HOUSE OF DRIFT
DRIFTING NEW ZEALAND’S ONLY HOME-BASED TRACK
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.