This past weekend saw the arrival of Europe’s premier drifting series, Extreme Drift Allstars 2014, to Riga, Latvia. This Baltic metropolis is Latvia’s capital city, and home to some of the most die-hard drifting enthusiasts in Europe. Riga would be the stage for the fourth round of the 2014 championship, succeeding London, Sosnova in Czech Republic, Mantorp Park in Sweden and preceeding Tallinn in Estonia, Kaunas in Lithuania and the final in Warsaw, Poland.
Last year, Nitto Tire decided to hold an all-encompassing event to celebrate automotive enthusiasm and the broad range of cultures it has spawned. From classic Japanese economy cars, to brand-new European sports coupes, and even lifted off-road trucks, Nitto invited all of Southern California’s car guys out for an afternoon of drifting, giveaways, and most importantly, a good old-fashioned car show, free of charge.
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Day by day, E30 M3 prices rise. Just a few years ago, $10,000 was a fair price to ask for a well-sorted car, and now, it’s not hard to find stripped shells selling for nearly the same. In all, the M3 is experiencing its birth as a true collector’s car. BMW enthusiasts are now scrambling to find the last remaining cars that have avoided the “collector’s tax.
Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast day is just around the corner once again. This year, hundreds upon hundreds of cars will gather at the Angels’ Stadium for a Saturday full of automotive fun. Admission is free for all, with drift demos, a car giveway, raffles and prizes, and plenty of vendors in attendance. Despite last year’s torrential downpour, the show went on as one of SoCal’s best large-scale car gatherings.
There’s something doubtlessly special about understated, overlooked, high-horsepower, tire-burning five-door estates. It’s a niche market, but those who find themselves in it tend to commit, through and through. From factory offerings to garage built beasts, hatchback sedans are rarely described as more than “unassuming.