Ebisu just recently announced that they will no longer be accepting drift cars that are significantly damaged or torn up. As we all know, drifting isn't a clean sport...wall taps, the bottle game, tandem runs, wall rides, and door bangers are just some of the more insane and fun aspects of drifting. However Ebisu rightly explains that frequent hits like these compromises the safety of the driver and the viewers. This recent surge in safety no doubt comes from the recent incident in Nikko circuit where a lady was struck by a wheel that came loose from one of the drift cars. Drifting is a sport that pushes both the driver and his machine to the limits...but it is our responsibility as drivers to ensure that we keep ourselves and those in the stands safe.
"How banged up is too banged up?" - Ebisu is talking about cars that they deem as "unsafe" so you can still rock your ziptied 13, but if your car looks like its going to fall to pieces in the first corner, don't be surprised if they deny you track access.
The upside to this, is that many cars will be saved!!! (hallelujah!!) Lets admit that anytime we see a silvia in the junkyard, our heart breaks...but now that the drift game is being treated with more respect...we should see less cars being junked after abusive runs (Drift tax goes down??)
Let's continue to keep drifting ALIVE...but lets also keep ourselves and our viewers alive as well. Keep it sideways.
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