back in march i set off overseas to japan for 6 weeks of work. prior to doing so i had been trying to slot in a brief trip to the USA for the super d matsuri held at grange circuit in apple valley california – the desert. without having anything locked into place i thought it’d be a smart idea to pack up a small handful of stock to send over to the boys at wolfreign motors to on-sell at the event whether or not I would be present. after a couple of weeks in japan and multiple motivated and uplifting phone calls i made the decision to book a 1 week trip to LA return to osaka for super d which was easily one of the best decisions of 2018. this was my first attendance to an event in the USA and i think i can speak for everyone when i say it was nothing short of an extremely fun time. i flew into LA for a night and then drove straight up to the bay area to spend 3 nights helping where i could prepare and finish off what needed to be done to both nakamura naoki and nishio mitsuo’s silvias. these two drivers alongside miki tagaki were special guests for the event and flown over specifically for this.

since starting this simple blog back in 2010 the vision and inspiration for everything has been 100% japanese. with times, styles and periods changing 8 years later here is the first decent-sized blog post shot and documented all in beautiful state of california. below are precisely 138 images i’ve spent some time sorting and editing only just now, apologies for the delay but i was yet to even look through these images until yesterday morning due to work load. enjoy.

in a brief conclusion i want to personally thank each and every person that helped me out along the way, your hospitality made the trip beyond enjoyable! i also want to take this time to thank all the new people i met face to face and all the customers that purchased any kind of SHIRTSTUCKEDIN inventory over the weekend the response was absolutely humbling. to all the people involved within the super d community you guys are onto something special with bringing some proper feeling, driving style and aggression to the USA car world. 2019 let’s.

casey xxx

奈良県から栃木

May 22nd, 2018

the drive to nikko circuit from nara early last year x

drift team SEXY KNIGHTS in motorland mikawa x

ニューマシンゲット

March 1st, 2018

a couple of weeks ago i flew into tokyo, super last minute to purchase a car that was for sale in the kanto region. after picking it up and staying the night at ueno takakuni-sans (MAJORFORCE AE86 member) in tochigi it was time to start the ~10ish hour drive down to osaka. beforehand however i managed to grab a couple of shots. this was my first time in japan in february and was enjoying the super crisp, cool weather to a tee. 

after a brief stop-in to chiba to catch up with park and a kaido racer meeting in moriya i left around 11pm saturday with my mind set on driving all night to avoid any kind of traffic and being substantially colder – a lot easier on the car. without any tools or a jack i wanted to take it easy with plenty of breaks at parking areas double checking over the car every few hours.

just past 7am the sun rose as i made it to kariya parking area which is just off the shin-tomei / tomei and on the isewangan expressway just before you reach nagoya. one of the larger parking areas with more facilities and a gas stand. years ago i always dreamed of driving a semi-cool drift car long distance with my camera all through the night just taking photos along the way.

about an hour or so south of nagoya the extremely cold and clear sunrise quickly vanished and into a dark storm rolling off the mountains just as i was entering kameyama prefecture, just before nara. as i previously stated above this was my first time in japan so early on in the year and i’ve always wanted to experience snow in japan, especially with a car to get some shots. 

after an hour or so wait drinking coffee and taking some photos it was somewhat clear enough to get back on the expressway and get the last few hours done.

the coldest it recorded on my iPhone throughout the night and early morning was -4. the SHIRTSTUCKEDIN staff jacket definitely served its purpose.

i ended up arriving in osaka city around 11am which meant the entire journey from chiba prefecture took me around 12 hours to the dot minus the few hour drive from tochigi-ken. i had some wheels in osaka which i had already planned on putting on this as soon as i got there and settled. fronts are volk TE37SL in 17×9.5 +12 and the rears volk 57GTC 18×9.5 +12. 

in-between other work i managed to go out for a few drives around the bay area with the boys.

after probably 1500-2000kms of driving highways, low roads and a little grip session in the mountains the car seems pretty faultless so far. i will never get sick of driving around japan especially at night – everything comes to life and the country itself just glows.

excluding purchasing this car the previous PS13 managed to get stripped in a very short few hours thanks to jamie. a bunch of parts have now been offloaded and sold which i thank each and one of you for. i also attended a few soukoukais at meihan sportsland and suzuka motorland as you probably saw if you follow me on instagram and a large kaido racer meeting in tokyo.

i’m unsure what i will do with this car at this stage as i’m still wanting to make another NA machine. all in all worked out to be a busy fulfilled 10 days. spontaneous decisions will always be fun and exciting. have fun along the way. 水準向上 casey xxx

japan in the am. xxx

From the moment I started this little blog I was never in any kind of rush or intentions to upload a bunch of photos at once. I am a firm believer that photos, like a fine wine get better with age. Unfortunately enough in 2006 I wasn’t around shooting cars overseas just yet, however magazines and online forums were definitely apart of my daily ritual whilst dodging any kind of school-based work I could – being in grade 9.

Recently Alexi from NoriYaro sent me the remaining images he shot at E-Course, Meihan Sports Land back in 2006 – 12 years ago now consisting of Team Burst & Friends. It is pretty safe to say that the majority of you that follow drifting in Japan have seen the little article he release a number of years ago, however I knew there had to be some more images that were yet to see the internet. Enjoy!

This PS13 in particular was by far one of my favourite Silvia’s and probably still is owned by Hiroaki-San.

Aki-Fujio-San member of Otokichi Family in Mie-Prefecture.

Photos of Nakamura Naoki-San linking the rear section without transitioning. Nothing but pretty colors, chrome 17s and TRUST mid-mount noises…

…shallow angle and tire-fender rubbing.

Nothing but close and aggressive driving with fibreglass flying everywhere.

Young Fujio-San and hit crystal Hitman steering.

To conclude enjoy the infamous nostalgic video shot by Laurence JDMISM from this day. Thank you to Alexi for the remaining shots. Casey x

 

higashi-osaka parking area x

mitsuyoshi nishio-san. 音吉ファマリー leader from mie prefecture on a perfect, crisp morning at meihan x

ONLINE STORE NOW OPEN

January 29th, 2018

one of my greatest goals and things to work towards whilst running this blog is to one day have my own personal car back in the country of japan and to shoot a number of stickers & accessories that would soon be available to SHIRTSTUCKEDIN. this latest release was precisely that, having shipped my car over late last year I was able to make the time and shoot this most recent collection of inventory and stickers on my car in the bay of osaka.

feel free to check out the online store via the link below. with more than 60 individual items for sale – your support is unbelievably appreciated. casey xxx

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gasoline stand photo taken in nara with shane x