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I'm Victor Muller, a Brazilian videomaker. 3 months ago I was invited by Jonathan Neves, a professional driver sponsored by Achilles from the team Drift SC, to shoot a video during his participation in two rounds of the event King of Asia. The first round was in the legendary Ebisu Circuit and the second round was in Nikko Circuit. Between the rounds we had a free week. I have alot of friends in Japan, so I've been invited to go for some touge drifting.
My Friend Juka picked me up at the hotel around midnight with his Skyline R32, powered by a RB25 450PS engine.
One hour trip to arrive in the Neri mountain.
We stopped by the kombini to get some snacks for the night.
After Juka picked me up, we had a long conversation about the difference between Brasil and Japan, about the car culture and why Japan's scene is so big and great. As closer as you get to the mountain, the atmosphere starts to change. You can feel the energy coming from the mountain. We stopped by the kombini to get some snacks, and of course, melon soda, one of the best things in Japan.
A drift car being a drift car.
More cars and drift guys arrives, the night is just starting.
When the first car starts drifting, the atmosphere completely changes. There is no more space for jokes, it's a high speed touge, all in 3rd gear. This day we couldn't barely see more than 3 cars ahead because of the fog and we were with only one headlight working. When you realize the chance of death is real, you understand what is like to street drift in a Japanese Touge. You need some real courage to put the car sideways in a speed bigger than 100km/h in that kind of weather condition.
Turn up the sound and enjoy the ride with Juka, that drifts in this touge for more than 14 years and hear the RB25 banging the limiter.
Juka let me drive his Skyline r32, my first experience ever in a right hand drive car, and it was in a touge, a bit scary but I was able to handle it. In fact I crashed the wheel at the first attempt in the first corner but nothing serious, I just kept trying to do my best.
My first try drifting in a touge, legs were shaking.
This is what drift in a Japanese mountain look from inside of the car. Mixed feelings, you’re excited, but you scared. Such a good time to be alive.
Unfortunately a broke differential put us out of the game, after a lot of runs the differential couldn’t handle 18’s with 285 tyres. No problem at all, I got some rides with others guys and had one of the best days of my life.
Juka, Sergio and Me.
After a long night of drifting, It was time to go home, because the sun was already rising on the land of the rising sun. My final thoughts after experience some real Japanese touge drifting, It’s that no one is on the touge looking for a reason, people go to the touge to feel alive, to be free, to break limits.