Yesterday, I met up with Youichiro-san since he wanted to pick up some JyuRoku decals. We met on Route 16 to do the transaction from the back of my X-trail like some sort of black market deal. He was driving his, as he stated, “family car” and when asked asked if I could grab some photos he laughed; it’s “normal” he said.
I guess this is a good example of what normal to one is not necessarily normal to others.
I like this type of normal.
Here is the full event video from the Car Modify Wonder X Hardcore event at Nikko Circuit, Japan. We had an awesome event and the timing was perfect as some people who came to attend the Tokyo Auto Salon also made it out to this event. The event had a huge variety of styles with a lot S-Chassis’ sporting their Car Modify Wonder areo kits. 4AG CLUB ( 四鋭爺倶楽部 ), N-Style, Team FUN and a variety of other groups were punishing the tarmac. Especially the maniac 4AG drivers had one run in reverse where they could attack the infamous hairpin jump. We also had some special guest such as Matt Fields and Mike Pollard ( supported by HARDCORE ) and we manages to score a small interview with Ken Gushi and Robbie Nishida.]]>
The very brisk and WINDY day started at the break of dawn, Tommy and I arrived at about 2am and slept at the track … in my car. The track was icy in patches and dry in others so the first few heats were not good for the drivers. As the sun came out the track dried drivers started to get in their groove and punish the asphalt; especially those crazy Toyotas in the 4AG club ( 四鋭爺倶楽部).
We had some special guests Matt Fields & Mike Pollard who were driving cars setup but Car Modify Wonder. Ken Gushi & Robbie Nishida also popped by to punish Robbie’s beater c35. Tommy got a ride along with Ken as long as an interview with Robbie and Ken.
I have been to many events but this had an interesting feeling since the event was put right in line with TAS there were a lot of people from outside Japan at the event. Many their first experiences at Nikko. For someone who can go to Nikko when need be it was nice to meet people and see them in awe of the surrounding environment. Hopefully something is taken back with them to bring to their home countries. I for one never get sick of going to these events.
Matt Fields getting his slide on.
Jun Takahashi Director of HARDCORE getting some footage of this very well organized event. Tonnes of work went into this … Thanks JUN and the rest of your crew.
So here are a lot of the Classic Nikko Jump shots when the course runs reverse.
Tommy of Tomimoto Films flew out to Japan to do some shooting for Tokyo Auto Salon but I managed to twist his arm to come to Nikko. I didn’t have to twist very hard lol. I think by this time Tommy hadn’t slept in 48hours + jet lag and after dealing with the crowded areas of TAS 2015 .. Tommy was pretty much a zombie. Was it worth it Tommy ? Thanks for your help !
Stay tuned for the video edit !!]]>
I was lucky enough to be asked by Luke Huxham of Maiham Media to help shoot this event. He told me that it would be an awesome event but I really had no ideas what to expect. Insane is all I can say, if you haven’t already seen it check it out. This is the thing dreams are made of; on the Hakone Turnpike here in Japan.]]>
Here is the First Edition if the Drift Experience event put on by STF ( http://bit.ly/STFJapan ) and All That Low ( http://bit.ly/AllTHATLOW日本 ).
If you are in Japan and want to experience check out International Drift Rentals ( http://bit.ly/IDRJapan ).
This event was a very wet one cause basically no traction to be had. I’ve been to a lot of drift events but his is one of the first ones to offer drift rentals ( supplied by International Drift Rentals ) down here in the Kanto Area. The International Drift Rental is a new service but has big plans to facilitate visitors coming to Japan or for those who can’t or don’t want to deal with the maintenance and cost of a drift car. For this event they had 2 cars available, a R32 GTS-T as a beginner and a s13 Sileighty for intermediate drivers. They are adding on more cars which include an advanced category of cars as well. Stay updated on their FB page or website.]]>
My name is Nick Pullin of the Wolfpack Drift Club, and this is my story…
It all started on May 25, 2011, the day I purchased my first S13. I had no idea what I was in for, but I was soon to find out. I bought the car with the intention of modifying it. Although I had no idea what I really wanted to do. This would be my first time really tearing apart a car and putting my mechanical skills to the test. I bought an SR20DET from a local importer and began to gather the other necessary parts to install it. It was quite the learning curve for someone with very little mechanical experience, and it took me a long time to complete. But I got it running!
Shortly after that, a friend from the local S-chassis community invited me out to a drift day with a few of the guys. I was a little nervous to take my car out there, having just put a lot of work in to it… But I decided to go check it out. It would be my first time at a track, and my first time laying eyes on drifting. I filled my car up with tires, tools, and any other necessities and hit the road. When I finally arrived at the track and got a look at what was going on, I began to second-guess my decision. But I gathered up the nerve and took the car out! My driving was terrible, my car was not set-up properly, but I was having the time of my life! I knew from the first lap, that this was something I wanted to do.
I took home a lot of new knowledge from the first event and got to work! I spent many late nights researching parts, alignment setups, working on the car… Anything to improve my setup and hopefully get back out there next time and progress! I kept at it despite the rocky path I was on. Anyone who has put the time in at the track, knows what a beginner goes through. I was struggling, but a little bit less each event. Being able to see progression from event-to-event kept me coming back for more!
I kept tweaking the car, trying out new things. Trying to get the car set-up to suit my style of driving. Finally, I was feeling the car beginning to come together. I was really starting to understand how the car was working, and how to manipulate it to do what I need it to do. Around this time, my driving skills were also beginning to come together. It was amazing to feel the car and myself working in harmony. With the suspension feeling solid and the motor running strong, I finally was able to start on my favorite part… the aesthetics. I gathered up all the body panels that I needed and got to work on cleaning up the appearance of the car. I spent the better part of the winter hiding wires and prepping the car for paint. Spring time came around, and I was ready to start the season strong!
I ran the car hard all year and really started to make some progress. Met some really cool friends along the way, and was just having a great time all around. Every time I showed up, I managed to drive a bit better than the last time. Soon I was smacking my bump-stops and feeling like I was needing more. I began to research how I could push my setup further… more angle, more power. When the winter came around, the car went under the knife again.
t turned out to be a busy winter, and I could hardly find the time to work on the car. But somehow I did and was able to get the car together just in time for the first event of the season! The car was a whole new animal! Once I got warmed up to the new setup, I was really starting to push my limits. I was carrying more speed, more angle, and making more smoke than ever before! The car was really doing it’s job at this point, and each lap I was able to squeeze a bit more out of it. I had the car setup exactly the way I wanted it. Now I just needed to drive it every chance I got!
I ran the car as hard as I could. My driving was really progressing, and things were starting to get interesting. I continued to push myself to my limit each and every lap. Until one day I pushed too far… I hit the wall at a high rate of speed, and ruined the chassis. I was devastated. Standing there staring at my smashed-up car, it all felt like a bad dream. You always know it’s the risk you take, but it feels surreal to see your car like that. But despite the tragedy, I knew what I needed to do…
I got the car home and started to tear in to it. I pulled off all the parts that were salvageable, and figured out what needed to be replaced. It was staggering to say the least, but I kept my head up and pressed forward. Thankfully I had another S13 around, and I started to swap everything over. I had no idea how long it would take, but I knew I wanted to get it done as quickly as I could. I needed to get back out to the track, and prove to myself that I could beat the crash!
What ensued would be possibly the longest four weeks of my life. I furiously worked on the car, every day. Every chance I had. I did my best to keep the replacement parts coming in, to keep myself working. I was working myself in to the ground, but I couldn’t stand to just sit there. I kept at it with everything I had and the new car began to take shape. I finally deemed the new car ‘ready’ at 9 p.m. the night before the next event. I quickly loaded up and tried my best to sleep.
Woke up early and began the long drive to the track. This drive down was especially tense, I was very nervous about the new car. Soon enough, I found myself back at Shenandoah Speedway. It felt great to be back with a new car, just over a month later. The crash was devastating, but I was able to stay focused and never miss a beat. I surely turned a few heads when I showed back up for more. The day ended up going very well, and the new car feels great!
This brings us to now. I am still saddened by the loss of the coupe, but the hatch is feeling solid and I am excited to see what I can do with this car! I’ll spend the rest of this season dialing in the car, and then try to get it looking as good as the coupe over the winter. Keep an eye out! Good things to come from the Wolfpack Drift Club. Thanks for reading!
I did my best to break this story down in to a manageable size. If you like what you read, and would like to get the more gritty, in-depth details… Check out my website – www.wolfpackdriftclub.com .
This event, Black Mark Day, was held at Nikko Circuit and put together by N-Style & Garage B.B . This event had around 180 entries and 50 of them were those old, right angled, boxy, Toyota monsters we all love; or at least I do. These event are some of the most fun events with groups of people coming for one purpose; have fun and drift. I love the variety of drifting be it professional or just weekend lateral action. So I was doing double duty shooting video and grabbing some photos. I cut the chatter here and get with the meat and potatoes. Enjoy the photos for now .
There were so many entries that they had to fillup the parking area outside of the main pits to hold all the classes and cars. As you can see there were about 50 old school Toyota and they dominated 2 classes just for themselves.
Daisuke and the rest of the Oval Auto Performance / Hoonigan Japan crew at their booth also supporting Casty.co & their brand HARDCORE.
Nojima-san now sporting the JyuRoku decal on his 86. Thank you !
Self explanatory and the way it should be in regards to doing what you want with your own car.
HARDCORE’S Support Violent Driving, I am a supporter! You can get these on our shop GARAGE JYUROKU with any purchase (sorry shameless self promotion ;D)
Ok lets get to the drifting shot I know you all want, random order. No more writing from here. However if you have a question shoot .
Takumi-san finally blew a tire, taking with it the rear fender flare as well. All in the name of reverse entries. #BACKATTACK !
After looking at this photo I noticed Kojima-san giving a big smile .. at me … while drifting. lol
Nakamura-san at the wall encouraging drivers to see how close they can get. Yeah, damn the get close !
Satou-san with tearing it around the track … I think shortly after this shot his son fell asleep mid heat …
Video will be edited soon ! A lot of footage to look through.