While it's easy to get lost in the progression and the professionalism of top-tier drifting, and the cars and characters involved, the reality is that a huge percentage of drifters are grass-roots guys making it happen in their sheds at home. They'll work long nights, all weekend, and go without those luxuries in life just so they can get to the track for a few laps of glory. 

NZ Performance Car first met the Animal Style drift team back in NZ Performance Car Issue No. 229. Judging by the amount of feedback we got, Kiwis really vibed their team style. But missing from that shoot was Julian and his S14. The team from Earnest recently sat down with the driving force behind Animal Style to get an insight into what makes him tick.  

Photos: Owen Barrett (@owenbarrett.us)
Video: Brandon Kado (@bkado36)

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.