Posted Jul 26th 2012 5:30PM
There can only be one undisputed Drift King . Forget what you heard about American drifters, New Zealanders or Swedish transplants, the boss is still Keiichi Tsuchiya. The 56 year old native of Japan has driven everything in every style and has basically pioneered the art of going sideways.
Tsuchiya-san has been a staple of countless D1 Grand Prix events both on track and on the judging panel. He has starred in many Japanese videos such as Best Motoring and of course, Option DVDs. His skills are difficult to match even in the grip world where he has accomplished a lot over the years. And now he has been contracted by Toyota UK to promote a new contest surrounding the launch of the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S)
Dubbed "Drift Sprint" the timed drift of a barrel course looks remarkably like Gymkhana. But hey, they are British and do drive on the wrong side of the road just to be different. The contest calls out wannabe pro drifters to take a stab at the record times posted. Tsuchiya laid down the law well ahead of Autocar's Steve Sutcliffe and Top Gear Magazine's Ollie Marriage to no surprise of anyone watching!
Check out the blog for more details or even better, check out the video after the jizzump.
Video Source: YouTube