The History of Car Drifting
Car drifting is one of the many types of motor sports that can also be referred as one type of driving technique which has become very popular among car racers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Ever since it was launched in the All Japan Touring Car Championship three to four decades ago, it has earned its reputation as one of Japan's most exciting motor sports. In this sport, the driver deliberately over steers in order to minimize the traction of the rear wheels of the vehicle while maintaining control despite the extreme speed. The first professional car drifter who also invented some of the most popular drifting techniques was Kunimitsu Takahashi, the creator of car drifting. The first car drifting competition held outside Japan was at the Raceway of California's Willow Springs.
Drifting at Present
At present, sport drifting has become a very competitive motor sport. It is the only car competition in the world wherein rear wheels of the cars are used to produce different techniques to gain points from the judges. Some of the most popular drifting competitions are the D1 Grand Prix of Japan, the BDC of the United Kingdom, Bangladesh's United Racers Club, the Formula-D of the United States and the Superdrift of Italy. The Formula-D of US is now considered as the most prestigious and largest car drifting championship of the whole North America because the participants are mostly professional car drifter drivers known in the world of car drifting.
The Ways of Drifting Competitions
Car drifting can be considered as a formal kind of motor sports because the competition is judged based on the performance, speed, angle and line of the cars as they ride through the special tracks or heat circuit. When it comes to the criteria of performance judges look at several things like the proximity of the car to the wall, the amount of smoke produced and the impact of the performance to the audience. When it comes to speed, if the momentum when entering, traveling or exiting a turn is faster and smoother the better it gets the score. Angle refers to the angle of the car while making the drift while the line is all about the drivers following the correct line of path and this is determined by the judges even before the start of the competition. The judges are situated on a small part of the racing circuit where they can be able to have a good view of the cars and their routines.
There are basically two sessions in every drifting competition and these are the qualifying or the practice session and the final round. The practice session which is also called the Tansou involves all participating drifters in showing their routines to be able to enter among the sixteen finalists. The 16 qualified finalists will move on to the final round in which they will be required to do tandem passes or called the Tsuiso. In this part of motor sports, the drivers are divided into pairs and each pair must make two heat passes on the tracks. For the two pairs who will be performing their best on the eight heats will move on to the four heats and then the pair who will win this competition will be competing as the final two.
The harsh winter is now thankfully behind us and for leisure riders it's close to the date to get your trusty motorbike out of mothballs and back on the road for a fantastic summer of motorbike riding. Now is the time to rediscover how to ride your two-wheeled pride and joy; the anticipation of being able to ride the open road is bound to soon prove overwhelming, as the days get lighter and the weather improves dramatically.
So, as spring starts to get into full swing it's the ideal time to clean off the accumulated dirt and dust of winter storage and start the procedure towards getting back on the road. Whether your motorbike is a recently purchased expensive manufacturer, a faithful old runabout or something in between it is important to ensure that everything is mechanically safe and sound before setting out on the open road again.
First, start with a thorough wash and polish to restore the bike to its former glory. There's no safety benefit to be gained from doing that, but it will put you back in touch with your beautiful machine. Check your tyres and if necessary inflate them to the recommended pressure; not only will your ride be safer it will also be more fuel efficient with correctly inflated tyres.
Next, perform a quick check for any oil leaks. Before moving off ensure that all lights are operating correctly; headlight, brake lights and indicators are essential for safety and if any bulbs are faulty, replace them immediately.
Also, before taking to the public roads don't forget to ensure that your motorbike insurance is in order and that you haven't overlooked your insurance renewal during the winter months. Then it's time to set off for a test ride to make sure that everything feels fine and operates according to the owner's manual. Take it easy at first and get used to being back in the saddle before really opening the throttle. Certainly ensure that your brakes are operating correctly at the very least!
But, it's not just your motorbike that should be checked before summer biking begins. The open road can be a dangerous place even for the most experienced biker and therefore protecting oneself is of paramount importance.
Make sure that your motorcycle helmet is still up to the job, is comfortable and offers full vision. For example, any badly scraped or damaged visor or faceguard should be replaced with a new one. What's more, ensuring that you have full body protection is also vital. A spill at any speed can cause significant injury if not wearing appropriate riding leathers and hard-wearing biker's boots. So, as well as preparing your bike, prepare yourself and be ready to have a great biking summer!
If you're a first-time purchaser, you may be wondering what kind of All Terrain Vehicle to choose. These recreational vehicles, which are also often referred to as 'quads' or '4 wheelers,' are immensely popular. In fact, there are hundreds of groups in North America alone dedicated to the ATV hobbyist. Owners love them because they're fast, and they provide a sense of freedom, convenience, and also closeness to nature.
If you've ever purchased a car (new or used) then you should apply the same types of rules to buying a 4-wheeler as you would to purchasing a car. Some tips when looking for the right one:
* Look for safe handling. 4-wheelers are safer than their 3-wheeled predecessors, which became obsolete in the 80's due to their high rate of rollovers. However, ATV's are still prone to tipping over. Look for a vehicle which has its weight evenly distributed, as well as a good center of gravity, which will minimize this risk.
* Good tires are important. ATV riding is all about high speed and fast cornering. Therefore, quality tires with deep treads are crucial, both to safety and to performance. If you are sold on a particular brand, but not impressed with the tires, consider custom ordering better tires.
* Don't overlook performance. Like cars, 4-wheelers perform differently from model to model. Consider qualities like fuel efficiency, ease of maintenance, and how a specific model will handle under the conditions that you plan to drive it in. If you're concerned about your 'carbon footprint,' look for an all-terrain-vehicle with low emissions and other 'green' features.
* Size matters. It can be dangerous when someone operates a vehicle that is too big or small for them. Buy yours according to the size of the principle driver. Quads are made in various sizes for riders from child to adult. Make sure you always heed the advice of the manufacturer with regard to weight restrictions and distribution.
* Consider how you plan to use your vehicle. There are two types of quads. Sports models are manufactured with the racer and hobbyist in mind. They are built with lighter-weight components and good suspension, since they tend to be ridden heavily and fast. Utility models are bigger, heavier, and don't have the same capacity for speed as sport models. Utility models are designed for carrying small loads and even towing trailers. They are popular with farmers and industrial workers.
* Price doesn't necessarily reflect quality. Like regular vehicles, quads vary in price by brand and model. High price doesn't necessarily mean better quality. A low price doesn't necessarily mean poorer quality. Instead, evaluate a brand or model based on the qualities already listed. If a model seems to be pricier than other, similar models, don't be afraid to ask why. If the salesman seems to be blowing smoke rather than offering substantial facts, this should be a red flag.
* Examine the warranty. Make sure you know what type of warranty comes with your potential purchase. Many companies offer very similar warranties, but the subtle differences could end up being the deciding factor in your final choice.
One of the best ways to decide on a particular brand or model is to read a consumer report, if one is available. These can provide you valuable information based on tests that have been conducted in a controlled environment. Consumer reports rate products on several different points, including safety, performance, and efficiency. They are fairly non-partisan and can usually be relied upon to provide truthful and fairly comprehensive information on an ATV you might be interested in.