Friday, June 5, 2009

Himawari Racing at Fuji Speedway Drift Course, Part I

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Last Saturday, I drifted at a Himawari Racing day at Fuji Speedway (or “Doripa” as everyone here refers to it) , which was possibly one of the most “grassrootiest” drift events I’ve ever been to. Himawari is a group of friends who live in Hachioji, a city to the south-west of Tokyo. The group’s leader is a guy called Kazuya who drifts a bright-pink AE86 Trueno coupe, and is in a triple-car team with Tomonori Akai and my housemate Shino Murai, called the “Hachiroku Hentai”. More on that another time.

The weather report had said it supposed to clear up for the afternoon, so rain in the morning was not unexpected. Here’s my other housemate Yoshio “Riichan” Takahashi and I negotiating the streets of Hachioji (cheaper than taking the toll roads) while I enjoy a tuna and mayo onigiri for breakfast.

One of the nice things about taking the free roads to Fuji Speedway is the view as you head over the mountains down towards Gotemba.


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