Iwai at D1 Tokyo, via Doriten. This car keeps getting more and more radical, although I still wish it ran the SSRs.

Iwai at D1 Minami, Ebisu.

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yz 86 pile

May 15, 2011

Practically every track I went to in Japan has some form of AE86 around the edges. Due to Japan’s love of drift beaters (and the eventual turning of cars into beaters) it was sometimes up for debate whether they were just being stored or they were write offs.

YZ East had a healthy patch in their car park and I wondered how long some had been there. In New Zealand parts are in high demand, they wouldn’t last one night with them either being parted out or some half whit jumping the fence and commandeering parts.

What do you think? Beater or just plain beaten?

The odds of there being some damn cool wheels on the stored cars is high. Usually the older cars have either shallow Watanabes, streets or mesh but one time I saw an ‘abandoned’ zed with 13x8J Streets. I practically cried at the thought of them hanging out in a paddock with about 20 other rusting cars but overcame emotion with the “well that’s just Japan for you” thoughts. One day I’ll go back and see if they’re still around. Perfect example, ONI making me smile on the Levin above.

red runfree yz

May 15, 2011

This was from the final when the underdog AE86 bum rushed that S14 into turn two, and hugged his rear quarter like he was in to win… as far as I recall he did too. It was quite amusing watching the battles and seeing it win against some ridiculous cars. I’d have to check again but I remember him taking down an R34 with what sounded like the biggest turbo ever. Needless to say the run up to initiation was pretty one sided but as soon as there was a corner in the way it was 86 time.

revolver 86 yz

May 14, 2011

REVOLVER X JBLOOD X TE37 / D1 Divisional / November, 2010

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December 16, 2010

Anyone remember Nightzone? Akinori Utsumi still does consistent backwards entries at Meihan but now with a more upgraded onevia. 650ps thanks to his NOS spooled T047 SR20 and a set of big ass Advan Neovas mean fast initiations and some ridiculous recovery, when he lifted off throttle the car practically came to a stop from all the grip. Utsumi san is a pretty cool guy, we chatted for a while about the car and he was more than happy to pose for some photos after he saw my Rolleiflex and found out I was shooting with film.

I got some video of him and still have to process my favourite photos on medium format film but I’m pretty happy with how these came out.