Tag: Drift

Feature: Thunder Drift IS400 – 2012 Build Progress

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For those of you who are regulars of NDF, this Lexus (…is that what this is?) will be a familiar site to you.  It belongs to Joe McGuigan and is in the process of quite the transformation.  If you’re not familiar with what Joe does, check this out.   If you aren’t familiar with what he does it with, check this out.  Last year, Joe ran Thunder Drift with the stock 2JZ; underpowered to say the least.  Well, as you can see, things have changed.  With the 2012 season approaching and new targets in his site, he’s decided to ditch the OEM power in favor of some V8 juice!  Check out more of the 1UZ swap progress past the break.

Event: Hot Version Live Shooting v.1 – The Tsukuba Pits

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JDM Clips recently shot these last weekend during the live filming of Hot Version’s N2 and Advan Amateur Race at Tsukuba Circuit.  The Hot Version N2 AE86 event takes place every year, and has been going on for quite some time now.  This year, the Advan sponsored Fastest Amateur Tournament was combined on the same date and made for one hell of an event.  Many of the cars here are the same popular builds we see plastered on the pages of Option and Option2, as well as blogs around the globe.  The most popular tuners attend these ‘grassroots’ events to show off what they can do on the track.  Check out what Tsukuba has to offer past the break – like more of this RE built ドラえもん FD.

Video: Outsiders: Feature Length Drift Film – Trailer One

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Driftworks‘ own Phil Morrison and James Robinson, along with some crazy dudes from Garage Portello, decided they would go video ballistic on the Japanese drift scene.  The result?  Outsiders; a hour and a half long, HD drift extravaganza.  Check out the trailer, be amazed, and then click past the break for more info.  If you enjoy drifting, Japan, or drifting in Japan in the slightest amount, you should buy this movie.

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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: The San Mateo Terror – TD Pro Am Lexus IS300

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The one thing that continues to amaze me in this industry is the amount of great, down to earth people there are.  No matter the discipline, whether you’re a driver, a spectator, a mechanic, or involved in media coverage, it just seems hard to come across a person you won’t get along with.  Case in point; Joe McGuigan.  Joe drifts in the Thunder Drift: Pro Am series here in Northern California.  The series basically serves as a gateway for amateur drivers looking to get into national series like Formula D.  As this season comes to an end, Joe is already looking to next year where, with an all new engine setup, will be shooting for his Formula D license.  Let’s take a closer look at his weapon of choice past the break.

Encounter: Drift Prepped IS300

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I flew up to San Francisco on Tuesday to visit with a few friends and visit for a few days.  I hadn’t been back to Nor-Cal for years now, and it was nice to get back to my roots.  On the way back to the airport, just before the 101, I saw this IS come rolling up next to us, so I grabbed the cam real quick and snapped some shitty pics of it.  Turned out to be Joe McGuigan’s ProAm built Altezza.  I thought it was a pretty cool catch.  Click past the break for more.

Event: D1GP お台場 Pits

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I apologize for my absence as of late.  While I may have been invisible, I didn’t forget I ran a blog.  In fact, I’ve been working on new graphic designs for some vinyl that will be available at the end of the month.  I know I keep saying that, but I mean it this time.  The more I looked at my previous designs, the less pleased I became with them.  So while I toil away behind my monitor, I’ll let you soak up some eye candy at last month’s D1GP event in Odaiba.  Let’s take a little walk through the pits past the break.

Encounter: Mouse!

. The infamous 86 coupe tandem drift extraordinaire team Mouse.  I can’t remember what blog I found these on – if I can remember I’ll post it up. . . Love the fender mirrors .

RC Lounge: The R32’s Test Drive

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With a fully charged battery and a tastefully decorated G-Works body, it was time to finally take my R32 for a test drive.  I went downstairs with my Nikon and let it rip.  I gotta say – this thing is great fun.  It’s fast and my new SkyFly transmitter is responsive, but I think I’ll spring for the GT Tuned motor soon.  We could always use a little more speed.  With the help of my co-driver, Anny, I snapped a few pics.  Check um’ out past the break.

Encounter: Street Chaser

. I’ve been gone for four days straight and it’s been great.  I promise some more content in the next couple days.  I’ll start off with this run-of-the-mill 6th gen. Chaser rocking a fat intercooler.  […]

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!

Feature: Nakamura’s S13

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I like Team Burst.  You probably like them too.  I’d even venture to say that out of all the organized drift ‘teams’ in Japan, that Team Burst is the most recognized.  This is largely due in part to Naoki Nakamura’s drift skill and media attention; whether it’s wanted or not.  I’m sure that you’ve heard by now all the recent news that has surrounded Naoki, but if you haven’t click here, and then here.  With that in mind, I thought it would be cool to do a little spotlight on the cars he drives in regularly, and for D1SL.  I shot these on the last day of TAS, and you can see that the D1 banners have been removed already.  Click past the break for the gallery.

Event: Tokyo Auto Salon 2011 v.2

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After an hour or so I seemed to get my bearings around the gigantic convention center, and realized the scope of what laid ahead of me.  To cover a show of this magnitude on my own would take some serious moving around; so I did just that.  Keeping an eye out for certain booths I really wanted to see, I set out on a mission to cover as much as the show as I could.  I found out that the two other halls held more of the stuff I was looking for.  The next two posts will contain some spectacular builds from the tuners we all know and love.  Check it out past the break.