For whatever reason D1's lower-tier league does not seem to have as high microphone quality as the main D1GP Japanese drifting series. As such, D1 Light’s three announcers basically blew out their levels all through the most recent round at Ebisu. It was glorious.
Track time is usually the domain of the lightest, smallest cars you can buy, but not among the Dajiban fans. They have Dodge vans. They go on track. Here’s how they make it work.
You may think to yourself “I like driving that is fun and enjoyable! For me to engage in driving that is fun and enjoyable, what I need is a vehicle that is extremely expensive and heavily modified.” Nah. You can get by with speed. Lots of speed.
Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video…
Japan’s Ebisu Circuit is one of the most famous drift courses in the world for good reason: it’s completely, ridiculously, wonderfully insane. Here’s Lone Star Drift’s Aaron Losey on the twisty, kinky, windy stretch of tarmac for a tandem run alongside David Mesker.
Whatever problems Americans think young people have here with getting into cars, Japan has it worse. And yet they still have room for a budding grassroots scene, thanks to insanely low costs.
They call the start of a drift the 'initiation.' This might be the most extreme I've ever seen.
This is some of the most aggressive driving I've ever seen.
This is pro drifter Daigo Saito and his crew at the 2012 Summer Drift Matsuri at Japan's Ebisu Circuit. For practice, they decided to throw some ratty old cars sideways at over 100 miles an hour.
As far as we're concerned, this is the greatest corner in the drifting world: the jump at Japan's Ebisu Circuit. Hear the tires chirp as they return to earth and slide down the track past the wall.