When I arrived on Day 2, I found some the cars I showed in the Day 1 coverage already out on the track getting after it. I was super impressed with this S13. He was running pretty consistent lines and the car looked awesome.
Being completely new to the is “action” photography business, I had learned a good deal from the previous day. I was a bit more choosy with my viewing location, and the result was a close, clear shot of the last hairpin and a nice back drop on the big sweeper you see in the opening shot. It all sounds great on paper…
…but I still had to actually get the cars in the frame. Haha. Regardless of my aim, I still like this shot. I still can’t decide if I like the Levin or Trueno front better; there’s no wrong way to rock a hachi.
I wanted to see the event from another angle so I ventured to the staging area to watch the cars do their pre-run burnouts then blast up the shoot into the big sweeper. The scenery is not bad as well!
The “shoot”. On the right side, there were many off track excursions as cars were unable to shift the weight and get the rear to kick out. They just understeered off track. It had to be a slightly hair raising experience riding the small undulating hills sideways with no means of control. R.I.P. sideskirts.
The Steet Ripper initiating. I was so happy to see this car running. His driving confirmed the awesomeness I imagined.
This area was an awesome view of the action. I couldn’t see the whole run but it was definitely fun to see them blast by and initiate. The downside was it was just too far for my measly 4x zoom and I couldn’t really capture too much coolness. I then mushed on to the pits to see what was parked…
…I conveniently found the BN S15 with its profile exposed.
I only saw one car have a major run-in with the concrete barriers and this was the result. The rear subframe was cracked and completely shifted over; arim or two was bent among multiple suspension arms; and a coilover was broke in half. Luckily, the engine area appeared fairly unscathed. Hopefully he’ll be able to re-shell and get back out there! Prior to the damage, this was a SUPER clean R32.
That does it. My first Japanese drifting event in the books. And my first time seriously trying take pictures of cars in action. So in concluding this event coverage, I’ll leave you with the last thing I saw as I exited – this slammed rootbeer JZX100 Mark II. Super awesome, right? What about the fact that there is a chick driver hiding behind the curtain? Ungh.