December 08, 2006
●Tsukuba Super Battle 2006 (Rev Speed Magazine)
This is THE event of the year for me. This is what I enjoy the most, fast modified cars out on track proving what they can do. Fastest car this year was the M-Speed GTR which managed a 55.230 sec lap with Tanaka-san behind the wheel. Yamada-san drove the Cyber Evo (now built & looked after by Unlimited Works, not Garage HRS) and posted a 55.864 sec lap. Third place in the lap time rankings went to the R-Magic FD3S with a 55.947 sec lap.
Two days prior to the TSB 2006 Taniguchi broke the track record for a modified car with the HKS CT230R posting a 53.999 sec lap. Modified cars are all getting extremely fast nowadays and its always so enjoyable to be there in person seeing tuners battle it out. I'm already looking forward to next year's event!
A small selection of pix:
February 03, 2006
●Tokyo Auto Salon
Sorry not going to post any pix from TAS. There are so many galleries on the internet, plus give or take a few angles all the shots look the same ;-)
December 19, 2005
●Varano Track Day
Few pix from the Italian Evo club track day at Varano circuit.
December 15, 2005
●Nismo Festival 2005 Review
Check out the English review on the Nismo website:
December 12, 2005
●RevSpeed Magazine - Tsukuba Lap Battle
This is my favorite event of the year. If you want to find out more make sure you don't miss the mags that will be featuring my story!
Here are some shots form the day.
December 11, 2005
●Nismo Festival 2005, Fuji Speedway
Here are some pictures form the cold, wet, snowy day that was the Nismo Festival this year. Weather turned for the worse but still a great day with lots of cool cars to look at! Great to finally have the event closer to home!
November 22, 2005
●D1-GP Round 7, Tsukuba (FINAL)
Well the D1 is officially over for this year. Kasama took home the (not-so) grand prize of ¥1,000,000 and the rest is history. Looking forward to the 2006 championship, just hope they spice things up a bit as it's getting a tad repetitive and well, boring!
Here are some snaps from a very sunny Tsukuba circuit.
November 15, 2005
●D1-GP Round 6, Fuji Speedway
Major delay in posting this up! With the D1-GP final coming up this Sunday in Tsukuba I thought I'd better post the pictures from Fuji before they get too out of date!
Fuji was just what D1 needed. A bit of variation! The drivers were taking amazing speeds into the corners making for an amazing spectacle.
Kazama favorite to win. Massive point lead over Sunaga going into Rd.6 but got eliminated earlier on loosing much of his lead.
Orido smoking those tyres!!
Gotta love the background. They don't call it Fuji Speedway for nothing;-)
Tanakas new car for 2006. Tex Modify prepared Team Yukes RWD Impreza
The two finalists, Ueo and Suenaga. Ueo, in my eyes, was by far the most impressive driver on the day. Despite his massive power deficiency he gave it all he had to keep up with the turbo cars. His full speed, flicks into the hairpin corner will be hard to forget. He never used the brakes!!
But in the end the judges picked Suenaga.
Great day of drifting. Stay tuned for more action from the 2005 final at Tsukuba.
October 12, 2005
●Super GT, Rd.6 - Fuji Speedway
Running a bit behind schedule with the entries, but here are some pictures form the Super GT race at Fuji Speedway. This turned out to be a great day of shooting. Rain stopped and the track dried out so the cars were able to start with dry tyres and I didn't get soaked!
As the Porsche Cup race got under way the clouds started to give way to blue skies.
September 13, 2005
●Super GT, Rd.5 - Twin Ring Motegi
Some shots from the Motegi round of Super GT. Team Raybrig won with the two French drivers, Sebastian Philippe and Jeremie Dufour at the wheel of the M-Tec prepared NSX. 4 seconds behind came the Takata Dome NSX while Team Calsonic, managed by Kazuyoshi Hoshino, finished in third. For more detailed results you can check out the Super GT official English website.
August 30, 2005
●D1-GP Round 5, Ebisu
Well even if over a week late here are a few snaps from Round 5 of D1. Close to 7,000 people made the trek to the small Fukushima circuit to check out the action. Only 2 rounds to go now (Fuji & Tsukuba) and Kasama with the Kei-Office S15 is in the lead by a massive 26 points over Suenaga of Team RE-Amemiya.
Kasama is without a doubt the 2005 champion, but no celebrations...there is still some entertaining to do in the last 2 rounds! Next stop for D1 is the UK exhibition in Silverstone on the 2nd of October.
Kumakubo owner of Ebisu circuit with the most unique D1 car out there! JUN has worked wonders with this Spec C and it's without a doubt the car that can get the most sideways...I'm sure Kuma's skills play a big part in it too!
June 09, 2005
●Tokyo Special Import-Car Show
It's bling time!!! Yeee-haaaa! Driving an import car around the Japanese capital is already a step in the right direction if you want to stand out from the crowds. You even get bonus points if your steering wheel is on the wrong side! But as S500s and S55s are getting as common as taxis and everybody has mulit-million Yen Lorinser or AC Schnitzer kits on their rides it's time to get pimp-tastic and check out what's new in the import tuning world. Here are a few selected pix from the show held at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center.
May 08, 2005
●D1-GP Round 3, Sugo
And the D1 Grand Prix continues. With Ueo securing a surprising win at Odaiba the big boys wanted to get right back on track at Sugo. And that's just what happened as Kasama took his second win of the 2005 season by beating an emotional Nomuken in the final. I, like many, didn't think much of the judging at this round. With drivers like Kumakubo in his JUN Impreza, Kawabata in the Trust S15 and Suenaga in the RE-Amemiya FD putting on amazing shows of skill, physics defying angles and tons of smoke, it's very strange they didn't make it through. Tsuchiya's and Suzuki's eyesight must be getting worse;-) Disappointing run again from Orido in his RS-R Supra.
Got to ride with Ueo in his AE86....Jesus these guys are good! They make it look so easy it's unbelievable. He was happy to show me that he can drift at top speed in 5th gear along the straights...all I could do was grin like an idiot and enjoy the ride! Too bad it was over so quickly!
April 30, 2005
●Indy Japan 300 Mile, Motegi
Was over at Motegi to cover the IRL race. Once you get over the amazingly loud V8 engines (Honda, Toyota or Chevrolet) it is possibly the most boring form of car racing you can watch. I'm sure the proper circuit races are exciting but these damn ovals....my God...makes Formula 1 look appealing again! Actually scratch that, there are quite a few overtaking maneuvers in IRL...unlike Formula-Ecclestone!
Kosuke Matsuura, Super Auguri Fernandez Racing driver. Started 9th, went on to 6th but due to a long pit-stop fell back to 9th again. At least he finished the race unlike Tomas Scheckter who was on his way to a win when he run out of fuel 2 laps form the end!
April 29, 2005
●Big X - Part II (Bikes)
Crazy bike stunts. These guys have balls!
●Big X - Part I (Cars)
In drift crazy Japan you really can't go wrong with an event like the Big X. Drift cars, Moto X, car /bike stunts and a enthusiastic crowd is all you need for a good day out. Kazama, Miki, Tanaka, Suenaga and of course Kumakubo (owner of Ebisu circuit) were present to show off their skills which truly are amazing.
April 22, 2005
●Fuji Tuner Time Attack (REV SPEED MAGAZINE)
Well hats off to Toyota for bringing the Fuji Speedway into the 21st century. Impressive is the word to describe the transformation the facilities and track have undergone, which are stunning and on par with the most modern circuits in the world. The main pit/paddock area looks like a carbon copy of the Nurbugring F1 circuit facilities and offers tons of space for track days and race events alike. After covering event after event at the "over-used" rusted out, run down Tsukuba circuit it makes for a pleasant change if not a pleasure to come to FISCO. Plus the view of the snowcapped Fuji-san is hard to top!
Rev Speed Magazine organized a get together for the most renowned tuners in Japan to have a crack at the new circuit. Tuners like Mine's, MCR, ATTKD, Spoon, HKS Kansai, JUN, Amuse, Saurus as well as other lesser know names showed up. Fastest car of the day with a 1:46 was the Autech Tsukada BNR32 which was way ahead of the rest on this challenging circuit. Most drivers find it boring at first but its said to be quite technical and tests front end bite on cars with those tricky blind cambered corners. One I look forward to driving on in the future! Some pictures from the day:
-Mine's BNR34. Why Mine's doesn't build a full-on race car to take part in these events is beyond me. There is a very good chance it would be the fastest out there but for some reason they set themselves so many unnecessary boundaries! If their street-class car is so damn fast...think what a proper track one would achieve!! Come on Mine's!!
April 18, 2005
●Tsukuba Hyper Challenge
The Tsukuba Hyper Challenge is a like heaven for Evo, Impreza and Legacy lovers. With all the best tuners showing up for some head to head combat on the track and an amazing display of demo cars, parts and girls it was without a doubt one to remember. Here are a few snaps:
The guys at Zero Sports have made one hell of a fast Impreza! Based on the non STi GDA this beast can lap Tsukuba in 58 sec and features a lowered engine, custom intake plenum and a curb weight of 1136Kg
Original Rundance Evo. This company from Okayama has built one of the fastest Evos in the world and it lapped fastest during the day with a mid 57 sec lap. Running a 2.2 kit and an HKS T04Z turbine it produces around 650PS....crazy stuff!
Nakaya, the master of "zero-counter," showing off his drifting skills. Getting an Evo this sideways takes serious skills. You can learn his techniques at his racing school. Stay tuned for some more info on this.
April 17, 2005
●D1-GP Round 2, Odaiba
D1 just keeps on growing. Bigger stands, more people and new cars was the order of the day for the Odaiba round. Katsuhiro showed that the AE86 is still king in drifting taking advantage of other driver's bad luck and putting on some great runs. Disappointing debut for the JUN built Team Orange Impreza driven by Kumakubo which seemed very slow among the Silvias, RX7s, 350Zs and pretty much every other turbo car! A lot of people were surprised to see the cute little Starlet doing the sideways thing!