☆ タイ＊＊＊-san’s Jzx100 and more from Yokohama ☆
A few weeks ago, through a last minute decision, my friend Zee and I decided to head out to watch some drifting.
On the way there we passed up a 1950’s Impala and a few bikers. Super stoked to see a gangster American low rider taking up the whole road in the streets of Japan. Apparently there are strict laws on cars that have motors that are over 4 liters in displacement, so he for sure was a badass. We talked to him at the next stop light, confirming his boss status.
Zee took me through some famous spots featured in various drift videos and others that used to be popular a couple years back. After talking, we decided to hit two spots that are known for drifting. The first one was empty and so we moved on. When we arrived at the second place it was jam packed. Cars lined up in the parking lot and all down the street.
Bosozoku bikers behind a closed road doing burnouts and others practicing stunting. It was quite a scene. This R32 caught my eye, very simple and super clean.
After 20 minutes or so two guys in a big police van parked out near the entrance of the street to prevent any craziness from starting. Most of the cars were newer but a few older Bosozoku guys showed up and represented in patriotic style!
The cars were so clean, the surplus of white JZX’s was insane and this one was by far one of my favorites.
This was another one that was also very sleek, I was super jealous of all the owners. Because there are so many, people find subtle ways to modify them so that they are unique and also remain unnoticed.
Or they don’t care if they are noticed and go all out, like タイ＊＊さん’s JZX. When you take a look down the street there are cars that just spark your interest, this JZX was definitely one of them.
Before I even got out of the car I knew I had to go talk to the owner, who happened to be a really cool guy. The feeling surrounding the event was a lot more friendly and open than I was used to being in Japan. I only had a small chat with Ta****-san but it was more than enough to satisfy me.
An hour or so later the cop van left and some of the rowdier bunch showed up and started to cause havoc. Literally as the cop rounded the far corner this guy pulled in and spun around throwing smoke everywhere just inside of the stop light.
This quirky R34 was one of my favorites. I know many people would die to have one in the States, but here in Japan they are kept as normal car/drift-cars and looked after (which can be seen in the lovingly duct taped front lip). In Japan they also seem a little played out to many people. But besides that this guy well, was pretty gangster.
The owner of this Skyline was one of the first to jump in and hit the corner after the cop left. I managed to get some film of this guy, he was so buttery through the turn even with the heavy R34 he managed to nearly scrape the curb.
After experiencing Japanese street drifting first hand, we switched spots to avoid more police interference.
Zee and I stopped by the conbini and drove to the end of the street where we sat and ate hot gyoza and watched two guys practice donuts in the middle of the street. Something I think you’ll only experience in Japan.
Back over at the parking lot area someone had been pulled over so we quietly passed and continued onto a long straight away.
We parked and got out to finish eating. Surprisingly a few guys starting manji’ing right up ahead of us. I grabbed my camera and ran at the chance of some undisturbed drifting that was about to take place.
For about 20 minutes we had a continual 5 or so cars manji’ing down the straight and sliding around the center dividers.
It was epic and I was so excited that a lot of my pictures didn’t come out so well but they are enough to tell a story. Next time I will definitely bring an empty card. Last minute decision to go out and I was lucky I even had a card in my camera.
Shortly after, a massive roar of sirens made the small crowd that had gathered, quickly run to their cars. We hurried to the car and paused before getting in to see what it was. Two fire trucks, an ambulance and a support vehicle.
There were a few guys just out to kill it that night. A few Soarers, a JZX and a S15 continued to drift for a little while after the sirens.
We decided to leave even though there was no real sign of police, we thought someone might have crashed over near the bikers. The excessive amount of sirens turned out to be not as bad as we had thought. One of the ladies in the car-park had locked her baby in the car. Thankfully no one was hurt.
It was a hot summer night that ended well. I enjoyed the the drive back, it was nice to see the city from the road once again.
Zee definitely deserves a big thank you for being my enabler, for showing me around, introducing me to new people and being a stellar guy for picking me up. Until next time! I can’t wait!