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Insider Report: Lada Drifting 101 – do not do this!

Published January 7, 2013

The old saying that “boys will be boys” is universal, as is my own personal favourite saying: “You can’t fix stupid”.

Back in the early ’80s, one of my buddy’s parents bought a not-so-shiny new Lada. They loved the bargain basement price, coupled with the back to basics driving style. As a couple of newly licensed teenagers, we loved the rear-wheel drive shoe box’s propensity for sliding in the snow, and its ability to withstand many bounces off snowbanks without even the slightest trace of damage. However irresponsible, our hooning was contained by snowbanks.

The group of presumably Russian hoons in the video below traded snow for wet grass. Unfortunately for these guys, there were no snowbanks to protect them from their lack of talent behind the wheel. Their attempt at drifting a Lada Classic ended up with the boxy car in the drink. Then again, they may have actually done this on purpose. They did have a guy wearing hip waders with them!

Indonesian city banning women ‘straddling motorbikes’

According to the BBC, the Mayor of Lhokseumawe in Indonesia has ordered female passengers on motorcycles to ride side-saddle. Suaidi Yahya told the beeb that the regulation is to protect people’s “morals and behaviours”. Said Yahya: “When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman,”

Muslim activist Ulil Abshar Abdalla responds that “How to ride a motorbike is not regulated in Sharia. There is no mention of it in the Koran or Hadiths,” via twitter.

I don’t know how religious mores apply to traffic safety.

Quad-Amputee Drifts a MazdaSpeed 6, looking for a ride with Ken Block

I feel humbled that I have been able to share some pretty inspirational stories and videos here in the Insider Report about motorsport enthusiasts who have overcome devastating injuries and are able to continue to fuel their passion for speed. Each time, I think there is no way each story can be topped, until the next amazing individual comes onto my radar.

Tayler Morris is 5th surviving Quad Amputee from the war in Afghanistan, where he was serving as a Navy EOD petty officer when he was injured by an exploding IED. Morris’ injuries happened on May 3, 2012. The video below was posted on New Year’s Eve and was the first time that the man had driven an unmodified car and he is celebrating by hooning it up a bit in the snow!

Morris’s dream is to go for a ride with Ken Block, so his friends are asking readers to click this link to tweet a message to Ken Block. I’m thinking that the Monster Energy driver will jump on this, because Tayler Morris is a Monster!

Vehicle Image
    • Price: $51,400

    MSRP

    • Price: $52,200
    • Price: $24,590
    • Price: $22,895
    • Engine: 3.5 V6 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 6
    • Transmission Speed: 6

    Performance

    • Engine: 3.5 V6 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: AWD
    • Cylinder: 6
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • Engine: 2.5 I5 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: MT
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 5
    • Transmission Speed: 5
    • Engine: 2.4 I4 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 4
    • Transmission Speed: 6
    • City: 10.5
    • Highway: 7.3
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 17/17

    Fuel Economy

    • City: 12.2
    • Highway: 7.8
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 19/19
    • City: 9.9
    • Highway: 6.2
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 15/15
    • City: 9.9
    • Highway: 6.2
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 16/16
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes

    Safety

    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Sunroof: Yes
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: Yes
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes

    Comfort & Convenience

    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: Yes
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: No
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: No
    • Climate Control: No
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 5
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 5
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes

    Interior

    • Max. Seating: 5
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 5
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 5
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 5
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 5
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 5
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Awards: -

    Awards

    • Awards: -
    • Awards: -
    • Awards: -

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