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Back in the fall semester, I had one almost surreal experience driving home. I went one of the ways I normally went, like any other day. But, as I merged onto a different part of the highway, I ran into something completely unexpected.

She was my first…

It’s not completely unusual to see cars being towed around here, as it is for most places I’m sure. But I hardly could believe what I was seeing here… The back end was completely unmistakable — a 240SX. She was very unique, though, as I could already tell she was a light lavender color, had a wing and altezza tails. (I still don’t like the altezzas, on anything but the Toyota Altezza.)

So I caught up to it and kinda sat next to it, taking her in. That’s when I noticed the “D1 Grand Prix” sticker above her competition number… Uh, hello, she drifts for a living! This was definitely driven home when I noticed her wheels – bronze Advans. Yeah, most people around here don’t roll on legit wheels like that. Or carry two sets of extra tires.

At that point, I knew she had to belong to an amateur drifter, as I had never seen any photos of the car before. And yes, I do follow drifting. Not religiously, but enough to know the cars and some of the drivers and what not. (Important things like Forsberg being the FD champion of 2009 in his 350Z, ya know?)

I also cursed my luck at not having my camera in easy access to snap a pic, not having the time to be able to stalk follow her and talk to the guys and for driving the Miata that day. I guess I thought if I had my 240SX I wouldn’t be so creepy then, but maybe I was a bit creepy anyhow. (If they noticed me.)

The search began.

As soon as I got home, I immediately began a search to find out about the car and to confirm my suspicions. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything on the car…

I had one snippet of a video from Risky Devils where I thought I saw the car, but I couldn’t be sure.

And then, one day, I found her… Thanks to the coverage by Speedhunters and MotorMavens on the Pro-Am drift event at Irwindale. It came as no shock that she’s from Texas, because that was the only logical reason why I would have run into her in that particular stretch of road going that direction in Arkansas.

It took me a while, but I finally found her out...

Okay, and…?

You may be wondering why I brought this up. I feel funny saying this, but I have a weird affection for this car for being the first drift car I’ve ever actually seen in person.

Yeah, for all of my love and obsession with drifting, I have thus far been completely removed from any involvement in it. Other that, you know, sliding around my Miata when it’s wet out.

This is part of the reason why I am completely ecstatic to get to Washington… I’ll be able to finally go and see some live drifting, hooray!!!

For now, I’ll have to be content that at least I’ve been in the presence of a car that goes and has a very good life, as far as I’m concerned. I can’t wait to see more cars that are lucky like her!

(Funny enough, MotorMavens just did an entire post on this car, here! Now I know, and will be eagerly watching her in the pros!)