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Street Driven Tour: The Vegas Finale

What a crazy ride it’s been. With only four events to each season, Street Driven Tour 2016 nevertheless feels like a full year of experiences in hindsight. Inviting pro and amateur drivers alike out for bash-style, non-competitive drifting in four different regions across the U.S. (Mid-Atlantic at Virginia International Raceway on Hyperfest weekend; Midwest at St. Louis’s Gateway Motorsports Park; South at Atlanta Motor Speedway), the response at each stop has been distinct and impressive.

And for their final event of year, they’ve chosen to wrap it up at one of the most unique and exciting regions of the country: the Southwest, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS).

George Kiriakopoulos

In case you missed our previous coverage, Street Driven Tour’s recipe is simple: rent out a track, bring along some of the world’s best professional drifters, invite any amateur with a qualifying drift machine, team up with a show partner and local vendors and let the good times ensue for a day full of fun. It’s a recipe that’s proven itself eight times over (2015 and 2016) and has culminated here in its biggest and final event... thus far.

THE DRIFTERS

Home to Vegas Drift and Southwest Drift Series pro-am competition; influential drift/tuning shops like Get Nuts Lab, Virtual Works Racing, KL Racing Development and more; and in close proximity to SoCal and the birthplace of drifting in the States... the Southwest has it made.

Pro Drivers

Joining the Street Driven fray this time around were pros Matt Powers, roasting ungodly amounts of Nitto NT555 G2 rubber in his S14...

Matt Powers

...Forrest Wang, manning his S14 and S15 FD competition cars...

Forrest Wang

...“Rad Dan” Burkett in his crowd-favorite Supra...

"Rad Dan" Burkett

...and Juha Rintanen and his Zombie S15.

Juha Rintanen

Pro-Am Drivers

The pros were accompanied by Top Drift and Southwest Drift Series pro-am drivers like Sean Abellana (1,000+hp 2JZ S14)...

Sean Abellana

...George Kiriakopoulos (S13 Coupe)...

George Kiriakopoulos

...Bear Rzesnowiecky (S13.5 fastback)...

Bear Rzesnowiecky

...and Alex Grimm (240Z).

Alex Grimm

There was a broad assortment of ams from SoCal, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and—in the case of TJ Fry—even as far away as Montana.

Street Driven am

Street Driven am

Street Driven am

Street Driven Tour am

THE SHOW

Providing a break from the drift action throughout the day was StanceWars and their show/vendor portion effort, bringing a huge selection of slammed, stanced, restomod and performance-built rides of every variation to the show floor (or in this case, the LVMS parking lot).

StanceWars show at Street Driven Tour

StanceWars show at Street Driven

StanceWars show at Street Driven

StanceWars show at Street Driven Tour

New to the Vegas event was a collaboration with Supras Invade Las Vegas (SILV), which brought their own showgoers, keeping the Vegas strip (the ¼-mile strip) filled with smoke and quick/fast passes into the night.

Supras Invade Las Vegas (SILV)

Supras Invade Las Vegas (SILV)

Supras Invade Las Vegas (SILV)

Supras Invade Las Vegas (SILV)

THE DRIFT MINI GAMES

A unique and fun aspect to Street Driven events are the Drift Mini Games, a collection of challenges such as “Drift Soccer”...

Twisted Motion - Drift Soccer

...“Hard Park Challenge"...

Hard Park Challenge

Hard Park Challenge

...and of course, the traditional event-ending “Tire Massacre.”

Tire Massacre

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END... FOR NOW

After putting on another year of drifting and automotive amusement to fans across the U.S., Street Driven Tour put the wraps on its latest season in the best way possible, leaving us only wanting more. Here’s to 2017!

Tire Massacre

Camera man

For more drift, visit DRIVINGLINE.com/DRIFT, and see the rest of our coverage from Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the gallery below.

 

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