_T9S5536_opt
Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by: Jesse Lee & www.falkentire.com

If you are a fan of drifting, then you know the Falken Tire brand is synonymous with this form of motorsport. They have been committed since well before Formula D and even used to conduct their own drifting events back in the day. Their notoriety was only amped up when they introduced Vaughn Gittin Jr. to the sport, a driver whose outrageous style on and off the circuit brought in all kinds of attention. Later on, Ford Racing backed Gittin’s effort and the combo worked flawlessly for years, but a championship eluded them – until now.

Gittin has always possessed a load of natural talent to do what he does. I recall a conversation we had years ago where he stated, “I used to practice sliding my 240SX in parking lots around Maryland,” he laughed. “I didn’t even know it was a sport called ‘drifting’ in Japan. It wasn’t until, like, 2-3 years later that I finally saw an online video of drifting but knew nothing about it, I was just beating my 240 for kicks.”

IMG_4064_opt

For more, see the June Issue of Performance Auto & Sound Magazine.

More Vehicle Features

1000 Hours: Eric Guerette's 2002 Subaru WRX

Children often dream of accomplishments they hope to achieve when becoming an adult. Some aspire to be a firefighter, others dream of being a millionaire — but more often than not, adulthood meets reality and those dreams stay as just…
Read More

Woman in the Red Dress: Andrew Vespoli's 2009 Audi S5

An S5 That's Cursed in the Best Way Possible. In this world of car modification that we live in, there’s a collection of words that are the bane of every car enthusiast, and they always appear once a new car…
Read More

Crowd-Sourced Formula Drift Miata: Danny George's 1990 Mazda Miata

Written by Jacob Leveton. Photos by Andrew Jennings, Danny George, Jacob Leveton & Jon Maudlin Four years ago, if you asked a drift fan which driver they associated with the color orange, there’s no doubt that Chris Forsberg’s name would…
Read More

Daily Driver: Erik Ulintz's 2013 Scion tC RS 8.0

The first Scion Erik purchased was a 2007 tC in 2010 for its reliability as a daily driver. In early 2014, he found the opportunity to purchase one of only 2000 tC RS 8.0's available and his days of buying…
Read More

Unplugged Performance's 2014 Tesla Model S P85+

Knock, Knock. The future is here. It seems like every year there is a promise of some insane automotive future. Some seemingly well-off and well-adjusted individual promises a flying car, which is pretty much a smart car with some folded…
Read More