HOUSE OF DRIFT

DRIFT­ING NEW ZEALAND’S ONLY HOME-BASED TRACK

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They say that a man’s house is his cas­tle, but Takeshi ‘Tux’ Teruya’s house has be­come more race­track than cas­tle, thanks to a care­fully crafted, long, snaking drive­way that just so hap­pens to form a drift track. For Tux, a man whose life has lit­er­ally been shaped by drift­ing, it’s been a labour of love — one that al­lows him to sat­isfy his ev­er­last­ing need to drift. That was the very need that brought him to our shores from his home­land of Ja­pan in 2006.

“I was 18 years old when I first saw drift­ing on the Ak­agi moun­tain. I fi­nally got my li­cense to trans­port the mo­tor­bike that I was rac­ing and re­ally wanted to drive a man­ual, so we took my friend’s par­ents’ Forester up there to watch. I was shocked and very into it. I stopped all plans, sold my mo­tor­bike, and pur­chased a S13 Sil­via.”

Af­ter a few years of learn­ing the art, Tux be­gan com­pet­ing, meet­ing Team 3up and his drift mas­ter Masami Mikami.

“He taught me ev­ery­thing about drift­ing, from sus­pen­sion set-up to tun­ing and fab­ri­ca­tion,” he says. How­ever, in 2003, af­ter be­com­ing some­what dis­il­lu­sioned by the com­pe­ti­tion side of things in Ja­pan, Tux took it back to the streets and was caught red-handed by his drift mas­ter, who, while an­gry with Tux for his ac­tions, of­fered a unique so­lu­tion to Tux’s slump.

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