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Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift Premiere

Broadcast date : 3rd September 2006


The Fast and the Furious was one of those movies that was perfect for its time. Not only did it reflect the re-emerging youth culture of street racers, but it helped to create a world-wide boom five years back that doesnít look like losing boost just yet.

The third movie in the series is called Tokyo Drift and Ster Kinekor, in conjunction with Speed and Sound Magazine, hosted a premiere at the Velskoen Drive-In, near Randburg.

Hip-hoppers from Skwattakamp livened things up, to get the crowd in the mood for speed. 

The faithful started gathering early to pay homage to this latest Hollywood car-culture movie. The street-racing phenomenon is reminiscent of the biker flicks like The Wild One and Easy Rider that helped create the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club and a lifestyle that lives on to this day, mainly aboard Harley Davidsons.

On four wheels the expression of mild rebellion is more diverse. As American writer PJ OíRourke once noted, you know youíre having fun when youíre doing something your mom wouldnít want you to.

Although nowadays, she might not mind you hitching a ride in a cool '66 Mustang, which is incidentally one of the stars of Tokyo Drift.
The sight of this wild Golf, owned by Ridwaan Khan, would definitely set the neighbourhood a-flutter, not just because of its two-litre GTi mill, but thanks to the Zeptor sound system, which goes "boom boom" with basso profundo.
Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift is about an unlucky drifter called Sean Boswell, who trashes his car and is sent to Tokyo by his father.

There he falls under the spell of the underground Japanese drifting fraternity and comes up against all manner of Mazda RX7s, Mitsubishi Evos and other Nipponese driftmobiles

One of the star cars in Tokyo Drift is a Nissan 350Z, and it was cool to see a South African interpretation of the car at the Velskoen preview, in the form of Rob Green Motorsportís carbon-look supercharged monster.

Itís amazing that drifters are turning to such expensive vehicles to do their tyre-smoking thing. The drift culture seems to be emerging from the underground, here in South Africa.

But for the burn-out kings that cut their teeth back at Tarlton in the 1970s, thereís nothing to beat two old-stagers like the Chevy Can-Am and the Mazda RX2.

Yes, the RX2 Capella was legend when it was launched in 1973, and in some circles itís still the stuff of late-night barroom yarns.

This beauty owned by Gavin Rowe still uses a rotary engine, but a thirteen B version which is highly modified, bridge-ported, case-pinned, flowed, and, well, whatever else you do to a strange engine like this to get it really going.

Racer pure and simple is the interior theme of Gavinís Mazda. Oh yes, we forgot to mention that Gavin also runs a mega turbo on his already potent rotary motor, which brings it into the 300 kilowatt plus bracket. 

The Can Am Chevy needs no explanation to older members of the audience. This one, built by Awie Pretorius, is a replica, but very faithful to the original limited-edition street racer.

And what better base engine than a wild, stroked small block Chevy, good for 10 second quarter miles. Thatís superbike territory, people.

Thereís no set rule of admission to the street scene, which incidentally is more about looking the part than actually racing on the street.

The trend is more towards show, like Ricardo Vieraís track-day circuit racer BMW M3. Itís lowered to the max, and stripped completely inside with a massive roll-cage adding back the saved weight. It runs a set of beautiful wheel arch spats moulded, would-you-believe, off a Toyota Hilux. The shocks alone in this car cost R30000.

Itís a love of cars that binds these young and not-so-young dudes and dudettes together. So, lets drift again, like we did last summer.

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