Event>> Kazama Auto Queen  Battle At Nikko Pt.1

Along with all the girls competing in the Queen Battle there were tons of other drifters there to have some fun, and one guy that was stealing all the looks when out on track was Hitoshi Sato in his Lancer Evo 6. The technique was simple, major lift-off before the corner and something resembling a scandinavian flick, then as the car would snap sideways he wold get hard on the power and put down some seriously cool "zero-counter" drifts.

Taking a closer look at the car in the pits reveled he was running semi-slick rubber up front and what looked like aged, almost-vintage, crappy street tires at the rear. Kudos to this guy for throwing a rather unexpected twist into yesterday's line-up at Nikko.

Just look at that color line-up! You can just about see the purple RB26 sticking out of the brown RPS13's engine bay, and that violet R32 was powered by a 1JZ!

Here is another car I have a soft spot for, the JZZ30 Soarer. I would have done without the Lexus badges myself, but a stunning example nonetheless.

This Corolla was one of three 4AG powered machines on the day, along with a couple of AE86.  

The supercharged 4AG-GZE did seem to provide enough power to hang the tail out throughout the 4-corner combo at Nikko. If you listened carefully enough you could hear the buzzing sound of the little roots-type blower.

I posted a picture of this 2-tone S15 in yesterday's teasers, here it is sitting next to its JZX100 team-mate.

Here is a closer look at that RB26 powered 180SX built by Body Works Nakajima. Apparently the RB26 is only slightly modified, puting out around 400 PS at the top end, giving it very quick and powerful mid-range response.

Here is Nakamura-san in the JZZ20 Soarer everyone liked in the first post. Yes a desktop is coming, don't worry!

Remember I mentioned that Kazama's JZX110 suffered a little engine problem. Well he wasn't too depressed as he brought this Lexus IS250 to play with, an ongoing project he has been working on for a few months.

It looked so sweet sitting in the paddock, nicely lowered onto its Gram Lights 57A Accelerate Pro with the optional "titanium coating rim." I'm sure we will be seeing a lot more of this car in the course of the year.

The Kazama line-up didn't end there as the D1-SL JZX100 driven by Ito-san was also out on track. I loved the stance of this Chaser, which was running a staggered set-up with a much wider track at the front. 

When you hear weird noises coming from the rear of your car it is always a good idea to slow-down, pull over and stop. The driver of this JZX81 MarkII didn't obviously care when he heard the delaminated rear tires shred the bodywork!  It's all part of the "look" I'm told!

The variety of machinery at Nikko yesterday was truly vast with this local lady entering her orange NA8C into the contest. She seemed to be doing pretty well out on track but was obviously lacking the grunt to get some smoke trails going.

I like unique rides and this R32 really impressed me yesterday. That little "Twin Cam 16" under the trunk spoiler is there for a reason…

…as the motor sitting in the engine bay was an NA SR20, not an RB! The idea was to make a more balanced set up, but all that space up front would have been perfect for a nice "V-mount" intercooler/radiator set-up, all it would need then wold be a turbo and a "few" other bits and bobs.

This battle scarred R32 was one ride I really liked, it served as great reminder that you really don't need to blow a lot of money on a drift car. Sure crazy paint jobs and 500 PS engine builds are nice, but if you are just out there to enjoy yourself this is all you would ever need. Oh yes, and a couple of tires…

Once you step up from a nice entry level R32 you can always move onto a JZX90 like the MarkII TourerV above. Mid-nineties JDM sedan style at its best. Stay tuned for more coverage from Nikko and the drifting ladies.

Dino Dalle Carbonare



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That jzz30 looks sweet!


That R32 has a Non-Turbo SR20


great event, and I love that lexus from kazama. love the rims!


That two-toned S15 will be making an appearnce in my dreams tonight for sure. Good photos, mate! Keep us posted.


Awsome IS250! finaly a newer platform.


@ Alonso - That's what the man said... NA SR20... NA as in Naturally Aspirated...

Or did i get you wrong?


I wish i lived in japan, in Portugal we don't have none of this... Love the corolla 4AG


Amazing Evo!


That Evo looks crazy cool. Was it converted to a RWD setup or was it doing that awesome zero-counter drift with AWD? I'd like a desktop of either of those two shots of the Evo!


De IS250 would make a good desktop.


Evo going sideway? Awesome!

I luv the 3rd photo and JZZ20..4 door R32 with SR20DE? I think probably it has a good weight balance with a NA 4-cylinder and stripped-interior..although it has only a small flock of ponies, but it must be fun to drift! m so excited for the part 2..drifting ladies? o.O

Any ceffy and JZX81?


Holy crap, inspiration 4 door Corolla!!!!!


I believe you mean the MZ20 Soarer there Dino ;)


Joe, that Evo was AWD - Im not 100% sure if the Evo 5 has a torque splitter in the car like the Sti WRX but it didnt seem to bother the dude - he was going in just as hard as the RWD boys and girls.


seeing an is250 drift is dope.


JZX90 love, i've been wanting one so hard for the past month.


Dino Excellent Photos, as always... The SR20DE R32 was diffently one of the cars that stood out. The Evo, was shocking for me. Kazama-san's IS was diffently beautiful to see and am looking forward to seeing the finish product in the future. Let say, this event was one of my fav, drift events..


May I ask, what front bumper is the RB26 180SX running on? It looks like BN Sports to me.


Wouldn't the engine in the 70 series Corolla be a 4A-GZE, not a 4AG-GZE (they don't exist)... Nice write up. More pics of the girls would be a bonus, but hopefully pt 2 takes care of that.


that 4 door blue r32 is awsome, more pics please!


love the tail lights of the jzx90


"and something resembling a scandinavian flick"

Great photos Dino! Come to Finland and we show how it's done ;)

Cheers, Henri


More pics again dino!


Thanks for the info Adam. The fact that that Evo was AWD makes it even more awesome!


the best picture..