While I was at Tokyo Auto Salon I’d been tipped off about a small drift event that would be taking place at Meihan the following Wednesday, organised by the N-Style crew (Naoki Nakamura etc.). The only problem was that the weather forecast was predicting heavy snow, so I held off making any travel plans until the day before so as to ensure that the weather wouldn’t be too extreme.
I’ve been watching Frasier‘s E36 go under the knife at Retroshine for the last few months, slowly being transformed from a slightly tatty and stock-bodied car into the HM-Sports kitted, WORK Meister S1R wearing drift car that sat before me at STL HQ last Friday afternoon.
If you’ve been reading Tokyo Auto Salon coverage on other sites up to this point, you’ve probably read plenty of hyperbole regarding the event and Japan as a country itself. Yes, TAS bombards your senses with more than enough sights and sounds to keep your brain preoccupied for a week or so and yes, Japan will always be an awe-inspiring country for travelling Westerners but I don’t want to focus on either of those topics in this post. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan a handful of times in the last few years and, if there’s one trait that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to understanding and appreciating car culture in this country, it’s the attitude of Japanese car enthusiasts.
I’ve just recently got back from another incredible trip to Japan that included a stint at Tokyo Auto Salon. I’ve got hundreds of photos to share with you all but, first of all, here is my footage from a rainy day at Meihan Sportsland that I attended on the Wednesday after TAS. Stay tuned for a couple of blog posts covering the trip to the track and the drift event itself.
This is the first post in a series titled “35mm Stories”. These entries will contain a handful of photos I’ve taken on a 35mm film platform that provide an intimate look into memorable events both past and present.
Following on from my post about Jason Plato’s 1999 Renault Laguna BTCC car, here are some photos I took on the same day of Anthony Reid’s 1999 Ford Mondeo that was originally prepared by Prodrive.