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    A little bit of DK history

    Ever wonder how the whole DoriKaze thing started? I did, so I did a bit of research. If you can fill in the blanks, pipe up. If I got some details wrong, let's fix them up. This all happened before I joined up.

    The Origins of DoriKaze as told to Brian

    Back in the late 1990's, a young guy (Keishin) bought a corolla GTS and started a car club in Vancouver. This car club was just a local car club at the time, and had young people who drove all sorts of cars, Hondas, Toyota, Mazda, GM, etc. They would all meet weekly, and hang out. Just a bunch of car-guys.

    The president of the club spent many waking hours coming up with a cool name for the club, and decided to have a japanese theme. DoriKaze was the result of a long walk on the beach, and seeing all the driftwood piled up. Drift. Wood. Wind-blown driftwood. Drift Wind. Dori Kaze.

    As with any car club, the many members who contribute ask nothing in return, but put in effort for the good of the club. One such member took the hand-drawn logo, and put together the font for the logo. Stickers were made, and each one of the Dori Kaze club members had one on their car. Or mom's car for that matter.

    The club members used high-tech communications back in the day: the telephone. And an email list. With a relatively small membership (by today's standards) it was simple and effective.

    As the club grew, there were a few members from across the country who also had similar interests. One such member, a guy named Chris, had an idea for communications, and started the bulletin board/forum. As a contributing member to the club, Chris took a good idea, and expanded it to the original Dori Kaze bulletin board.

    /more later.
    Last edited by Brian; 08-12-2005 at 12:52 PM.
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    it gets vague depending on which angle you look at. Keishin with his group of friends that he called "Dori-Kaze", or the "Dori-Kaze" that we know right here

    Back in 1999-2000 there was a small group of guys across the country that owned AE86's. To name a few, they were Mac (ae86boy), Jover (Hachiroku), Yasin (slownrusty), Keishin (kshin), and a few others... I'm not sure exactly how they met over the internet, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with Club4AG and Mac's website which has been up since the dawn of time itself

    Around that time, they decided to get an email list going. Whenever someone wanted to talk to the group, an email would be sent to everyone that was part of the list. When someone wanted to reply, everyone would get an additional email. So on and so forth.

    Soon, we had the likes of Quentin, Randy and his brother Ian, Dennis, and a few others join the list. Soon thereafter, we had a discussion about naming the group. Keishin came up with Dori-Kaze (meaning Drift-Wind in bad japanese or so I'm told )....aaaaand we all liked it, so it stuck.

    Time went on and personally, I started to go insane getting upwards of 25+ emails per day, many of which being nothing but replies to other messages which contained no more words than "hahaha" or something of the like. I spoke to a couple other members about this, and one particular talk with Mac really got me thinking... I had spent a lot of time on Club4AG by this time (which was still an EZboard back then) and really LOVED the whole message board thing (it was the first time I had ever been on one), so I decided to take the initiative to register an EZboard just for Dori-Kaze.

    The funny thing is that the group was torn between those who thought it was a good idea, and those who thought it was pointless. I remember both Ian and myself actually having to write multiple emails explaining to everyone the benefits of using a message board! hahaha

    It only took a couple weeks before the majority of the email list's users had registered with the EZboard and were visiting regularly.

    Time went on, and we had something like 20-30 regular visitors. It was great! Everyone knew everyone else by name, and for the first time we had started to have small car meets usually in AB or BC. As a group we decided on a logo to go for, and the current Dori-Kaze logo was born. We still use the same decal to this day.

    With the increased bandwidth usage to the board, it came time that we had to pay for EZboard's services otherwise deal with constant pop-ups. I opened the 'ol "community chest" (I'm sure you senior members remember that!) and the contributions came in. Everyone was more than happy to keep DK online and spam free!

    The board grew, and grew, and grew, and finally with Steve's help, we established www.dorikaze.com for the first time, and created this new message board, hosted privately with all the features most would expect for a large club.

    Aaaaaand here we are today. Almost 6 years later. Still 100% spam and sponsor free, kept online and supported by all those who live eat and breathe DORI-KAZE!

    Although Keishin came up with the name, his involvement with our online community declined pretty quickly and he seemed to keep his own "Dori-Kaze" group among his friends in Vancouver. Neither group has ever really known the other...but that's where the confusion lies. When you ask about Dori-Kaze you have to specify if it's either the handful of friends that live in Vancouver and drive random cars, or the larger online counterpart that spans the country yada yada yada.

    I don't mean to offend anyone by leaving their names out of my little story! If I got into it, I could probably right a 20-page essay!

    Migsy
    Last edited by Migs; 08-13-2005 at 06:30 AM.

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    Ahh, so it sounds like two car clubs with the same name! One vancouver local club, and one online/forum club...
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    Awesome Post!

    Thanks again for all the hard work keeping the board up guys!! Im really stoked to hear some of the history of thee 'ol DoriKaze that I love so much. I had NO idea that there was a local Vancouver club that had the name before we did.
    Im very appreciative to be apart of such a great, and very informative community!
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    ezboard was teh ghey

    btw: how can i get my hands on the font? i want to make a "DK" decal with the stripes....or if someone else can get it done...i tried to do it in Paint but i suxorz

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    You know what would be cool? If we could fish the old registration dates from EZboard, and plug them into vBulletin because we sure have a lot of 'March 2004' members.

    I just checked up on mine;

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    ahh yess.. i remember the good ol ezboard days lol... also remember the geocities.com/dorikaze website too lol.. i joined a while back lurking the board when i purchased my first ae86 SR5.. then i finally starting posting when i got my third ae86... the green one .. then I met Mac, Migs and the rest of the alberta people and have been one big happy family since .. oh and can't forget the man DPR either :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by tronAE86
    I had NO idea that there was a local Vancouver club that had the name before we did.
    They didn't have the name before us

    Keishin had it in his mind that we were all part of the same group simply because "he" knew both sides. The name he came up with, but it was us, the online community here, that chose to go with it.

    Migs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migs
    They didn't have the name before us

    Keishin had it in his mind that we were all part of the same group simply because "he" knew both sides. The name he came up with, but it was us, the online community here, that chose to go with it.

    Migs

    I was hoping to find out more, and I have, but I hope I didn't re-open some old wounds :o

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    Lots of memories in this thread. But I shall rename this site DORK-AZE for the true car dork spirit.
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    No gym for home, work out floor with 30, but is it for 20 like 30 lb when you no lift it to be for men, for 30 lbs instead? or half is 10 for 20 pounds?

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    i met Alan Chan at 7-11 in richmond in 99 and met Keishin a month or two after that. Alan literally jumped out of his car to run up and ask me a bunck of questions about my car. I was driving a red AE92 at the time, but was quickly convinced that the 86 was a much more fun car. I was never on the board really but there were a few of us that would hang out regularly. Man, i can't even remember the names of some of the guys... it was too long ago. I remeber the cars though!

    it's nice to read about all this. kinda clears up some of the confusion for me.
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    Interesting seeing Duane's MK3 Supra show up.

    Too bad I wasn't around back then.

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