In an attack surprising even to those who saw it coming, two of the spo-com tuning world’s most well-known racing organizations stormed the east coast in a first-ever joint offensive, their sights set on Englishtown, NJ, with the Old Bridge Township Raceway cemented firmly in the crosshairs. During a three-day weekend event that will live on as the first of its kind, spo-com enthusiasts were treated to two shows for the price of one, and exposed to more drift, drag, and show experience than many knew what to do with. May 4-6, Japan’s D1GP charged the asphalt of the American east coast for the first time, coincidentally joining forces with the NHRA for an event the first of its kind, and hopefully not the last.
In a ground assault the likes of which the East Coast has never seen, the finest drifters in America and from abroad launched their attack on the first available section of pavement they laid their eyes on in Old Bridge Township, forever scarring it’s well-known raceway’s main parking area in the process. Friday’s “driver search” and practice runs saw many wrecks between slide rides and padded-but-deadly walls, eliminating some of the weekend’s hopefuls before the start of any real competition. Saturday started off with a field of 16 that slowly narrowed to eight, then four, and finally to two where Nobushige Kumakubo, from behind the wheel of his STI, would meet Yoshioka Toshiki in his AE86 Corolla, eventually besting him after some too-close-to-call rounds.
Mid-day Saturday, as the drifters occupied the bulk of the crowd’s attention with eliminations and finals, the draggers of the NHRA barricaded themselves in the pits, and dug trenches in the burnout boxes, preparing for an all-out assault of the 1320 that was to come the next morning. Initial NHRA “practice” and qualifying attacks were launched Sunday morning, with the organization declaring full-scale war by mid-day. Eliminations were held among countless soldiers in 8 classes, not counting brackets, until only two remained in each, and battled for the titles. By day’s end, Personett, Ladwig, Rau, Eggum, Prayoonto, Nguyen, Dichiara, and Reynolds survived to claim their Loot.
Post-war Englishtown saw the D1GP and NHRA exchange some “high-fives”, and drift/drag off into the sunset, parting ways for the time being. NHRA will venture westward, showing Kansas and the midwest some love before returning to the East Coast in June, while the D1GP will bounce around between the west coast and Japan for the remainder of the season. As is always the case, be sure to check back with Modified.com for the latest event coverage, and pick up a copy of Modified for the full details and juicy snaps.