One of many absolute best causes to move alongside to any automotive occasion, is to benefit from the vibe with buddies and fellow fans.
The SLY (Sports activities Land Yamanashi) Summit is the bodily embodiment of this sort of ambiance. It’s a grassroots drift occasion with an emphasis on having enjoyable, with aptitude and elegance.
After having such a good time on the 2019 SLY Summit, I used to be deeply trying ahead to the 2020 occasion, nonetheless that was fully sidelined by the Covid pandemic. The 2021 occasion suffered the identical destiny.
So when Ryohei Takahashi from the Lowbrain drift crew informed me that the SLY Summit was all go for this yr, and prolonged an invite for me to return hang around, I made positive to lock within the date.
When you haven’t been to Yamanashi Prefecture in the midst of winter, know that the temperatures right here may be considerably decrease than a number of the surrounding prefectures, and this specific morning was no exception. Not that the below-freezing temps deterred anybody from turning out and having enjoyable. It was simply nice to be again.
I had no sport plan, because the final time I frolicked with most people current was on the final SLY Summit three years in the past. So I spent most of my day catching up with outdated buddies and making some new ones.
It was eye-opening to see how a lot some individuals’s driving had improved for the reason that final time I noticed them. Sports activities Land Yamanashi could be a actually intimidating observe to drive, as there are steep elevation adjustments and nearly no run-off areas in case you get it a bit fallacious. However buddies who have been a little timid prior to now gave the impression to be absolutely sending it.
A small crew from Video Possibility (aka Possibility Journal’s YouTube channel) have been interviewing a number of of the drivers, establishing cameras inside their vehicles and customarily documenting the day.
Though principally in Japanese, the video above is an effective look ahead to these desirous to not solely see, however hear what the SLY Summit is all about.
With that, I’ll maintain it very quick and candy and let the images I captured do the remainder of the speaking. I’d say similar time subsequent yr, however the final time I did that…