90s STYLE: Know Your Roots

Yoshinori Koguchi 180sx

As a lot of you will already know, drifting has been around in the UK since the early 2000s. Around that time people were getting to grips with itΒ  and the Driftworks community was slowly growing in size. In Japan it was growing at an astonishing rate, the D1 Grand Prix was in full swing, drivers were constantly raising the bar for driving talent, and it wasn’t long till the championship arrived at our shores with the D1GP Exhibition Match in October 2005.

But what about before then?

1990s Toyota Corolla drift team

Call me sad, but I have a pretty much geek like fascination with the history of drifting, the way it’s developed over the years and the stories behind it. So I like to try and dig around Japanese websites to find scraps of information and old photographs (usually photographs OF old photographs), as I think it’s pretty cool to see what it was like back in the 90s!

silvia on the touge

The touge was of course the home ground for a lot of drifting across Japan in the 1990s. Big groups of young guys would head up to the mountains and practice sliding their Nissans, Toyotas, Mazdas and other RWD cars through the turns.

1990s 180sx drift team

Teams with often daft, incoherent (awesome) names started forming and running the touge together.

Sileighty parked up

It’s crazy to think that the cars people chose to drift almost 20 years ago, we still choose and lust after today?

R32 GTR drift

If you had the money you could go down a more expensive route. An R32 GT-R would have probably set you back over way Β£20k in today’s money!

Mark II GX71

As always some people went for something a little different than the popular choices, such as a GX71 Toyota Mark II.

AE86 high camber

My favourite thing about the 1990s though is the styling. Sure they’re not all slammed, have perfect wheel fitment and have huge bodykits and wings, but this era of drift car style set the foundations and trends for a lot of what we see today, and to me, still looks the better than most drift cars around now.

Sileighty 90s style

Keep it simple people.

Tezuka crash

Finally I’ll leave you with this picture of someone who looks an awful lot like a young Tsuyoshi Tezuka sitting in the back of a busted up PS13 Silvia!

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Billy
Billy
10 years ago

Fantastic first blog! Can’t wait to see more of your top notch work Dan!

mitto
mitto
10 years ago

your dorkness makes me totally happy diddle!

exact
exact
10 years ago

Really. Thanks for this article. Was a pleasure to read. Nice work to get all those Pictures, it was really interesting. πŸ™‚ More! ;D

Lozzy
Lozzy
10 years ago

Cool little article there!

sparky
sparky
10 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClMCz_Y7Sho and here is a nice vid part 1 to part 6 about all these cars filmed in the 90ss

Al
Al
10 years ago

Brilliant read. πŸ™‚

Jimsfactory
Jimsfactory
10 years ago

Look how pretty the cars looked it’s a simple rule no stickers on the paint.

Bamber
Bamber
10 years ago

Great post my good man. The 90’s was my favourite time for drift car styling and you’ve summed everything up perfectly! Great read, Keep ’em coming brother

jeqpe
jeqpe
10 years ago

dude that was awesome reading!!! want more!:D

Ian.G
Ian.G
10 years ago

DW Blog cherry popped.

Really enjoyed that man. Not a hovercraft in sight.

RayJDM
RayJDM
10 years ago

Woa awesome work! I think thats something we all dig πŸ˜€ Give us more of this πŸ˜‰

iamben
iamben
10 years ago

Freddy, Your blog pleases my eye pussy.
Good shit son.

Tobes
Tobes
10 years ago

Awesome Work Dude, great read..

Paz
Paz
10 years ago

Look at the Liberty Road twin cam Phil… Its gonna be sweeet!

henrique
henrique
10 years ago

awesome.i’ve that kind of fascination too. πŸ˜€ love those cars.

phil@driftworks
phil@driftworks
10 years ago

Nice work Dan!!
Particularly loving the 86. Mines going to look extremely similar.

dugnas
dugnas
10 years ago

Had to born earlier..
Nice article πŸ™‚

Clare louise
Clare louise
10 years ago

Whey Daniel! Sick post πŸ™‚

Kay
Kay
10 years ago

Awesome Article

tim
tim
10 years ago

wicked article dude. loving Dexter Fletcher in the last pic, and love the stickers! nice work.

Ryan
Ryan
10 years ago

Haha looks like Tez alrite

TylerG
TylerG
10 years ago

Such a good article.

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