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Spirit of the Streets - Sportsland Tamada

Vegas Drift hosts grassroots event on replica Japanese course emphasizing style above all else

May 25, 2018
Photographer: David Karey

We are extremely late with our Spirit of the Streets: Tamada Sportsland coverage (all apologies to the drivers and event organizers, Vegas Drift), which happened back in March. We had sent a bunch of questions post event inquiring about the track day to Vegas Drift but never heard from them, then the photos got forgotten, and, well, here we are, a few months past when we would've ideally liked to have run the image gallery. Sorry.

The grassroots affair was held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the facility's EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) lot, which is just west of the superspeedway, but the course was configured to mimic Sportsland Tamada, a karting circuit repurposed for drifting that's in the south of Japan. The two-day event was completely sold out, reaching its max capacity of drivers and cars, and unlike many other grassroots-level events a zero-tolerance appearance policy was adapted—meaning the cars were supposed to at least look 100 percent, per Vegas Drift. This meant entries with missing panels, panels mismatched in color, and those rocking the "drift missile" look were excluded, making for some really great photography (provided the driver could actually drift, of course).

Enjoy our shooter David Karey's bevy of images (we should probably apologize to him, too, for sitting on these so long), and if you want to learn more about the next Spirit of the Streets you should visit their Facebook page and the Vegas Drift FB.

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