Professional Drifters enthrall audience in the ‘Will it Drift’ event in Mumbai

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Will it Drift Drifting event in Mumbai - Shawn Spiteri and gautam Singhania (134)

Images: Hanoz Patel

Team Motoroids recently had the pleasure of witnessing the first of its kind motorsport event in the country. The Will It Drift event organized by Gautam Singhania and Kama Sutra condom brand saw some super customized cars drifting away in a fashion never seen before in this part of the world. The entire event was put together to promote the sport of car drifting in India – a country where even basic motor racing is in its early stage.

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Christened Will it Drift, the event was organized at a custom built drifting circuit in Thane. Mr Singhania who has undergone rigorous (and very expensive) training in professional drifting was at the forefront of the event. Giving him company was Shawn Spiteri from Malta, also known as the King of Drift. Singhania himself has taken professional drifting as more than a hobby. He has participated at the highest level of the sport and has even won the Allstars European Drift Championship.

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The best part about the event was that participation didn’t cost anything. Participants could bring their own cars, register for free and, well, start competitive drifting after two days of extensive training. You could practically drift away like a pro if you had the money to buy a set of four tyres. It was great to see your everyday cars like the Suzuki Baleno, Honda City and Maruti Swift trying to drift while sending power to their front wheels.

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The big attraction of the show, however, was to see custom drift specced monsters spewing thick smoke from their tyres at the hands of both Mr. Singhania and Spiteri. Long drifts without a break, an unending trail of rubber smoke and the sweet sound of big engines, including that of the fully customized BMWs and Nissans – the atmosphere represented heaven for those who love speed.

Some lucky guys, including our very own Hanoz Patel managed to get a spin around the track with Shawn Spiteri, and the experience, according to him cannot be described in words.

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Finally, a list of winners was released by the judges, listing down the top drifters for the day. Here’s a list of all the participants, topped by the three top performers. Enjoy the image gallery following the rankings.

NameCarCar NoParticipant noRanking
Karthik Kumar Narayan KonchadyMaruti Suzuki SwiftMH 02 AQ 2459101
Bharat GopalToyota AltisMH 02 BJ 3639112
Swamathia RayenMaruti 800MH 03 Z 841153
Akshay JituriHonda CityMH 06 M 20151
Zeeshan KhatibBalenoMH 03 Z 53732
Siddharth A ShahSwift ZXIMH 01 VA 75493
Maunit BhayaniVW Polo Petrol 1.2MH 04 EQ 15074
Parag BhanushaliHonda CityMH 01 GA 56005
Kejas ShahNissan MicraMH 01 BB 16096
Maninder Singh AhujaMaruti Suzuki SwiftMH 04 F 52987
Caahill Edward MurzellaHonda CivicMH 43 R 68538
Rufina KarmaliFord FusionMH 02 AR 5009
Sameer ContractorBMW 320 IDL 6 CU 10012
Hutosi TavadiaFord ClassicMH 01 BF 481513
Saminder SinghHonda AccordMH 03 X 200014
Nikunj GoyalSkoda LauraMH 46 X 197116
Saurav BandyopadhyayMaruti Zen LXIMH 04 CJ 128517
Raghav KhoslaSuzuki Swift 1.3MH 03 AF 522818
Arjun BadlaniSwiftMH 05 AX 126619
Bhavin ShahMaruti Zen 2006MH 03 AF 26120
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  • Varun Gazder says:

    Am a fan of Drifting and do so myself….and as far as I know Keiichi Tsuchiya is the one and only original Drift King. No dis-respect but that’s not Shawn.