Event: Hyper Meeting 2014 – ハイパミ V.2

Action, Automotive, Event, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, Time Attack



Continuing on with Hyper Meeting coverage, we’ll head out to the circuit where some of the time attack and races were taking place.  HKS’s R35 GT1000 was on hand putting in a couple hot laps are Tsukuba as well.  As I said in the previous Hyper Meeting post, it’s obvious this event focuses on the chassis’s that are popular for tuning today.  As a result, you see many all wheel drive cars like EVO’s and Subarus, alongside the new 86.  This post has a lot of Subarus haha; which is actually cool because I don’t think I post too many.




I’ve actually looked all over and can’t find results for lap times.  I saw this car at Fuji, but I don’t know what it got around TC2000 – I’ll keep looking though.




The GReddy/TRUST Rocket Bunny 86.




Pretty unique color way – looks good!




There were quite a few Subarus on hand, like this Garage KM GC8.  The tire warmers lead me to believe they’re pretty serious.




This Hawkeye was looking good on track.




Enkei RS05RR’s on the Tex Modify Subaru.




This was one of my favorite Subarus at TC2000 for the event.




Crazy hood vent.




Overall a really cool build.




Kumakubo and the Team Orange guys took place in the D1 exhibition.




With both the Evo 9 and newer EVO X.




Another cool Hawkeye on color staggered wheels and Voltex aero.



Really cool EVO 5/6 that I’ve seen a few times at Tsukuba for other Attack events.




Itasha on circuit!




Stay locked in – next up is a closer look at Hiroyoshi-san’s Kyushu Danji EVO.  Thanks again to Sekinei for the photos!











Encounter: NOB Taniguchi’s Altezza

Action, Automotive, Drifting, Encounter, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports



I’m so behind on coverage of pretty much every event in Japan it’s killing me.  Hyper Meeting, still have the last of the HKS Premium Day coverage (which is long overdue), several drift events at Fuji and Mobara, and a grip of lifestyle goods – crazy!  I’m doing my best to update as much as possible, and am actually working on finishing up the last HKS day post but I have so much other stuff going on that it takes longer than expected.  I like to fill in the blanks with little posts like this.  NOB has a new car this year; not new in the sense that it’s a 2014 car, but new as in it’s a new build.  His new Altezza, red of course, sports some pretty awesome features – like this triple stacked rear canard setup…




The Advan RS wheels in staggered colors match the car perfectly.  In this particular application, the lack of livery looks incredibly good.  Sporting HKS decals for the special occasion, as well as the embossed HKS logo on the side skirt.




He tore the giant Fuji asphalt up too – no problem.


Looking forward to seeing more of this car and, as always, more of Taniguchi.



Locale: Kunny’z – 行きましょう!♪

Automotive, Drifting, Japan, JDM, Locale, Motor Sports



Throwing it back to last year when Jay and I stopped by Kunny’z to say hi to Kuniaki-san and Masahiko-san, seen here rocking the Uggs.  I had met Kunny-san awhile back briefly, but had never stopped by his shop.  Seeing as it’s in Kanagawa, I figure it would be worthwhile to stop by and say hi again.  Kunny’z, the shop, has been around since about 2004, but what most people don’t realize is how much influence this man has had in the drift scene.







A quaint shop, located just North of Yokohama in the Tsuzuki Ward, Kunny’z has been in the automotive scene for just about a decade now; easily becoming a staple in the D1GP series in Japan.  Kuniaki himself has been drifting for ages though.  If you’ve ever heard of Nightwalkers, the first thing to come to mind should be Kuniaki.  He had a customer at the time so I waited back and snapped a few pics of his new D1 Spec GRX130.




Beautiful cars with the most quality parts.  DG5 coils lowered over a set of WedsSport SA-60M’s, bring the now wide body closer to the ground.




2JZ’s now supply the power to the rear of the Mark X, as opposed to the newer V6 4GR that came from the factory.




Once the customer left, we had a chance to talk about what’s been going on at the shop.  After we had chatted about the obvious, Kuniaki brought up that his goal for the next year would be to compete in the US in the Formula Drift series; he even jokingly asked me to sponsor him, as it is very expensive for a Japanese outfit to compete overseas.  Little did he know I’m having trouble funding my own builds.  I suggested he bring his JZX100 (which is for sale BTW) to America and show everyone what they’ve seemed to forgotten over the past years (*ahem…style…) – to which we all laughed vigorously.


Well, funny enough, as you all know by now, he made it!  While I’m sure it’s incredibly difficult, just the other week he competed in the first round of FD at Long Beach (Kind of – he was sort of rushed to finish the car and didn’t get any points in).  So, hats off to you Kunny!  Congratulations and the best of luck.  If anything, at least your car looks good.




If you’re interested in buying the JZX, let me know and I’ll pass your info along.  It’s still got the trillion or so horsepower 2J in it…











Event: Hyper Meeting 2014 – ハイパミ V.1

Action, Automotive, Event, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports



This past weekend Mr. Satsuei was at Tsukuba Circuit to get coverage of Hyper Meeting 2014; an event that offers an extremely wide variety of popular cars, shops and a few events in both time attack and drift.  It’s crazy to see how saturated this event was with EVO’s, Subarus, and 86’s.  If you think about it though, these are some of the most popular cars on the market today, and by it’s self described name, Hyper Meeting is actually a ‘celebration of custom car'; and what better cars to customize?  The posts covering Hyper Meeting will have no particular order, just as I see fit really.  Imagine a basic exhibition of drifting, time attack events, and various vendors with display cars hosted at TC2000 – sounds amazing right?  Well, let’s check it out!




Team Orange was on hand with their pair of Evolutions; a 9 and 10 respectively.  They were part of a drifting exhibition part way through the event.




The iconic Yukes livery has gotten much brighter over the years with the addition of gold chrome.







Carbon doors with the windows wrapped in chrome; I can’t imagine anything better.




The RS05RR‘s on Orido’s D1 car look fantastic.





One of the cars that D1GP brought out for a demo run.





Orido’s been pretty good at running this thing into walls this year – fortunately he kept it on track this time.




Good look at the interior of the D1 machine.






My personal favorite 86 that was on hand belonged to Blitz.  While they had a couple on hand, this one is beyond cool.






The ‘Metal Silver’ Blitz BRW 08’s are a great contrast to the bright chrome vinyl that covers the Blitz Aero Speed R body panels.




One of the best looking 86 kits on the market at the moment.




Another 86 that was on hand was the Rasty built circuit runner.  This car, while in appearance is magnificent, has been plagued with mechanical problems.  Even at this even it suffered some sort of transmission or engine issues.




I love the new look though.  Half the livery was missing due to the new doors, now issues in carbon fiber.  I’ve been posting up a lot of shots of the new rear diffuser as well that looks like it takes it’s styling ques from a Super GT car.




You’ve probably seen this car in my Battle Evome coverage.  It’s an Unlimited Works built EVO, but what I didn’t know is that they were using a Full Race manifold.  Not sure if it’s some sort of sponsorship deal, but I thought that was pretty cool.  Especially from a shop like Unlimited Works where if anything you’d think they’d make their own manifold.  This is a customer car though so who knows.




A closer look at the bay.





The S-Craft STi that was at Auto Salon was on hand as well –  not sure if it ran TC2000 though.





Here’s a random EVO with an Evangelion cut out in front of it.  I wouldn’t have posted this except that it reminds me that Kodi needs something like this for when he goes to the track.






Varis won the award for most bad ass display of all time with what seemed like an unlimited supply of all-wheel drive builds.




See a common theme at this event?




Pretty interesting Subaru build – check out that hood.




Early morning shot of the Blitz 86’s.




Not to be left out, the Trust built, Rocket Bunny adorned 86 was on hand and even got some laps in on TC2000.  After staring at the Blitz kit for so long, the RB kit looks pretty mild.


Speaking of mild, and by mild I mean not mild at all, here is an EVO that you should all be familiar with – Hiroyoshi Shimada’s, of Kyushu Danji fame, circuit fighting EVO 9.  I’ll have a closer look at this coming up.





Stay tuned for the second part of Hyper Meeting and some on track action.







Encounter: Pacific Racing Team x ラブライブ! – ハイパミ 2014!

Action, Automotive, Drifting, Encounter, Event, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports



I mentioned on our Instagram account (@naritadogfight) that Sekinei was at Tsukuba this past weekend covering Hyper Meeting 2014.  I initially wanted to post up a bunch of shots from the event but honestly I got so busy this evening that I don’t think I’ll have time to put together an entire Event post just yet.  Instead I’ll ease into it with a new D1 car that I’ve come to enjoy very much; the Pacific Racing Team 86.




Pacific Racing may sound familiar as they are thoroughly immersed in Japanese motor sport having competed in Super GT in the GT300 class since 2010; initially with LMP and Ferrari, and now most recently with Porsche.  This venture into D1 is kind of a new one for the company, but they seem to be getting it just fine.  For this particular 86 that Nomuken will be driving every once in awhile, they teamed up with ラブライブ! School Idol Project to promote the race queens, or ‘Pacific Fairies’ as they call them.  Coincidentally, this is just another variation of the livery they run on their Porsche car.  Itasha race cars? Love it.




The dark Enkei PF01 EVO’s look really good against the bright exterior of the car.  Enkei has some good stuff released in 2014…




Being Nomuken’s car, of course Blitz and URAS are going to back it heavily; which explains it’s good looks.  The dual, turn down exhaust setup is pretty awesome as well.  Turn down for what?  Sorry that was lame…






I’ll never get over how well planned out the livery designs in Japan are.  It’s artwork in it’s own right.






During the middle of the event Nomuken hopped in and, along with Team Orange, tore up TC2000 for a D1 Exhibition.





Looks just as good sideways as it does sitting in the lot.  The 700ps 2JZ under the hood may have something to do with how easily it slides around the final turn.


I’ll do my best to get some more Hyper Meeting content up soon – again, big thanks to Mr. Satsuei Seki for the shots!






One Shot: Bee-R D1GP Skyline BNR34

Automotive, Drifting, Japan, JDM, One Shot


Godzilla at rest  |  D1GP Nissan Skyline R34  |  Bee☆R  |  Ogawa, Japan


Throwback: D1GP Returns To America (2005)

Event, JDM, Motor Sports

In 2004, the sport of drifting had become commercialized enough, that promoters knew it was time to bring it overseas.  D1GP was introduced in America with the start of the USA vs. Japan series that took place at Irwindale Speedway.  My friend sent these over to me recently, and I figured since Formula D just wrapped up the season at Irwindale, it would be a good time to post these up.  Needless to say, the heavy hitters from Japan look much younger!  Hopefully they invoke some nostalgia into you guys and we can all remember what this sport is really about.