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The Drift Chronicles Part 1: That’ll buff out…

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[Editor’s Note – You remember the gent calling himself the Drift Idiot? His name is Sam Nalven and he’s on a mission to chronicle the current Formula Drift season, and his goal isn’t simply to cover the event but instead to dive a bit deeper. Here then is the first in a series of videos Sam is working on, and the it’s title titled The Drift Chronicles. Enjoy! –JG]

Professional drifters might seem like gods.

They are all incredibly handsome, have well chiseled abs, and their cars boast enough combined horsepower to impregnate most woman within a quarter mile radius. But they all started somewhere. They ran their precious cars into a lot of things to get where they are today, and it’s easy to forget that they all started as tire-pinching, sub 200HP, bumper-less and bare-bareknuckled grass-roots grease monkeys.

The goal of this series is to show the drifters as who they are – big ridiculous kids who usually don’t perform flawless tandem runs in slow motion while jamming to repetitive dubstep. They are unique spirits who have found a calling and are pursuing it, 9-5 jobs, financial ruination, and free time be damned.

(make the jump for the video)

Thank you to Formula D for letting me walk around with a camera for 3 days and pretend like I knew what I was doing.

Special thanks to:
Paco Ibarra
Corey Hosford
Dustin Millard
Ryan Tuerck
Chris Forsberg
Pat Goodin
Danny George
Matt Field
Jeff Glucker
Hooniverse.com

  • pj134

    I was thinking about chasing my buddies around in their barely beyond stock s13 as they start their journey into drifting and documenting it. Maybe I should leave it to people who have things like "cameras" though.

  • Sam: Thanks for putting a human element into this type of automotive enthusiasm. And kudos to the Hooniverse for providing an outlet for the dissemination of these videos. I, for one, am anxiously looking forward to more of your videos. Thanks.

    • The saga for an Opel Blazer hood badge continues. Friend went to the largest auto parts store in Jakarta. They have it in their catalog, but they are out of stock.

  • That was awesome! No, really. I'm not a huge drift fan, but I love watching people have fun in cars, and you can't say these guys aren't having fun.

    • ToLiveNDieInNJ

      You have to get to a Formula Drift event. Honestly, it's SO much fun almost like a highlight tape of a normal race where everyone is sideways and banging doors.

  • You know, these days Formula D is covered to death in photo but not nearly enough in video, in my opinion. This was much more interesting for me. I love photography but some things, like professional drifting, you just have to hear and see in action to really get. I also agree with longrooffan, and I think the human element is lost much of the time these days in favor of the all mighty sponsorship/marketing/brand battle. Well done, Sam. I can almost smell the tire smoke.

  • ThirdPedalGirl

    Oh, what fun. That noise!

    10/10 would attend and not wash my hair till the tire smoke smell wore off naturally….

  • skitter

    Late to the party
    A really nice movie, man.
    Better than cable.

  • FunWithBuns

    Great video! I love the Drift Idiot series, and while I don't follow Formula Drift, I still find it pretty awesome. One suggestion, though: when you mix the audio, can you make the interview louder? Maybe it's my cheap headphones, but it was sometimes hard to hear the talking over the background music.