There’s a part of me that respects the JDM scene – for those unsure, JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) is buying a Japanese import and maintaining or modifying it with 100% Japanese parts. I also like the Japanese culture and their car scene that goes hand in hand with keeping a car JDM. There’s something almost geeky about it, and I fear this is what appeals to me. It means surfing for parts and being strangely satisfied the car’s heritage remains in tact.
I own a Subaru Impreza WRX, although it isn’t JDM. This led me into considering an import but didn’t fancy ragging a daily driver, also the WRX’s 4WD system doesn’t really allow for drifting. Keeping my WRX and what is essentially a toy separate is what I thought the best solution.
So with that little dilemma dealt with, I then considered a good drift car – I’ve always liked the look of the retro Nissan 200SX, especially when they are transformed into drifters.
Although drifters make it look fairly simple, it isn’t. A lot of people think you just floor it, over-steer, and then hold it, but there’s more to it than that. There are a handful of ways to initiate a drift too, but once you’ve managed a drift, it has you… for life.
Talking to drifters online, I’ve learnt a thing or two, and the most common problems they face is A. Money and B. No social life.
I’ve taken these points into consideration but am not (as yet) deterred. I get that I’ll get through more tyres and clutches than I’ll eat hot dinners, but it’s still cheaper than some hobbies, I guess.
If anyone reading this is a drifter or a Nissan 200SX owner, tell me your woes in the comment box; I’d love to hear them.