Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Drifting is... WAY COOL!!!

I've already blogged about this in my personal blog but for the benefit of those who have no idea what I do for a living, well, I make a living as a staff writer for Top Gear (Digital), the website of the country's BEST automotive magazine!

I LOOOOVVVVEEEE the BBC program, even the post-Jeremy Clarkson, pre-revamp shows since Tiff Needell's powerslides were entertaining enough (I even believe Tiff just might be The Stig, but that's another blog story) so when the chance came for me to be a writer under the Top Gear brand - even if it's just for the website of the locally-licensed version - I just had to jump in, leaving behind the generous salary I was earning then to make a living as an impoverished motoring hack.

Now, one of the perks of my job is going to cool motoring events that the general public isn't privy to. I've attended the launch of brand new cars from various manufacturers, I've gone to press events that introduced newfangled gadgets for cars, I've gone to government-sponsored motoring-related events, I've even attended award shows for the country's top motorsport drivers. But the one thing that still brings a smile to my face is when I remember the day the entire Top Gear team went drifting.

Yes, courtesy of JP Tuason and his Tuason Racing School, we were taught the basics of drifting, Initial D-style. And lemme tell you, IT IS HAAARRRDDD! To sum it up, it's just like what Yoda said to Luke, 'you must unlearn what you have learned.' And that basically means you have to throw away everything that you've learned about driving a car and do the exact opposite of all that! And if you think you being able to drift means you're already the shit, try riding shotgun while a REAL drift racer takes you out for some nasty powerslides!

Although it seems drifting's a smooth thing on video, when I was filming that, I was being thrown left and right inside the truck! So thank God for the helmet, the five-point harness, and the racing seat!

Next week, it's the Manila International Auto Show, and that only means cars AND booth babes! And since Top Gear will have a booth there, expect this Typical Guy to do a complete coverage on both! After all, I'm just doing my job!


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