INITIATION // Clutch kick, hand brake, weight transfer via Scandenavian flick - however you do it, drifting is one of the most fun things you can do in a vehicle, and has continued to grow over the past several decades as more enthusiasts and manufacturers alike discover the joys of sliding. At its core, drifting has always been about having fun in style.
From its genesis on the mountain roads of Japan, to sanctioned motorsports series around the world, drifting has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the spotlight thanks to a unique intersection of culture, individual skill, and engineering advancements. It also appears in many forms. Grassroots drifting and professional sanctioned motorsport drifting are two very different worlds. In this issue, we hope to cover all of the various styles and niches of drifting.
We start off with some drift Builds To Follow*, ranging from street driven cars that can get down at the track, as well as purpose-built drift cars that have gone the distance. We have a chat with Formula DRIFT judge, Ryan Lanteigne, on the evolution of judging drifting. We also get up close and personal with one of the coolest street-driven drift sedans by way of Kenshiro Gushi’s IS300 - a bonafide street car that can do the D with ease - photographed by the world-renowned car culture and automotive photographer, Larry Chen. Finally, we chat with Vaughn Gittin Jr about his recent Formula DRIFT championship win, as well as Dmitriy Brutskiy about his PRO2 win.
Of course, this is just a sample of the drift-centric content you will find sprinkled throughout this magazine, among our usual PAS content, including our fun and challenging Spot the Differences game.
As always, thanks for picking up the issue. We hope you enjoy reading this one as much as we enjoyed putting it together, and we hope we managed to capture even a small bit of the magic that is drifting.
*MASSIVE Builds To Follow Section includes:
- Aaron Leavit's Nissan S13
- Andrew Castro's 1995 Nissan 240sx
- Artem Lavrynenko's Nissan 240sx
- Harrison Roske's Mitsubishi Starion
- Mike Martino's Nissan S15 Silvia
- Nieko's Nissan SR20VET S13
- Paul Harrison's Toyota Corolla
- Simba Nyemba's Nissan S13
PASMAG #165 (The Drift Issue) ships June* 2021. (*shipping may be delayed due to COVID-19)