Ok, I didn’t but the guys over at Team Limit and Circuit Soul went to Japan at the tail end of 2012 and this looks like the 1st in a superb series of videos!
Mobara is fast becoming one of my favourite Japanese tracks due to the gangster line that runs right at the pit wall… only the brave take it on!
Not much of a post for those that follow this blog religiously, but for those that don’t (shame on you!) here is link to a set of my favourite photos from this year taken by myself!
If you want to see the rest of the set please check out my Flickr set here
Ever since I recovered from last years Japanese Auto Extravaganza at Mersea Island in Essex, I have been looking forward to JAE 2009. The combination of cars, mates, beers, bbqs and sunshine makes it such a laid back and enjoyable weekend that its hard not to love it. JAE 2009 had a new home (Wicksteed Park in Kettering, Northamptonshire) but was superb! Unfortunately this year I was unable to camp due to other commitments on Friday and Saturday night but seeing as the new home of JAE is only 20 minutes from home I was back each day.
JAE 2009 had sensational weather on Friday and Saturday with Sunday being a little cooler and overcast (see the PS13 photo above) but was still warm enough for mid-September. Friday and Saturdays awesome weather meant that BBQs and Beers were on the go all day each day, which as JAE is a static show means that its a great chance to unwind and take a weekend to relax with mates and chill out.
The quality of cars at the show this year was simply amazing with some stands (like those crazy Scots @ JDMyO) rocking only awesome cars with no duds whatsoever! Seriously, I loved their stand and as I was on the next stand over spent most of Saturday staring and drooling…. The trade area was pretty small and weak this year with only a few stands such as Tegiwa, Sumo Power and Banzai really showing some hot cars (Banzai had the new Mugen FN2 Civic Type R on their stand). In truth the trade stands served a purpose and didnt detract from the event at all, but it would be nice to see some more traders next year.
The new venue worked well, apart from having monster speed bumps on the entrance and exit with good facilities on site and plenty of space for campers and stands. Seriously though, for next year please run a route across the grass so that those with low cars don’t have to scrape on EVERY bump! My Civic isnt actually that low yet I scraped on all the bumps apart from one.
So what did those of you who attended JAE this year think? Leave a comment or drop me an email.
If you would like to see the rest of my JAE 2009 Photos click any of the photos above or here
Is there a better way to spend a Saturday than watching high level competitive drifting? Yesterday I spent my day by the side of the track at the European Drift Championship Round 5 at Santa Pod. The quality of drifting was superb, and despite some early rain the afternoon turned out to be dry which allowed for some huge smoke trails (particularly from the pair of black Driftworks Nissans).
Despite his car not starting after the driver introductions, Ben Broke Smith’s Driftworks R32 Skyline ran well with him being beaten by his team mate in the 2JZ S15.
Martin French debuted his new (and very bright!) RX7 at Santa Pod, and drew a huge crowd in the paddock and with a high level of detail and finish on this car it seems that the attention was warrented! I think this was the cars 1st outing in the EDC and the team used the testing time well to make a few last minute changes and even a bit of a polish!
1. Phil Morrison – Nissan S15
2. Alan McCord – Nissan S15 V8
3. Brett Castle – Nissan S15
4. Paul Conlan – Nissan S15 2JZ
5. Mark Luney – Nissan 350Z
6. Martin French – Mazda RX7
7. Ben Broke Smith – Nissan R32
8. James Russell – Nissan R32
9. Pete Barber – Mazda RX7
10. Declan Hicks – Toyota Soarer GZ20
11. Kieron Cameron – Nissan S13
12. Paul Cheshire – Nissan S14A
13. David Monaghan – Nissan R32
14. Keith Hammond – Nissan R32
15. Steve Will – BMW M3
16. Alexis Drew – Nissan R32
17. Stewart Hansford – Nissan S13
18. Gary Hughes – Nissan R32
19. Ian Harrisson – Nissan R32
If you would like to see more photos from the EDC action yesterday, click on any of the photos above or here. if you would like to see any of these photos released as high resolution wallpaper leave a comment below with a description of the photos or the IMG number from flickr.
On a slightly more negative note, I wasnt very impressed with the judging yesterday – when the crowd are telling you that they dont want ANOTHER ‘One More Time’ run surely that tells you that the judges SHOULD have awarded a winner already! I’m not sure if it was just me but it seems that there is a slight anti Phil Morisson feeling from the judges. It might be that I’m not an expert, or maybe I saw things that the judges didnt, but when an opponent straightens up on 2 corners in one run (unforced errors) is miles behing the black S15 and then on the following run Phil is right on their bumper through the whole course pushing hard… why is another run needed?
What do you think – Harsh on the judges? Or is that a fair comment? Leave a comment or email me at the usual address.