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Notes: Wayne’s long trek continues, but at least we can surmise that it’s a nice afternoon for a hike, as he’s comfortably wearing his signature hoody while loaded up with all the possessions he took with him during his recent apprenticeship at the henchberry orchard. He’s on Highway 11, heading southeast from Ikuma toward the next small town, Miya Bay, and there’s very little traffic. The one car that we do see pass him by as he tries in vain to hitch a ride – which he then derides as lacking style – is loosely based on my first set of wheels, an ’83 Corolla. A car not lacking in comics pedigree, as the popular and long-running manga Initial D featured a very similar car, a Toyota Sprinter Trueno. Considered a classic among Japanese cars specifically with regards to drifting, the Trueno Sprinter was known as the Corolla in the West.

Of course, at the time I was driving that car, Initial D didn’t exist yet, though I was eagerly reading any translated manga I could get my hands on. (This sort of thing wasn’t as easy to come by in the 80s as it is these days.) And it wasn’t until the 2000s that I’d really ever heard of drifting. But when I later learned of Initial D and the Trueno Sprinter’s relation to the Corolla, it all suddenly made sense how my Corolla had remained so stable the one time I accidentally spun it out on an exit ramp late one night. It’s probably for the best that I knew nothing of drifting then, because if I had I might have come to enjoy that sort of thing.

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