Back in the day I ran a website called dr1ft.jp which was simply a list of drift events in Japan. As part of that site I compiled a large list of circuits in Japan. Most locations in Japan are listed from the “top” to the “bottom”, so I will follow that convention in this list
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…
After 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
For 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.
It 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