Celebration – drift smack down – A full listing and explanation of the team.In this article, I will be detailing not only the drift team itself but also going over each member car starting from the beginning until present year. Even though the main purpose of my blog is to explain the technical specifications of cars, I will not be doing this here as it would just be too much information. If anyone would like for me to explain each member car in detail, I can ask the team. However, I wrote about one of the founder’s car, here: (https://exec-11.us/2017/02/04/yasuhikos-nissan-silvia/). Each car is very well done and the drivers are matched with skill! I hope you enjoy it as much as I!
Team Celebration started in Kanagawa prefecture Japan, in 2001. The team has had a number of different drivers over the years. They started with 7 and are now at 9 members, granted 2 of them retired 10 years ago. It seems as though the team started as friends with what cars they liked, could afford, or had at the time. The cars were all different chassis’, different colors, and slightly different styles; friends who wanted to start a higher competitiveness to drifting. That being said, each member went through a phase of different chassis’ until they found what was a perfect match.
Below, we will start with the original lineup as of the first years when they were 7 members:
Niwa’s (1st Leader) JZX100 Chaser
川嶋’s JZX90 Cresta
藤原’s AE86 ~ Retired 10 years ago
健太‘s JZX90 MarkII ~ Retired 10 years ago
This was the very early years, maybe 2001-2002. As you can see, the cars were all different. Shortly after, a few members got S14 Silvias. Slowly becoming more of a “matched” drift team.
As time went on, they got color matched starting with silver as the team color and moving to red. During the years they also added the 2 newer members and as the years progressed, so did the cars. Most of the team changed over the Silvias as they are easy to slide and manuvour as well as aftermarket support is vast.
As of 2004, 大谷 shifted from the blue, then silver, S14 to this S15. He has been on the cover of both Drift Tengoku and BM magazines. He has also participated in Drift Muscle.
川嶋 went from the JZX90 Cresta, to a JZX110 MarkII, then an S13 as his final choice.
When he first purchased the S13 as white then had it repainted red for the team.
靖彦 went from the red AE86 to the silver zenki S14 in 2002. In 2009, he did a kouki conversion and had it painted red to match the team.
久保田 180sx ~ Probably my favorite of the team.
冨手’s JZX100 Chaser
大谷 and 柳田 (pre facelift) on the cover of BM magazine!
Photos By: Celebration Team Members/Mahina Photography/M.M.T.F