This weekend, while I was out of town handling some family business, drifting sharpshooter Larry Chen was out at Hollywood Park attending the media preview day of DC Shoes founder Ken Block’s Gymkhana Invitational. I’m pretty disappointed that I wasn’t able to make it to the event myself, as I absolutely LOVE gymkhana.
For those who don’t know, gymkhana is kind of like a cross between autocross (slalom/solo racing in a parking lot, in a course laid out with cones) and drifting. Back before I started working the media end of the drifting scene, I was pretty active in driving at autocross events. It’s fun, it improves your driving skills, and it’s not too expensive.
Ken Block isn’t the first person to try to organize a gymkhana event though. Erik Jacobs from DG Trials in Atlanta GA was the first person that I had ever heard of trying to make a series of drifting and gymkhana events… this was back around 2004 or so, when drifting was just beginning to blow up! To put things in perspective, back then, Vaughn Gittin Jr was still working on getting sponsored by Falken, and he was driving an S13 240SX, not a Ford Mustang!
In the parking lot of the gymkhana event, Larry spied one of our favorite new BMWs out at the event… Mike Essa‘s E90 BMW 335i, with the heart of an M5.
Don’t worry… Essa wasn’t out there just to park in Hollywood Park’s lot. He was out there showing the Inglewood peeps how he gets down behind the wheel of his BM double!
Another interesting car that made it out to the event was Alex Pfeiffer‘s 4AG turbo-powered Locost, which is modeled after a Lotus Super Seven. We’ll keep this update short and sweet, but keep an eye out for more photos in our forum and on Larry’s personal website, Driftfotos.com.
:: Antonio Alvendia