In the final part of our series of A day in Nikko Circuit, we will concentrate on Alexi Smith. Alexi Smith is a pretty well known guy from Australia and runs a blog about his adventures in Japan called Nori Yaro . He speaks fluent Japanese, and has also guest blogged for SpeedHunters. You may have seen him in the JR goes drifting in Japan series, or you may have seen some of his work in Hot Version. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the man during my stay in Tokyo, Japan.
Drifting. The mention of the word sends different thoughts through my head. AE86′s, Touge, D1, wild body kits, bright colors and tire smoke are just a few words that come to mind. Of those, the one constant word that always comes back is JAPAN.
The heartland and origin of drifting as we all know it today. What better way to experience drifting than to go to the source. Lucky for me, my buddy Ameen from 786 motoring hooked me up with Alexi Smith from Ziptied.com.
Greetings from J-Land everyone! As I write this in my hotel in Shinjuku, I’m multitasking by simultaneously uploading pictures, editing video, and updating my status on Twitter, Facebook and here on Mayday. I flew into Japan Sunday night, and contacted Alexi of NoriYaro.com fame to show me around while I am here in Japan. Alexi is no stranger to Japan, and is an avid drifter and car enthusiast originally from Australia. He drives a JZX chassis, and pretty damn good.
Well here is the rest of the coverage that I came across from the Speedhunters event, courtesy of Mr. Michael Martin. Michael is a part of the Mayday Collective and rocks out with the notorious 786 motoring crew. Check out what he covered at the Speedhunters event =D!
As the title says Speedhunters.com was in Houston this past weekend. They were invited down by John Leigh (aka Emotiongear), owner of Planet Zero Japanese arcade center here in Houston, Texas. Rod Chong and Linhbergh Nguyen from SH were scoping Houston for cars mirroring their “low and stanced” November theme on Speedhunters.com. On top of the coverage of cars that were shot for the November month of Speedhunters theme, Mr. Chong and Mr. Nguyen were also present for Planet Zero’s monthly Access Zero meet. This event was big, had plenty of nice cars with a strong theme as people from Houston showed what they had for the duo from Speedhunters.com.
Thrown by NOS Energy, and organized by Team16niss of of Texas, NOS Energy nights was the makeup meet for Hot Import Nights bailing out of Dallas. I am not going to get into the whole entire H.I.N. pullout as I have expressed my position in the weekend brief summary post here. Onto the NOS Energy Nights meet!
This past weekend was rough in that I had only a few (read: 2 to 3) hours of sleep each night. I fought the fatigue pretty well considering. Some of us were catching a few Z’s where we could like Law here:
But oh, it gets better….
East coast. West Coast. If you ever log online to drift oriented websites such as Drifting.com, Zilvia, Club4AG, and Ziptied, you’ll always hear about exciting, mob inducing, big drift events such as the Ziptied All-Star Bash. But where does Texas fall? East Coast? West Coast? Screw all that noise, Texas is bigger than both! So why can’t we have one here in the south where all things are big?
Enter FabricatedMotorsports‘ LoneStar Bash. 10 car tandems? Try at least 12. 50mph entry speeds? Psssssh. Try 100mph. And best of all, the best and coolest drift cars in the south were there in full force.
Wow, what a weekend. Just got done looking and semi-editing the photos I took from Stance of the Union held at Cobb Tuning in Plano, TX. The meet had a great atmosphere with music being spun by a local DJ (sorry, I forgot who it was!), and everyone actually walking around and mingling with others as they share wheel specs, suspension settings, or just giving props. Much nicer than people who just sit in a chair by their cars and watch people who look at their car. Such a positive enviroment!
It’s Monday and I am kicking it here at the office in awe of the weekend that just passed. It has been a while since I have been so hype about an event that has taken place in Texas. Granted, car shows do have their place when they pass through but when it boils down to it, the reality is that we have been experiencing the same format of shows over the past fifteen years, and well, they are getting pretty boring. Stance of the Union was a very focused event that encompassed the style of offset focused tuning. The event was a success in my opinion, especially for their first go around. Big props to Stance of the Union’s organizers for making this an awesome event.
Stance of the Union’s Organizer @ NOS Meet