Throwback: D1GP Returns To America (2005)

In 2004, the sport of drifting had become commercialized enough, that promoters knew it was time to bring it overseas.  D1GP was introduced in America with the start of the USA vs. Japan series that took place at Irwindale Speedway.  My friend sent these over to me recently, and I figured since Formula D just wrapped up the season at Irwindale, it would be a good time to post these up.  Needless to say, the heavy hitters from Japan look much younger!  Hopefully they invoke some nostalgia into you guys and we can all remember what this sport is really about.

In 2005, Orido stepped down as a judge so he could drive in the D1GP series.  Here he is shooting the shit with the other drivers.  This used to be such a cool, laid back venue, as they let fans wander the track and chill with the drivers.

Ken’s all smiles – filling his lungs with the good stuff.  He looks like a little kid.

Even Smokey was in attendance.

It’s crazy to think how fast this sport has blown up.  It’s good that there are individuals out there that are keeping the real spirit alive and push the sport further every year.  I have a few more of these if you guys are interested I’ll post um’ up.  Enjoy.