Keep Drifting Fun

Keep Drifting Fun

2012, Sports  -   5 Comments
Ratings: 6.72/10 from 50 users.

Motorsport enthusiasts turned indie filmmakers, Will Roegge and Joshua Herron, introduce viewers to the sport of "drifting" in this short-form documentary. The film opens with competitive drifters acknowledging that the sport of drifting may be ridiculous, likening it to the risk/thrill dynamic of skydiving. "Who in their right mind wants to jump out of a plane?" - one interviewee asks - but ultimately the answer is simple and direct: it's fun. And to take it on the word of those interviewed, once you try drifting you'll never want to stop.

Drifting itself is a driving technique in which the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction which results in the rear slip angle to be greater than the front slip angle, to the degree that the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction of the turn. Think spinning out on an icy, winter road, but on purpose.

Taking viewers on a tour of drifting events around the country, the filmmakers capture interviews with drifters both amateur and professional. The film mixes personal perspectives on drifting with extensive action footage of the sport itself, which seems to land somewhere between traditional car racing and demolition derby. Many of the participants interviewed liken the rush of drifting to that of other action sports such as BMX biking and skateboarding, and suggest drifting is a natural next step for those who may be looking for a similar high-speed thrill with less of the direct physical impact of riding a bike or board.

Those on the professional end of the spectrum reflect on how they became interested in drifting and the time it took to learn how to drift properly through practice in controlled spaces and on the advice of others active in the sport. The interview subjects each place an emphasis on drifting "for the right reasons" with credit given to Matt Petty, co-founder of Club Loose, one of the leading drifting communities, for being focused on having fun and drifting for the pleasure of it over the pursuit of monetary sponsorships. Explaining that more money goes into drifting than is made from it, those looking to make the commitment to drifting are cautioned to pursue it for passion over profit.

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5 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Joep Cox

    Keep Drifting Fun

    The documentary gives you a watch about the People that are drifting an why they do. The people meet each other at the skate park whit them BMX or skateboards. They are all friends with each other. When they get older they start playing with cars and start to drift. People with a big trailer and an expensive car usually earn no money they do it because they have fun. People meet each other and become friends for their lifetime.

    Drifting is a expensive hobby. People that drift don`t buy expensive things they buy new parts for the car. There are so many events and the people have fun. To show that drifting has become accessible to everyone and it is very nice. They have shot with all sorts of cameras and all different angles and they have shown you all events and places. I think it`s a good documentary about the wold off drifting.

    I am real hyped about it. It`s cool that they show all sorts of drifting events. I`d like to see people drift and I hope sometime to do it by myself. I think you now understand why they are drifting and that they do it for fun. And not because they want to be cool. They don`t buy expensive phone`s or iPods they buy new parts to make their cars better.

    I think this is a good sport to meet people all over the place.

    And just drift.

  2. Richard Neva

    This is all the rage in Arabia where the kids of the oil kings race their high end daddy's cars in the sand. Nothing really new here but looks like fun if you have money to burn.

  3. John Mulvihill

    As a life-long motorhead I'm pretty tolerant about how other ppl express their car lust. This film's problem is, it's not for motorheads. There's nothing about the goals of competition or the tech aspects of the cars.

    Instead we get a lifestyle movie about would-be hipsters who have outgrown BMX bicycles but aren't ready to move out of their parents' basements.

    This Midwestern subculture is, I think, an out-there offshoot of the sport. On the Coast I've yet to see a bearded longhair white guy power sliding a slammed BRZ on a gnarly track. Mostly it's Asian rich kids in designer clothes with $50K into their rides.

    But hey, when you're young it's fun to do something you can share with buddies, and any kind of motorsport beats sitting on your ass watching sports on TV.

  4. Crab_Nebula

    Back in the Mid 70's to mid 80's this was called "putting a V8 in a Chevy Vega / Monza"

  5. User_1

    Sorry but drifting is not awesome. If you're driving like that on public roads, you're an i*iot! Hope you get caught and hit hard by it.

    You really want to see some drifting that is used for competition? Look at WRC racing. Every car would beat the crap out these cars shown! Yeah most at WRC are factory sponsored teams, but they actually have a competion with podium finishers! Not some degenerates with cars setup to have ALOT of oversteer.