The Art of Drifting
What is Drifting? Its a driving technique that involves entering turns at high angles of attack and high speed by intentionally "skidding" the rear tires during the maneuver. The cars are tortured around the track, pushing their limits as they enter each corner faster, sooner, and more aggressively. What it all boils down to is maintaining complete control of your vehicle while appearing to have no control over the vehicle.
There is one thing that separates drifting from other forms of high performance driving: Grace. While numbers, lap times, and finishing placement matter in all other forms of competition, in drifting what matters is finesse, showmanship, and consistancy.
This photograph was taken at the DG Trials drift event in 2008 at Nashville Super Speedway. The car shown is an S13 chassis Nissan 240SX (also known as the Nissan Silvia in Japan) with an S15 (two generation newer model Silvia) front end.
The driver of the photograph is Nick Thomas, who unfortunately wrecked the car later on at Hot Import Nights in Nashville.