NAKAMURA IS COMING
Japanese legend Naoki Nakamura is coming to NZ, and drifters must be pinching themselves at news the man many believe to be the world’s best drifter is flying over, as it can only mean good things for the local scene.
He’s here for the Pink Style GP event which will take place at Meremere Dragway and Hampton Downs Club Circuit on June 24 and 25,hosted by the team at D-Club & C’s Garage.i
Attendees at the two-day festival will see Naka drive a freshly built S13 that the boys at C’s Garage are piecing together specially for the Japanese driver. “It will have his signature Stance coilovers, his Origin Labo kit, and the 265 wide Zestinos that he normally drives on, it’s essentially built like his personal cars but in C’s Garage colours,” says Joel from C’s. “That’s essentially his car for the weekend, but the idea is he’ll also jump in plenty of local cars, which he’s super excited about.”
Joining Nakamura will be Miki Takagi, who is arguably the best female talent in the sport. Day one will see a driving school at Meremere, limited to only 20 drivers and no spectators. Numbers have been kept low so each driver will have the chance for some one-on-one with the pair, in their own car, while the theory side of the day is geared at learning about driving and and car set-up. Joel has attended such a class with Naka overseas, and found the info invaluable.
Day two will move to the Hampton Downs Club Circuit, where NZ’s best will drive door-todoor with the Japanese guests. This will be open to the public and promises to deliver a spectacle, with an all-day jam format to maximize driving time with the legend himself. Entry spots are limited, so jump onto DclubGP.com to secure yours, and if you want to spectate, Sunday passes can also be purchased from the website, as no door sales will be offered on the day. This has been two years in the making, and is unlikely to happen again anytime soon.