Madoka Matsusaka's Airborne Seishi SR during testing on unknown route.
Text taken from Madoka's blog, lifeisaburritodorifto.jp (note: this site doesn't really exist IRL )
First week (3/06 to 11/06)
Well, let's say it loud: I went to take part in this so-called suspicious, uh, „tournament” just to take care of another moron who has no skill yet he agreed to participate in touge downhill races with stupidly unsuitable car. This moron is called Gavin Anderson and writes up for Splendid Auto Monthly.
Also, to calm down SAM – Guys, Gavin went to this event only to practise his driving on closed course, don't worry!
I've dug up Airborne's warehouse then and found a nice Seishi from beginning of the production. After some bit of tweaking I sent the car to Gunma prefecture and went to London, where Gavin was waiting for me. Then we went to Japan.
Journey wasn't so complicated – typical flight across the world. When we landed in Japan, I've gone to vehicle departure to grab keys to my Seishi and I went with Gavin to Gunma (we landed in Tokyo) for 200 kilometer trip. I could perfectly feel the car, as well talk with him about events that are going to occur.
After going to Gunma and buying lifetime support of mangas, we actually went to the hotel near the lake on Mount Haruna in our two separate rooms and started reading rules and Initial D manga to feel again the essence of the touge.
Rest of the week wasn't anything special, so I'll skip to week 2.
Second week (11/06 to now)
In Monday's morning Gavin had a delivery from Great Britain. Just because it was 4 am and he was completely sleepy at the moment he basicly did worst appearance to a Japanese person I've seen. He wanted to test out the Berlose immediately, but since he crashed into the same sofa three times I took his keys, told him to wake up, take a shower, eventually take a coffee or two.
Meanwhile I've took the Berlose on the drive. According to the tuner who was messing up with it this car has 450 hp and has minimum weight required according to tournament rules. This thing is however still extremely heavy – it should weigh like 1500 kilograms. So, when I took it for a spin on Haruna's touge it was of course pretty fast, but in turns I felt like my internals are going to pop off my body via every possible hole. To be honest, I was scared driving this thing, because on downhill it always felt like it's going to crash. Later I've told Gavin one thing:
„Keep in mind that this Berlose is horribly heavy for downhill. I guess driving naked, without passenger seat, whole interior in general and losing unnecessary lights wouldn't even help here. It's not your average Zenshi, man. Keep that in mind, I'll say again.”
This is how you NOT do morning exercises, kids, on other hand.
Alright, back to topic; I've spent like six days now training Gavin how to actually tackle touge in this monster. He learnt something, however I'm worried about his ability to focus – he almost crashed us five times in the Berlose because instead of focusing on the actual road and the car – which is undeniably hard to control – he focused on me like he was in love, or something. I don't know what's up with this guy.
Anyway, another days passed by like Gavin training with Berlose, me reminding the Haruna route in Seishi SR and I've had pretty weird encounter. I've met a 90s compact, I guess it was one of Contendientes – it looked pretty generic anyway. Still, there was one strange thing. This car had some red five-spoke stars on it and it was whole shaking more than Fiat 126p because it's driver blasted Cheeki Breeki Hardbass Anthem, I guess, on speakers' system maximum bass.
Meanwhile, I've dug up automationd-off.forum.jp, which is international platform for this so-called „tournament”, and I've found some persons that I will probably face on Sunday, and I'm not so happy about meeting some of them. Example is a guy who titles himself as Mr. Chips – since he goes pretty mysterious way he can be everyone – from my mother to some Australian pervert who usually f**ks with kangaroos. Also, this weird kawaii anime girl seems pretty suspicious – seems like one of those pseudo-cosplaying copycats who has no idea for their own personal presence.
I guess the tough guys of the event will be Todd, who is former KHT employee and this rich mfk called Justinian, or somewhat like that. I bet 100$ with Gavin that he has more money than skill and mind.
Okay, that sums up I guess my journeys for now
Also, today (17/06) I did minor tweaks to failing ignition system of Erin Berlose and regulated suspension of my Seishi SR. Can't wait until tomorrow!