Here is one of the first videos from Matsuri with some series car on car tandem action from the weekend. So close in tandem these guys are high fiving and knocking on each other’s hood while flying around the Ebisu Circuit. You cannot watch enough Matsuri coverage and here is an example from the most recent festival.
It is just past 9:00am on Saturday in Japan right now which means Autumn Matsuri has kicked off at Ebisu Circuit! You can follow all the action from multiple Ustream live cameras online at the link below. You will see 48 hours of insane drift excitement over the weekend at Ebisu Circuit. This is the best drift event you can find in the world hands down.
Daigo Saito continues his impact on drifting events around the world by taking the win at today’s event. Daigo qualified first overall in his JZX100 Chaser on Achilles tires, meeting 2nd place qualifier Tetsuya Hibino in the Toyota GT86 chassis in the final, the second podium for the chassis this season in D1. In the consolation, Masato Kawabata took out Kazuya Matsukawa to claim the final podium position. The final round of D1GP competition is in December, although there is an exhibition round tomorrow in Centrair.
1st – Daigo Saito – Achilles Tire JZX100 Chaser
2nd – Tetsuya Hibino – UP Garage Droo-p Toyota GT86
3rd – Masato Kawabata – Team Toyo GP Sports RPS13
4th – Kazuya Matsukawa – UP Garage Droo-P AE86
Walker Wilkerson was the one who actually made us aware of this Honda Jazz replica of his Formula Drift car and we just love it. I know you have seen NASCAR donks/replicas before but this is just awesome. It turns out someone in Japan loves Walker Wilkerson so much they are running his sponsor logos such as Fatlace, Seibon Carbon, and Haltech along with number plates (Walker is actually #95) that have a similar look to the Formula Drift one. This guy even nailed the wheel powdercoating with the same exact wheels that Walker runs in Formula Drift. Have you seen a Formula Drift replicated build like this before? If so, we would love to see some pictures!
UPDATE: I found the owner of this car on Instagram and he did correct us saying he lives in Indonesia and not Japan as we were told before.
Check out newest addition to the header above which has a new slot for “Find an Event” showing a complete calendar of events for 2012. We have over 20 drift series worldwide listed currently and are welcome to event submissions regardless of how big or small your drift event is.
Right now we are giving away some gifts from Slide America, Drift Alliance, and Drift Tengoku for people who are sending up a Facebook like (1 prize entry) and a Facebook share (5 prize entries) of our new page. We will close out this contest at the end of this week. No matter what we hope this calendar encourages drivers to show up to more events and fans to find their way from the Internet to a physical drift event by the end of this season.
Sit back for over six minutes as D1GP and Formula Drift Asia star Max Orido takes out the M7 Japan tuned Lexus IS250, VW Golf GTI 6, and a Nissan 370z (Fairlady Z34) around the track showing off a truck load of M7 tuned products. The video is quite entertaining as Orido rips these cars around the track. The video also features actual exhaust sounds so you can sample how the exhaust line from M7 sounds.
A great new video straight from Japan is a mounted camera on a D-Max Silvia for five minutes of tandem battles in video. One great film showing how the Japanese practice tandem is fantastic which involve missile cars and another D-Max partner. Not often to do we get a chance to post some fun and unique content from Japan but here is a glimpse. What do you think of these runs?
We are finally back in the game with some coverage from Japan as the D1 Grand Prix series kicks off 2012 shot by Robert Shaw. The only drift event inside Tokyo threw down at Odaiba and resulted in Daigo Saito taking home a victory just one week after his podium finish at Formula D Streets of Long Beach. Mad Mike debuted his Speedhunters x Redbull Energy Drink Mazda Rx-7 and several Toyota 86’s made a drifting event debut. Sit back and enjoy coverage of the international stars, drifting in the rain, and some great tandem battles.
Here is a video of Max Orido making some passes in his Toyota 86 (Scion FR-S) during practice at the D1 Grand Prix event. His V8 engine swap marks the first V8 swapped Toyota 86 found on the market today. Check below at some photographs of the car in the pits and his Lexus V8 engine sitting inside the engine bay.
Max is running the new M7 drink as his door sponsor known as Drive. The guys at M7 are now a partner of Wrecked Magazine for 2012 and also have moved stateside with a driver sponsorship of Odi Bakchis in his S14. Here is a look at the back of Max Orido’s Toyota 86 from the rear with a huge wing and open trunk. Closing out the post highlighting his Toyota 86 first look is a snapshot of the car drifting on the D1 Odaiba course before qualifying took place at the 2012 D1GP Round 1 event.
The D1 Grand Prix driver Tetsuya Hibino already has given his Toyota 86 one huge love smack on the wall at Odaiba today. We don’t have any more details outside of what we found hunting around the Internet but I am sure video will pop up soon. It looks like Hibino is running Cusco arms on the car. We will provide more reports from the first round of the D1GP as they come out!