Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Driving Sideways Drifts Into Popularity

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The smell of burning rubber and smoke coming from your car isn’t usually a good thing – but it’s becoming that way with speed demons.

The sport of “drifting” – the controlled action of pitching a car sideways as it takes a turn at high speed – originated in Japan in the 1980s but is now catching on with daredevils in the U.S..

In Hawaii, David Shimokawa is the founder of the monthly “Drift Session” events at the Hawaii Motorsports Center in Kapolei.

Shimokawa describes the split-second feeling as “sensory overload, similar to a rollercoaster ride.”

Drifters and wannabe drifters will be getting a chance to experience the thrill ride for themselves on March 26.

That’s when Shimokawa will hold his next event where drivers will be allowed to try drifting in their own cars a la a professional driver in a movie chase scene.

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