Sunday, May 20, 2007

Drifting at Ebisu with Stu

Got out for a well needed drift today. Had not been since before winter except for some grip racing at Sendai. The day started out pretty bad but got better. At first on the drive to Ebisu going up the mountain some dickhead drove out in front of me from a side street turning to head back down the mountain as I was going up it at around 100km/h. I swerved to miss him just in time.

Next my rx-7's battery shat itself and wouldn't work no matter what we tried so had to use the battery from my wrx. Upon trying to put start it, the back wheel ran over the heel of my right foot!!! yes it sucked really bad and was super painful. I don't know how I didn't break any bones, just lost some skin and bruised pretty bad. Then I smashed my finger with a metal bar while changing tires on the tire changing machine. Ahhhgg. Anyway after much pain and suffering I started having some fun.

Also Ran into some mates including world champion D1 driver Kumakubo from Team Orange (also owner of Ebisu circuit) who were teaching a drift course at the School Track.

Heres some videos of me smokin some rubber and spinnin out in my good ol rx-7 FC3S. Enjoy!

click the play button in the bottom left corner to watch from my blog.

A short clip drifting around the long corner at Ebisu North course.

A slightly long clip with a little more of the track.

Doing a 360 by mistake.

Spinning out again but havin a blast and smokin it up.

And last but not least, spinnin out a couple more times but still havin fun!

A fellow drifter hot himself stuck in a ditch after spinning out. We tried a bunch of times to push him out with no luck. Eventually found a tow rope and got him out. But not without some nasty damage to his side skirts.

Big thanks to Stu for all his help and showin me the ropes on the tire changing machine thingy! For more drift action in japan check out

Friday, May 04, 2007

The voice of Pikachu

click the bottom left play button to watch!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

my 1st attempt at making a video

Heres my first attempt at editing a video. Just some short clips from my diggy cam of mates and stuff. Click the play button, bottom left to watch.

my 2nd attempt at editting

Another quick edit using Power Director. Sorry about the crappy quality, I compressed a bit too much.

drifting at SS park in Nihonmatsu

A short vid of me in my rx-7 fc3s beast getting warmed up for a day of fun and crashing in Nihonmatsu's SS Park circuit.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Racing my WRX at Sendai Hi land circuit

the team

Today I took my ver 5. STI out for a spin at Sendai Hi-land circuit with Stu and some mates who work at my gym. These guys are all pretty serious and driving some real weapons including 2 r34 GTR's, Imprezas, RX-7 FD and an EVO 4. With horse power ranging from over 500 down to my lowly 280 pony's.Our cars all lined up gettin ready for action

Tanakasan's r34 gtr. 450hp eye candy!

The circuit is about 2 hours drive from my place here in Fukushima and quite high up in the mountains. As we got there the place was in thick fog and visibility was sometimes down to around 100 meters and a little rain. After signing up and a quick briefing we were out on the track. Unfortunatly the strict rules of this circuit don't allow passengers to ride along in the car, so poor Stu had to sit on the sideline and take photos for me.
me coming in for a pit stop

The track itself is very wide and great fun, with two main straights and lots of tricky corners. As I'm more used to racing/drifting my rx-7 fc this was quite a different experience for me. But the car handled pretty good all day. Didn't have any engine problems, although I would prefer some tires with a bit more grip and better breaks oh and a bit more power wouldn't go astray either. But plenty good enough to begin with and provided plenty of fun.Perfect example of why photo's are better than video!!
me kickin that gtr's ass to the finish line! what? no, he's not overtaking me!...

The cost for a full day of racing here comes to about 8,000yen or about $80 aud not including petrol of course. It's $10 to get in then another 10'er for a lap time counter, then 3 bucks per lap. My best lap time for the day was 2mins 28sec and the GTR7s running somewhere around 2min10sec. Later in the day, Stu's mate Kanazawasan rocked up with his monster r34 gtr. He was getting a bit of practice in before a race here in a couple of days. The beast made an awesome sound as it roared up behind me on the track and spitting fire out the exhaust at me as I was getting past.
Hopfully next time Stu will bring his wrx so we can have a bit of better matched performance competition. Or I could always just drop 50k into my wrx and take on the big boys. hmm...