Tag: Drift

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Event: バリドリ天国 Vol 6 – Golden Heaven

1990’s motoring in Japan, for a few people, has recently increased in popularity, becoming somewhat of an abstract study into a very unique culture.  A lot of what we see today, especially in drifting, is an amalgamation of trends and lifestyle cues from that era; things that we aren’t necessarily privy to (unless of course you were a teenager in Tokyo in 1995).  Yuji Hasunuma, owner of Pro Shop Wave, was a prominent figure in the peak times of ‘hashiriya‘; a time where the older generation today, was growing up and exploring the world of motorsports.  Despite the change in trends, Yuji and his shop is still around today in Kanagawa, and as a ‘tip of the hat’ to the age his generation loved, he began the Bari Dori Heaven events.

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Event: Final Bout 2016 – Special Stage East V.1

This year, the collective minds behind Final Bout set out to unite a country over the sport of drifting; instilling in the nation a certain set of qualities they feel are necessary for the sport to thrive with it’s Japanese roots intact.  Each carefully selected location of the Special Stage events provided their own unique characteristics in both venue and demographics that helped define what drifting is in each corner of the nation.  Uncovering, and highlighting these places allowed others to experience different parts of the country, both first and second hand, that we wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to.  I think this alone is reason enough to undertake a project as massive as Final Bout has been in 2016.  This time the crew headed to Canaan Motor Club in central New Hampshire to host the third, and final stage of the trio of special events.

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Close-Up: カーモディファイワンダー & ヒマワリ TAS

Car Modify Wonder had several cars on hand to introduce their somewhat new lineup of Glare aero parts, and as usual, they did not disappoint.  It’s refreshing to see a truly unique and creative offering, especially for older chassis’.  It’s a stark contrast from what we’ve recently been used to seeing; which is more or less a cookie cutter approach to exterior styling (I don’t need to say anymore than that for you to catch my drift).  Check out the shots below and let me know what you think.

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Event: バリドリ天国 Vol 3 – V.2

The flip side of all this is, naturally, what’s going on now.  The grassroots drift scene in Japan is as alive as it ever was and events like BariDoriTen do a great job of catering to both generations.  It’s true that nowadays many of the younger people jump straight into car ownership, they still have a working knowledge of their predecessors.  There’s no discrimination between age here, which makes for an event where some can relive their youth while others are experiencing it in the present.

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Encounter: Pair of Kings- Tony and Damon’s 240’s

It’s always memorable to meet new people (most of the time anyway), especially if you’re a fan of their work or if you share the same interests.  It’s even more memorable, however, if there is something attached to that meeting that makes it stand out among the many other encounters we experience.  In this case, in my meeting of Damon and Tony, that memorable event came in the form of a Shawano, Wisconsin Sheriff.

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Event: Final Bout 2 – The Spirit of Drift V.2

When I left off the first post, I had just got done making my rounds in the pit, getting acquainted with a few people, and generally just getting a lay of the land.  It was my first time at US Air and really wasn’t familiar with any of the track layout.  After Mico introduced me to Nick from Touge Factory, I was able to get a media pass and head out to the infield to start getting some shots of the open practice session that was going on.

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Event: Final Bout 2 – The Spirit of Drift V.1

Being on an airplane nearly every week for the last year has somewhat numbed me to the miracle of flight.  Commercial airlines have figuratively made the world a much smaller, and more obtainable place.  The opportunity of creating new relationships and  experiences are increased exponentially because of our ability to understand flight.  As I travel for work quite frequently, I often have to step back and view the act existentially as to remind myself of what I’ve been able to accomplish with the help of those winged metal tubes.  Arriving home Thursday after a 4 day stint in Tucson, Arizona, I had one day to catch up on work, and gather my camera gear, as I had made the decision to make my way Northeast on Friday night.

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Event: Tension’s Fuji Takeover & HKS HCC Snapshot

So, yeah.  This will probably go down as the most random post of 2015 NDF, but I figured I’d combine the two as we didn’t spend that much time at either.  The same day that HKS held their Premium Day event, our friends at Tension reserved the Fuji drift track and held their own ‘Premium Day’ so to speak.  While the guys in Tension are all super nice, they have a somewhat sketchy history, so I’m glad Sekinei is good friends with them.  They’ve always support NDF and I couldn’t be more stoked about it.

So during the lunch break on the Speedway side, Sekinei and I meandered over to Fuji’s drift track to say hi and snap some photos.

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Feature: Style Spectrum – The G-Corporation Dream S15

 

There’s something to be said about those who go against the grain.  Those who have a need to create the outlandish, to disregard outside opinion, and to construct their true vision.  They are the ones who will be remembered long after they’re gone, and the ones whose ideas will eventually be cherished.  Go Nakamura is one such person, and he happens to be the owner of G-Corporation – and what you see before you is, in fact, his dream Silvia.

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Encounter: Late Night Flash at G-Corp

 

I think, for the sake of variety, that I’m going to switch gears a bit this week.  While there is much more time attack coverage to share with you (not sure that I’ll ever have a shortage of that), I do have quite a bit of files  in the NDF archive that have been collecting dust.  Case in point, earlier this winter I visited Go-san at G-Corporation in Chiba and in his somewhat large driveway sat this beautiful red Silvia.