The Street Driven Tour returned to greater St. Louis’s Gateway Motorsports Park for the second stop of their four-event nationwide tour. The Tour brought their unique “automotive amusement park” recipe to an often overlooked—but extremely dedicated—group of automotive enthusiasts.
The highlight of the event was the drifting that took place on the Gateway Motorsports Park infield road course. Formula Drift pros Chris Forsberg and Geoff Stoneback were the two drivers on track, Forberg in his VK56DE-swapped Infiniti M35 sedan and Stoneback in his LS7-powered S14 Nissan 240SX. The Pros did lap after lap of the four turns, two switchbacks and giant right-hand sweeper loaded with fans that purchased “drift ride-along” tickets. Amidst Forsberg and Stoneback’s performances, dozens of local drifters of all experience levels took full advantage of the opportunity to assault the Gateway infield throughout the day with an impressive variety of drift machines.
Opposite the road course were the pit garages, show-n-shine alley and vendor row, bringing to the event an impressive crop of modified Japanese, Domestic, European and Exotic machinery. Across the Gateway campus, Street Driven Tour added two new events to their roster: a drift skid pad and drag racing, the latter of which took place on the facility’s pro-level 1/4-mile drag strip all day and into the night. While some drifters tested their mettle at the tree, the strip was dominated by locally owned, big-power dragsters and hot-rods running fast, fast times.
As the day grew into evening, and as the drag racing continued, competitors lined up to compete in Street Driven Tour’s drift mini games, beginning with another round of Drift Soccer, in which competitors lined up for the chance to drift a soccer ball into a small net. Next up was Hard Park, where drivers competed for who could drift to rest closest to a wall of cardboard boxes, a challenge that resulted in several competitors coming to rest mere inches from the wall. Finally the Street Driven Tour festivities drew to an official close with the last event of each round: the Tire Massacre, filling the venue with a sacrifice of roasted rubber to the gods of grip, letting every diehard drifthead get one final whiff of that unforgettable scent of a good time.