racing Drivers Association (JDDA) is split into East and West divisions and provides an organized competition for amature and professional drag racers in Japan. Restrictions are placed on car type with only vehicles with doors for drivers and passengers eligable. Read more
This time we break away from the usual and check out some cars parked at the circuit. Read more
Round 2 of the Exedy Cup 4 Hour Endurance Race had a little bit of everything… from extremely hot weather to extremely bent propeller shafts! Read more