Walker Wilkerson’s #1 Fan has been found in Japan

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.

New Section of Wrecked Magazine Live Today – Find A Drift Event

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.


Source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-a-drift-event/


Max Oridio Track Tests a M7 Tuned Lexus IS250, Golf GTI 6, and Fairlady Z34 [VIDEO]

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.


Watch the video: http://vimeo.com/44012867

Tandem Practice with Team D-Max in Japan [VIDEO]

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?

2012 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [GALLERY]

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.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=278

Max Orido Takes on D1GP with his V8 powered Toyota 86 [VIDEO]

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.




Hibino Crashes his Toyota 86 at 2012 D1GP Odaiba

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!

Jake “Driftsquid” Jones Taking on Ebisu Circut [VIDEO]

The 22 year old Australian has been thrust into the media since Team Orange offered him a ride in the orange Subaru WRX for 2012 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 coming up in April. What started as a visit to the Yokohama Tire offices turned into a fun time at Ebisu Circuit. Advan from Australia captured the whole thing on video which you can follow after the jump below.


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How Jake “Driftsquid” Jones Turned a Vacation in Tokyo to a D1GP Ride with Team Orange

The Australian driver Jake Jones tells a story on his blog about how he was vacationing in Tokyo and while sitting at Yokohama got invited up to the Team Orange drift school which takes place at the famous Ebisu Drift Circuit.

Here are some highlights from the story,

“Soon after he returned to Australia he was offered a drive in the Team Orange Subaru WRX at Round 1 of the 2012 D1GP Japan event known as Tokyo Drift in Odaiba, Japan. So how the hell did this 22 year old from Adelaide score the drive?

So there I was, sitting in a meeting at the Design Centre in the headquarters of Yokohama Tyres Japan next to Kumakubo-San, the owner of Team Orange. I had no idea what they were all talking about. Then Kumakubo turns to me and says “You should come to Ebisu tomorrow.”

As the story goes on he talks about how at Ebisu Circuit it was the first time he had ever seen snow and drove this Team Orange S14 above all over the circuit in it. The 22 year old Australian cannot put together the funding to drive this ride himself at Round 1 in Odaiba but the local Yokohama FB page is offering a $1 donation to his program for a like. Follow the link below, read the full story, and maybe go Like the page at the bottom to help fund Jake Jones to live his dream.

Read the full story: http://www.advanwheels.com.au/news/details.aspx?id=63

Orido Shows Off his 2012 D1 Grand Prix Build – Toyota 86 with Lexus V8 [SNAPSHOT]

Another Toyota 86 is heading to the 2012 D1 Grand Prix season according to the Speedhunters Facebook page. This one will be driven by Manabu Orido but no Subaru engine inside this one! The Toyota 86 chassis is taking a Lexus IS-F V8 engine and should officially be the first V8 swap in a Toyota 86/Scion FR-S platform. It is a shame that D1 will have three of these in competition while we only will see one in Formula Drift for 2012.

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