Round One of Formula Drift has concluded, but the scent of rubber lingers. The streets of Long Beach, California are scarred and tattered, ripped to shreds by the screaming tires of today’s top 16, and the smoke was never given a chance to dissipate as today’s drivers battled it out for the first podium of the series. Cars smashed and bashed their way through the afternoon, and the podium was met with both familiar and new faces.
Formula Drift is back.
It’s been an almost unbearable wait since the 2011 season came to an end with Daijiro Yoshihara as the reigning champion. As expected, he made a return to defend his title; however, the streets of long beach will certainly not be a mere repeat of years past. The 2012 Formula Drift season is only a few hours underway, yet makes huge promises of excitement and surprises.
There’s a good chance that if you live anywhere close to fellow like-minded car enthusiasts, you get together with some regularity “shop talk” and wrench sessions. It’s one of the beautiful things about the car community: its ability to unify and bring people together in the name of an interest love we all share. It’s a bond that is simply inexplainable to those who don’t share it with us..
The lowrider scene has enamored and captivated us for as long as we can remember. It’s a realm in which every minute detail is thought out, each car expressing more individuality than we could ever dream of. No bolt left un-chromed, no surface left un-etched, and no panel left un-flaked. It is the culmination of decades of culture combined with automotive heritage and enthusiasm.
It’s not every day that someone comes along with the intent to change the car scene in its entirety. After all, with the attitude most of the community has these days, that’s not too far removed from trying to move mountains. However, the thought of hard work along with the trials and tribulations of building outside the box was not nearly enough to scare away Kyle Ranauro.