Finalboss Matsuri: (definition; Boss as Fuck Drift Weekender)
Matsuri : (definition; Festival)
Participants: Pro drivers. Grassroots. Noname Heros. Invite only.
Location : Driftland, Scotland.
What’s more to say? Unless your here for a full read of our version of this epic annual matsuri? Oh you are?Sound. Read on… read on.
Much like last year, we were not really ahead of the game for this years Finalboss…..but then again, we never are ready for anything.
It didn’t feel long since the 2014 Matsuri passed…
We found ourselves with only but a few months away, and nil cars ready. Come to think of it. None of them were even about for winter this year.
We knew the level of Finalboss 2, naturally; was going to go up a notch. So Pete bolted ahead and resolved his engine issues he kept having last year by doing a 1JZ conversion in his matchbox garage. Shortly after he got the tezza painted by a local paint dude Greg, in our team purply/pinky/glittery whatever colour. However time was against us and pressure was on….
Only a week prior, we had one car done. Pete had learned how to paint overnight and got D’s car and Mint’s re-painted in a weekend. Jites car was drift ready at this point, minus a PAS ECU, we have exhausted ourselves and were unable to paint the RX8 In time.
After last year, Mint got to work on the livery and took it to Pete and got a solid idea of what we wanted. However we were so busy with the cars, we handed the project over to Ash, a.k.a Heros in New Zealand to, make boss work, so we could print it ourselves and get a move on.
Needless to say we did it in time. It really couldn’t have happened it if wasn’t for a serious team effort; where members managed to learn how to paint, vinyl wrap, weld, build jz’s and everything else within a clock rotation; not for money, but for passion. The tasks achieved in the short time frame were amazing and the results; we feel, are worth it.
There’s a difference between a matsuri, and a Finalboss matsuri. Mint himself has drifted in a few Japanese matsuris, and it’s different there. Those were ‘pure drift’ matsuris. Style, was not the ‘point’ there at Ebisu.
A Finalboss Matsuri is that. But more. It has more of a ‘visual appeal’ to drifting, where the driving and car presentation give it a totally different feel to what you may see at a typical drift event
With drifting, in our opinion, the missing ingredient is making it look; exciting. As sad as that is to say. It’s true. In Japan, every car is amazing in its own unusual way. Cup holders, LEDs, chrome tat, curtains, talking female head units, mental sat navs, window visors, parking poles.
Slammed cars, boss wheel fitment, they have a true passion with their modifications. We call it, “their manga”. Every Japanese person has a manga, that is why their shit’s always the best.
Almost sounds like a weird religion, right? However; It’s a mindset… and its a mindset that’s been taken from a generation of us, from all over the planet, in a scarily similar time frame. Finalboss. Finalbout. They are essentially a meeting of minds.
Drifting boss looking cars, is our manga.
To succeed at hyperstyle Finalboss. Drift and Style must be in perfect harmony. Every player of this years game, were fully worthy.
From all over the UK, like-minded folk have gathered. The likes of Team Tekno, drove all the way from Ireland or Japan…. We cant seem to remember…
Our team member Jites, destroyed two gearboxes in his RX8 in two days, spending Saturday evening and Sunday morning sprawled under his car in two inches of water replacing shit just so he can get out on track.
Mint, unfortunately, had misfire issues throughout the whole weekend, with pretty limited track time. So he made it count.
It almost seems like the tables have turned compared to last year, where Pete and Mr D were having issues with their cars. But this year, they sure made up for it..
Thank you to the English. The Irish. The Russians and everyone in between; for coming to Scotland. Your cars; all looked sick.
The drive home was a bit of an anti-climax, one car down, we were already thinking of ways we can make next year better.
See you at round 3 – without Gary B, this wouldn’t have happened in the UK. HyperStyleGuruMaster