Everyone knows Daigo Saito — known for fast entry speeds, insane angle, and the only guy drifting a Lamborghini Murcielago professionally (there's also his championships in D1 GP, Formula Drift, and Formula D Asia). If you've ever wondered what the perfect "man cave" looks like, you need only to travel east of Tokyo to Saitama and into Saito's garage, also known as Fat Five Racing. When we visited, his Lambo wasn't quite complete, but as you can imagine it was still drifter heaven.
In his office he has on display every single trophy he's won; it's also the place where his legendary Toyota JZX100 Chaser is housed. Our visit was only a few days before Formula D Japan's round at Fuji Speedway and Daigo's team was putting the final touches on his Lexus SC430 drift car; coincidentally pro U.S. drifter Matt Field was also hanging out, prepping a Chaser he borrowed from Daigo for FD Japan. Outside of the garage we found more drift cars, spare parts, and cargo containers probably holding, well, more spare parts and drift cars! Strangely enough, right outside of Daigo's garage is also cemetery (creepy!)
From a guy who started off watching late night drifting, Daigo has become a sensation in the drift scene — some say the world's greatest contemporary drifter - whether it's in his Nissan GT-R in Formula D or Murcielago in D1 Grand Prix. We feel fortunate to have had the chance to check out his headquarters.