After throwing its fourth and final event for the 2015 season, the Street Driven Tour – a collaborative effort between longtime drifting authorities at Wrecked Magazine, U.S. Drift, HyperFest, and NASA, among others – celebrated its inaugural season on a positive note at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Street Driven's format is simple yet effective: Bring a full day (or weekend) of laid-back, open-to-all, bash-style drifting to enthusiasts, highlighted by the involvement of top professional drifters, some of today's most influential car-show series, and recreational "drift mini-games," held at some of the best motorsports facilities in the country.
After a successful debut event at Virginia International Raceway for the 2015 HyperFest weekend, Street Driven moved next to St. Louis' Gateway Motorsports Park with show coordinators Rival House, and then to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a collaboration with SouthrnFresh, before throwing the Vegas bash with help from Vegas Drift, Stance Wars (who drew noticeable participation from Lowballers, Euro Squad, Team Hybrid and others), and hundreds of the Southwest's most loyal drift wheelmen and women, fans, and extended fam.
Big names included those of the "Flat Black Brigade," a trio of top Formula Drift (FD) pros in borrowed flat-black rides: Chris Forsberg drifting Corey Hosford's supercharged, V8-swapped Nissan 350Z retired FD competition car; Odi Bakchis, behind the wheel of his S13 240SX previous FD competition car; and Matt Powers also wheeling his previous FD comp car, a flat-black S14 with red wheels and Nitto livery.
Also fielding a rental was Geoff Stoneback in Forrest Wang's "Get Nuts" S14, while Forrest took to the tarmac in his current S15 FD whip. Pat Mordaunt killed it for about 15 minutes in his white S14 missile car (before it broke down in true missile-car fashion), Brandon Wicknick and Juha Rintanen killed tire in their 2JZ-swapped S13 and S14 FD comp cars, respectively, as did Faruk Kugay in his S14, and Andy Hateley and Pro 2 champ Alex Heilbrunn in a pair of buff BMW M3s.
Now, onto those drift mini-games; do you remember G4TV's shortly lived "Flip a Bitch" competition, where celebrity drivers tried their hand at sliding into parking spaces with the greatest precision and finesse? Well, Street Driven Tour has something like that, where drivers manji and drift sideways next to a wall of cardboard boxes, competing to see who can come to rest the closest. And among all the aforementioned big names, damn it if a girl didn't win the whole thing. After a fast, smoky entry, Rathyna Gomer and her silver 350Z came to rest a mere nine inches from the wall.
Other drift mini-games included Drift Soccer, in which competitors attempted to drift-tap a Tee'd soccer ball into a goal (which Forrest Wang won with the most forceful smack we've seen all season); the Skid Pad Challenge where another girl, road-racing champ Michele Abbate, embarrassed all the boys with the .89-g performance of her USTCC-prepped Scion FR-S (especially the lousy .57-g squealed out by AmDrift.com's David Kearney and his white, '15 Toyota Corolla rental); and of course, the Hoonigan Tire Massacre burnout contest, won by St. Louis burnout winner Brandon Wicknick, whose 2JZ-powered 3rd/4th-gear smokies engulfed the entire crowd and was very possibly visible from the Vegas Strip miles away.
Street Driven Tour's 2016 calendar of events has already materialized, and if any of their tour stops are within driving range from you, register, spread the word, and prepare yourself for an awesome experience.