It's that time!!!!! Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes the smell of cherry blossoms… and burning rubber. Must be time for the D1 Grand Prix drift championship. Drifting began over 30 years ago in mountain roads across Japan, as illegal racers practiced the art of swinging the rears of their cars out in a controlled powerslide to carry more speed around corners. Over time, the technique began to appear in Japanese motor racing. “Drift King” Keiichi Tsuchiya elevated it to an art form during the ’80s, captivating car enthusiasts who practiced drifting on deserted roads at night.
In the ’90s, drifting made the move onto the racetracks, as drift-specific events began to be organized. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that Tsuchiya and Daijiro Inada, the founder of Option Magazine and the Tokyo Auto Salon, set up a dedicated nationwide championship. A year later, the D1 Grand Prix was born—and the rest, as they say, is history. Ahhhhh.....if only i own a skyline. Wait, sorry, thats Ren's dream-mobile. Fine, i'll take the Pinto.