I’ve been into cars and into drifting since i was a child. I had dozens of 1/16th model cars or Ferraris, Lambos etc that I played with as a boy and I would watch rallying on TV with my dad before I could ride a bike. I’ve been bought up to love the smell as petrol you could say. I used to do Motocross as a kid, but after lots of injuries and the cost of it, I gave it up. Not to mention the countless broken bones. Then when I was about 14 I got heavily into drifting from watching YouTube videos, playing xbox games and going to watch the street drifting on an industrial estate with my sister late at night on the weekends. I guess thats where the passion came from. Seeing these cars slide around roundabouts at such a young age drew my attention and got me into cars. I started to look into what drifting was more and more through the internet. I began watching Japanise drifting videos, mostly DVD’s and street drifting videos. I cant understand the language, but I watch them anyway for the content. Even to this day I can sit through 3 hours of Japanise DVDs and not understand a word they are saying, but understand what they are doing to their cars. They’re educating me on what to modify, how to drift and how to be a badass. One of the very first videos I watched was this one. Posted in 2008 for a JDM insider DVD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn2UmH-UFW0
It hooked me like a fish. The speeds, the rebellious nature and the coolness of it all got under my skin and firmly attached itself. Since then i’ve been utterly addicted to drifting. Cant stop thinking about it, dont want to stop thinking about it. I hate to admit it, but even in class at uni I find myself thinking of what I can do to my car to make it better.
I began looking for more, at that age I was way too young to begin drifting, so I kept looking for videos to keep my obsession sain. When I found this video, it also just drew me in. The way he slides the car so close to the kerb, causing sparks from his exhaust gave me goosebumps, and still do to this day. This is a HD remaster, but the original video is around 2008 also. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6pJ7CqfReE
Over time the videos have improved, with the popularity and appeal of street drifting reaching creatives such as photographers and film makers, the videos got alot better. And still are, there are now dedicated movies to street drifting. But this is one of my favorite modern street drifting videos. I could watch these over and over for days, infact i do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13C3n3NTV3o
Oh, and one more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28phKea5Zik