Tochigi Drift Rides (DRiFTWiRED GALLERY)
The Nissan Silvias, the Mazda RX-7s, the Peculiarly Modded Toyotas - These are the Rides of DRiFTWiRED
Last month AkihabaraNews Senior Contributor Nayalan Moodley documented DRiFTWiRED 1, a new, independent drift competition that sprang forth among the purists in the mountains of Tochigi Prefecture. Given that he is the most auto-dorky among us, best to use his words:
"In an effort to bring that mountain spirit to the track, a group of drivers teamed up with Takumi Oil, a small, high tech Japanese synthetic oil manufacturer, and created DRiFTWiRED, a brand new drift competition not affiliated with any of the big leagues and fat cat corporations that milk established leagues for profit. The inaugural event was held at Nikko Circuit, in Tochigi Prefecture, on August 10, 2014.
The competition setup was simple, drivers were split into skill classes and each class could run 4 practice heats before the actual competition. There were also some high level pro guests including The Drift Samurai, Takahiro Imamura, in his fully built, demonic-looking Mazda RX-7, along with two-time MSC national triple drift champions Team Attraction, in their scarlet Nissan Silvias. There was no drive order and no stop-and-go on the back straight like in more regulated comps. The marshals were also very lenient with the flags, which meant that each practice run was free-flowing."
We wanted to give readers a closer and more in-depth look at the rides of grassroots-level DRiFTWiRED 1. Learn more about the event in Nayalan's original, full-length coverage, where you'll also find plenty of action shots and 3.5 minutes of eyeball-jerking video documentation as well.
A Few of Our Favorites:
For those who prefer moving images:
All Photos & Videos by Senior Contributor Nayalan Moodley, AKA DarcNoodles - Darc.jp.