As 2010 heads to its end I've been spending the last few quiet days reminiscing through all the events and cars I've shot in the last 12 months. I've driven all over Japan's Honshu island covering the best this country has to offer the enthusiast, striving to give you a true and authentic look at the JDM car scene. Here is a first selection of some of my favorite shots.
Above – Daikoku Parking Area, Kanagawa-ken – A very special view
T.A. Auto, Kisarazu, Chiba-ken – The S30 432Z Race Replica
Secret warehouse location – The Camaro SS, a very memorable drive!
D1 Round 1 Odaiba, Tokyo – Orido Vs Imamura
D1 Round 1 Odaiba, Tokyo - The loss of D1 driver Kuroi was something that touched everyone in Japan and around the world. This was a message book left out in his memorial stand for people to sign and leave a few words. The first message was left by team mate Kawabata.
D1 Round 1 Odaiba, Tokyo - None other than Daijiro Inada. Now that he, Tsuchiya Keiichi and Yokohama tire have left D1 everyone is wondering what will happen next year. With 12 top drivers without their main sponsor things are all up in the air.
HKS Premium Day, Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka-ken – The Varis Evo X, one of the fastest CZ4A in the world.
D1 Exhibition, Odaiba, Tokyo - Pole dancing meets drifting, the best invention ever. Thank you Kumakubo!
Daikoku Parking Area, Kanagawa-ken – Skyline 2000 GT-R
HKS Premium Day, Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka-ken – HKS Gr.A BNR32 blasting down the back straight
HKS Premium Day, Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka-ken – Nob Taniguchi drifting the HKS Altezza
Omega Oil Track Day, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – 1710 Magic Levin
T.A. Auto, Kisarazu, Chiba-ken - Semi abandoned S30 awaiting restoration
Shinagawa, Tokyo – Top Secret Competizione R
RE-Amemiya, Tokyo – Rotary Powered Westfield
Omega Oil Track Day, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Techno Pro Spirits AE86 Levin
Ebisu Higashi Course, Fukushima-ken – Naoto Suenaga's D1 Street Legal S13 Silvia on the first corner of the track
Omega Oil Track Day, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Seeker FD2 Civic Type-R entering the hairpin bend
Top Secret Track Day in 2000, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Old film footage of a BCNR33 in mid-drift
Battle Evome, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Wood Village widebody S30
Battle Evome, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Suzuki-san's Scorch S15 Silvia time attack car. Will he manage to go faster in 2011?
Daikoku Parking Area, Kanagawa-ken – Modified R35 GT-R looking mean as hell against the unmistakable background of Daikoku
This takes care of Part One, got a few more selections coming up soon.
-Dino Dalle Carbonare