Now You, Too, Can Own Your Very Own Professional Drifter

There's not much history to drifting in America... yet. Here's a chance to get in on the ground floor of automobilia by purchasing Takahiro Ueno's D1GP USA-spec Toyota Soarer (aka Lexus SC 400). With no drifting series for 2008 there is suddenly a need to sell the drift machines, making it one of the fastest ways to… » 3/26/08 9:30am 3/26/08 9:30am

Down on the D1 Grand Prix: Turbocharged Toyota Starlet

Parked on the "concourse" right next to the RS200 was an other eye-catcher. In fact, the same dude owns both cars. That's right, it's a Toyota Starlet all hopped up on goodballs. And by goofballs we mean turbocharged/intercooled goofballs. Those in the know were slapping their collective heads, wondering how on earth… » 11/25/07 1:00pm 11/25/07 1:00pm

D1 Grand Prix: Team Orange and the Winning EVO IX

As we mentioned, Team Orange and Nobushige Kumakubo won Saturday's international drift event at the D1 Grand Prix at Irwindale. They did so in an insanely hopped up Mitsubishi EVO IX. That cold intake pipe looks to be 4". Never mind what's happening on the hot side (i.e. bigger). We would just like to point out that… » 11/25/07 12:30pm 11/25/07 12:30pm

Jalopnik at the D1 Grand Prix, Day Two: Finals

[Las Vegas stringer Curtis Walker, who hasn't yet sublimated in the desert heat despite short odds to the contrary, brings us day two of the 2007 D1 Grand Prix.]. Narratively, we're always drawn to both underdogs and classic, rear-drive Japanese cars. So we caught up with John Russakoff to get the lowdown on his 1984… » 7/15/07 2:41pm 7/15/07 2:41pm

Neighbors Manage to Ban Drifting at Altamont Speedway

Before we launch into the coming rant about how completely and utterly inane this potential decision to uphold a proposed ban on drifting at a race track is, we must state that the few times we ever went to Altamont Speedway in Altamont, California was for the Pumpkin Smash 400. The track was watered and soaped… » 4/25/07 1:30pm 4/25/07 1:30pm

Garagelet Spawns Drifting Starlet

A quadrillion square foot multi-bay shop with a floor you could eat an omelet off is most awesome for television, and a bunch of guys arguing about what gee gaw to weld or install onto a motorcycle or car. One can also achieve greatness with a modest garagelet. Proof is this 1984 Starlet with a 20-valve 4AG engine… » 4/11/07 3:45pm 4/11/07 3:45pm

NOPI Drag and Drift Qualifier in Dallas

NOPI Motorsports is taking the straight and sideways line together by combining its drag racing series with drift action. While the NOPI drift announcement was made last fall at SEMA, the reality starts this weekend with drift qualifying at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas. The Motorplex will host qualifying for the NOPI… » 3/09/07 2:25pm 3/09/07 2:25pm


At the drivers' meeting before the D1GP All-Star event, Keiichi "Drift King" Tsuchiya calmly asked those gathered how many were driving hachi-rokus. Seven raised their hands. Drivers of the venerable high-winding AE86 Toyota Corollas were to receive special instructions. In a field increasingly filled with… » 12/23/06 1:04pm 12/23/06 1:04pm

Team Orange Cleans Up at D1GP Final Round

We would like to think that if Meatwad were to drive a race car of any kind it would be a drift machine. Perhaps an AE86, more likely a Starion. The truth is we desperately need more characters in motorsport - cartoon or not. The one place on four wheels where there is absolutely no shortage of characters is… » 12/19/06 11:54am 12/19/06 11:54am

Jalopnik Holiday Gift Guide: Kumakubo and Tanaka Endorse Antonio's…

With the D1GP World Championship and World All Star events rolling out at Irwindale Speedway this Saturday and Sunday, it seems only fitting to have Team Orange drivers Kumakubo and Tanaka along with Antonio Alvendia himself wish you all a jingle bells. Antonio's book Drifting: Sideways from Japan to America is… » 12/15/06 5:56pm 12/15/06 5:56pm

For Tire-Smoking Time, Make it Dorifto Time: Drift vs. Grip

Your friend and ours, the inimitable Starlet-hustling Starion lover, the enviable and thoroughly-mighty Bumbeck went and checked out the Drift vs. Grip event at Irwindale. Motorsports enthusiast and champion thrower of barbecues, Cole Coonce tagged along and summed it up thusly:
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We once threw our old roommate's…

Doriftorama! NASCAR Gets Sideways at Irwindale

We swear, our brain is so muddled these days that we'd forgotten to mention that the D1GP boys take on the NASCAR guys in the Drift vs. Grip challenge tomorrow. When the D1GP hit Las Vegas over a month ago, Toshiki Yoshioka, driver of the driftastic Malcontent Bee AE86 took the win from a certain Kumokubo-san in a… » 8/30/06 9:45pm 8/30/06 9:45pm

Toshiki Yoshioka Wins Vegas D1GP Event

We love Toshiki Yoshioka. When other guys are out on the pro drifting circuit making anywhere from 300-500hp, Yoshioka still kicks it old-school Initial D-style in an AE86 literally held together with tape, zip-ties and Bondo. Coming out of Irwindale's bank during last winter's D1GP event, his wee car sounded like an… » 7/18/06 7:00pm 7/18/06 7:00pm

Jalopnik Hits the D1GP

We've gotta admit, we've been kind of skeptical on the whole drifting thing here in the US. Sure, we love sideways hoonage as much as the next guy. We've seen the demos at SEMA and the coverage on TV which kind of led us to believe it was big with the yoyo boys, but Bumbeck convinced us to come out and check out last… » 12/23/05 5:08am 12/23/05 5:08am