I got chance to catch up with Mark Hughes and his sweet HM-Sports-kitted E36 Saloon at Three Sisters today. It was a shame that he wasn’t out drifting but I took the opportunity to film a quick walk around video of his BMW to show some of the finer details of his HM-Sports Saloon aero. You can find HM-Sports parts in the STL shop.
If you venture away from the likes Tokyo and Yokohama and find yourself at a car event in a more far-removed location, you’re quite likely to be the only Westerner in attendance. While I was at the Ultimate Royals event in Kobe back in September I thought I was the only tourist within the locale (complete with my sunburn and thumping headache) until a Kiwi chap walked by me and struck up conversation.
As it transpired, his name was Ewan and he was one half of the Osaka-based Stacked Inc. export company. Even more interesting than that though was his immaculate MA61 Toyota Celica XX that was parked up within the show, complete with stunning paintwork and an unmissable supercharger setup sitting atop the 1UZ V8 lump.
When you think of a modified Mx-5, the first thought that comes to mind for most is usually a Mk1 example, complete with a rag top roof and a few modifications. It’s all too easy to forget the Mk2 and Mk2.5 models that shared the same great handling characteristics, especially as you tend not to see many tastefully modified examples.
Daniel Bridle’s Roadster was definitely an exception to this and, along with a few other notable Mk2/Mk2.5 drifters, has recently led the way in styling for this generation of Mazda.
As I’d previously mentioned, on New Year’s Eve I headed up to Teesside Autodrome with Josh of Graphix-D in tow to enjoy some relaxed drifting at one of my favourite tracks. Unfortunately, the word “relaxed” doesn’t really feature too much in drifting at any level, which you could probably get a feel for in my video from this particular drift day.
When I visited Meihan Sportsland back in September there was no end of D1 and Formula Drift Japan drivers laying it down in the expert class. However, there was one driver in particular who was consistently throwing down the biggest entries and closest wall runs, lap after lap. Kunihiko Teramachi was unstoppable in his PS13 practice car (the same car that he has previously won D1SL events in) and stole the show; it was mad to think that this was just a bit of simple mid-week practice for these guys. You’d struggle to find such a talented grid of drivers at a practice day anywhere else in the world, that’s for sure.