With two trips to Meihan and one to Bihoku successfully under our belt, the next stop was the last track I wanted Adam to experience.. Suzuka Twin. But first up some more 'testing'.
I must note, that the photo above, and the S14 and R32 in the video below are 'unrelated' ;).
Over the past few days we soon found out that the handbrake was dying steadily. A quick inspection of the rear drum setup revealed some pretty sorry looking drum pads. Local drft workshop YuraMode hooked us up with a fresh set of rear drum pads to get us through the rest of the trip, thanks again!
After that was sorted and tyres were changed. We loaded up for the 2 hour trip to Suzuka Twin.
Unfortunately Suzuka wasn't running any reverse rotation days this month. The reverse layout is definitely the most gnarly, but the normal direction was fun enough anyway. Suzuka Twin and Bihoku are two tracks that are open most days for drifting, meaning you often find yourself all alone midweek.
Here's Adam heading out for his first session at Suzuka. There wasn't a single other car there this day, which meant we had to practice some pretty strong self control when choosing how long to stay out.
Again, with another perfect day completed, we packed up and headed home.
But not before parking up and quickly checking out some of the bikes being run on the 'B course'.
For the final weekend of Adams stay, D1 Street Legal was being held at Meihan. We gave the car a good clean, an oil change and some fresh tyres, before heading back out to Meihan for even more driving.
This D1SL competition consisted of practice / qualify on Saturday and the main competition on Sunday. We decided to make the Saturday our last day drifting for the trip, and entered the skyline in practice, Jesse also brought out his S14.
D1SL really turned it on for the last weekend of the trip.
This RWD converted WRX was a nice change from the norm.
The only shot I remembered to take of Adam. Here's him coming onto the main straight.
Again, we were spoilt with some amazing company on track.
This is Akinori Utsumi's (of NIGHTZONE/D1 fame) practice S13.
With a casual Nos setup.
Another car that was a bit out of the ordinary was this Onevia.
It was the first JZ swapped Silvia I had seen during my stay.
With 3 successful drift days at Mehian and a trip to both Bihoku and Suzuka, the D1SL competition on Sunday treated us with the perfect end to the trip.
But not before checking out some of 'GOING Automotive's' VIP styling on the way home.
Thats it with the photos from our Japan stay for now. I have thrown together a few quick clips from Adam and I's 2 weeks of adventures around the place which I'll make sure to post up next.