Street Driven Tour, St. Louis [Gallery]
For the third time in as many years, the Street Driven Tour rolled into Saint Louis, MO’s Gateway Motorsports Park and brought with it one of the coolest opportunities for Midwest drifters and fans to attack the Gateway infield, ride with the pros, and enjoy a day of all things drifting.
Gateway Motorsports Park’s 1.25-mile speedway oval and ¼-mile Top Fuel drag strip has for many years remained a hub of automotive enthusiasm in the Midwest, and its 1.6-mile, eight-turn infield has more recently become the unofficial proving grounds for Midwest drifters worth their rubber. But aside from the lone Midwest Drift Union (MDU) pro-am drifting competition, it’s generally cost-prohibitive to drifters and thus sits idly by as an object of their adoration. Enter Street Driven Tour, whose mission to bring pro and pro-am bash-style drifting to the masses in each region of the U.S. has for three years united Midwest drifters on the hallowed Gateway grounds like few events before it.
Pros Geoff Stoneback and Steve Angerman mixed rubber and occasionally traded paint with talented area pro-ams and enthusiasts like Kaz Johnson (#24 Nissan S14 240SX), Brett McNamara (#28 Infiniti G35), Joseph Lampe (#27 Lexus SC300), Mike Feiock (World-Challenge-car-turned-drift-machine Mazda RX-8), Gus Buzas (white E46 BMW M3), and lots more. Area showgoers took to the infield parking lot as the drifters terrorized the tarmac, and all were invited to partake in Street Driven Tour’s signature Drift Soccer, Hard Park Challenge, and Tire Massacre.