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April 2012

Greetings from Japan

おはよう Monsters!  Let me introduce myself: My name is Sean and I admin the Narita Dog Fight blog; a site dedicated to Japanese Motor Sport.  Alex has been nice enough to let me guest blog here on WMD and I look forward to having another outlet to share my media.  Yesterday I attended the second round of the Super Taikyu series at Twin Ring Motegi.  For those not familiar with the series, which I would guess not many are, Super Taikyu is an endurance road race series here in Japan where the competitors are split into 5 classes.  These classes are based on chassis and power output.  The concept is basic as the race is 4 hours long and the teams that complete the most amount of laps wins (in their respective class).  The amount of differences of the cars on track make for great racing, as their is sure to always be overtaking.  It’s a series that’s not wildly popular here like Super GT, but it is good racing in it’s own right.  I’ve enjoyed it for awhile and would like to help expose it to others.  I also got to experience a “pit walk” for this series as well, and I use the term “pit” loosely.  It ended up just being a testosterone fueled battle to photograph the umbrella girls – who were standing in front of the garages mind you.  Hence the photo above.  I ensure you there will be cars to come, many in fact, however, I believe I have your attention now :)  Stay tuned to WMD for more coverage of Super Taikyu and thanks for reading.

Volkswagen Golf on BBS

Spotted this Golf MK II on the way out of Houston this past weekend. No specs other than it was on BBS wheels. Clean! One more shot after the jump.

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Event: Formula Drift Round 1 Streets of Long Beach

Justin Pawlak Falken Tire Ford Mustang HRE Wheels

The Formula Drift season finally got on it’s way this past weekend in Long Beach and was one of the most exciting ones yet. With the largest car/driver pool in FD history and a sold out crowd at hand to witness the carnage, the drivers were ready to tare it up.

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Event: Justin Pawlak Repeat, Wins Formula Drift Round One in Long Beach

Justin Pawlak has a repeat of last year’s season opener and takes the number one spot at this years round 1 of Formula Drift! Pics of second and third place winners after the jump.

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Hansen’s Honda S2000

Don’t have too much info on Hansen’s S2K other than the Work VSKF wheel specs… 18×9 -4 in the front and 18×10 -5 for the rears. Camber: -5.6 in the front and -8.7 in the rear. Thanks for letting us take a quick snap Hansen!

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Industry News: Stephen Verdier Teams Up With Rhys Millen For 2012 Global RallyCross Season

STEPHAN VERDIER / NEW ANIMATED SERIES “MOTORCITY” ON DISNEY XD PARTNER WITH RHYS MILLEN RACING FOR 2012 GRC SEASON
Rhys Millen Racing proudly announces Stephan Verdier and Disney XD’s upcoming animated series “Motorcity” in the No. 12 car for the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship season. Stephan brings a great amount of experience and personality to the program.  More on Rhys’ website!  More pics after jump!

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Quick Snap: Elmer’s 1990 Nissan 240SX

Ran into Elmer and his dope 240 while shooting Nate’s S13 and had to take a quick snap.  Don’t have much info on it other than it’s a 1990, has a CA18DET motor swap, and Megan Street coilovers.

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