On one of my most recent photos on Instagram I asked you as an audience what you would like to see more of from Shirtstuckedin. A large majority of you asked for more photos and detailed blog posts so let this be a start of many years of photos to catch up on.

Just over 2 months ago I set off for Japan for a short 10 day trip to pickup my new car and attend a few events such as the annual Kansai All Stars GP in Meihan Sports Land. Returning over 7 weeks later, here is a little scratch of the surface as what unfolded. 

My previous purple S13 was sold in order to get into something a little more setup and not so cosmetically sound to ensure confident driving which was replaced by this yellow S13 that I purchased off Naoki Nakamura.

Driving this back to Osaka from Nara was interesting.

The first day I was there I began fixing and replacing a few things and getting it somewhat ready to drive with the help from the boys at Stacked.

Shane, Jamie, Naoki, Ryota all donated a bunch of left-over aero from previous cars that were no longer running which made the car look a little neater.

I bought this car purely for the reason that most of the engine and driveline were mechanically A+. Time is always limited in Japan which lead me to such. The engine is a rebuilt S14 SR20DET with a metal headgasket, step 1 cams, HKS GT3037 with a high mount TRUST manifold, intercooler, oil cooler, radiator, RB25 fan, 2 way, b-knuckle and that is pretty much it. I have driven a few previously owned turbo cars but never enough to get into the groove so this was all still relatively new.

From my trip last year with the beige car I ran TOYO R1Rs up front which definitely was the pick for this car. 235/40/R17 on a 9J +12 Rays 57D.

Including all the aero off Naoki he also granted me with his X-D1 Origin Labo bonnet off his old S13 which quickly founds its place on the S13. Here it is the night before somewhat looking like a car.

Alongside my new purchase Keisuke Nagashima from New Zealand purchased another car off  Naoki Nakamura with all means and hope to start driving with friends and relations we have met over the past decade from traveling and shooting in Japan. Keisuke bought one of Naoki’s previous street cars which happens to be a S15 with a few very simple and efficient mods.

After a solid week both of the cars were somewhat ready to go and we got the word from Takumi Yokota-San who is the owner of the N-Body S14 and newly opened Sky Motors Drift Garage located in Higashi Osaka area that there was a practice day on at Mikawa Motorland held by Garage Dual.

Keisuke’s S15 looking pretty under the gas stand lighting.

The course is located in Aichi-Ken which is a solid 3-3.5 hours away from Osaka. On this route you pass through many beautiful mountain ranges from Osaka Prefecture into Nara and Mie. Being so far away we both opted for transporters. Keisuke’s S15 was riding above Takumi’s S14 in the N-Body truck whilst mine was on a separate truck thanks to Ryota and Imamaeda. We left early enough to get a few cool shots on the expressway, simple stuff like this always rocks me about Japan.

Always plenty to see along the way.

First PA stop…

…surreal situation for Keisuke and I.

Once off the expressway through Shinshiro you climb a dramatically steep mountain to get to the top where Motorland Mikawa is located.

In a way this was and wasn’t the best day to do a shakedown. Middle of summer in Japan or typically before Obon (national holiday) is unbelievably warm and humid. I think the temperature topped out at 41 or 42 degrees celcius however it was a good test to see if the cars would survive or not.

With no expectations of how many people would be there driving or spectating we were greeted by many local members such as MCR Factory who are very good friends with the Garage Dual family. Some of these cars setups are getting wild, 255/R18 up front, higher and even more grip all-round.

There were a bunch more famous cars and drivers around the pits and on the circuit however I’ll save that for another post down the track.

Perfect street car.

It was a nice feeling having Takumi-san with us on the day who wanted to do some car testing prior to Kansai All Stars which was the following weekend. 

Being a strong competitor in D1 Street Legal / Lights Takumi is an experienced, talented driver and mechanic. With 12 years of Nissan mechanics under his belt as I previously mentioned above Takumi has now owned his own garage in East Osaka (Yao) to be precise. 

After a few sessions back to back with Keisuke without any faults this car was probably one of the funnest things I have been behind. With the car tuned by Neo Style in Wakayama Prefecture it was somewhat making around 350-360HP on around 1 bar of boost. I decided to run radials on the rear – KENDA 265/35/R18 to begin with before jumping into a stickier, grippier tyre just to feel the car out. 

After a bunch of driving all morning post lunch it was time for an unexpected ドリコン mini-drift-comp in which Takumi mentioned to Keisuke and I if we wanted to be apart of it. Having had 3 members with cars ready to go we happily accepted. 99% of the cars entered. It basically consisted of 3 cars in 3 runs back to back, super simple and fun and a great way to break up the regular classed, practice runs throughout the day.

Thankyou for the photo Kurt!

Following the mini-drift-comp we had a few more short sessions before calling it a day. With about 45 minutes sleep and temperatures breeching 40 we filled up at the bottom of the mountain and slowly made our way back to Osaka. Moments as such will always be amazing.

My original intentions for this trip was to pickup the car and slowly do a few things to it in order to get ready for the end of the year when the weather in Japan would be slightly more enticing to drive. In saying that after this first day of driving Keisuke and I both knew what we wanted to do and were pretty set to maintain the cars and get driving again ASAP.

Besides Keisuke’s car getting a little warm after back-to-back runs and my dump pipe wiggling loose it was well and truly a trouble-free day. Here is a little clip following Keisuke and his mid-mounted JAZZ manifold. I also have a little bit of onboard footage from this day which I’ll have to get around to and edit!

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June 21st, 2018

kariya parking area x


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

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


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

ebisu circuit, touge course x

ebisu circuit, higashi course x