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 it 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?
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!
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.
Teams with often daft, incoherent (awesome) names started forming and running the touge together.
It’s crazy to think that the cars people chose to drift almost 20 years ago, we still choose and lust after today?
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 £20k in today’s money!
As always some people went for something a little different than the popular choices, such as a GX71 Toyota Mark II.
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.
Keep it simple people.
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!