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The Wheel Thing: The bare minimum you need to know about the motorsport known as drifting




Smoke, noise, action and danger. The fast and furious racing style known as drifting is quickly winning fans.
Smoke, noise, action and danger. The fast and furious racing style known as drifting is quickly winning fans.
Terence T.S. Tam

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This weekend, sections of Long Beach, California will be shrouded in enough smoke from burning rubber to trigger a smog alert. And enough noise to unhinge a complete set of teeth.

Formula Drift racing comes to the city's street-based Gran Prix track. Should the subject of this wild racing phenomenon come up in polite conversation, here are few key bullet points that could prevent you from sounding like a culturally disconnected dolt.

If seeing is knowing, this video is worth tens of thousands of words:

Drift Racing in Long Beach, Calif

Susan Carpenter is auto and motorcycle critic for the OC Register. She joins Take Two each Thursday for The Wheel Thing.