If you find yourself to be a fan of Drifting and Drift culture, you might find that you’d like to learn more about the scene. Despite the boost in popularity the community got from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, drifting still isn’t quite mainstream, though it is in a much better place than it has been in the past.
For the newbies to the drifting scene, there is a wealth of information today that wasn’t available just a few years ago.
Now, the best way to experience drift culture, besides immersing yourself in it is by playing the likes of Drift Hunters, or to enjoy the many documentaries that exist regarding the subject.
If that sounds appealing to you, this list of the Top 5 Drifting Documentaries for Enthusiasts will help you set out on your drift culture education. If you’re ready, pull up a seat, get ready to take notes, and let’s get started!
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Kei to the City
The Mighty Car Mods YouTube channel is a wealth of information on not just drifting, but car culture as a whole. They have everything from build guides, first looks, and well-produced documentaries. One of those documentaries, Kei to the City, has the channel’s hosts Marty and Moog in Japan to purchase and mod a vehicle to participate in a drift competition. Along the way, they discuss the history and culture of the sport at great length.
Turbos and Temples
Another Mighty Car Mods film, Turbos and Temples, has Marty and Moog once more in Japan, this time in Hokkaido. Their goal? To take a road trip in a 660cc Kei Car. Turbos and Temples actually predates Kei to the City, but it is every bit as enjoyable and well-produced.
Drift ‘Till the End
Drift ‘Till the End is a drifting-focused doc that follows a grassroots drifting community in Georgia as they try to organize a drifting event and the struggles that come with planning such a thing. This short film also gets some personal thoughts and stories from the members of that Georgia drifting community as well as some really incredible drifting footage of all kinds of cars. It’s only twelve and a half minutes long on YouTube, and it’s definitely worth a watch.
Keep Drifting Fun – The Movie
Also available on YouTube is Keep Drifting Fun – The Movie. This documentary goes all over the USA to interview real drift drivers and dig deep into their thoughts about drifting. The filmmakers also visit several grassroots drifting events, much like Drifting ‘Till the End. With interviews from both amateur and pro drifters, Keep Drifting Fun – The Movie is one of the most well-rounded drift docs out there.
Produced by the Driftworks YouTube channel, OUTSIDERS Japan has Driftworks hosts Phil Morrison and James Robinson go on a trip to explore Japanese car culture. And not just any culture, their goal is to visit the very place where drifting originated and study its advancement over the years. Their journey evolves from an educational trip into an examination of Japanese life and how it is so different from the hosts’ life in the UK. OUTSIDERS Japan is incredibly informative, thought-provoking, and a true analysis of drift culture.