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This is a pretty cool video of the BMW 1M burning some rubber.  I wonder how much of it is real and what those walls are made of?

I think the video was filmed at the Mojave Airport.  I did some drifting for a video shoot quite a few years back. Here’s a small snippet of that video shoot with me and Ken-chan doing some donuts at sunset.

Another interesting fact about this airport (actually called Mojave Air and Space Port) is that it houses Space-X’s SpaceShipOne and also contains an airplane boneyard where lots of movies are filmed.

Alexi from posted some old pictures of Hachiroku Day 2010.

Look at this amazing piece of art! I never thought that chrome/polished Watanabes would look good, but Japan has again taught me that I have no sense of style at all.

I’ve been looking at this picture all day. It makes me want to buy an AE86.

Marc showed me this old video made by Andy Sapp. It’s his event coverage of the RS-R Drift Festival held at Joliet, IL. Orido was there and Alex Pfeiffer was lucky enough to do demo with him all day!

I finished in 2nd place, but to this day I’m still not really sure how that happened or if I really deserved it. It was the first time really driving Yellow Thing, the 3rd gear synchro died and would never get into gear straight out of 2nd, and 3rd gear seemed to pop out into neutral whenever it felt like it. I beat out Hiro and Taka who were driving crazy hard like they were possessed, whereas I would just put around the track. I lucked out because people kept making mistakes around me. I was driving super consistent (as much as the problematic car would allow) but just not all that great.

Here’s a picture of Yellow Thing in all it’s glory on the cover of Turbo Magazine:

This was also a significant day for me, because not only did I get to meet a lot of cool Chicago who I’m still friends with today, but also because I used the winnings as my first step towards saving for an engagement ring for Nadine. It was also the event I was very torn about attending, because Nadine’s grandfather was gravely ill when I left Los Angeles. I took the very first flight home the next morning, but he passed away while I was in the air.

RS*R Drift Festival. (2004) from Andy Sapp on Vimeo.

Last month, Ken had the crazy honor of drifting Orido’s Supra… I can’t even imagine the feeling!

Good luck this weekend Dai!