Kita

June 26th, 2012

The second weekend of our trip we decided to make our way out of Tokyo and head up north into the Fukushima prefecture. Saturday and Sunday were spent at the Spring Ebisu Matsuri and the Drift Muscle in Sendai. After spending the night in a little cottage on a mountain thanks to Emily and Andy we made our way down to Ebisu Circuit to check out the craze. The weather was ultimately perfect on the Saturday for the madness. Here is a photo taken from the very top circuit, Kita x

March 19th, 2012

Ebisu back in 2010. This C33 and GX71 were definitely a few of my favourites from the Autumn Matsuri. Chris would agree on that too? The older generation of styling will never loose its groove! x

VIPs Attacking Minami

March 3rd, 2012

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.

March 25th, 2011

Two thumbs up, it’s Friday… Smile!

March 24th, 2011

March 8th, 2011

Koguchi VS Daigo at Minami. Was all fun and games until Koguchi smacked the wall and slammed into the tires, ripping the front right strut tower out completely. Fun times.

February 27th, 2011

February 10th, 2011

January 27th, 2011

Cars that choose to take on the not-so forgiving walls of Minami generally mean they can steer. I was a bit iffy seeing this little Trueno hatch drive out for the first time. 10 minutes in, my jaw was dragging the bitumen. If there was a stand out car that was smashing Minami, in a good way it would have to be this little AE86. I remember standing inside the pits and watching it hop over the jump, screaming past the wall. Each time I had to either cover my ears and or look away, I’ve never heard a car this loud before.

Exiting off the wall, entering into the tight left corner he gained unbelievable amounts of angle every single time. One reason why he was such a standout was definitely his level of consistency. Note; his facial expressions.