Drift racing squeals into Mission Valley
PABLO – Revving engines, screeching tires and the smell of burning rubber brought the old Pablo Plum Creek log yard to life during the second edition of the annual Montana Drift Bash.
A total of 30 vehicles and their drivers from around Montana, Idaho and Washington took part in the two-day event, which showcased their drifting skills and techniques.
Drifting originated in Japan and was made famous in “The Fast and Furious” film franchise. It’s a style of driving where the driver intentionally over-steers when going around corners resulting in loss of traction in the rear wheels. The driver then attempts to maintain control and drive the vehicle through the entirety of the corner.
Mission Valley residents Theron and Nicole Whiting organized the event and explained the goal of bringing this motorsport to the valley. “There are no drifting events in Montana,” Nicole said, “so, instead of sitting and complaining about it, we decided to do something about it.”
The event gave an opportunity for advanced and amateur drivers to get behind the wheel and practice sliding around and smoking the tires in a safe environment -- away from the streets.
Mike Cavazos is a drift racer from Helena who described the bash as a “fun event where everyone can come hang out and have a blast goofing off with friends.”
More advanced drivers were able to drift through the course at the same time while amateur drivers took turns one-at-a-time to hone their skills.
Theron and Nicole Whiting hope to continue spreading awareness about the motorsport and grow the bash into a bi-annual event.