Illegal drifting in Japan Osaka-style

Drifting is a captivating sport that is taking the world by storm. In the United States, we have Formula D events that take drifting to a sponsored professional level supported by big corporate money. Most people would say that this form of drifting is lame, mainly because there is no earned respect when you have the backing of million dollar corporations. In Saudi Arabia, they have what is called "Saudi drift", where everyday Joes just like you and me take cars that are either stolen or rented and slide them down the interstate at speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour. In Germany there is Nurburgring style drifting, which typically involves well funded yet private racing teams. All over the world the drifting sport is growing in numbers, so one begins to wonder where did this trend start?

Drifting started in Japan as amateur Japanese street racers realized they could slide through the corners of mountain roads quicker than if they maintained traction. Drifting legends such as the S13, Nissan Skyline, Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, and others can still be seen today gracing the mountain roads of Osaka, Japan. Known as "touge", or downhill style racing, the sport of drifting is still alive and well. The following footage gives us a good idea of what the drifting life is currently like in Japan, despite its globally absorbed status. Pay attention to just how close these guys get to hitting each other and the barriers, it's insane!

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Source: Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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