By Marika Mohammed. Drifting in Trinidad has been around much longer than anyone would admit, but it has been only three years that the sport became official. The Trinidad and Tobago Drifters Association held its most recent drifters event in Wallerfield on November 27, 2016. It was an entertaining occasion where drivers got to show off their skills and fancy cars to the audience. It wasn’t a competition.
The chaos is real at a drifters event
There are clubs one can join like any other sport and train to become a professional. However, if you are like me, no skills, or ability to drive doesn’t mean you are left out of the excitement. There’s the pit area where one can get up close and personal with the cars and see the chaos that goes on behind the scenes to making these drifters on point. The chaos is real. Everywhere one can hear shouts and screams running left and right, engines raging, tools dropping and pit crews hard at work gearing up their vehicles. Men hustle to change tyres, fix bumpers or add some finishing swag to their rides.
Riding along with drifters
Then there’s the ride along. It’s the best part for those of us who are used to sitting on the side lines. It’s where the driver takes individuals for a first-hand experience of drifting. The experience gives you an adrenaline rush. There’s this sudden burst of speed as soon as you hit the track and then an instant swing and stop all at the same time and back to lightning speed. It’s intense, so if you think that there’s nothing to drifting, think again.
Supporting the drifters
Even though the sport is still young, Trinis continue to support their people with passion. Seats are full to the point where people have to stand. It’s a great family lime since both the young and old enjoy the excitement that occurs before their eyes. It really is a refresher from a mundane activity.
January 2017 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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