So another year has past since last year Matsuri. This one was again, nothing short of probably the best display of grass-root drifting, and a bunch of awesome people. My friend Roy and I drove up to Nihonmatsu from Tokyo at about 7:30 pm then landed at Ebisu Circuit at about 1:30 am. We were lucky to have luxury accommodations in my X-Trail.
The gates opened Saturday morning at 6:00 am and continued on until Sunday at 4:30 pm. I took about 90gigs of video and Roy shot some photos for me. We didn’t leave the track until about 3:00 pm on Sunday. As I found again this year 2 people covering this kind of event is simply not enough. So much stuff goes on its complete sensory over load.
Here are some shots !
Jamie Earley on the wet West short course. This is held just before the track is closed for the day at around 4:30pm. When this track is fully open it makes for some very nice high speed drifts. The short course is most know for the carnage it creates because of the amount of cars on at one time. Add the rain and you get some interesting results.
Daigo and Nakamura tandem drift on Ebisu West course.
Apparently you can never get too close.
Some action on Minami
Yokota-san was putting down some sweet laps but them tires are some attractive. I have on car footage of some of his runs on the North (Kita) course.
Even the Pros end up in the tires at some point. What else can you expect when your constantly pushing the limits, you bound to step over sometime. The track was very slick since the rain was on and off. Nakamura was quite courteous to put the tires back by hanging his cars back end out slapping the tires back to where they came from. Not better way.
The free BBQ was great however many of us were eating our food raw just for the fact that the rain was hindering our attempt to actually cook it. Hell it was free and delicious !
We packed it in for the night early to recharge for the next day. Sleeping in our once again luxury accommodations it was pretty damn comfortable though. I could still hear cars going at it into the night at around 3:30 am. We woke up a little late around 7:00am to find we weren’t the only ones. It was cold and there was a thick fog which was really quite cool.
Naoki Nakamura and Naoto Suenaga tandem drift on West course.
The last day before we left I met Jea and Timothy to get some on board footage for them for the video, which is being edited at the moment. Jae warned me that the cameras might get a bit dirty and they sure did lol.
Jae was doing some high speed initiations where his tire ended up hooking up and went into the dirt wall causing the car to flip. After the drivers on the track helped flip the car back right side up, everyone pitched in, including Daigo, to the get the track clear so the action could continue.
Jae’s s14 getting a tow back to the pits.
I didn’t get to see the flip since I was filming his entry as well as a few others so Jae was telling me how it happened. After cleaning off the cameras, we checked out some of the footage and seen what happened exactly.
That was a pretty big highlight for the day so I will finish the post with a short edit of Jae’s last run for that day as they unfolded.
So the event was nothing short of awesome and we managed to meet a lot of cool people from all around. I hope to have the final Matsuri Highlight video out soon. If you love cars, drifting or even just going to a zoo this place is heaven.
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