Super D lives up to the hype. The cleanly executed builds, the technical driving, the guest drivers and international exchange—the "JDM-ness" of it all—we get it, it's cool. We respect the purity it pursues and the standards it hopes to maintain. It's an undercurrent in the contemporary grassroots drifting landscape, this idea that just because you drive in a potentially rough and tumble motorsport doesn't mean your car has to look like a pile of junk (call them anti-missile car guys, if you will).
So when shooter Elliott Golden reached out to us to photograph Super D's recent Midwest Trial, of course we said yes. We were there with them at Thunderhill in Northern California and Meihan Sportsland in Japan in 2017, and at Grange in SoCal earlier this year, so might as well keep this party train rollin'. Golden turned in nothing short of an art gallery, capturing the essence of these beautiful machines, whether in full battle mode or completely at rest.
Nissan S chassis dominate the picture album—you'll for sure recognize those ornately liveried from Team Animal Style's Julian Jacobs and Jason Bostrom—but there were other platforms, too, tackling the course at USAIR Motorsports Raceway in Shawano, Wis. The Hoosier Classic Imports R34 Skyline was a looker, but so too were the R33 and an R32 sedan floating around. Others getting sideways included an FD3S from Team Proceed, @burstspeed Mike's Gleam 13B NA Miata, and one knockout JZX90 Toyota Chaser.
The Super D Cup matched drivers against one another in a random battle selection. YouTuber Adam LZ—in a rented turbo KA24 S13 240SX hatch—drove to ultimate victory, surviving to defeat Josh Deliz in the event finale. Animal Style's Bostrom rounded out the podium.