I had been to Suzuka Twin many times over the year, so turning up this day and seeing these particular skylines was a huge shock. We have had photos of the あ～ぼ～ムーン skylines up in our garage for years and although our views on drift car styling have shifted a bit over the years, seeing these cars in the flesh was still like meeting a group of childhood hero's. Walking into the pits I was greeted firstly by this.
I couldn't believe that after all these years, these cars still existed, let alone were still looking the same.
All of the cars will still running simple RB20/25 setups. Straight out of 2001.
It's not just the engines and styling that are straight out of 2001, their group driving still reminded me of an old option video. Shallow angle, super stiff ungrippy setups and lots of engine noise. I think these guys have just been frothing on drifting for years and don't want to change a thing.
I still haven't been able to figure out white headlight/corner light setup this R32 was running.
This is the car I was most excited about. Having seen a few photos around the internet of its recent changes, I was more than blown away to see it sitting in the pits.
With a bit of everything - 86's, JZX's, Burst, A-Bo-Moon, looking, Motorfix etc. This day to date remains potentially the best day of drifting I have ever attended.
Video to come......