Certainly, our days are inundated with a constant barrage of misery and disappointment. We are Indiana Joneses, escaping from our own crumbling temples filled with danger only to have our treasures snatched from our hands as we think we reach safety. But we do have our moments of glee, few more gleeful than this video of Japanese drifting from 2003.

Video Option recorded qualifying at Ebisu for the D1 Grand Prix event there oh those many short years ago. A few blinks of our eyes and the top-level professional cars seen in this video are the kind you now find in local amateur drift events across the world today, run by kids engine-swapping Nissans in their driveways. Horsepower figures are in the low hundreds not thousands. Paint jobs are metal flake and chrome.


Look at the vigorous hand-motions attacking the legendary Ebisu course, seven years before Daigo Saito famously hit the opening turn as a jump.

Look at these big speeds! Feel the wind of humanity whip past your glazed eyes, and sting.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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