BM CUP 2019 at Nikko Circuit!

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yawnnnnnnnnn

I wasn’t sure if we were even going to make it to this event, as we were dead tired from the previous night in the mountains. That moment where you debate, means you likely should, so it’s best to have the will-power to get up! I try to tell myself this when attempting to go to the gym, but it never seems to work out, haha.

BM Cup returns to Nikko? Yeah, I’ll get up! It was going to be an awesome day of EXCITING DRIVING!

This blog will be a majority of pictures versus story; ENJOY!!

We grabbed a BOSS Coffee, piled in the 180, and started the quick 45 min trip! At the rate we were going, we missed qualifying, but we were one target to make perfect timing right as lunch was starting! Following lunch was the start of battles, so we were quite happy to see that!  Kei trucks are awesome for hauling anything! This dude has the right idea!

We grabbed a BOSS Coffee, piled in the 180, and started the quick 45 min trip! At the rate we were going, we missed qualifying, but we were one target to make perfect timing right as lunch was starting! Following lunch was the start of battles, so we were quite happy to see that!

Kei trucks are awesome for hauling anything! This dude has the right idea!

The view are just amazing!

The view are just amazing!

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The Cherry Blossoms were still in Bloom here too!

The Cherry Blossoms were still in Bloom here too!

You know were close when you start seeing JZX100’s everywhere you look. AVS Model 6’s look so good!

You know were close when you start seeing JZX100’s everywhere you look. AVS Model 6’s look so good!

No words.

No words.

GTC’s, Ganadors…nice!

GTC’s, Ganadors…nice!

Wherever you look, you see landscapes that make you feel like you’re in a wild fairy tale. Absolutely unreal to see in person.

Wherever you look, you see landscapes that make you feel like you’re in a wild fairy tale. Absolutely unreal to see in person.

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The lots were FULL! The fullest I’ve ever seen them. Apparently there were 130 entrants getting narrowed down to 16 drivers!

The lots were FULL! The fullest I’ve ever seen them. Apparently there were 130 entrants getting narrowed down to 16 drivers!

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The walk up was exciting! Beautifully built cars everywhere you looked.

The walk up was exciting! Beautifully built cars everywhere you looked.

As you can see, the lot was PACKED!

As you can see, the lot was PACKED!

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Full house for BM CUP!

Full house for BM CUP!

It’s crazy when an event has so much pull that it brings out all of the most amazing builds and drift cars!

It’s crazy when an event has so much pull that it brings out all of the most amazing builds and drift cars!

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WE MADE IT!

WE MADE IT!

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The famous sticker door @ Nikko!

The famous sticker door @ Nikko!

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Absolutely everyone was enjoying themselves!

Absolutely everyone was enjoying themselves!

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Sorry, Alexi! LOL  If you don’t already follow, Alexi, please head over to YouTube and subscribe to his page: Noriyaro! You’ll learn so much from his vlogs about car culture in Japan as he attends some awesome events, and goes to some neat tourist locations all throughout Japan (Initial D cafe etc etc). Check it out!

Sorry, Alexi! LOL

If you don’t already follow, Alexi, please head over to YouTube and subscribe to his page: Noriyaro! You’ll learn so much from his vlogs about car culture in Japan as he attends some awesome events, and goes to some neat tourist locations all throughout Japan (Initial D cafe etc etc). Check it out!

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Murayama’s team came out in full force!

Murayama’s team came out in full force!

Car looks good, setup is probably function for the drivers preference, but something about the wheel sticking out SO far just makes me cringe. Love the color though!

Car looks good, setup is probably function for the drivers preference, but something about the wheel sticking out SO far just makes me cringe. Love the color though!

Still just making my way around the paddock. So. Many. Cars.

Still just making my way around the paddock. So. Many. Cars.

Car Modify Wonder is one of my favorites! The'y’re the reason I want an S14! Their S14A/B kits are wild!

Car Modify Wonder is one of my favorites! The'y’re the reason I want an S14! Their S14A/B kits are wild!

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A driver should always know their tire pressures…..does this sound familiar? :)

A driver should always know their tire pressures…..does this sound familiar? :)

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Naoki qualified 1st, and Miki just so happened to qualify 16th, so they were up first! These two drive together on a, basically, a daily basis, so this was going to be more of a show than anything else!

Naoki qualified 1st, and Miki just so happened to qualify 16th, so they were up first! These two drive together on a, basically, a daily basis, so this was going to be more of a show than anything else!

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The crowds formed around the Live TV stream! The conversations stopped. It got extremely quiet, it was quite eery. This was the first battle of the BM CUP!

The crowds formed around the Live TV stream! The conversations stopped. It got extremely quiet, it was quite eery. This was the first battle of the BM CUP!

READY!

READY!

GO!

GO!

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Incredible laps by these two!

Incredible laps by these two!

Always ENJOY!

Always ENJOY!

RYO Japan booth.

RYO Japan booth.

Kazama Auto S15 was next up - by they way, Kazama Auto makes great S Chassis & JZX parts!

Kazama Auto S15 was next up - by they way, Kazama Auto makes great S Chassis & JZX parts!

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Couple random shots with a break in the action.

Couple random shots with a break in the action.

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Aggressive driving always! Great chase by S15!

Aggressive driving always! Great chase by S15!

I don’t really have words, so let the pictures tell the story.

I don’t really have words, so let the pictures tell the story.

Wild battle.

Wild battle.

Agent K owner. He is a master of chassis setup. He has THE eye when it comes to aligning cars on the spot.

Agent K owner. He is a master of chassis setup. He has THE eye when it comes to aligning cars on the spot.

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Feel these two pictures, look at the faces of those watching. BM Cup is not just another event.

Feel these two pictures, look at the faces of those watching. BM Cup is not just another event.

SUDDEN DEATH

SUDDEN DEATH

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Naoki swapping cars. He runs Miki’s Silvia a lot in competition. Strategic plan? One car setup for qualifying, one setup for battle? Interesting to think about, and I’m curious if there’s any reason at all behind it.

Naoki swapping cars. He runs Miki’s Silvia a lot in competition. Strategic plan? One car setup for qualifying, one setup for battle? Interesting to think about, and I’m curious if there’s any reason at all behind it.

Fukada on the hunt!

Fukada on the hunt!

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“That was badass”

“That was badass”

Tomoya enjoying the show!

Tomoya enjoying the show!

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2nd place qualifier (180) leading a Car Modify Wonder S14!

2nd place qualifier (180) leading a Car Modify Wonder S14!

SUDDEN DEATH

SUDDEN DEATH

The go to.

The go to.

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I wanted to share this whole sequence of shots because he was GLUED.

I wanted to share this whole sequence of shots because he was GLUED.

Pride.

Pride.

Yes, that 4WD Evo drifts…and he’s damn good!

Yes, that 4WD Evo drifts…and he’s damn good!

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Battles continued on. The level of driving was just what you would expect from a BM event.

Battles continued on. The level of driving was just what you would expect from a BM event.

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N Style

N Style

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Out of gas!

Out of gas!

THE FINAL BATTLE!

THE FINAL BATTLE!

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This event was amazing! I hope these pictures helped experience the event as if you were there! The driving was next level, and it really shows how driving as much as possible is the best training you can possibly do to improve overall. Simple simple simple. Simple setups allow you to drive more. Don’t overcomplicate things - in the end, it’s just not worth it. Don’t overbuild your car and sacrifice time behind the wheel. Learn learn learn!

This event was amazing! I hope these pictures helped experience the event as if you were there! The driving was next level, and it really shows how driving as much as possible is the best training you can possibly do to improve overall. Simple simple simple. Simple setups allow you to drive more. Don’t overcomplicate things - in the end, it’s just not worth it. Don’t overbuild your car and sacrifice time behind the wheel. Learn learn learn!

I hope you enjoyed the read! Next blog we’ll head to UPGARAGE on the way back to see if we can find a new two-way for the Silvia so we can head back to the mountains. Do we find one?!    Thanks for reading! I appreciate your interaction - drop a comment if you liked it!    ENJOY!

I hope you enjoyed the read! Next blog we’ll head to UPGARAGE on the way back to see if we can find a new two-way for the Silvia so we can head back to the mountains. Do we find one?!

Thanks for reading! I appreciate your interaction - drop a comment if you liked it!

ENJOY!