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Mark Maker

STYLE ISSUE FEATURE 2018

MARK MAKER

ETHAN'S TOYOTA JZX100

THE JZX100 FOR EVERY OCCAISION

Story by Micky Slinger // Photography by David Barnhouse

There was a moment in 2010 that brought the ToyotaJZX100 way up in coolness factor, and it was during

the fifth round of D1GP at Ebisu. Coming in extra-spicy,Daigo Saito initiates his drift right at the apex of the turn,

catching air mid-initiation, and landing his red ToyotaMark II in a full-on drift at full lock.

IF YOU’VE never seen this jump drift, here’s your homework: watch the 35-second clip of the jump on YouTube, and then immediately watch it seven more times because it’s so rad. For some, this would make the Toyota Mark II or JZX100 platform in general more awesome, but also expose Daigo Saito and his D1 stunts to an international audience. For others, like Ethan, these kinds of shenanigans were something that the four-door-drifting WELD team were known for. Sliding sedans with crazy graphics, big power, big body kits, big wings, and big wheels that could leave the track and probably place at a car show are what WELD is all about, and that’s what Ethan fell in love with.

“DAIGO SAITO AND THE WELD CARS WERE SOME MAJOR REASONS WHY I GOT INTO THEM. MOST OTHER CARS AROUND THEN WERE S-CHASSIS OR COROLLAS, SO SEEING SOMETHING SO EXCESSIVE WAS SUPER, SUPER COOL."