last monday at meihan sports land, c course. a few runs in the 3037 car x

with the main event of kansai all stars getting closer and closer there are only a few prefectures left for qualifying. osaka took place yesterday at meihan sports land, c course. following this the only prefecture remaining will be shiga-ken due to run later this month.

since the last day of driving for nara and mie-ken qualifying there were a few things i needed to amend with the car. with the mechanical skills and help of Naoki-san and the boys at N-STYLE the car was ready a few days before which meant i was able to head out for more practice.

the drive from jake’s and i’s new place in nara is about 20ish minutes on low roads (free) to meihan, super close and convenient. usually there is a decent convoy going out together in a pack however this day it was just myself to soon meet a few friends at the circuit. gas stand photo on a humid, rainy morning. summer is coming.

one of those people being ryota / SPLASH in his newly finished TD-06 kouki S14 silvia. this was recently completed and ready for shake-down by the hands of both ryota and takumi from SKY MOTORS. this was ryota’s first day back in his faster car, recently driving his missile which is just completely factory engine setup. ryota has been a strong contender for kansai all stars in the previous years representing osaka and was back for this years qualifying in hopes to retain that spot.

braden was also out for qualifying in his T517 S14. residing in osaka for the past 5-6 years this was his first time having a crack at being a competitor in this years kansai all stars.

tsuneda-san from NEO STYLE cafe and tuning with no days off. here looking over settings on his wife’s S15. this is the very talented fellow that tuned my turbo, 3037 car. tsuneda has been fiddling and learning his way around multiple computers and SR20s for the past 23 years and is very known in the kansai region of japan.

hiro from MIDNIGHT GARAGE MILK TEA was also back out in force and has been back into meihan recently after a little break…

…along with yuya and naru.

akun, as always was there in his factory and reliable 1JZ S15 and managed to qualify second out of a total 16 drivers.

takumi was not only judging for osaka but was out driving also however didn’t get too much driving in with a broken 3rd gear in his NISMO cross mission 6 speed.

driving to the circuit, driving all day and driving home safely without next to no dramas will forever be a good day. another day with 0 problems. car didn’t breach 73 degrees. time for another look over and some more simple maintenance and hopefully be back out for another few practice days before all stars early to mid next month 🙂 caseyy xx

GX71 in kagoshima springs. still have so many images from trips far down south to kyüshü i need to sort, edit and upload at some stage which showcase some of the coolest, rarest cars i’ve ever come across. for now enjoy this photo of takeshi-san’s nana-ichi x

over the past month or so qualifying for prefectures have began in the kansai for region for this years kansai all stars. last sunday at meihan two prefectures were set to run from both mie and nara-ken. overcoming some nerves i managed to pull an all nighter the night before with the help of takumi from sky motors to help get the car ready after a few things needed addressing from the first shakedown a few weeks ago at bihoku highland since the car was rebuilt.

after replacing the standard power brace in the front end with a NISMO one, adding a brand new OEM fan shroud form NISSAN and a few other small things the car instantly felt a lot more predictable and was running at much cooler and suitable temperatures in comparison to bihoku.

i don’t usually take my camera out when i am driving but glad i managed to and snap a few photos so enjoy 🙂
this time of the year leading up to all stars is always special as so many contenders come out of the wood works, alongside regulars to try pull some seriously talented driving out to put on display in hopes to represent their prefectures. it was awesome to see so many cars and spectators out. this was the third time i have been to meihan in this car, twice last year and both days rained really hard as was forecast for last sunday too however managed to hold off all day which was relieving.
these days are in short open to anyone willing to come and drive, practice or be judged for the all stars qualifying. you have the option to practice or be judged in the morning which gave it a much more laid back feel. as expected, fujio-san was there in his missile which now has all the aero off his TD06 car attached to it. running a standard T28 and completely factory engine with 265-35 R18 R1Rs is seriously impressive to watch. he’ll back out in his other car just before all stars as it is currently being painted by naoki-san at n-style.
still puts a smile on my face everytime i see customers, drivers and good friends wearing and supporting SHIRTSTUCKEDIN. congratulations again for taking 1st place over the course of the day!
nakamura naoki and miki tagaki were also there. miki competing for nara-ken and ended up qualifying 3rd out of top 16. naoki on the other hand judging for the most part but managed to sneak a few ridiculous runs in throughout the day.
shane was of course there in his STACKED INC 180SX which is having an awesome run lately. awesome to see him finally competing in D1 Lights this year.
not only was sunday for mie and nara-ken qualifying but a send off / celebration for the life of koji-san which was naoki’s brother-in-law and one of the very first few to run in BURST many many years ago. the car arrived half way through the day and quickly became covered in messages, photos and old BURST memorabilia.
i first met koji-san back in 2011 at meihan sports land and was definitely very emotional around the pits.
after a few speeches from friends and family naoki thought it would be a respected idea on behalf of koji-san that everyone at the event run a super dantai to pay respects. this was my first time every doing such thing at meihan and it was more fun than i could possibly ever imagine and at the same time a very special thing to be apart of with so many people.
at the days end everyone is sat down around the pits and listened to the name readings of who qualified for each prefecture. basically within each prefecture there is a maximum of 16 people who can go through which are broken up into categories, girls, under 25 and pro class. first off mie-ken was called through from semi-san who was judging that prefecture. following that naoki-san began reading out the names for nara.
i managed to do a couple of good runs throughout the day which somehow put me in 9th place and through to kansai all stars to represent nara prefecture. beyond a surreal feeling to be standing next to people who have been driving for so long. time to get some more practice in before august and keep the car up to maintenance!
the car performed flawlessly all day, a bit more time on the alignment, get a closer look at the exhaust leak or waste gate problem that developed in the early afternoon and it should be pretty on point. so blessed to have so many talented friends here who are extremely talented with mechanical work that are always willing to help at the drop of a hat even if it means no sleep. LEVEL UP. casey xxx

firstly i’d like to apologise once again for the lack of blog posts on here, it’s something i want to devote more time to doing and will try harder from now on. the last few weeks to some degree have been somewhat quiet in terms of exciting things happening in Japan. most of the time spent in my apartment day in day out in routine, working.

after driving the black NA PS13 at suzuka twin around a month or so ago for it’s first outing i wasn’t overly impressed on how well it went, comparing it to the previous NA beige car it didn’t seem as punchy or fast as that which was almost completely stock. cut a long story short a few days following I thought i’d be ideal to give it a quick compression test before jumping to any other conclusions and turns out cylinder 2,3 and 4 were significantly down and very un-even on compression – engine blown :(. owning the car for just over a year now and only have driven it once with somewhat of a dead engine is a little depressing however it will get fixed and sorted eventually therefore now will get pushed to the side as the focus is back onto the 3037 mix-matched PS13.

last December at suzuka twin circuit – hitomi GO event i managed to kill the engine on this car. 5 months later after a new engine purchase, full bottom end OEM rebuild plus a bunch of new Nissan and NISMO bits for the entire car have been completed and fitted thanks to Takumi-san from SKY MOTORS in Yao, Osaka and my good friend Jamie – JDL Imports out in Miki, Hyogo prefecture. when this car was first purchased a little under 12 months ago now it wasn’t looked over completely, more or less did a small amount of maintenance, check over, jumped in and drove as much as I could for a solid few months. being out of the game for 5 or so months meant that the car has been able to get a solid check-over. in short a lot of things needed amending and replacing.

a couple of nights ago I went out and saw the car back together in one piece starting for the first time. a completely fresh engine and a load of things replaced it was time to drive it out of the shed before Jamie worked his final touches on it before it was ready to head out to Wakayama – Neo Style for setting. this car was originally tuned by Tsuneda-san quite a while ago now so he is looking forward to doing it again. to my knowledge he has been playing with SR20s and various computers for around 24 years so it was more than an easy decision to take the car back to him despite the long, expensive drive on the expressways.

here are a few photos from yesterday. myself and a bunch of us will be driving TKL kart land next weekend so hoping to have more updates soon 🙂 love caseyyy xxx

i have always been thoroughly into NA S13s and ever since i crashed the beige one in late 2017 in japan a replacement had to come along and be built sooner rather than later. i have done a few posts here and there more-so on social media of the new 4 throttle black one. this week last year i actually purchased it off a good friend i’ve known for quite some time in osaka.

early last week the new computer – haltech elite 550 which replaced the old tech TOMEI raytech was installed alongside its harness & tuned out in hyogo prefecture right near central circuit. following so a day of maintenance was cured over the car before agreeing to drive a free soukoukai (practice) day at suzuka twin last saturday.

i have included a 15ish minute RAW video at the bottom of this post just like late last year in the 3037 turbo silvia which seemed to gain some interest. i have always enjoyed raw non-edited videos with no music. enjoy xxx

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April 2nd, 2019

archives 2018 x

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March 27th, 2019

if you follow my instagram i mentioned 2 weeks ago today that i would be residing in japan over the next few months to come to somewhat of a conclusion if this is the country for me to live in full-time or not. with Australian residents we’re granted access to a working holiday visa which initially allows you 6 months in japan which can be renewed 3 times, totalling 1 and a half years. 

2 weeks later and i am somewhat grounded and straight back into my daily routines. the past 1.5 weeks have been spent up north in the tokyo region traveling and shooting as much as possible. this time of the year in japan is usually flourishing with car events and practice days at many circuits on the weekends along with week days too. i traveled as far north as fukushima to link circuit, utsunomiya for nikko circuit and sports land yamanashi in yamanashi prefecture which is located somewhat behind mt fuji. in-between events i have just been enjoying driving around with andrew date in his blue 180SX and this little S14 i picked up to drive for a few weeks to then be sold to a fellow Australian too moving over to japan late next month.

for now im awaiting a few more things to arrive from home and i’ll be able to get into some more editing and frequent blog posts (hopefully once a week). firstly will be my coverage and vision from D1GP last weekend in odaiba. casey xxx

the newest product to be added to the DRIVING FORCE range – full carbon bucket racing seats produced by SHIRTSTUCKEDIN. these are now available for pre-order and the first 25 sold will also receive a free SHIRTSTUCKEDIN full nylon, waterproof bomber jacket at your preferred size & a pair of side bolster cushions to protect your seat from wear. 3 different colors to choose from – black, blue and red all weighing in at at a very lightweight 5.1KG – 11.2LBS thanks to the carbon kevlar backing. all seats come with brand new hardware (allen key head bolts and washers) ready to bolted straight onto your desired side mount rail. to shop please visit the online store – www.store.shirtstuckedin.com

PS: we are only a few short weeks away from our newest collection plus a large re-stock of inventory to be online and available for purchase very shortly – to follow more frequent updates feel free to follow our INSTAGRAM 

cool pair in ecopa, shizuoka – SR all stars meeting 2018 x