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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 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.

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