Every once in a while you come across a video that is able to transport you back in time, perhaps in a fictional world; allowing a moment of nostalgia regardless of age. "Old drift video on Irohazaka" is one of those moments in time. Boasting a respectable 6.1 million views, the video has been passed around for years across numerous forums and fan sites.

Although the video is an edit of the original video, posted in 2009, its simple addition of dance music, known as EuroBeat, with the recent explosion of popularity for Initial D (and JDM cars in general), it creates a setting for the viewer to live out their fantasies of delivering tofu on the early morning back roads of Japan.

Set on Irohazaka, a pair of winding roads connect the small-city of Nikko, to its mountainous region known as, Okunikko. Aptly named after the first three of 48 syllables of the former Japanese alphabet, "Iroha" is known for it winding roads that feature 48 hairpin turns. The rapid drop in elevation, along with the tight corners are no match for this unnamed man in what appears to be a classic AE86.

Transport through time thanks to this grainy, VHS recording of a Japanese man's downhill attack in: "Old drift video on Irohazaka (with EuroBeat).

Master Of The Downhill

The AE86 has reached somewhat mythical status in recent years as a result of the internet putting a microscope on the rear-wheel drive, econobox. A legend in Japan since its introduction in the mid-'80s, social media and other networking platforms have allowed the rest of the world to see how a humble 40-year-old, 128-hp (112-hp if you live stateside), Toyota is a rally, circuit, and street racing icon to this day.

Clocking in at a dainty 2,100 pounds, the AE86's highly tuneable 4A-GE inline-four engine made it street racer's dream. During its production, the height popularity for touge racing, the nimble AE86 was best suited for the tight corners of the mountain passes in Japan; especially in the downhill run.

Popularized in motorsport as a result of Keiichi Tsuchiya's influence, the 86's FR configuration remains the benchmark for a lightweight, rear-wheel drive car. It's racing pedigree would be cemented in 1986 after winning the manufacturer's championship in the European Touring Car Championship over an absurdly stacked competition such as the BMW M6, Merkur XR4Ti, Alfa Romeo 75, and the Mercedes 190E 2.3-16.

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What Guardrail?

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Via: YouTube - Run-205

Given the context of the AE86, we rejoin our unnamed protagonist, on the winding roads of Irohazaka. The user of the original posting, machiosan, commented the specs of the car, what can only lead us to assume he is the driver. This particular AE86 has a stock engine, final gear ratio of 4.778, weight reduction, 6K adjustable front suspension, TRD 4.3K rear suspension, TRD shock absorbers, and what they claim as the most important modification: studless rear wheel tires with low tire grip.

His skills are very apparent, and on full display during his near perfect run. Using weight shifting techniques in lower gears, he not only slows the car down, but once the weight of the car shifts onto the front suspension, he turns into the corner (rather than away), and pulls the handbrake. Similar to rally driving techniques, he uses the front wheels as the car's main source of grip, and continues to turn into the corner, mid-drift, with minimal counter steer. Resulting in a hair-raising downhill run that would make any passenger riding alongside pass out.

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The Final Hairpins

Irohazaka Road
Via: Flickr - Teng Chiang

During the final two minutes of the video is where the viewer can end up on the edge of their seat witnessing the unnamed man keeping his cool during the final hairpins of this particular run. Nearing grazing the guardrail numerous times, the driver perfectly executes multiple inertia drifts (also known as the Scandinavian flick), without so much as breaking a sweat. Whether or not the location of the camera, along with the rearview mirror placement is purposeful, we can see the steely demeanor of our unnamed driver never changes as he navigates the insanely tight hairpins.

But it's right at the 4:00 minute mark where things truly become special. The unnamed driver executes three consecutive transitions the only equate to a brief 20 seconds in time, but it's almost as if time slows down as we witness the driver's movement through the corners, as if the car were on rails.

Although gone are the days when it was possible to drive public roads in such a fashion (probably for the better), we at least have this old drift video to satiate our needs. For even if it was possible to drive in such a way, the casual enthusiast would be eating their daily dose of guardrail, trying to recreate this man's style.

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