It’s always exciting going somewhere new. Continue reading
Once again in the coming weeks the years first Chiba Damashi will be happening at Mobara Circuit so I thought it would be cool to have a look back at the previous year’s autumn Chiba Damashi. For those of you who don’t know, Chiba Damashi, 千葉魂, which translates to Chiba Soul is a bi-annual event at Mobara Circuit run by the locals from Chiba and is by far one of the biggest attractions of the year. I hope to see everyone out there again for the 2014 Spring event. Continue reading
After a while the crispy fall air had bitten hard into my bare hands and I jumped into the Laurel for a quick reheat. Meanwhile some of the newer guys had a veteran show them the course before everyone set out to drift. Mind you, there were already people drifting. The screams of burning tires was reverberating through the steep mountains and I could see the flickering of headlights amongst the foliage above us. It was pretty cool. Continue reading
A friend of many people and local visitor of the touge had set up a small event for a handful of people to attend. Mainly to gather friends and have a blast before the un-drivable snow covered roads of winter came. However, this event also marked his last day or night on the mountains with a specific car.
That car, a big body sedan, a Crown, and with various splashes of personal touches, lately had became quite popular on the internet and in magazines.
Recently the guys from CircuitSoul visited HTF and I here in Japan. Our first meeting and adventure started on a fairly overcast rainy day in Tokyo. Taking a short trip up to Harajuku from my house HTF and I headed out to Chiba where we met up with the CircuitSoul Car Boys. The long train ride gave us some time to get super excited and when we stepped off the local train the clear skies of Chiba greeted us. The sun was out and the town had a much more relaxed and quiet atmosphere to it. We waited around at the station for them to pick us up and headed out. After walking to “X”‘s house who owns “X” we held a small meeting to plan out day out. The boys were hungry so an obvious first choice was food. That didn’t quiet go down as simply as it is said. Finding a ramen shop took us almost an hour and 6 km of walking. After eating though, everyone’s cranky moods were eased.
The AE86 event was at the top of the hill inside a mini theme park with area to hang out and take your family. Kind of like a fun center but more in touch with nature. There’s a small hole in the fence if you travel down the road and take a short cut through some small neighborhood. We got a few odd looks from a few locals. I bet they were thinking, “Why are two foreigners in this tiny street up on this mountain in the middle of nowhere.” But it saved us some money when we had walked all the way from the station.
Right as we passed through the fence and walked up there were personnel for the event just a few yards ahead and we just tried to act super natural and walked by.