Drifting with Manabu “MAX” Orido at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia

I love fast cars and I have always wanted to drift, but I do not have the expertise or the gears to do so. However, my wish was granted when I was given the privilege to catch the action and watch the drama of the highly anticipated event of the year, the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012 up-close and personal. 😀

 

Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012 – Drift & VIP Tickets

The date to remember was 17th May 2012. Thanks to Canon Malaysia, I went to the event with a lucky friend of mine as VIPs.

It was a dream come true for me to drift in a car after being influenced by the face-paced drifting action of the movie, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in 2006 that sparked a tremendous interest in the sport of drifting worldwide.

Canon Camera Malaysia, the official presenter of the event, ran a “We Shoot, You Guess Contest” that rewarded the winners with walkabout, grandstand, VIP or drift tickets/passes to the event. I was lucky to have the opportunity to attend the event as a VIP, and also to drift thanks to Crystal Ng. 😀

 

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Erika’s VIP pass to the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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The VIP lounge at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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An autograph session with the professional drifters at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Visitors admiring the drift cars on display at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Professional drift cars at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Erika enjoying the drifting action at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Drivers warming up their drift cars at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012

 

Drifting with Manabu “MAX” Orido @ DENSO SARD Toyota Supra

To my delight, I was given the once-of-a-lifetime chance to drift with the world-renowned drift legend, Manabu “MAX” Orido! Honestly, I was feeling a little nervous before we began our drifting session, but that changed the moment we picked up speed and started drifting on the race track.

Manabu “MAX” Orido’s drifting skills were impressive indeed! I laughed and screamed my lungs out in the car as it swirled and skidded gracefully on the race track. The pungent scent of burnt rubber, the sound of screeching tyres, the sight of billowing smoke emitted from the cars’ exhausts bundled-up with the fast-paced action, adrenalin rush, and excited-looking people all around made me feel alive! 😀

I must say, the experience was both an exhilarating and memorable one. Being able to drift alongside him was amazing and I enjoyed every single second of it. My friend got to drift alongside Mervyn Nakamura and it was a blast too!

 

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The professional drifters at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012 (Group 1)
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The professional drifters at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012 (Group 2)
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Up-close and personal with Manabu “MAX” Orido’s DENSO SARD Toyota Supra at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Erika enjoying her media ride/drifting session with Manabu “MAX” Orido at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Erika with professional drifter, Manabu “MAX” Orido at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012

 

Reigning Drift King 2012 – Daigo Saito

The next day, my friend and I attended the event again to watch drift legends such as Daigo Saito, Manabu “MAX” Orido, Tengku Djan Ley and Mervyn Nakamura to name a few, compete against each other for the championship and boy, and it was a fierce fight!

In the end, Daigo Saito was able to defend his title and was crowned as the champion of the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012. Manabu “MAX” Orido came in second place, whereas Tengku Djan Ley (Malaysia’s very own drift prince) took third place. Congratulations to the winners! 😀

Despite the rain, we managed to enjoy the race and had a wonderful time at the event. We were even treated to some light refreshments in the air-conditioned VIP lounge. Again, thanks Canon Camera Malaysia for making it happen.

 

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The race track at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Erika with her new found friend at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Professional drivers drifting their cars on the race track at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012

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Erika with Tengku Djan Ley a.k.a the Drift Prince of Malaysia at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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Erika with the reining drift champion, Daigo Saito at the Achilles Radial FormulaDrift Malaysia 2012
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