With another season of Formula D almost upon us, what better way to kick off a new year of drift than to discuss the subject with a fine female? But who, might you ask? What girl could hold a decent conversation about the best tandem battle of '09, judging criteria, their favorite drifter, let alone cars in general? Well, how about last year's Miss Formula D, Miki Taka.
Genuinely JDM as Gundam, pixilated pr0n or a S15 Silvia, this Nagoya, Japan born bundle of kawaii can talk drift like one of the boys. And why wouldn't she? She played host to seven rounds of FD across the nation and she's more bi than a fixie. That's right, not only is Miki into cars like the rest of the boys, she digs girls. Us? We're just diggin' her.
The last time you were in 2NR, we had you as a guest in Formula D Diaries where you talked about all the lessons learned from each round-which had the most impact?
The greatest lesson I would take from the entire season was to just have fun, be myself, and make the most of every moment and opportunity.
Any embarrassing moments you'd like to share?
Right before the awards ceremony for Round 2 in Atlanta, I was caught off-guard and rushed to the stage where I totally wiped out in front of a huge crowd! I got up afterwards and bowed. [laughs]
The bow was a nice touch. [laughter] What was your favorite round of FD?
That's a hard one. There were aspects of every show that I really enjoyed. If I have to choose only one it would be Vegas . . . but what happens there stays there, right? [laughter] Seriously though, I enjoyed Vegas because it was where I really had a chance to hang out with the FD staff and drivers. I had been acquainted with most of them before, but it was there where I really got to know them. And being a Blackjack fan, the tournament was fun.
Speed, line, angle and overall impression are the judging criteria for drift. Which do you think is the most important?
I'd have to say that overall impression would be my choice as the most important. Sometimes it's the 'ooh' impression left on the judges that can differentiate a good run from an awesome one.
If there was one, which two drivers would win the 'Miss FD Best Battle of 2009' award?
There were a lot of great ones but my favorite was between Ryan Tuerck and Katsuhiro Ueo in Las Vegas. They literally went toe-to-toe when Tuerck's rear tire hit Ueo's front tire, causing Tuerck to go airborne creating the infamous 'bunny hop'. You can see the video on my website or on Formula D's YouTube channel.
Who would win the 'Miss FD Crash of 2009' award?
Hmm . . . I don't know that anyone would want to win for crashing, so I'll go with Vaughn Gittin, Jr. for getting close as hell without crashing. I remember at Evergreen Speedway for Round 5, Vaughn just barely grazed his rear bumper against the wall of the track. For him to have touched the wall so lightly with the back of his car, without completely jacking it up, really impressed me!
Your favorite competition car?
My fave body style is the Nissan 350Z. Tyler McQuarrie, Robbie Nishida and Chris Forsberg all compete in one and Chris' 350Z helped him win the 2009 champion, so I'd have to go with the Z33.
Did you partake in any ride-alongs?
Absolutely! There was no way I could let this season go by and pass up a ride-along.
Who was it with?
My first ride-along was with Ross Petty at Las Vegas. What made it especially cool was Ross had just installed the underbody lights on his car and the ride-along was at night. The second was at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA, with Justin Pawlak. The film crew got footage of that one, which was funny, because you could see how surprised I was when we took off! Drifting around the track is like a rollercoaster ride-a total adrenaline rush!
Little known fact: you own a G35 coupe. Are we going to be seeing you drift your Infiniti any time soon?
You know, I had considered hooking up my car and trying my luck with drifting but it's unlikely that I'll actually end up doing it. I'm involved with so many projects I wouldn't even know when to start!
If you ever do, holla! Our edit team of three would gladly help. If you could pick any car to build, what would it be?
If I were to build my own drift car, I'd definitely go with the G35 coupe. It's a rear-wheel-drive car that already packs a punch! We'd have to pump up the horsepower but I'd probably keep the stock Brembos. Suspension is a must and I'd throw on a tight-ass exhaust.
As all exhausts should be. Now that the season is over, so is the need for politics. Let's get down and dirty. In your opinion, who's the best drifter?
All season, I made it a point not to pick favorites. Now that the season is over, I still wouldn't know who I'd pick. Based on stats alone, I'm torn between Chris Forsberg, who won the 2009 season, and Ryan Tuerck, who took Second.
Who should pack up their bald-ass tires and go home?
There are no drivers who stand out as being particularly bad, so again, I can't pick a worst one. When it comes down to it, I'm usually a fan of the underdog. I came to learn with this sport, like many others, every now and again the underdog can surprise us. Like Round 6 in Sonoma, CA, when Stephan Verdier took First on the podium for his very first time. He was so excited and I was very happy for him!
So Stephan Verdier's your pick for worst drifter. I'll make sure to let him know that. [laughter] Kidding. For a Frenchie, he's cool. Who would win the ESL award?
So delicately put! You know, there were a few times that I could've used a translator when interviewing some of the Japanese drivers, so I'd say that it wouldn't hurt for them to learn some English. On the reverse, it would be good for me to be fluent in Japanese, as well.
Hai! If you had to place a bet on the 2010 season, who would you put your money on?
Ryan Tuerck, because I just love those baby blues!
Little known fact: You swing both ways, which is totally 'Rawr!'. As someone who can appreciate the female form, who has the hottest umbrella girls.
Oh damn, that's a tough one! It would be a tie between Falken and Hankook. They are all very attractive, sweet girls.
For a Ménage-à-twizzle between an import model and drifter sandwich, who would the buns be?
In this line of work, I certainly get my share of eye candy. I can name a few hotties . . . but for now, my lips are sealed!
Boo! Between a chick's boobs and a dude's-how do I say-'package', in which application does size matter most?
Well, you know what they say, 'It's not the size that counts. It's how you work with what you have.' I couldn't agree more. I think that proportion is important, so that's what I look for more than size.
So two inches is cool if the dude's a hobbit?
[laughs] If it looks right!
I shudder at the mental image. Decent sex once a week or an amazing romp once a year?
Give me an amazing romp! Even if it's once a year, I'll be much happier than an abundance of boring sex. To be honest, if sex were boring, it's unlikely I'd be doing it all the time. I much prefer quality over quantity.
Motorboating: for or against?
[laughs] Hmmm . . . motorboating is a no. I think I'd be extremely turned off if someone put their face in my breast and did that! I can just imagine how a girl would feel if I 'motorboated' her. However, I do enjoy boobs. I hope I answered that question in the right context!
'I do enjoy boobs'? You did. Perfectly. Other than the last series of questions, your WTF moment of the year?
My life is one giant WTF moment! [laughs]
Like this entire interview. [laughter] Another little known fact is that you actually wrench on your car . . .
Indeed! I'm all about learning new things, saving a few bucks and getting my hands dirty, so when it came to fixing my car it was only natural. I'm also a very inquisitive person, so everything I learned came from asking questions and researching online. Now, I can do tune ups, oil changes, and I also do my own brake work. For the more serious work, I've been lucky not to have needed anything so far.
I'm blowing my wad here, but the last little known fact I have is that you used to sell auto insurance in your former life. Any tips you'd like to impart?
Someone did their homework! [laughs]
Some would call it e-stalking, but whatever.
[laughs] I did indeed sell insurance in the great state of New York. My first tip would be to keep your driving record as clean as possible. Second, when shopping for auto insurance, be careful not to base it solely on price. Minimum coverage really isn't the way to go. Make sure to go with a reputable company and get coverage limits that will really protect you in a worst-case scenario. After all, that's what insurance is for. We all hope to never use it, but it sucks to be without the proper coverage when we actually need it.
That was mighty Geico of you. How about for the next Miss Formula D? Any tips you'd like to impart?
I'm very excited for her, whoever she may be. My advice would be that she take the time to know the sport and the drivers. It's also really important to engage the fans of Formula D. Be involved. It will make being Miss Formula D that much more meaningful.
So now that your FD reign has met its end, what are you plans?
Although I'll miss FD, I'm at my prime and there's nowhere to go but up. I fully intend to continue traveling, while working with Prestigious Models. I'm excited about all the opportunities that came from this year and am going to continue working in front of the camera and tearing it up behind the DJ booth. Keep your eyes peeled!