Tag: Kawabata

Throwback: D1GP Returns To America (2005)

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.

Feature: Kawabata’s Magical RPS13

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I know you’re  thinking right now, “Two back to back featured car posts?!  I don’t believe it.”   Well, believe it.  That’s just how awesome we are.  All jokes aside, I’m not sure why it took me so long to post this car up, as it has massive popularity among drift fans.  D1-GP reverse-entry guru Masato Kawabata is the man responsible for piloting this ridiculously hot, 600 horsepower 180sx sideways through all the corners.  I spotted the S all alone, basking in the light at the Toyo Tires booth as we were getting ready to take off from the Auto Salon in search of another UP Garage.  So I decided to get up close and personal with it.  Sit back and enjoy the shots!