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The Art of Drifting

November 28th, 2008

What is Drifting? Its a driving technique that involves entering turns at high angles of attack and high speed by intentionally "skidding" the rear tires during the maneuver. The cars are tortured around the track, pushing their limits as they enter each corner faster, sooner, and more aggressively. What it all boils down to is maintaining complete control of your vehicle while appearing to have no control over the vehicle. There is one thing that separates drifting from other forms of high performance driving: Grace. While numbers, lap times, and finishing placement matter in all other forms of competition, in drifting what matters is finesse, showmanship, and consistency.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: AdamP
about 15 years, 7 months ago
Nice panning.
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about 15 years, 7 months ago
yea is there a way u kud photoshop the girl out or sumthing? but other than that i thought it was cool. and my five year old brother loves it! (no offense)
Posted By: bizlur
about 15 years, 7 months ago
That's not a girl... he has a mustache. He's videoing it more than likely, not taking a picture. I picture out of a drift car doesn't do justice for anything, it would have to be video.
Posted By: bizlur
about 15 years, 7 months ago
A picture sorry, not I picture.
Posted By: Vinnard
about 15 years, 7 months ago
SWEET!!! I love how the car is in focus and the background is blurred!
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Posted By: trout
about 15 years, 7 months ago
Nicely done.
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Posted By: phantasm
about 15 years, 7 months ago
Nice picture. While I personally find it boring to watch, I have no problem with the sport of drifting. However, I can't stand how some people call it drift *racing*.
Posted By: Genocide
about 15 years, 7 months ago
Great photo, but I have to agree that person with the camera scares me. The background also kind of hurts my eyes :)
Posted By: Robbaz
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Very nice picture! i am would like to know what the man was taking a picture of..
Posted By: norcrawler
about 15 years, 6 months ago
legit s15..
Posted By: brizkit
about 15 years, 6 months ago
It's definitely good & interesting work, but it's just too gender-specific and too demographic-specific on top of that. Most of IFL's stuff is great because virtually anyone can use it as a wallpaper. This photo is impressive in a way, but it would fit better on a site about... drifting. Or perhaps motion photography. On IFL, well...
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: voncroy
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Posted By: brizkit
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Thelittlestfruitfly, I apologize if I came across as dismissive. Of course there are exceptions to everything. Still, I stand by my assertion that the subject is extremely hobby-specific and thus not very inclusive. I think that's now clearly evidenced by the low number of favorites & downloads and highly partisan comment ratings. I like vintage drums, but I don't think a picture of my Ludwig kit would make for a suitable IFL desktop. I'm all for variety, but let's face it: this shot is about drifting and cars, not so much art and wallpaper.
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Posted By: Amos830
about 15 years, 6 months ago
I think it is an excellent picture and I for one am very glad IFL chose to post it. Despite our individualistic hobby choice, one can appreciate art.

As far as the low number of favorites, it was just recently posted. And as for the highly partisan comment ratings, perhaps you should re-check the comments. Neither for nor against is strongly favored.

J.Evans perhaps heed the words of Jean Michel Basquait, "I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."
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Posted By: Glaeken62p
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Drifting - A pseudo-sport created by tire companies to grow their companies, enhance their bottom lines, and increase stockholder equity via boosted tire sales to socially disenfranchised individuals.
Posted By: Snaf
about 15 years, 6 months ago

You are totally wreong ;)
Most of the drifting techniques are invented by Keiichi Tsuchiya. Just look Best Motoring - Drift Bible. There you can learn more about your "pseudeo-sport"

And if you think that drifting is only about burning tires you fail...

Posted By: ArtSorr0w
about 15 years, 6 months ago
brizkit, I highly disagree with your comment. To say that this photograph should not be posted due to subject matter is extremely ignorant. Art is about color, composition and style. The subject matter is a very minor thing when thinking about art. I've seen many pictures of birds on IFL, I hate birds. If I thought of these pictures as too hobby specific, bird watching, I would never really be able to appreciate the beauty of the photograph.

I'm not really into cars either, but nice work. It has an intense presence and nice motion.:)
Posted By: J.Evins
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for all the comments, both good and bad ;)

I appreciate all the criticism, I suppose I could photoshop the woman out, I just never really thought about it!

Yes, I know this sort of thing isn't for everyone. Don't worry, I have plenty of more general submissions in the works - landscapes, etc. Alot of friends currently asked for this in wallpaper resolution, so I figured I'd contribute back to the community and submit this.

To the comment about wether it was genuine, no, its an S13 with an S15 front end.

As far as drifting as a false sport invented by tire companies, I beg to differ. The general drift "scene" is widely misunderstood. The movies and media would have you think its all about street drifting, mountain runs, and ricey cars. Truth is, amateur drifting events are alot of fun, well regulated, very safety oriented, and have very friendly communities.

Oh, and for the track inquiry - thats Nashville Super Speedway, and the event was sponsored by DGTrials!

Posted By: KrazeeKev
about 15 years, 6 months ago
I absolutely LOVE this picture and would really like to see more high quality images of drifts, circuit races, etc...
Art lies in the eyes of the beholder, and I think this image is fantastic!
Posted By: stubulman
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Looks as if it could easily be a magazine cover. Definitely professional quality.
Posted By: J.Evins
about 15 years, 6 months ago
Thanks guys, I do have tons more automotive/drifting stuff on my FlickR ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/evinsj
Posted By: theroyalestella
about 15 years, 6 months ago
This is great! I actually wish there were more like this on IFL.
about 15 years, 6 months ago
good action
Posted By: Spork
about 15 years, 5 months ago
Its been over a month or two since this was posted, and it was so memorable that when i saw it today i recognized it immediately.

It is being used on page 16 of February's 2009 edition of Popular Science. Great Job!
Posted By: Woofa
about 15 years, 4 months ago
Nice image, even though I'm not a big ran of "drifting" the shot is excellent. As for there not being grace in other motorsports that's not at all true, it's just not the defining factor. Drift is like synchronized swimming versus 100m Freestyle.

I'm a total motorsports fan and participant who's been racing for over 4 decades. In fact one who is about the same age as Keiichi Tsuchiya who is being credited above as being the inventor of "drifting techniques" as on display in this image. Snaf, I hate to burst your or whoever's bubble about "drifting techniques" being invented by Keiichi Tsuchiya but that's rubbish even if he's erroneously credited in some book. He may be the one responsible for popularizing drifting in Japan where it became a big sport, but the techniques in drifting go back long before he was around. I grew up "drifting" on dirt roads and "drifting" my kart and it was nothing new then and I've yet to see anything done in drift that wasn't done before, it just wasn't a "sport." These techniques were used in rally and dirt track, etc. In going through racing school when I did we were taught to learn to control a high slip angle corner entry as used in drift. I'd have to agree more with Glaeken62p that it's a psuedo-sport but it wasn't invented by tire companies although I'm sure they love it.

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