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On the Skids — On Purpose: ‘Drifters’ Drive Miles to Take Turns in Canaan

  • Patrick Payne, of Stafford, N.H., sends his Lexus SC 300 sideways during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Huy Nguyen, an event organizer with Lock City Dirft, said in an email that the group has been hosting events at Canaan Motor Club since April of last year and they typically have an event every month, or every other month. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jake Ledue, of Westbrook, Maine, lubricates a tire before mounting it onto a rim during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Ledue said he travelled from Westbrook to drift his Nissan 240SX at Canaan Motor Club. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Shane Lech, an official with Lock City Drift, talks to drivers about the track and procedures at Canaan Motor Club during a drivers meeting, before the Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., begins, on July 22, 2017. Before drifting, all drivers had to have their cars inspected by officials to assure that there were no oil leaks or that cars weren't too loud. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Toby Santiago, of New Britain, Conn., does a manual on his skateboard as drivers line up to drift, during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Santiago said he wouldn't be driving at the event because his vehicle needs repairs. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • James Coombs, of Springfield, Mass., officiates the drivers line by pacing cars in safe distances during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. The drivers were split into A, B and C groups, depending on the driver's skill level. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Jason Poysson, of Manchester, N.H., drifts his heavily modified Subaru during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Poysson said that he swapped the engine and stripped out the interior of his vehicle for optimal performance. "It's never finished," Poysson said about his project car. "I'll always be working on it." (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mike Bruell, of Charlton, Mass., looks at his laptop while tuning the car of Kert Krom, of Thompson, Conn., during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Bruell said that he was trying to disable a fail-safe feature on Krom's car. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Mary Goldstein, of Massapequa, N.Y., eats Pringles as Brian Quit, of Huntington, N.Y., sleeps on the bed of his truck during a Lock City Drift event at Canaan Motor Club, in Canaan, N.H., on July 22, 2017. Quit said that a five-hour drive from Long Island turned into a seven-hour drive when his friend's truck broke down on the way to Canaan Motor Club, leaving Quit exhausted. (Valley News - Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Canaan — Catch their drift?

About 70 drivers and 300 fans did on a recent Saturday at the Canaan Motor Club’s twisting and turning 1.3-mile paved road course.

Known as SpecialStage New England and organized by New England car clubs including Drift Faction and Lock City Drift, the event highlights a relatively new competitive sport called drifting in which drivers throw their speedy little rear-wheel-drive hot rods into turns with such brio that the cars slide sideways — or drift — for long stretches while sending up plumes of smoke from their scorching tires.

Popularized in America by the 2006 film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third film in The Fast and the Furious franchise, drifting has its roots in Japan and, with the renovation of the Canaan track surface several years ago, is becoming popular here. Lock City Drift has been hosting drifting events every other month or so at the Canaan Motor Club since the beginning of last year. On this Saturday, drivers came from all over the region, including New York, Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

“People here put countless hours and dollars into their cars,” said Michael Lynch, an organizer and official of the drifting event. “It’s definitely not a hobby. It’s a lifestyle.”