Let me start this off by saying that it was a blast to return to the United States for a drift event this year. It’s been a solid year at LEAST (maybe a year and a bit even??!) since I’ve been in the Land of Freedom and Hotdogs, and I gotta say it was good to be back. This video covers the one Drift Posse member who was available to make it out to XDC Round 4 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey; Pat Cyr in his F20 powered AE86 coupe, as well as the stylings of some of the top players in the Xtreme Drift Circuit today. This includes event winner Matt Waldin in the two-tone 350z, Steve Angerman in the Gardella Racing Solstice, and the series points leader Chelsea Denofa in the wicked green NST BMW E36.
The competition was fun and everything, but honestly the most exciting part for me was just being in a different country, and realizing really how different our cultures can be, even though we only live a few hours away from each other. The biggest and most obvious difference though, is food. Crossing the border into the States is kinda like crossing this line of sugar, chips, and fast food, and I love it. My first order of business once we hit a gas station across the border was to buy myself some Mountain Dew Code Red, along with some Milk Duds; with a 5th Avenue Bar for dessert (I can still feel my teeth hurting). It may surprise you, but none of these is available in Canada, and as a self-proclaimed sweets aficionado, you can imagine that I was in heavenly bliss for basically the rest of the ride to New Jersey.
The other thing that kinda came as a surprise to everybody in the truck on the way there – we got to see some dude getting totally cuffed and arrested on the side of the highway. Just like good candy, this is something that rarely if ever happens around here in Canada. That’s not to say that there isn’t drunk driving in Canada, or whatever else this dude did, but to see it on the side of the highway on our first trip out to the States this year was kinda interesting.
Lastly, another fairly interesting thing that we found in America was a Gun Shop. That’s right. Though it may seem like pretty standard stuff to you, all of us kinda laughed when on the way back home from New Jersey, we were driving through some small town area of New York state and passed by this gun shop (photo above).
The shop was closed unfortunately, so we were unable to go and gawk at guns like tourists; so we did the next best thing and parked the rig out front to take a picture. Nothing like a killer hachiroku (albeit in a box) in front of America’s Merchant of Death. Yup! America’s a pretty neat place indeed! With any luck next time I’ll get a chance to try out the rest of the Mountain Dews…
…and maybe shoot some more drifting.
:: Dan Cyr