What Happened To Racing Teams?
I ran into a Japanese restaurant owner the other day, a mutual friend, she began to tell me about her cars back in Japan she used to have and told me about her drift team.
"Just street drifters" she said, nothing serious.
She showed me some photos of her old team, a group of girls that would go out together when their boyfriends/husbands would go out for drinks after work or dinner. They would take their spare time to the streets of outer Tokyo and Osaka. She continued to show me older photos of her team, their cars and their team stickers, she showed me her tier sticker as she was the leader of the team. They used to dabble in street racing but they mostly raced eachother for fun and did "style runs" along mountain passes.
She then told me about the different teams and how the best drivers of each area would have their team sticker on certain signs in areas and how new members would have "baby stickers" and would work their way up in the team and prove their driving skill.
This got me thinking, we hear about all of these amazing stories of all these older teams and generations proving themselves in the car community and really creating something cool. What happened there? When did we go from fun teams driving together having fun racing others to creating cars for instagram and for show?
Laws may have cracked down a little since then but that didn't stop people back then.
This 30 minute conversation with the cafe owner inspired me to start the Dasai racing team and the five stages that will come with it for initial members. A real team of drivers that actually want a tighter community with their cars, not going to a carpark meet and talking to random people and walking around but actually making friends online and in person and driving together as a collective.
The Dasai Racing Team isnt for everyone and the first baby member sticker will be available for everyone but as the team grows and more members join, you may see a car on the road with the stage 4 sticker and you will know they are a driver that loves their craft and there is a friend already.
DASAI RACING TEAM
Will consist of a few members that are people who really enjoy the spirit of driving. I will be attempting each stage aswell to show my part in the team. As the team settles in and baby and senior members are established more challenges will be released and more spots will open up to create a tight community and team!