Here is a second selection of my favorite pictures from 2010. It's been an extremely busy year with lots of traveling but seeing these pictures reminds me it was all well worth it!
Above - D1 Grand Prix Round 4, Okayama Circuit, Okayama-ken – Kawabata doing one of his famous rear-end-first entries. It all started in Okayama last year when he first nailed that famous entry everyone has seen on youtube
Mooneyes Street Car Nationals, Odaiba, Tokyo – The coolest thing about this year's event was the burnout show! Nothing like burning rubber in the city center!
Bosozoku Car Meet, Nagoya, Aichi-ken – A surprise show during the Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown
Summer Drift Matsuri, Ebisu Circuit, Fukushima-ken – The aftermath of the best grassroots drift event of the year
Fiat 500 Abarth Esseesse, Makuhari New Town, Chiba-ken – One of the most fun cars I drove in 2010. This thing just begs to be pushed hard!
Tec-Art's Starlet, Tsuzuki Parking Area, Yokohama – Spotted this during an AE86 meeting, probably the nicest KP61 I've come across.
D1 Grand Prix Round 4, Okayama Circuit, Okayama-ken – Daigo Saito hard on the power as he exits the main judged corner. What smoke trail?
World Time Attack Challenge, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney, Australia – Tarzan Yamada on board the Tomei/Cusco/Voltex Impreza tackling the s-curve towards the end of the track
World Time Attack Challenge, Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney, Australia – Tarzan Yamada takes the win for the first WTAC event ever behind the wheel of the Cyber Evo. He also came in third position with the Tomei/Cusco/Voltex Impreza behind the Sierra Sierra Evo in second place
7's Meeting, Daikoku Parking Area, Yokohama – The biggest Rotary gathering of the year, which despite the rain turned out to be one of the biggest I've been to
7's Meeting, Daikoku Parking Area, Yokohama - Amemiya-san posing for a group picture with all his fans
D1 Grand Prix Round 3, Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka-ken – Sagisaka throwing his 2JZ-powered Altezza into the hairpin at one crazy angle
STI S205, Tsukuba Mountain, Ibaraki-ken - A very special Impreza, thrilling, demanding and extremely rewarding
Idlers Games, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – Rauh Welt heaven
Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown, Nagoya, Aichi-ken – R-Magic FD3S street car wearing the full D1 aero kit
Spring Drift Matsuri, Ebisu Circuit, Fukushima-ken – Jay Duca preparing to enter the drop at the Minami Course in his Soarer
Hyper Meeting, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – The Team Orange boys doing what they do best!
Spring Drift Matsuri, Ebisu Circuit, Fukushima-ken – Goto-san and his extremely unique and recently rebuilt matte-green AE86 Levin
Old/Now Car Festival, Tsukuba Circuit, Ibaraki-ken – One of the most impressive supercar lineups ever which included an F40 LM
Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown, Nagoya, Aichi-ken - Abflug MR-S
Summer Drift Matsuri, Ebisu Circuit, Fukushima-ken - Night drifting is probably one of the best aspects of everyone's favorite drift event
OS Giken workshop, Okayama, Okayama-ken - A custom gear timing kit for the Nissan S20 engine. Automotive porn at its best
Phoenix's Power, Kyoto – A simple aero kit and big BBS LMs transformed this Z34
Rocky Auto, Okazaki, Aichi-ken - RB30 powered C110, still a work in progress but one hell of a car. Can't wait to see what they have lined up for TAS next month!
Daikoku Parking Area, Yokohama – Ryo's Pentroof-tuned ex-Advance Acura NSX.
I'm pretty much half way through my selection. More to come in Part Three!
-Dino Dalle Carbonare