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.
So as I gave him a call that Sunday night at around 9 or 10pm, he tells me that if I wanted to go, I should be ready to be picked up by 5:30am. Damn. I hadn’t slept the night before in Houston, and I didn’t sleep a wink on the 14 hour flight to Narita Airport. I fell asleep around midnight and awoke at 3:30am, made sure I had all my camera gear charged and ready to go and walked outside.
Then it hit me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of rain, and I have a pretty good bag to keep my camera gear from getting wet, but I was thinking that the rain would put a hinder in my abilities to shoot video and snap pictures while at Nikko Circuit. I’d find a way no matter what.
The Nikko Circuit Paddock was full of cars. Alexi said that there were a good amount on this day for it being only a monday. I was stoked to see so many nice cars that were not only very visually appealing, but also hella functional as well. I saw so many cars that were either tucking rims, or had superflush wheel combos on all sorts of cars.
AE86’s, FD’s, FC’s, S13/S14/S15’s were of course there, but something I noticed was that there were a ton of 4-door drift cars being thrown into the mix. Chasers, Mark II’s, Cefiro’s, and Laurels were as common to see as Silvias.
But don’t get me wrong, I love R32’s, S14’s and S15’s just as much. And there were some great examples:
Part one of a series of 3 is concentrated mainly on the cars in the paddock. I’ve taken more than 500 photos for the day, and even though it doesn’t have a MayDay watermark and it’s unedited, I think they turned out better than what I thought with all the rain. Holding a heavy ass DSLR with one hand, and an umbrella in the other is no easy task.
But I also managed to get some footage, so if you’re not busy and have about 14 minutes to burn, check out the video:
As always, the entire picture set can be found HERE.
Tomorrow I will post some action shots as well as the drift video footage I shot. Stay tuned!