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NRG Innovations Drift Matsuri 2015 Photo Gallery

Inaugural grassroots event takes over Grange Motor Circuit and caps off with Big + Crazy Entry Competition

May 20, 2015

NRG Innovation's Drift Matsuri was our second time attending a drifting event at Grange Motor Circuit, a karting facility in Apple Valley, Calif., in roughly the last few months and we're really beginning to dig the place. Sure, it has its quirks - namely having to take a rutted dirt road for a couple miles to get to it (Grange is literally in the middle of the desert) - but if you're into sliding around your FR as a pastime, the tight 16-turn layout has all kinds of payoffs. Plus, if you master that first turn, a sweeping, decreasing radius right-hander, you're pretty much king of the hill.

S13 Rogers front three quarter Photo 2/82   |   S13 Rogers Front Three Quarter

That was probably the inspiration for organizers as they planned a Big + Crazy Entry Competition to run during its first-ever Matsuri (or "festival" for our non-JDM hip readers). The comp, won by ace fabricator and all-around good dude Bryan Rogers in his VH45 V-8 S13, came after a day of open drifting and practice for the 24 registered drivers, among them Formula D pro Jeff Jones, who was in his yellow FC RX-7 beater for the day.

2015 Drift Buffet - Photo Gallery

3 Series dirt drop Photo 6/82   |   3 Series Dirt Drop

While Jones repped the more established end of the drifting spectrum, the vast majority of cars and drivers were of the grassroots variety. Plenty of Nissan S chassis (some straight up missile cars) and Mazda FC were on hand, but so too were less common models - a Cressida, two MX-5, a bone-stock FR-S, a first-gen. Lexus LS, Scott Mitchell's 3-Series, and finally a couple of Tacoma pickups.

All had a good time. Peruse the gallery for some highlights from the inaugural Drift Matsuri and Big + Crazy Entry Competition hosted by NRG Innovations.

RX7 rear action Photo 10/82   |   RX7 Rear Action
Lineup for insane entry Photo 35/82   |   Lineup For Insane Entry
Tacoma Photo 57/82   |   Tacoma
FC Jones S13 Rogers action Photo 82/82   |   FC Jones S13 Rogers Action
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