A few days before this event, I got into a discussion with an older gentleman who believed that “kids these days” no longer care about the function of their cars. He believed that current generation of car enthusiasts only care about the insta-fame; getting likes and followers by focusing all their efforts on the ascetics of their vehicle while leaving behind performance. His accusations claimed young enthusiasts killed Hot Rodding. But he’s wrong. Hot Rodding isn’t dead.
We just call it drifting.
Welcome to Riverside Drift #1, where the grassroots Hot Rodding movement is alive and well. Instead of ’32 Fords, we have ’91 Nissans. Instead of classic Lincolns, we have classic Corollas.
Riverside Drift is held at the Sportsdrome Speedway in Clarksville, Indiana. It’s an event put on by local enthusiasts and the idea is that as long as you have a helmet and a RWD car that can pass a tech inspection, you can pay a fee of $95 and thrash your car for hours on a racetrack.
Riverside Drift is new, and this was their first event. Approximately 20 cars attended, despite the gloomy weather.
A few cones bravely laid down their lives.
The Hot Rodding mindset is alive and well within drifting, especially at events such as this. These are ordinary people that have built these cars in their garages with the intent of going sideways very fast. Many of these cars drove to the event, and drove home. Locally grown events like Riverside Drift remind us of what being what a car enthusiast is all about: getting out there with your friends and having a great time.
If you’d like to be a part of the next Riverside Drift event on July 24th, 2016, check them out on Facebook: