• Jun 14, 2007

Hey, look at me, I'm a TuFF-GuY©! I know! Let's abuse our cars and call it a "sport!" So, drifting was kind of fun when we were 16 and called it "donuts," at least until we learned how much a set of tires cost (and universal joints shortly thereafter). The owner of this 3rd-generation RX-7 perpetrates a horror on one of our favorite cars by being in a big hurry to show off. Apparently, his mind was so addled by the opportunity to create acrid smoke that he forgot one little detail. Off he goes, ready to be impressive, and then the wheels come off his little dream cruise. Literally. All the lugnuts, sitting in the paddock. Whoops. Bet it was a quiet ride back home, perhaps with a few new squeaks and rattles from below.


Uh, yeah, so it was at an SCCA autocross event, not a drifting event, where all four wheels on this RX-7 fell off. Our blogger Dan, meanwhile, has been charged with a BWI – Blogging While Intoxicated. He gets belligerent towards examples of induced oversteer when he's on the sauce - Ed.

Thanks for the tip, Jaymez!

Video after the jump.

[Source: Break.com]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "All 25 lugnuts, sitting in the paddock."

      Cool, you've just found the world's first five-wheeled RX-7.
      • 7 Years Ago
      thanks for calling me an idiot.....

      that really makes me want to read more of your articles, you D-bag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For all you Drifting bigots out there I challenge you to find a local drift event near you and enter it. The skills required are a combination of all the highest level motorsports skills (complete mastery of weight transfer is required).

      Once you try out a few runs an end up looking like an idiot that has never driven a car before because you are spinning out or under steering around every corner maybe you'll have a better appreciation for the skills drifting requires.

      I've seen all drivers from seasoned autocross champions to professional Nextel cup drivers look like complete fools during their first attempts at drifting. I recommend to anyone to try drifting at a real track event to learn new skills that directly translate to other motorsports and have the most fun on 4 wheels possible regardless of what kind of racing (bench or otherwise) you participate in.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sure drifting will always be the bastard red-headed stepchild since it is a judged event and not timed. Before you dismiss it as just a bunch of kids hooning around remember that the top Drifting drivers are also professional race drivers. They compete in time trials competitions and the Super GT race series (equal to DTM and BTCC - http://supergt.net/en/) and hold many of the Japanese track lap records for production cars.

        Because drifting is more of an 'extreme sport' (a lot more fun than AutoX) and it is easy to get started in it is an excellent way for a new generation of drivers to enter the world of motorsports. When they get tired of sliding around they move into club racing and track days which is good for everyone. The current crop of drifters has all ready started invading time trials and club racing so watch out - a ‘drifter’ will be passing you very soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, if choreographed ice skating is a sport, then drifting is a motorsport - if you don't like one, you can't have the other either. Um... something like that. Both take a lot of finely tuned skill and they look cool. I don't think the WRC drivers would drift and slide around slippery tight corners if it were just for show, I think they want to win the race.
      • 7 Years Ago
      By the way, I would hope the title of the post to be retitled "Autocrossing is for idiots" I guess.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did someone pee in your coffee this morning? I'd expect this kind of quality automotive journalism from my local V8-driving, mullet-wearing ignoramous import hater, not Autoblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also take note of the Porsches and other sports car in the background, yeah, that really looks like a drift event to me!

      Also, once you get off your high horse, (what, are you a nascar fan Mr. Uninformed Roth?) notice that the car is running DOT SLICKS FOR CHRISTS SAKE. Yeah, because we all drift on the stickiest tires we can find.
      RoadRunnerSTi
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was under the impression this website was all things motorsports... whoever that tuna punching twit blogger Dan is should make sure to step out in front of a semi next time he's crossing the street and do the auto community a favor...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This could have been one. Once I forgot to torque my lugs when I put on my race tires for an autox luckily the cordless drill I use to tighten was relatively strong.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually a controlled drift is utilized in rally racing. Drifting brings this concept to the road. No shame there if your car is set up right with appropriate suspension tweaks a cooling systems. If you have ever been to a drifting event one can see a considerable amount of skill is involved.
      • 7 Years Ago
      as stated above it was a autocross not drift event. Lug nuts were on the car just not the right ones for the wheels on the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Facts are completely wrong on this one as many have pointed out.

      dc
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