Drifting in the Philippines

Posted by Karl on 10th April 2010

Nissan S13 Silvia Ryan Agoncillo

Hello to all the drifters, drifting fans, and to all the motorheads across the globe. Welcome to drifted. I am Karl San Luis, and I’ve been shooting drifting events in my home land, the Philippines.

Maybe to an individual, it’s quite surprising how a developing country has a drifting championship of their own. It’s because people here in the Philippines are also fond of motorsports. There’s a culture of people here wherein their passion is all about cars, including me.

To drifting fans worldwide, the Lateral Drift Championship is the Philippines’ premier drifting competition.

drift cars in Lateral Drift Championship

It all started in 2006 as Burnt Rubber Productions, spearheaded by David Feliciano, Mon Rayos, and Charlie Cruz, launched the championship. It boosted the motorsports industry in the Philippines, since it was the only drifting championship in the Philippines when it was launched.

Nissan S13 Silvia Pacho Blanco 2009 Lateral Drift Championship Round 4

The 2009 championship ended on with a high, as the famous drifter and racing driver from Japan, Nobuteru Taniguchi, visited during round 4 of the Lateral Drift Championship. Taniguchi, or more commonly known as “No One Better”, was one of the judges in the aforementioned round and did a demonstration run as an intermission. He wowed the crowd as he used Pacho Blanco’s Autoplus Motul Nissan on his demonstration run.

Nissan S15 Silvia Lateral Drift Championship

The cars in the championship also provide a show for the drifting fans. First of all, the cars in the competition like the Skylines, Silvias and 180SXs, are not available in the Philippines. It’s a rarity to see those cars in the streets of Manila.

Nissan S13 Silvia 2009 Lateral Drift Championship Round 4

That’s why some of the cars that enter here the competition are a bit old. Some of the drifters there use an A31 Cefiro (Nissan Laurel in other countries), an old L-type Mitsubishi Lancer in the 70’s, an old Toyota Cressida/Crown, or even an old BMW E30.

BMW E30 2009 Lateral Drift Championship Round 4

Mitsubishi L-type Lancer 2009 Lateral Drift Championship Round 4

Here’s a classic one: Kevin Tayao’s Toyota AE86 Corolla

Toyota AE86 Corolla of Kevin Tayao

One of the things that you’ll never see regularly is the modified cars. Some of the cars that enter here have mixed front and back design. For example, there was a so-called S14.5 car in Round 4, because the front fascia is an S15, while the back is an S14. Also, other cars swap their engine to fit an RB26 engine inside.

Nissan S13 Silvia

Last year too, it was surprising because two competitors in their Mazda BT-50 joined the competition!

Mazda BT50 2009 Lateral Drift Championship Round 4

In the previous year, every round was staged in a parking lot in Greenhills in Manila. This is one of the areas that this championship might want to look at. This is because in other countries, they drift in circuits, which is something of an untapped region in the Philippines in 2009.

What most Filipinos don’t know, is that the Filipino actor/host/celebrity Ryan Agoncillo also drifts:

Nissan S13 Silvia Ryan Agoncillo

He is a member of the Team Yellow Cab. For those curious enough what Yellow Cab is, it is a famous pizza company in the Philippines. Here’s one of his teammates, Alex Perez:

Nissan S13 240SX of Alex Perez

As for the Lateral Drift Championship for 2010, it promises to be more entertaining as the championship goes to new venues, four rounds in Eastwood, and two rounds in Clark International Speedway. Hopefully, more drifting fans will keep in touch with the championship.

Written by Karl

Karl has a very undying passion with cars, specifically motorsports, since 5 years old. He has watched every race of the Formula 1™ season since 1999, when he was still 9 years old. One of his motorsports heroes is Michael Schumacher, whom he has watched in five of his seven seasons as the world driver’s champion.

Karl uses a Nikon D80, and a Sigma 100-300mm f/4.

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  • Sylver

    Hi i am a singaporean residing in manila and a car fanatic i would like to visit the car scenes in manila could anyone point me to the directions? At the same time i am taking up drifting lessons. Would like to be introduced to the car fanatics here…

    Tks
    Sylver

  • Yup! The first time I saw the Lancer, I went nuts because it was too old school.

    That pickup above, believe it or not, is powered by a diesel engine XD

    Thanks Quail and hope to see more of your photos too.

  • That L-type Lancer is crazy! Strange to see such a large truck drifting too. Nice shots mate

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