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Drift DressUp 2017

Drifters attack Twin Circuit Suzuka

May 23, 2017
Photographer: David Ishikawa

No one hosts better soukoukais, or track days, than the guys in Japan. Even the most basic of drift events will make any JDM fanatic go crazy. Take for example the annual Drift DressUp held at Suzuka Twin Circuit. The fourth annual soukoukai is put on by Takashi Mine from drift team "The BReaST" (don't ask us, we don't know) and can be classified as one of those unforgettable grassroots drifting events hardcore fans can only dream about. Additionally, they had a car show section called "On Fleek," which rounded out a few cars we spotted at Wekfest Japan. There were almost no restrictions to the type of cars allowed on track, except for the one stipulation that said the cars had to be "good looking." We just chock that up to mean no ugly "missile" cars.

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On the track you'll find everything from Shakotan style, Itsasha style, pro cars, and everything in between. Yosuke Kotake caught our attention with something we've never seen before - an itasha style four-door Skyline with an S13 front and rear conversion. At the end of the day there was a final team battle that consisted of a huge eight-car team MCR vs. the six-car team of The BreaSt. Although they call it a battle, it's still friendly competition and nothing but good vibes.

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Takashi Mine and Taiki Nishiuchi's whips

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This baby blue S15 was out representing Presto Aura.

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Many of the teams that went to the Final Bout Special Stage also participated at Drift Dressup. We love team Ketsuketsu Dohmei's style!

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Hands down one of the coolest cars we've seen is this Rocket Bunny-style Nissan Skyline R34 four-door built by Kazuyuki Kubo.

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It's rare to see a Nissan Fairlady Z32 drift, but Masatoshi Amisaki does it with style.

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You should recognize Tomiko's 1035 Speed R32 sedan

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50 shades of gray with Yasuhiro Arai and Naofumi Yamamoto

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One of our all time favorite drift teams, Team Freee's!

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Tsuyoshi Iwasaki and Taiki Nishiuchi throwing it down.

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Keiya Sawamura from Team Realize rolled through with his Nissan S15.

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You've seen Hiroto Hostani's crazy purple 180SX at Tokyo Auto Salon. This time he switched things up and brought out his S13 coupe for the event.

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