I don't know about you but I'm the kind of guy that gets way too attached to things, especially cars. This is probably why I had a hard time seeing cool JDM drift cars get voluntarily smashed up at Ebisu this past weekend. Sure they are on their last leg, but the optimist in me always sees the potential in a car, after all everything can be fixed up right? But what would a Drift Matsuri be without missiles, cars like the mangled up RPS13 in the picture above, being smashed against the pit wall at the Kita course time and time again.
But the missiles are only a small percentage of the cars present at the Matsuri, a lot of other people are out there to practice like this girl at the wheel of her S14, trying to nail that entry into the first corner at the Kita course. Oh, and yep, she spun!
Walking through the pits at the Higashi course on Sunday, I spotted this matte black S13 with tacked-on rear overfenders. Definitely one of my favorite S13s from this Matsuri.
This would have been a good one for the hachi-roku day! Not sure what the owner did in there, but it must have smelled pretty bad LOL
Ah, the "Nissan 928" getting its rear-end further rearranged thanks to the wall up at the North course.
After coming in, the driver ran straight into the rear end of his buddy's C33 Laurel, which had already suffered the odd ding or two.
And here is that Laurel in action, must be the world's shortest C33!
Guess what that balloon is for!
I didn't get to see that much wall-scraping action at the Minami course this time round, but managed to grab a few shots nonetheless.
There were a lot of guys practicing tsuiso runs, very cool to watch as nobody seemed too concerned with ruining their cars!
That nice S15 on AVS Model 5's again. Apologies to Rob for thinking he was an Aussie!
I haven't seen many drift "itasha's" so thought this was quite interesting. The writing on the side reads, "I'm not really worrying about you!!!" Good to know!
The car is looked after by Mikami-san of 3UP in Tokorozawa, the driver of the green/black Federal-sponsored R33 Skyline in D1-SL.
There is something so right about seeing a tuned AE86 tackle a hairpin bend sideways.
Check out the number plate on this Trueno, the kanji character up top reads touge and then of course the AE-86 part. Obviously not road legal!
The rain was coming down harder than ever on Sunday morning, making for some nice splash-&-drift action. Check out the offset on this zenki 180SX! Cheap second-hand wheels and tires off yahoo auctions most likely!
Remember the JZZ20 in the first post? Here it is dropping down into the Minami pit-wall straight.
it was one of the most memorable cars of this Matsuri for me, impossibly cool looking thing!
I have shot so many times at the D1 course but I have never seen this happen! The driver of this 3UP S13 spun coming down onto the pit-wall straight and hit the central divider backwards grounding the car at an angle! Apparently there was some damage to the fuel tank giving way to a small fuel leak. Kumakubo said this happens pretty often at open track days. The driver seemed pretty proud of his accomplishment!
RX7s were a pretty rare sight, but on top of Hoshino's FC we saw getting some forced-cooling in Part 2 I spotted this interestingly colored FC at the Minami course.
Not too sure about those lights at the rear but I'm liking the metallic brown this S14 is sporting!
Well that is about it from the summer Matsuri. Needless to say I'm already looking forward to the next one in the fall, as nothing comes close to this event! Seriously hope the weather will be a little kinder next time round, but like we have seen over these three posts nothing can really stop people from enjoying themselves at Ebisu!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare