Laurence Janus :: JDMism S14 :: Location Unknown

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I came to Japan in 2005 with big dreams of living the drift lifestyle that I saw in videos like High Performance Imports, Drift Tengoku and even, dare I say it, Initial D. I never drifted in Australia, but I was involved with drifting as a judge in Full Lock Motorsport‘s Drift Nationals series.

I bought an S14 Silvia and started learning to drift from scratch, I never really got to a level that I was happy with, but between a lot of fun, frustration and crashes, my driving slowly started to improve. Alexi from Noriyaro came out with me one night and took the shot above, which encapsulated everything I was hoping to do by coming to Japan. He wanted to use a rear curtain sync for this photo but I actually really like the light trails how they are, I especially like how the roof of the car is ghosted.

I stopped drifting a few years ago after I lost my license, but every time I see this picture I remember why I started, and why I want to continue…

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V36 Skylines :: M&L Party :: Sakurajima Parking Osaka

IMG_5978After a very long day at Osaka Automesse I hitched a ride to the M&L Party meet with Mike from WILS Group who had been doing translation for Fitted Lifestyle. Around 400 cars turned up before the police broke up the fun. I was falling asleep after all day filming but I did manage to get one or two pictures, including this one of three very clean Infiniti badged V36 Skyline Sedans, one of which is Mike’s almost stock project car. The car on the left was sitting perfectly on a set of Vossen VVSCV3 wheels

Kenichi Uejima :: Gloss Factory S15 :: Meihan Sportsland

DSC03005Swan Neck Rear Wings have gained popularity in many forms of racing, but Kenichi Uejima from Gloss Factory has also found it suitable for drifting

Shakotan Suzukis

DSC01323For many Japanese car enthusiasts, the size, cost and fuel consumption of a full size car is unmanageable. This has led to a massive sub-culture of Kei-car tuning. The owner of the SSR Mark II equipped Suzuki Alto Works is unknown but the Suzuki Cappuccino riding on SSR Mark III wheels is owned by Jesse Streeter, better known for his tuned Silvias. If you ever have the chance to drive a Suzuki Cappuccino, DO IT! If you don’t love driving it, you are a bad person.

Looking FD3S RX-7 :: Suzuka Twin

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UCF30 Lexus LS430

LexusUCF30This Lexus very, very cautiously made its way over the level crossing near my house. I guess that is the price you pay for a VIP stance

Stacked, Inc. 180SX

IMG_5469Shane from Stacked Inc helped JDMism out with transportation to Meihan Sportsland in the form of this clean normally aspirated 180SX

 

SE3P Mazda RX-8 :: Suzuka Circuit

DSC04191It is not often that Suzuka Circuit holds track days on the full International Racing Course so I was fortunate to attend a day organized by Nexas Motor Sports thanks to Sam from Happoya. One of my favorite cars of the day was this yellow RX-8 equipped with a Voltex GT-Wing

F50 Infiniti Q45

Infiniti Q45It is not uncommon to see a VIP style F50 Cima in Japan but I was very surprised to see an Infiniti Q45! The BBS LM wheels looked amazing

 

Naoki Nakamura :: Burst S13 Silvia :: Meihan Sportsland

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