Can I officially take credit for making the word “missile” so popular in western drifting circles? I know that the term itself has been around for a long time in Japan, but a quick dated search shows it becoming popular a couple of months after I first used it back in this post.
It’s been a double-edged sword though, because some people think “missile” means “smash into things”.
“I hate missiles. They don’t have any meaning. It’s just playing. You can’t hit people in competitions.” thinks one D1 driver who shall remain nameless.
That said though, drifting is all about fun, and the funnest thing to do is drive as close as possible to other people. I’m a firm believer that smashing a car’s panels should only be done against another car. For example, take a look at Koguchi’s Laurel missile when he first took it out, now take a look at it a year and a half later. Lots and lots of light hits.
The idea is not to smash into things just because you can, or to drive way outside your limits and completely wipe out, but to temporarily disregard your car’s appearance for the sake of your driving skills and enjoyment.
That said, here’s a couple of missiles I saw a while ago that look just as cool as they would if they were all straight and shiny.
This R32 still has the RB20, but something’s a bit odd about it.
Injected individual throttle bodies!
While I’m sure the swap was originally done for other reasons, it makes a lot of sense on a small-tyred practice car. Good response, and less stuff up front to break.
The interior looks a lot like the outside does.
In case you’re wondering about the title, it’s from this little sticker that was on the Skyline. It says “unburnable garbage”, which refers to garbage collection nights where they collect items that cannot be incinerated like the food waste, paper products and plastic can be, which is collected on other nights.
So technically, that’s what these cars are!
The paint on both of them was very military-spec low-gloss olive drab.
Those even look like army boot prints.
Koi nobori on the left and a hinomaru on the right! The Silvia was popular with the gallery on the first corner at Okegawa Sports Land.
The Silvia was equally stripped on the inside, but still had the stereo.
De-lightweightening for the trip home.
Here’s the support vehicle, a Suzuki Jimny in matching paint. You’d almost think they were taking this seriously!