On the 13th of this month following the second round of the BE-Circuit Time Attack at Tsukuba Circuit, I decided to stick around for the afternoon event, a driving meeting hosted by TK Club. What is interesting about the TK Club events is that they combine both grip and drift racing. The field was divided into three run groups with two for grip and one for drift. For this post I will be taking a look at the grip portion of the event.
Here are few shots from the grid area-
Championship White brothers, DC2 Integra Type R and an EK9 Civic Type R.
On busy, multi-event days like this one, the pit area at Tsukuba becomes a packed parking lot of circuit-going cars. On this day, the afternoon event participants staged outside of the track during the morning to provide a smooth transition between events.
As usual, several FD's were among the participants. It has been strange for me getting used to seeing so many FD RX7's both on the street and on the track. Of course the car continued to be sold here for about six years after Mazda stopped importing it to the United States.
What's cooler than seeing a Nissan Stagea ripping around the track? I don't know, but this was one of two at the track.
This JZX100 Mark II ran in both the grip and drift sessions.
Caged AE86 Trueno, +0 ET TE37's.
FD2 Civic Type R chasing an S15.
BNR34 with Maziora-type paint, Nismo Aero and LM GT4's. One of the fastest cars of the day.
While the R34's were quite impressive, I have been having somewhat of an infatuation with R33's recently. I think this car is part of the reason why-
I thought it was a GTR at first, but I have been it has been brought to my attention that it lacks the GTR flares. Upon closer inspection it does appear to be an ECR33 coupe. Coolest Rver? If not, it's right up there. I love the fender flares+ low ET TE37's with an even more aggressive concave face than normal GTR sizing. This car absolutely ripped around the course.
You are looking at R33 perfection.
If that wasn't enough, how about this bitchin' 33GTR?
All of that was just half of the event. Check out the rest of the photos here. Tomorrow I will cover some of the much-anticipated Tsukuba 2000 course drift action.