Andrew Gray

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NAME – Andrew Gray
AGE – 36
HEIGHT – 6’1"
WEIGHT – 183
EYE COLOR – Blue
HAIR COLOR – Brown
NATIONALITY – Scotland
NICKNAME – Andy
HOMETOWN – Edinburgh, UK
RESIDENCE – Nihonmatsu, Japan
LANGUAGES – English, Japanese
OCCUPATION – Drift Garage Owner at Ebisu
SPONSORS
Achilles, Powervehicles, Kazama Auto, Motys Oils, Rays Gram Lights, DG5, Hey-Man Products, Tomei, Ebisu Circuit
TEAM
Name – DriftEbisu with Achilles
Crew Members – Emily Gray, Jonothan Okada

CAR
DriftEbisu.com Chaser
Tires – Achilles 265 35 18
Engine – 2JZ
Horsepower – 665HP
Suspension – FD Spec Cage, DG5 Coilovers, Hey Man Arms and Knuckles, Kazama Auto Rear Arms
Brakes – JZA80 Supra, Rear Dual Callipers
Wheels – Rays Gram Lights 18 x 10.5 + 12
Exterior – Custom Glitter Red Paint, Kazama Auto Aero, BN Sports Fenders
Interior – Race Pak Dash

SOCIAL
Website
Facebook
YouTube
Instagram
Vimeo

PERSONALITY QUESTIONS
Favorite Music – EDM, Rock, All sorts!
Favorite Music Artists – Arctic Monkeys
Favorite Video Game – Fifa 2015 & Battlefield
Favorite Track – Ask me after this season!
Hobbies – Drifting, Drift cars, Watching Films, Gaming, Fishing
Role Models – Colin McRae, Guy Martin, Richard Rawlings

Scottish Drifter who Lives in Japan, Half of a Husband and Wife Drift team, now Heading for FD Pro 2.

My partner Emily and I established Powervehicles as one of the premier exporters of Japanese modified cars, in Tokyo 10 years ago. After a partnership with our good friend Kazama-san of Kazama Auto and watching many grass roots and pro Events, we developed a keen interest in Drifting. I got myself a great starter car, the BN Sports 180sx and after a few practice days I got the bug and started entering small competitions. Inspired by Kazamas Demo car I developed a 600ps JZX100 Mark 2 with his help and was soon competing and doing well in local events. After the big GFC of 2007 the Export market died over night, leaving us looking for a way to downscale and weather the financial storm. In an aid to do this we closed our large yard and shop near Tokyo and moved 3 Hours north from Tokyo up to Fukushima. That’s where our home base remains, in the best place in the world for any drifter – In the heart of Ebisu Circuit! What was meant to be a downscaling for us turned a full 180 as when Kumakubo-san (Owner of Team Orange and Ebisu Circuit) set us up with some new premises we soon found a massive market for catering for foreign visitors wanting to drift in Ebisu. It’s a match made in Heaven, as we could look after the foreigners from start to finish taking out all the stress of being in Japan. Now the export market has come back the shop is busier than ever, sending cars all over the world on top of what we do here at the circuit. We supply cars from basic ‘missiles’ right up to turn key comp cars and we build cars in house from the ground up with the help of our experienced Team. Hanging out with guys such as 2 Times D1 Champion Kumakubo and Team mate Suenaga, as well as regularly practicing with visiting stars such as Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida, some of their skills can’t help rub off on you. I soon climbed through all the ranks of D1 Divisional and D1 Street Legal to now a D1 GP the Top License in Japan. My now wife Emily is not only my best friend and great wife, but man can she drive too. She’s learned a thing or 2 from Ebisu for sure. She also races a 600ps Chaser and we even had to battle each other at our Home track in the best 16 at D1SL Ebisu in 2014. How many guys can say they’ve battled the wife in a top level Drift Comp?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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