After the first successful day drifting, we had one days rest before hiking back out for another day at Meihan. We spent the afternoon fitting this Serena C26 people mover bumper I had never got around to doing. First up we cut the top section off the Serena bumper (pull up your pants Adam (don't worry that hairs long gone)).
Then cut the lower section off of a stock R32 bumper.
Trimmed the bumper support like so.
And wa la. Custom Nissan Serena bumper for an R32.
After changing tyres and doing some maintenace, it was time for some more Meihan.
Another perfect cloudless summer day at Meihan. I can't remember who was running this day, but there was definitely some quality cars about. In between driving I had a chance to take a few photos.
These two 180sx's were a really stand out. I was really becoming a fan of subtle GT styling on drift cars.
Nice IS350 on Weds.
This rear engined Subaru kei van was providing the soundtrack all day.
Around 2'oclock, during one of the afternoon sessions, look who came driving down the entrance road.
After attending a rare Hitomi-Go day that Naoki didn't drive, it was another awesome surprise for him to show up for a few afternoon sessions this day. Seeing him drive at Meihan was something I definitely didn't want Adam to miss.
Like usual, I have far to many photos/video to go through, so I'll just skip through. After this day at Meihan, we spent a few days sight seeing and doing the normal Japan nightlife thing. One of the days Jesse was kinda enough to lend us his Suzuka Cappuccino for the day to head into Central Osaka.
I love this car. 3 cylinder 660cc engine with an Apexi boost up kit that included ECU, injectors, turbo, intercooler etc. It was like some crazy go-kart, I swear it was faster than my R32 and handled 400x better.
Next up, we reloaded the R32 for a 3 and a half our drive south to Bihoku Highland.
This Cima didn't look like it had moved since my first trip Bihoku. It was always a welcoming site parked at the bottom of the hill.
We unloaded the cars and took turns hitting the track.
During Adams second session, a loud screeching sound sound erupted from the gearbox.
We already knew it was the release bearing, as on the drive down it started to make a bit of noise.
Turns out it had decided to seize completely. Normally being stuck at the track 3.5 hours from home without a spare would be a nightmare. But the owner at Bihoku was nice enough to ring the local Nissan dealership and an hour later a small Nissan kei truck arrived with a brand new spare for us. We couldn't believe it, the local Nissan was about an hours drive away. We thanked both the owner and the Nissan delivery man as much as possible, brought both of them coffees then got back to getting the new bearing in.
After getting it in and quickly testing the car around the track, we made a quick dash down to the township to get some much needed food.
We still managed to get in 2 hours of driving in the afternoon. An awesome result for a potentially day ending breakage. This Signal AE86 had made the trip up from Hiroshima for the day. It had an highly worked 4AGE and the driver looked like he had been driving Corolla's for years.
After a successful day we packed up and made the drive back to Osaka. Next up, Suzuka Twin.