I posted about the first part of my January journey to Meihan a few weeks ago, so here are some DSLR photos from that particular evening and also the first bunch of my photos from the following day’s drifting at Meihan; a post-Tokyo Auto Salon event organised by N-Style.
When I arrived at Stacked Inc., Jaime was finishing off the last few jobs since refitting his engine earlier in the evening. Typically, it was at this point we noticed that one of the engine mounts hadn’t had its mounting nut refitted but, thanks to my long and gangly arms, we managed to get it sorted pretty easily so he could drift the following day.
The coolest little Honda kei van/workshop soundsystem.
Shane Bingham‘s 180SX was sat dormant in the corner, still sporting its super-vibrant livery from the Super-D event a few months prior.
This other 180SX in the yard also looked like a nice base. You can also see the recently (at the time) written-off Shirtstuckedin Silvia in the left hand side of the photo, waiting patiently for disassembly.
After catching a few hours’ sleep in the Stacked V36 Skyline amidst the sound of heavy and persistent rainfall on the roof, Unimpressed Rob got behind the wheel and drove us to a very wet Meihan. You can always tell when you’re getting close to the track by watching the signal strength on your pocket WiFI steadily decrease until it eventually reaches zero. If you’re planning on visiting Meihan, be sure to splash out for one of the more expensive pocket WiFi rentals that has good countryside coverage. If you’re relying on following Google Maps to the venue and posting a few candid Instagram videos from the trackside wall, you’ll need it.
Jamie’s 180SX had made it to the track safe and sound, which was a relief considering the previous night’s trouble with the clutch master cylinder pin adjustment.
By this point it was only mid-morning and, as I began to walk the pits, Lawson umbrella in hand, I found Naoki Nakamura making some hurried phone calls with his back turned to the mangled front end of his S14. This was the once-1JZ but now SR20 S14 of his that I photographed back in late 2015 at the United Royals Event. I was really happy to see that it was still sporting a couple of STL stickers that I’d given him at the time.
I’m not quite sure how the incident happened but I’m sure the treacherous conditions had caught Naoki off guard. All of the suspension components seemed fine and it was the slam panel and intercooler core that had taken the brunt of the impact. A few hours later, he was back on track.
This other Burst/Pink Style themed 14 also looked to have had a similar, albeit much lighter, front end impact earlier in the morning.
A familiar sight at any drift day around the world.
Alongside, Miki Takagi‘s PS13 was sat in wait, sans front bumper and passenger side headlight.
Oh, and sans rear bumper too of course. Regardless, I was too busy studying the fantastic Pink Style livery close up.
Speaking of liveries, this Onevia was sporting some of RYO Japan‘s trademark graphics.
It seemed that the majority of Meihan drivers had left their rear bumpers at home; having one fitted made you part of a small minority.
This PS13 on some super wide and deep 15″ wheels sounded extremely wild with what seemed like an SR20 setup with circa 350bhp.
Of course, the rear bumper was missing and this revealed some damage that suggested that the car had probably visited the pit wall or tyre wall quite hard at least once or twice.
This flowery Onevia was one of the cleaner cars at the event with very little visible damage. Notable items included the use of the PS13 bonnet with 180SX front bumper, tied together with super bright LED bars filling the now-smaller holes where the factory pop-ups would have once lived. I took loads more photos of this car and I’ll post them in part two of my pictures from this event. Stay tuned!