How did you get into drifting: I had some friends in high school that I would skateboard with. One day after school one of them said that they were going to the mall to play Initial D and asked if I wanted to join. A few days later they brought me street drifting. One had an Mk3 Turbo Supra and the other had an S13 Hatch. I tagged along and was hooked forever.
Judging Experience: I judged at a Club Drift Event w/ Lucky from Good Luck League. I’ve also judged the LooseSocksDaisuki Matsuri 1 Big Entry Comp. Looking forward to further expand my judging profile.
First Drift Car: 1989 240SX hatch w/ DOHC Swap.
First Event: Drift Spot 1 2010 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Favorite Drift Car: Any S Chassis. Favorite Track: USA (driven)- Apple Valley Speedway USA (not driven)- Canaan Motor club Overall- Bihoku Highland Circuit Biggest Drift
Inspirations: Team Burst, Mitsuru Haruguchi, Atsushi Kuroi, Masato Kawabata, Hideyuki Fujino, and Team Dmax.
Other Involvement in drifting: My biggest and most important involvement in drifting is my company Auto-Collect Storm. The people I’ve been able to meet and help are the most important to me.
Why Super D Cup? Super D focuses on the excitingness of aggressive driving, technical Course Layouts, and most importantly, driver progression. The real question is, why not Super D Cup?
Words of Wisdom for Competitors: Consistency is great but remember to step of out your comfort zone from time to time. Scare yourself a little. Each time you scare yourself, your limit will get pushed more and you’ll be able to go faster. We as judges want to be excited. Go faster. We’ll notice.
Hometown: Moscow, Russia
How you got into drifting: I first saw street drifting in Chicago when I was 18 years old. Seeing a car fly into a street corner in the middle of the night captured my heart! I’ve loved drifting and street drifting since.
Judging experience: I am the co-founder and host of Final Bout, and have helped to coordinate judging for that event.
First drift car: Mazda RX7 FC3S, normally aspirated motor.
First event: ClubFR USAIR
Favorite drift car: FD3S RX7
Favorite track: USAIR, Shawano WI. I love the elevation changes and layout opportunities. I never get bored of my home course!
Biggest drift inspiration (driver(s)): Katsuhiro Ueo, Mitsuru Haruguchi (One of the most stylish entries in drifting!), and my team mates on team ProceeD!
Other involvement in drifting: I am the co-founder of Final Bout, and have connected with my friends at Super D by hosting that event.
Why Super D Cup? Super D has brought focus back to stylish driving technique. I’m excited to work with an organization to reminds people to drive in an exciting way!
Words of wisdom for competitors: Remember that stylish driving is more than flooring it and holding the car at rev limiter. Show me your technique!
Age: 33 in Asian years
Hometown: Allentown, PA
How you got into drifting: In High school my friend showed me videos of him drifting in the Bahamas. Cars were cheaper and he had a bunch of 180’s back in 2002. We watched tons of Options videos and Grip videos. I was instantly hooked and wanted to get a drift car. I found an S14 and then did a bunch of work to it to make it driftable. I crashed multiple times, fucked the car up but fixed it. It was so much fun. I saved up and put an Rb25DET in it and from there I kept drifting and it took me to where I am today.
Judging experience: I’ve judged Pro-am with US Drift, events at ClubLoose, 3 Palms (lol down in Florida) and also Final Bout Gallery. I’ve dealt with Formula Drift judges so I know how it goes and what they look for. I’ll bring my note pad LOL
First drift car: 95 S14
First event: Club Loose parking lot 2008
Favorite drift car: S Chassis but slowly turning into JZX
Favorite track: This is a hard one, giving you a top 5, no specific order. Road Atlanta, US Air, Grange, Englishtown, Canaan speed way.
Other involvement in drifting: Sometime I instruct at Clubloose, I like to share knowledge and shit with drivers so they get on the right path. Anyway I can help the drifting community I will.
Why Super D Cup? Because it’s Rad as fuck.
Words of wisdom for competitors: Sounds cliché…. Have fun – Remember why you started drifting and just have fun with friends. Don’t let something so fun burn you out and make you turn away from drifting.