Although this is aimed at American drifting I feel the same being from Ireland. It’s a world wide thing, not just America.
I don’t care about horsepower, for me personally I prefer lower horsepower cars, but if you prefer the opposite, then I don’t see a problem with that. You can build a high powered car that doesn’t like look shit. You can drive a high powered car as you would a lower powered car. Look at the late Atsushi Kuroi for example, he was fond of big horsepower, however he still had an amazing on track driving style, and his car always looked good.
People are building drift cars for the wrong reasons. They don’t give a shit about the history, the roots, they have no intentions or even the slightest interest in learning about it either. It’s sad, people have no appreciation.
Like I said, this is not just America, I personally wouldn’t single out America when the same shit is happening here in Ireland. There’s a select few people that get it, they understand it, and they stay true to the Japanese ways of doing things that they took the time to learn about and grasp it as well as they could. I appreciate that.
I feel that some people need to stop and really think about why they are doing the things that they do..
Anyway, read the article in the link below from Robert Kawasaki. He hits the nail on the head completely, in my opinion. That being said, some people will get it, and understand completely where this guy is coming from, others won’t, and well, the way I look at if you don’t get it then it’s not for you, move along.
Finally an Article that shows balance in it’s points, I’m all for this article and it’s points but i’m finally happy that someone wrote something that isn’t so single sided and inflammatory that sparks hate from younger people getting into drifting. As time goes on, the rich history of drifting in yesteryear slowly gets blanketed over by today’s international interpretations of drifting. Sad however that in itself will stratify those who do it for the pure reasons and those who do it for the superficial reasons.