For those who follows the art of driving by going sideways, which is know as drifting, will know Keiichi Tsuchiya, who is known as the godfather of drifting. For those who have watched Fast & Furious 3: Tokyo Drift will noticed he made a cameo as a fisherman with his classic line “you call this drifting?” on a scene when the hero practicalness his skills on epic fail style.
Keiichi Tsuchiya is also the founder of the D1 drifting championship in Japan which is the premier drifting competition in Japan in 2000. After 10 years appearance as judge, promoter and organiser in D1GP, he shocked the world when he announced his resignation at D1GP.
Although he did not hint he will retire from the sports, I do have a feeling he will create a new breakaway drifting series or maybe will join another drifting event in US, the Formula Drift series. Or maybe he must have been inspired by Michael Schumacher’s return in F1.
Although that makes me wonder, what can we do to make that greedy shortars*d Bernie Ecclestone to do the same thing in F1????
Meanwhile this statement below is taken from his personal website:
９ｔｈ December ２０１０
Thank you so much for always supporting D1.
Today I have an announcement to make.
I, keiichi Tsuchiya, and Daijiro Inada, the founder of D1GP will resign from the D1 Corporation.
This decision was made due to the irresponsible management such as ignoring fans, participants and sponsors.
In order to make the D1GP beneficial to everyone, we have persistently asked for improvement but they have rejected our demands and have come up with this unwilling consequence.
Please accept our heartfelt apology and forgive us for our act.
We will restart our career and do our best for the future of drift.
We plan to realize drift events so that fans, participants and sponsors could all be satisfied with.
We appreciate your everlasting support and understanding.
We will continue to provide information about further activities through our homepage.