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Opinions on drifting?

Discussion in 'General Automotive Talk' started by NickJ, Apr 24, 2013.

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  1. NickJ

    NickJ Member Founding Member Top Contributor 3rd

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    What are your opinions on drifting? Is it a fad? Is it bad for a car? Do you, or have you ever participated in it? I think it's an interesting automobile-involved activity. And a lot safer than drag racing, for certain.
     
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  2. Bigbenny

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    I have always wished that I could perform a drift one day, but I have never had the opportunity to do it, I'm always scared of my car rolling over to the side or worse I could end up hurting people. But its one of the things on my to do list. :)
     
  3. NickJ

    NickJ Member Founding Member Top Contributor 3rd

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    Well a lot of these drifters seem to be very young and have their technique under control and pretty well in hand. I think you have to test or practice first on an empty track and there are spaces that can be rented out, for such practices. Depends on where you live though.
     
  4. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Practice is a good idea. One option is to go to events and talk to drivers. They can give you tips. You also need the rear drive car a money for tires.

    James
     
  5. pilot2fly

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    I've always wanted to learn how to drift. I'm sure drift cars go through a LOT of tires. I'm sure money is required!
     
  6. Jen M.

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    It looks good on the television/in the movies. I think it is quite dangerous without proper training. Even with proper training and experience, I am sure it is still dangerous. I love the sound of drifting because it gives me a sort of adrenaline rush.
     
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    bsge11 Active Member Founding Member

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    If a person knows the skills and has experience then there shouldn't be a problem doing drifting. Also that the track they perform on is also safe and clear of people, buildings, and other things. It looks dangerous but with all the safety and concerns done, it shouldn't be that bad.
     
  8. Bigbenny

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    Requires a lot of co-ordination and skill which definitely comes from constant practice and learning, and with that, comes the money :)
     
  9. NickJ

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    It's only dangerous in Oakland where they do this yearly drifting event. Sometimes, the stupid kids get close to the cars and end up getting smacked off their feet by the back of the vehicle as in spins in place. Teenagers....:thumbsdown:
     
  10. Bigbenny

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    Hahaha, nice one :roflmao: yeh, I think it's part of growing up, I look back to my teenage years and I than k God that I'm still alive, things which looked cool then are just plain dangerous and stupid when I thinkn of them now. Well, dangerous or not, drifting is just one of those things I got to do before I get too old and I start thinking of drifting as being "childish" and dangerous :)
     
  11. Motorhead4000

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    I think drifting is pretty cool. Of course, it depends on where the drifting takes places - if it's in public places then of course that's not really a good idea. I think it probably take some skill in order to drift efficiently too.
     
  12. Bigbenny

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    of course drifting in public places is a no no, but it appears to be thrilling, lol, oh how I wish I could do it.
     
  13. NickJ

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    Most drifting usually takes place in places where the cops aren't. Like open spaces, parking lots, and usually at night. Because most people are at home. Drifting is not as illegal as street racing, but still is illegal because you need permits to rent a space, and of course the noise issues. But most drifting that isn't always cracked down on takes place in Europe or urban environments.
     
  14. Bigbenny

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    When you say
    drifting isn't as illegal as street racing, does that mean that it is somewhat legal? lol
     
  15. NickJ

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    Well, drifting would be looked upon by the cops as a form of hazardous behavior. Kind of like setting off fireworks in a residential neighborhood sometimes? Cops won't arrest anyone for it depending on the age of those involved. But if they find under age drinking, or drugs on anyone at the event, then there's a problem. But if a group of four people are drifting in some big lot on the edge of town. And someone dials 911, the worst they'll get is an illegal trespassing or disturbing the peace fine.
     
  16. Bigbenny

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    Hmm, you seem to be quite knowledgeable on drifting Nick :thumbsup: , are you a law enforcement official, drifter or just a guy who knows enough about the law and how not to get a ticket while drifting, and how to set off fireworks in residential neighborhood :D?
     
  17. NickJ

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    I hang out with drifters during the Summer. As a spectator I don't face any issues. But I give them pointers on where to and not to drift sometimes. Drifting can be fun to watch when you don't have to constantly look over your shoulder for the police.
     
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    I don't drift my car as my father never going to allow me. He always say drifting is injurious to car's health!

    One thing is for sure..drifting is far better than dragging.
     
  19. CobraMike

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    I usually do it a couple of times on the first day of really heavy snow here, just for fun really and only when the roads are clear and I'm not endangering anyone, of course it's all low speed and can't be compared with the pro drifters, it's just something for giggles hehe. Always fun to see the passengers grab hold of whatever they can when the back of the car starts going :D
     
  20. sidney

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    Well, for me, drifting is sort of considered an "art" in driving. I don't mind watching other people do it, but I don't think I would try learning how to do it, since I'm not that brave.
     
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