Hibino’s Formula Drift Japan GT-R

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My next spotlight from the recent R’s Meeting takes us from a built-up drag R33 to anothersan-san, this one transformed into a drift machine.

This is Tetsuya Hibino’s Formula Drift Japan machine, which I can safely say looked like nothing else in the Fuji Speedway paddock on the day.


Built by Rush Motor Sports in Gifu Prefecture, it’s the first pro-spec drift car I’ve ever seen based on a BCNR33 chassis. The exterior mixes a stock look with factory front and rear bumpers and massively widened front fenders to accommodate a huge amount of steering angle.


The R33 sits on Mikado Hayabusa wheels, which look very different to any design we’ve ever seen come out of Japan in the past.

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Through My Lens: Drifting In Canada By Larry Chen

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Last year I took the trip over the Montreal for Formula Drift Canada not really expecting anything out of the ordinary. After all, I’ve shot drifting all over the world, so what could be so special about one event at a tiny track?

I was blown away. Autodrome St-Eustache is an amazing track and the Canadian drifters have so much style and love for the sport. But that’s not what surprised me the most.


The fans are what really blew me away. It could be because the event itself is not terribly far from the city of Montreal, but let me tell you, these guys and girls were rowdy. I swear, the line to get in was at least half a kilometer long. The parking? Forget about it. It spilled out onto the streets of the tiny city and when the event was over it created an epic traffic jam that took almost two hours to clear. Outside the venue the fans would camp for the entire weekend, which of course reminded me of the Gatebil crowd.


I wanted to share with you guys a collection of my favorite images from the event that I think portray it visually. Here are 60 photos, in no particular order, through my lens.

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Three Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started WORDS Charles Ng IMAGES Larry Chen

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I love driving. Yes, I love it to an extent that I had enough courage to give up my stable desk job at 25 and turned this passion of mine into a lifelong career.

Six years have gone by since then, and looking back, it has been a roller coaster ride. I went from small local drift events at Adams Kart Track in Los Angeles to the FIA World Touring Car Championship, one of the biggest racing series on the planet. Of course, there were times I wish I could have done things differently but hindsight is always 20/20, and lessons learnt are lessons for life. In motorsports, experience makes up a large part of success; driving skills alone won’t make the cut. Knowledge in handling situations is far more important. For those of you who are thinking about getting into the business of racing, here are three things I’ve learnt, that I wish someone had told me back when I started…


You Can’t Always Win

You might picture yourself standing on the top of the podium, holding a trophy and showing off your gleaming white smile. But the reality is, most of the time you will just be sitting in the car with your head in your hands regretting a mistake you made. Being a professional race or drift driver, you simply have to learn to deal with losing. You have to accept the fact that there is only one winner in every race and that means most of us will be a loser at some point in our career. There were times I was too disappointed and frustrated from the race results, and refrained from seeing anyone including some potential sponsors, that in turn cost me some great opportunities. All I can say is that never dwell on your negative feelings as that will only stop you from going forward. No pain no gain. There is always next time!


Being Unprepared Can Really Hurt

Yes, you are young and hungry. You believe you’ve got all it takes to impress the world and you are so eager to make a name. So you take whatever opportunity that comes your way. You might feel like it’s the opportunity of your lifetime and it is too good to let go. But I can say that from my experience, chances are you might not make it and end up ruining your name. In fact, if not done right, that could also harm your sponsors too. And what’s worse is that the next time around, it will take double the time to make people believe in you again. I have made some wrong decisions by going into races with the thought of hoping to win something and ending up losing even more. So in the first place, never jump into any race without knowing the ability of your equipment/car and the competition. Get 100 per cent prepared before entering a competition; test the car until you are 100 per cent comfy in it and get sufficient support from a team that you have been working with for a while. That might take some time and lots of work, but believe me, in the end you will find your patience and dedication all worth it.


Think You’ve Got What It Takes? Don’t Wait!

My final piece of advice to any aspiring driver: get into the business early – don’t wait if you think you have got talent. Give it a shot while you are still young. Right now you still have the luxury of giving up part of your life for your passion with no great consequences. Things change as you grow older so go for it while you want it so bad. I waited till I was 25 to enter my first drifting competition. Thereafter, I have been spending a lot of time playing catch up to all the other guys. It has been an exhausting and frustrating journey and I was on the verge of giving up several times. But I am very lucky that I have some great support that keeps pushing me forward.

Simply put, preparation is everything! If you think you are all ready, just go for it. Good luck!

Charles Ng
Instagram: charlesngracing

Photos by Larry Chen
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Formula DRIFT Cancels China World Championship Round

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.

The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.

Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.