Talk about time travel. What were you doing in 1989? In Japan, car enthusiasts were lining up at Hakone Nanamagari Touge like it was a playground slide. A notoriously twisty section of mountain road, it is part of the most famous of Japan’s touge, the birthplaces of drifting. And man, it’s a scene!
Our quasi-pompadour’ed driver takes us up the pass while booming reggae from the Alpine, waving to girls in the gallery, and waiting. So much waiting.
That’s because the road is so packed with S13 Silvias, FC RX-7s, and box-type Lancers that he barely gets a few slides in before traffic comes to a halt again. Far and away, however, the most popular car on the hill is the Hachiroku (and its relatives like the E70 Corolla and AW11 MR2).
Everything you’ve ever wondered about Japanese car culture is encapsulated in this shaky, mostly out-of-focus, 8-minute video. Why are Japanese cars small and light? Why don’t they make moar V8s? Why is the AE86 so beloved? How did drifting begin? How real is Initial D? If a picture is worth a thousand words, a videotape is worth a million.
Source: YouTube Henrique Pinheiro