March 28th, 2011

I’m sure the majority of you are familiar with the company Powervehicles. If your heading to Japan, Ebisu Matsuri in particular these are definitely going to be the people that will point you in the right direction. Here is Andy Gray, the owner of PV. Over the past few weeks they’ve had it rough in North-East Japan as Ebisu Circuit / Nihonmatsu (their home town) is based in the Fukushima prefecture which is where the Nuclear Power-Plant is based. A day or two after the major quake occurred both Andy and Emily left Ebisu and headed south to the Kansai region, Osaka. Arriving back at the circuit not too long ago they’ve been keeping us up to date on how things are.

As soon as I heard that Japan had suffered this major disaster I immediately said to myself “If there was one country in the world to recover from something as bad as this in a swift mannar, it would without a doubt be Japan” For an example: A main road had split directly down the centre over a 150m distance, 6 days later it’s completely recovered. As you may know Ebisu received a bit of a bump. The main sheds in between the Zoo and the Touge course actually slid down the hill, luckily enough Powervehicles and Team Orange recovered all the cars without any major damage.

Sumika Kubokawa-san posted on Facebook 3 days ago saying Ebisu was back open, however 3 courses still weren’t due to damage from the quake. After seeing some of the devastating images I still can’t get over how fast these people are recovering, it’s so relieving. It’s been confirmed I won’t be attending next months Ebisu Spring Matsuri instead I will be sticking in Osaka and visiting circuits such as Meihan, Suzuka Twin, YZ and Bihoku which will be absolutely amazing. I hope to catch up with Andy and Emily and Team Orange sometime later this year.


Things seem to be back in shape on Ebisu’s famous track, Minami. This was shot only a day or 2 ago. Continue to pray for Japan everyone.