The meaning of soukoukai is "run meeting," which basically means "track meet." There are hundreds of these every year in Japan, but no soukoukai is making more news in the industry than DoriDore.
Last June, the second DoriDore soukoukai took place at Motorland Mikawa. It's not the easiest track to get to with its location in the mountains of Shinshiro City—about a three-hour drive from both Tokyo or Osaka. Most soukoukais are local gatherings where friends from a particular region get a chance to drive together; however, there are rare occasions where leaders in Japan's drift community organize special events that draw people from all over the country, DoriDore Soukoukia being one of them.
This particular event attracted drifters from as far north as Fukushima-Prefecture and as far south as Kagoshima-Prefecture—the farthest car being Tomiko's four-door R32 Skyline (featured September '15) who drove (not trailered) 13 hours, one way!
An unreal sight to see, the paddock area was completely flooded with people and cars giving little room for drivers to wrench in between heats. There was also an area dedicated to a small car show, giving something to check out for everyone.
In the end, though, it wasn't about the drifting action, car show, or cars that made this a huge success. It was the large diversity and reunion of some of the best grassroots drifters and car builders from different regions of Japan that made this event special.
Motorland Mikawa features a few different configurations that can be set up to run a high-speed straight or routed to a chicane for more technical drifting. DoriDore soukoukai utilized the entire track, giving all drivers the ability to have fun and slide—no matter what skill level they were at.
Hiroto Hosotani driving his TPP Racing S13 hard!
We've always been a fan of Shota Sasada's Team Review S14.
The Show-Stoppin' Freak-Out S14 driven by Yasuyuki Tsutsui.
One of the lead organizers of DoriDore soukoukai is Takashi Mine, who was featured June '14.
Hottest S14 Zenki today, Yoshito Wago!
This R34 Skyline built by Kazuyuki Kubo is fire!
Naoki Ishijima's infamous Mazda RX-8.