It's the footage that started the craze; the 1987 documentary Pluspy follows the ‘Drift King’ himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya, drifting the touge in his iconic AE86. Little did he know that this video would spark a worldwide phenomenon. Now be warned, this is no 2016 HD video edit with Daigo Saito drifting a lambo at 60 degrees of angle — this was shot in 1987 when drifting as we all know it didn't exist as a sport. What you're about to watch is the video that kick-started the sport. Transport yourself back to 1987 and imagine one of your mates bringing this over and sticking it in your VHS player and watching it for the first time. 

The Drift King was a successful road racer at the time and used drifting as a driving technique during circuit races, but lost his competition licence once the powers above caught wind of these after-hour mountain-pass antics. If you have seen Initial D, the main character Takumi was based on Keiichi, who did in fact use his delivery runs as a teenager through the mountain roads as driving/drifting practice.  

Marcus Gibson

Marcus Gibson has spent his life getting a little grease under his fingernails growing up with a fascination for all things loud, fast, and low. Growing up during the boom of the import scene, the last ten years have seen him work for a few publications, as well as running his own website before taking up a role at NZ Performance Car in 2011. Marcus is as at home with a keyboard or camera in-hand as he is getting dirty in his workshop or at the track, championing that Kiwi DIY attitude.