When I caught wind of a drift competition going down this past weekend, I felt morally obligated to check it out. After all, I have been in Japan almost three months and I had yet to see any drifting. Okinawa Motor Festival 2010 held at Yukari Bokujou (a.k.a. The Bullring) would be where I cut my teeth. You can see the reason for the nickname in the opening picture; it shares the grounds with a bullring. The “track” is essentially a skid pad with a long shoot for high speed entries. The talent was varied and there were different run groups through the weekend. Much to my chagrin, I arrived around 10:30am to find it was toward the end of the drifting for Day 1 so not much action. Who would think it would end at noon?!?!? Here are the highlights from Day 1!
Let’s start off right with this stunning S15 that was an absolute smoke monster easily producing the most smoke of the day. From what I could tell, it is a (or an ex) Yashio Factory car.
A closer look at the widebody Mark II. The JZX100 chassis doesn’t boast the deepest of wheel wells. The BN Sports widebody kit fixes all that adding 50mm in front and 60mm in rear. Hence, the unnatural ability to fit 18×10+18 Work XD9’s in front.
The engine was fitted with an Apexi turbo and other standard go-fast bits. You can’t argue with the results, but after taking a peek, I consider the owner lucky that an electrical fire didn’t break out! A rats nest of wiring…is that an alligator clip is see?!?!?
I will wrap up Day 1 coverage with these pics of the super crispy and functional pull on this super low AE31 Cefiro. Normally, I am a Cefiro hater, but, if I see more examples like this, I may become a convert. Regretfully, I didn’t take any full car shots.
Stay tuned for Day 2 coverage!