July 26, 2003: Drift Day 7, Fontana
Drift Day 7 was lots of fun! I got to test out my new suspension and LSD on the track,
and I was impressed! The car was much more eager to start sliding and slide out too far...
It's time to start tuning my car for better grip! Nadine did great! She was getting pretty
consistent at drifting figure-8s, donuts, and even wider radius donuts!
I went out with Ken Gushi in his dad's AE86... and I tried to drift it.
I sat as Ken drove it and he opened my eyes... I was
doing it totally wrong! I think you have to drive an ae86 as if it is bounded by its
inherent characteristics, but that you are only limited by your ability to to exceed
its limitations. I mean... I see S13 drivers out there with
big power and good skill... but an s13 is so easy to drift - I often tell people that
it feels almost like a video game and not a real car. Anyway, I got back into the ae86
and drove it like there was no tomorrow... hard on the throttle at all times, kicking
the clutch to compensate for its lack of power... now I understand why it's so fun to
drift an ae86! I think watching a person drift in an ae86 is a better expression of their
skill than it is watching the same person drift in an S13. Strange revelation, eh?
Needless to say, I was kicking the clutch in my car the entire day... Exedy is AWESOME.
Note: Thank you Kyle for the pictures. I'll cut people on your behalf.