Friday, 28 May 2010

Keiichi Tsuchiya

Keiichi Tsuchiya is something of a living legend. Known as 'Dorikin' ('Drift King'), he's credited with popularising drifting in its modern sense. Famed for touge racing - the Japanese art of racing up serpentine mountain passes - he also brought a smokey sideways angle to regular circuit racing. His CV lists Japanese Formula Three, Touring Cars, Supertouring, Le Mans and NASCAR among others - a diverse roster that proves his near-superhuman talents.
What he's arguably best known for these days is his mastery of the Hachi-Roku - the AE86 Toyota Corolla. Here he is making it all look rather effortless:

His catchphrase? 'I drift not because it is a quicker way around a corner, but the most exciting way.'

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