Drifters at Road Atlanta


Drifting — a sport that can be traced back to cars merging onto the New Jersey Turnpike — returns to Road Atlanta on Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11, 2013.

The version of drifting practiced by DriftAtlanta isn’t like those hostile Yankees in “fast and furious” movies.  Drifting in the South — the final frontier of mannered mankind — is more like “fast and elegant.”

Crazoid yoots drifting at Road Atlanta. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sure, most people define drifting as “crazoid yoots going around corners sideways a million miles an hour in stripped down Hot Wheels cars with perky beauties cheering them on.”  But there’s more.  So much more.

For example:  Atlanta’s Slammed Society will put on display a “lifestyle car show” featuring jaw-dropping, perfectly dialed-in low riders, classics, drift and race cars.  Extreme styling with expert craftsmanship, creativity and attention to detail is a trademark of the Slammed Society car show.

There will be live music, contests, freebies and the prettiest girls this side of Boston.  Drift on down to the shelf above the Formula Drift Paddock between no0n and 6 PM on Saturday.  Sorry, no drooling on the cars will be allowed.  Please BYOB (bring your own bib).

If your grandmother lets you borrow her Civic for the weekend and she wants to know why you’re taking the backseat out, give her this description of drifting:

“Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motor sport that calls for drivers to control a car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked course.  Drifiting is similar to rally racing, but is done on a closed, paved course.  Judging is based on execution and style, rather than just time, Gramma.”

Then boogie before she sees you put the numbered decal on her door.

It’s for her own good.  You don’t want to scare her.  Right?

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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