Drifting: Sideways From Japan to America

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Motorbooks, Aug 1, 2006 - Transportation - 128 pages
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Dreamed up by drivers trying to outdo each other on the mountain passes of Japan, the art of the sideways descent of a switchback-what Wired described as "the fishtailing ballet of burning rubber called drifting"-has made it to the United States in a big way. What began as a new kind of daredevil driving among teens has, over two decades, become a sanctioned sport, making its way across the Pacific through video games and magazines, anime and the Internet, to take root in California's fertile underground racing culture. Drifting tells the story of drifting from its arrival on the West Coast to its emergence as the hottest form of motorsport in the United States. A dramatic visual record of the sport in America that includes over 400 photos, the book also profiles the people, teams, techniques, web sites, publications, videos, and trends that have made drifting the phenomenon that it is today. For the curious newcomer, author Antonio Alvendia's introduction succinctly explains what drifting is, setting the stage for the thrilling automotive drama that then unfolds. For the veteran drifting fan, this book is the first illustrated book on the latest motorsport to conquer the world.

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The Drifting Book by Antonio Alvendia is a great piece showing the evolution of Drifting in America. Aside from the amazing photography printed on each page the book paints a clear picture of the growth of Drifting from day 1 to the present. Follow the likes of Formula D, D1GP, and Drift Day from their early days in the United States to the present. Over at Wrecked Magazine we are huge fans of the book and cannot wait for Antonio Alvendia to produce a sequel.  

About the author (2006)

Antonio Alvendia is a freelance photographer and writer living in Covina, California. A lifelong Japanese car enthusiast, he has been involved in drifting since its introduction to the United States and presently serves as the emcee for events held by the professional drifting series, Formula D.

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