• Sep 10th 2008 at 12:58PM
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It won't do anything to bolster her "green" credentials, but the fact that Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, can hold her 240SX in a glorious sideways slide as long as you please strikes us not only as surprising, but, well, a little off the hook. It seems the McCain clan likes high-horsepower pastimes, be it trains, planes or automobiles, though the trains part might only be for whistlestop campaigns. A few years back, Cindy and son Jack were intrigued by drifting after catching television coverage of the sport. Rather than just look it up on Wikipedia, Cindy McCain -- who is an avowed lifelong gearhead -- headed to Japan, birthplace of drifting, to learn the practice from a sensei.

Mom and son Jack dove wholeheartedly into drifting, building a 240SX drift car and competing as a team in amateur competition. Motorsports and high-performance driving also played a restorative role when McCain was temporarily felled by a stroke. In an odd choice of physical therapy facilities, McCain was at Bob Bondurant's Executive Protection course a mere six weeks after the health event, rebuilding her skill. While the plot sounds like a treatment for "The Drifting Kid" or some other kind of Hollywood dreck, it's exciting to think that a first lady might be able to out-drive her Secret Service detail. Thanks for all the tips!

[Source: ESPN]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      The media coverage showing only Republicans and Democrats as the only viable choice is appalling and is extremely detrimental to the health and future of this nation. We get more and more of the same with both parties, pissing and moaning, and finger pointing from both sides and you sheep just eat it up. Divide and conquer is the plan and all you pawns fit right in.
      Freedom is not being able to choose between two candidates in two parties. Freedom is not being locked into any two parties.

      On the other hand, it's pretty badass that she drifts. I think drifting is lame as hell, but the fact that she does it, and has been doing it for a while makes it somewhat cool in todays world where enjoying anything for personal pleasure is 'wrong' and 'unfair' to the lazy welfare socialist mindset this country has. Bravo to you Mrs. McCain. Bravo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Republicans have been 'drifting' for the last eight years...what would you expect of the McCain's?

        • 7 Years Ago
        Best auto/politico comment ever, Wally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I may not totally agree with Mr. McCain, But, politics aside I will give props to Mrs. McCain to try drifting. That's totally awesome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's drifting. It is not and will never be a real motor sport. Not impressed.

      Though it is cool of her though tho..... I've always dug chicks who can handle. Can she drive a stick?


      • 7 Years Ago
      yes it's just another story about how normal people in power can be, sure. because that is something i didn't kno.
      this reminds me to nick hogan's infatuation with drifting. did he get praised in any way? oh no he wasn't cause he was just a spoiled little brat right? now this lady comes out and she is cool? and her son too?...
      really, there is no bias at all in this article my stupid fellow americans. oh sorry!!! i meant there is no stupid bias at all in this article my fellow americans.
      thats what we want! a normal person for an extraordinary job, yeah!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because it's odd when some old lady does it, not when some spoiled brat does it. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting some trust fund punk who dreams of being a pro drifter.

        Of course my first thought was 'Wow, must be nice picking the right parents. I wish I had the time and money to go to Japan, birthplace of drifting, to learn the practice from a sensei."
        • 7 Years Ago
        I saw the episode of Nick Hogan when he started drifting (I don't know...vh1 was on, I saw cars...whatever). He basically up and decides that he wants to start drifting and his first day even trying it, Dodge rolls out a drift prepped Viper for him. Meanwhile everyone else - guys who look like they have been drifting for years and are desperate for a sponsorship so they can continue to do what they love - are patching up their 240's with duct tape. Nick Hogan was handed the (drifting) world on a platter from Dodge, not his parents, and pissed it all away for being a moron.

        Cindy McCain...or Jack McCain for that matter, found an interest in something and decided to learn as much as possible about it. So they took their stock piles of money and went to Japan to learn. Then they practiced, went to Bob Bondurant, built up a 240...all out of the limelight. They didn't use their celebrity or influence to get stuff handed to them (although they did use their vast wealth).

        But not everyone who spends their money is spoiled. Not every kid who gets a car from their parents is spoiled. The difference is appreciation. Nick Hogan obviously didn't appreciate what he has because he nearly killed his friend doing something illegal. Something that he can not only afford to do legally, but got paid to do legally. The McCains on the other hand, really seem to have an appreciation for the sport (I use the term loosely)...or at least that's the sense I got from the article.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why are you comparing Cindy McCain with Nick Hogan? Nick Hogan was a d-bag who was street racing drunk (when he can obviously afford to drift his sponsored race car legally). On the other hand, this story tells me that Cindy McCain likes to do something I'm interested in.

        Also, Cindy McCain is not running for an extraordinary job. Her husband is. And aside from that, many people discredit the McCain's for allegedly being out of touch due to their wealth. There's a thousand stories about that. Why do you only get angry when there is a story about her being in touch with something "normal" people like (yes, I understand motorsports only appeals to a small part of the population and drifting is an even smaller part of that group).
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very cool, she can pry out drive most of the people posting stuff here!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heck, I'm voting for Obama but I think this story is cool as hell. The fac that some 50+ yr old woman can out-drift all you guys posting is cool to me.

      Why is it cool? She's a woman in what is considered a male dominated sport. It's cool because she's relatively 'older' than the demograph of this 'sport'. Those are the things that make this a cool story; she just happens to be the wife of a presidential candidate. I even like McCain, I just don't agree with his views.
      • 7 Years Ago
      John McCain picked a good one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about something you NEVER would have expected... a potential 50 year old first lady who built and drives a drifting car! That's just crazy!
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's friggin sweet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Cindy McCain is always weirdly Hot. She is not only into drugs but also Drifting, that makes her even hotter.


        On the other hand, McCain is boring. McCain couple comes across as very awkward couple. Almost feels like there is some secret between them.

        In any case, John McCain is a compromised fellow, I used to respect him.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I support Obama.....

      Her straw like hair will save her from wearing a helmet but will burn in a crash....

      Good for her.... While we bust our butts, she plays on the track.....

      She is a great trophy wife (except she has the money)...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd kill to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gloria Steinham read this post.

      The looks of "Ewwww, ick" on their faces would be well beyond priceless.
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