The month of December is an overall festive time of year that brings friends and families together for joyous celebrations. Specifically, for the East Coast grassroots drift community, it’s time for the annual 100 Drifters of December event hosted by Summit Point Motorsports Park and Drift Nirvana. This two-day “Slide Festival” draws in over a 100+ homegrown and semi-pro drifters. They travel from several surrounding states to this awesome track located in small town West Virginia. For drivers, spectators, tailgaters,and photographers alike, a good time to be had by all!
What a better way to start off my recent move to Maryland than a big grassroots drift event? Drift Nirvana’s yearly 100 drifters of December is exactly what it sounds like, to assemble 100+ drifters and invade every inch of Summit Point Motorsports park, a huge track nestled in a small town in West Virginia. What makes this event unique isn’t just the sheer amount of local and semi-pro drifters sliding around, but rather how they give drifters a choice on which track they’d like to drift. Yes. Multiple tracks all at once, kind of like how they do it at Ebisu in Japan.
Something you don’t see everyday, courtesy of NORIYARO.
From our trip to Formula D Final round at Irwindale: If the batmobile was a Mustang and instead of gattling guns, it had cameras, this would be the result.
Picture taken by the one and only Danh Phan DPhan@maydaygarage.com
As we finally come to a close on our epic coverage of FormulaD Final Round, I wanted to make a final post about everything else there is to see attending one of these massive drift events as seen through our camera lenses. Sit back, sip on some coffee, and enjoy the photos!
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As I’m writing this on my way back from Mineral Wells, TX in DFan’s comfy 4 door civic, I can’t help but think how dedicated a lot of Texas Drifters are. I bitch and moan about a 5 hour drive to a sleepy town that nobody has heard of, but these guys not only make that same drive, but they also wrench on their cars all the way up to the last minute for these drift events held by Fabricated Motorsports. These guys are pretty serious when it comes to making these events, and this event was no different.
In part one, I kinda went over how my past experiences with FormulaD were, all on a high note. Being at FormulaD Atlanta was something else. It was like what I remember from the Houston event, but on some serious roids. They say everything in Texas is bigger, which for the most part is true, but I gotta hand it to Atlanta, they knew what was up.