Write-up by Travis Wolcott. Video from Amazing and Crazy Videos.
If you're anything like me, you've looked up at multistory garages with their corkscrew ramps and thought about what they might be like echoing with the sound of horsepower and choked with tire smoke. If you're anything like the guy in this video, you thought that, remembered you had a hot-rodded little BMW 3-Series, some cameras, a buddy with a chase car and a couple of free minutes to drift it... without bothering to close it down.
Drifting is one of those guilty pleasures for many, even us road racers. I love watching the track come at me through the side window and practicing my dance moves, even if it's not the fastest way around. When a car is being held in a drift, it's hypersensitive to every new input on the throttle and steering, adjusting the angle and speed to suit your needs. It takes finely tuned car control, and a certain amount of bravery. In the case of the garage ramp, we can see an ample dose of throttle is letting the little BMW slither up the ramp, hanging the tail way out, smoke pouring off the back end. Just like we always imagined.
Those of you with drift cars know what I'm on about. For those of you who haven't given it a shot yet, I don't recommend your first practice to be on a garage ramp just wide enough to fit the length of your car in a slide. But still, when you do get it, it will never fail to put a smile on your face.
This Tokyo Drift-style exhibition is a reminder that you don't need the latest 600 hp supercar to have fun driving. Whatever you've got, find a way to enjoy it. That's what it's all about.