Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Newest ‘Fast And The Furious’ Flick Puts Drifting On The Map

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The latest Fast and the Furious sequel speeds into theaters June 16 but one expert doesn’t see it revving up much interest in the sport of “drifting.”

Basically, drifting is the controlled action of pitching a car sideways as it takes a turn at high speed and originated in Japan in the 1980s.

Drifting has since found underground success in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the U.K but Hawaii-based drift driving expert David Shimokawa doubts The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Nights will inspire very many new amateur underground drifters because people will want to leave the risky moves to professionals.

Shimokawa describes the split-second feeling as “sensory overload, similar to a roller coaster ride” and says when controlled properly it’s completely safe.

However, if an inexperienced driver tries the stunt the results can be deadly.

Shimokawa says there has been crack downs on underground drift sessions. Instead, fans are holding their rallies at racetracks and other sports arenas.

Shimokawa says the film will probably spawn a series of drifting DVDs because the sport “gives people heroes and something to strive for.”

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