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When you’re a master drifter like Ken Block, you usually don’t make a whole lot of mistakes when you’re in a drift session. But every so often, the cat jumps out of the bag and you’re left with, at least in this case, smashed rear wheels.

For other drifters, that’s a cause for concern. For Ken Block, well, he "just ain’t care.”

Probably more telling is the way Block handled the crash to his beloved Ford Fiesta . There were no fumes of frustration or resigned exasperation; just a smile on the face knowing that things like this can and still happen, even to the best of ’em.

And to his credit, Block even made a pretty cool video out of his crash. Now that’s somebody who knows how to laugh at his boo-boos and still make a pretty cool video out of it.

Check out the video of Block’s mishap and the entertaining aftermath that followed.

Over the years that Ken Block has wowed us with his distinctly styled Ford Fiesta HFHV , we’ve begun to associate the man with the car’s appealing white-black-and-green color scheme.

Well, with a new year apparently comes a new color scheme. And a new headquarters to boot.

Block’s Hoonigan Racing Division has decided to move into a new headquarters and to celebrate that decision, the team has also changed their colors. While there was a clear distinction of how the old colors worked - white base, black paint splatter and plenty of lime green touches - this new color setup is a little more, shall we say, colorful.

The inspiration comes from Block’s fascination with the "80s and early 90s skateboarding graphics, as well as Miami Vice-era offshore powerboats and a dash of hair metal and old school hip hop mixed in for good measure."

That long description apparently translates to a matte-black base with touches of blue, red, green and orange, and a slice of Americana in the form of the U.S. flag on the roof scoop. As always, sponsorship logos are prevalent on the car, accounting for the rainbow-like hues on the Fiesta HFHV.

Moving onto the new “eco-friendly” HRD HQ, which looks “conducive to the kind of work they do.” The industrial look has been divided into two separate areas, including a workshop and a creative office space with plenty of touches of fun sprinkled in. Suffice to say, “boring” is the last word you’d think of in describing this office.

We understand the itch some people might get when wanting to drift their cars, but there’s still that line between fun and dumb that you shouldn’t cross, especially when you begin to put other people’s car - and lives - at risk.

This video, courtesy of the folks from Need for Drive, illustrates that example perfectly. We get it: drifting is fun and it provides a thrill that not a lot of things can replicate.

However, it must also be done in a closed environment that doesn’t pose a threat to anybody who isn’t sitting behind the wheel of the car. Last time we checked, a busy city street isn’t the kind of place you should be doing something like this.

We’ve seen, heard, and read so many stories about road accidents brought about by sheer recklessness. Those things can be avoided and should be avoided at all costs.

The video is "fun" to watch, but you have to wonder how fun it would’ve been if these guys took out a car or, much worse, a person. There’s no fun in that.

Just a reminder to everyone to drift safely!

We all know that extreme sports buffs typically aren’t the best people to give too much free time too. You have folks like the Jackass guys that like to pull off crazy stunts and hordes of other extreme things. So, what happens when you give a professional drifter too much time off?

Enter in Ryan Tuerck, a professional drifting driver who currently competes in the U.S. Formula Drift series in his Nissan 240SX, and he has some spare time on his hands. We don’t want to ruin the surprise of this video, but we will tell you he shows off his skills in some very cool riding, ranging from a BMX and up to a full-sized Ram pick-up .

The video was shot at the South Philly Warehouse Bowl and during a rainy day drift session and was shot using his GoPro camera, which managed to capture the most amazing shots. Enjoy!

Of course we will ask you to keep in mind the video’s "Closed Course. Do Not Attempt" warning and we will ask you not to try this at home, unless of course you are a professional driver!

Australians, for the most part, are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It’s rare to have a conversation with one and not say "he’s a pretty cool dude.” So, when news broke out that our friends from “Down Under” recently set a new world record, we were interested to see what it was they actually accomplished.

Low and behold, it was about something that fit right in our wheel house.

At the Summernats Car Festival 2013 in Canberra, 69 cars set a new Guinness Book world record by performing the world’s largest simultaneous burnout. As you can see, the amateur video of the record-setting achievement, posted by YouTube user "lolsupkent," comes with a lot of smoke, a lot of burnt rubber, and presumably, a lot of ecstatic people for being involved, or having witnessed the record-setting achievement.

If for nothing else, the video goes to show how fun a burnout really is. Having 69 cars do it simultaneously is, well, 69 times more enjoyable. If you’ve ever wondered how clouds are made in Australia, look no further than this video for the proof.

Six months after Ken Block released Gymkhana 5 , we now have a pretty good idea on how the hooning series was made. It’s a little odd to release a "making-of" video so long after the actual thing was released, but then again, you won’t find any complaints from us.

Besides, there’s always something to learn about extravagant productions like this. If you recall, Gymkhana 5 was set in San Francisco and featured some of the hottest drifts and hooks done on some of the Bay Area’s most famous landmarks.

That video shows off the creativity, the thought process, and Block’s overall talent that went into creating a production like this. All of this work was in the name of giving drift fans something to look forward to every year.

Check out the "Making of Gymkhana 5" and if you’re in the mood, you can hop on over after the jump to watch Gymkhana 5.

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The things people do when they have a lot of time to themselves range from the inane to the genius. Drift Alliance driver, Ryan Tuerck, will never be confused for a rocket scientist, but the man is, at least in this particular case, a bonafide genius.

Together with his Drift Alliance teammate Chris Forsberg, Ryan took the game of H-O-R-S-E and put a different spin to it. Actually, he took the game, used a different word, and proceeded to make it more awesome than any of us could have imagined.

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting The Game of D-R-I-F-T.

The mechanics remain the same, at least for the most part. One driver does a stunt, then the other copies it and when he can’t, he gets the letter D. The end happens when one spells D-R-I-F-T similar to H-O-R-S-E in basketball.

Both Tuerck and Forsberg used Nissan 240SX drift cars, so nobody has any kind of advantage when it comes to the car. By the end of the video, though, you’ll discover that one of these two just completely obliterates the other in a series of stunts that are too cool to describe.

Watch the video. You’ll be thankful that you did.

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If scale models and expensive shampoos aren’t good enough to for your motorhead friends or family this holiday season, then we have another idea for you.

Drifting is an art that almost everybody would enjoy. Who doesn’t like cornering at a safe speed while leaving a trail of smoke behind?

But, drifting is not without its compromises. It involves burning your tires and reducing the traction, an integral part of your car that doesn’t come cheap, which makes learning to drift an expensive affair. It also involves using a dedicated skid pad.

With the EasyDrift, all those compromises are now squashed.

Developed by a former racing driver and currently being used for police training, the EasyDrift comes in a package that includes a set of rings made of slippery plastic that is made to cover the entire tread surface of the rear wheels. It involves deflating the tires, placing the ring over the tire and reflating the tires to a snug fit. In three minutes, depending on how mechanically inclined you are, you can say good-bye to your rear-end grip and enjoy drifting like never before.

As drifting enthusiasts, we’d definitely recommend it to anyone who’d like to grab some fun or training without spending too much money. However, we cannot list out an exact price, as EasyDrift has yet to release a price on this system, but we’re sure it’s cheaper than burning up multiple sets of tires in a single training session.

Click past the jump to check out a video of its installation.

In case you had any doubts about the global reach of the Gymkhana phenomenon, look no further than the United Kingdom to understand that its popularity is far-reaching.

The event was the finals of Gymkhana GRiD and it served up the kind of racing and drifting action that had everybody in the UK scratching the Gymkhana bug. Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. were the headline names at the event, yet they weren’t the only big names in attendance.

Some of the world’s finest drifters were also on hand for the event, including Liam Doran, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith, Buttsy Butler and Terry Grant. Somehow, through all that burning rubber and smoking tires, there was also plenty to take away from the festivities, which culminated with the crowning of the winners of the Gymkhana GRiD series.

Check out the video for a brief recap of the event and, as always, enjoy all the smoking and screeching by turning up the volume of those speakers.

Some people tend to take little things like moving their fingers or holding hands with somebody else for granted, but what happens when those “little things” are taken away? What happens when you can no longer hold something with your hands because you no longer have them?

Some people may head into depression, but some people, like Bartek Ostalowski, continue living their lives like nothing ever happened.

Back in 2006, Ostalowski lost his arms in an accident, but didn’t stop him from continuing his dream to become a professional racecar driver. Not only did he become one, but he also became pretty good at it, having competed in the Polish Championship Rally Raceway Cross and the Polish Cup, not to mention, his apparent skill as a drifter.

In this video, you’ll see how Ostalowski manages to drift his Nissan Skyline GT-T R34 using his two feet and his shoulder. For people who can’t even drift with all their limbs intact, what Ostalowski is doing is amazing, dumbfounding, and downright inspirational.

Way to go, Bartek!


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