Drifting Reaches Russia

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Who needs a mid-engined rice racer to drift? Latest dispatches from Russia show that with a little training, your can even drift when pulling a trailer. This creates so much enthusiasm that the camera car engages in a little sympathetic drifting as well.

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  • Vojta Dobe Vojta Dobe on Jun 20, 2012

    Not only you don't need a mid-engined rice racer to drift, drifting with anything mid-engined is usually a bad idea...

  • Nick Nick on Jun 20, 2012

    In my experience, all Russians have a strong dose of crazy mixed in.

  • DemosCat DemosCat on Jun 21, 2012

    I went on a road trip in Russia back in 1972 with my family, driving in a 1972 VW microbus rented in Amsterdam. I don't know how my father pulled it off, but we had joined up with a group of University students studying Russian. The roads in Russia were particularly slick when wet. One time we witnessed a car turn sideways in front of us, bounce into the ditch, and it wound up upside-down back on the highway rotating slowly. The guy driving the VW (the experienced group leader) was barely able to control our stop by pumping the brakes. When we got out of the microbus, it was so slick it was hard to even walk on the pavement; almost as bad as walking on ice. Surprisingly, no one was hurt. Our American expectation was to wait for the police to show up to fill out a report, wait for a wrecker to tow the car, and perhaps be witnesses to the accident. Instead, as other Russian drivers stopped, a group of men got together and heaved the car over rightside-up. Then everyone jumped back in their cars, including the guys who flipped, and everyone went off on their own business. And that was the end of that. Watching the video, looks like some things haven't changed.