Drivers Blog: Calvin Wan>> Panama Drift Demo ’09

I just came back from awesome event over in Panama City, Panama at the Figali Convention Center called X-treme Wheels and Drift. It was an event that had a car show, bmx performers, concert with Sean Kingston and Flo Rida, and our drifting demonstration from March 7-8, 2009. This was the first time Panama has ever seen drifting before and the fans over there were going nuts over it the entire weekend.

Formula D brought over 4 US drivers; Justin Pawlak, Tony Angelo, Chris Forsberg and yours truly to perform the drifting demo. They first setup a press conference for us and had tons of media over there. They were even showing old Formula D footage from 2005 on their video displays.

We got to explore Panama for a few days to see how it was like, and to our surprise the country was pretty developed with many high rise buildings, tons of nightclubs and bars, and many hooked up econo cars everywhere. It seems like the country has a big interest in automotive culture.

We performed 3 drifting performances on Sunday, which were all preplanned, choreographed routines. We started off with solo runs first.

Then 2 car tandem and split runs.

Then 4 cars tandems and split runs every session.  The 4 cars runs were pretty cool because we got to do many different configurations and would time it so that we would cross and pass each other to make the runs exciting.

We would conclude each session with a bunch of team donuts, long burnouts and throw out a bunch of event t-shirts to the crowd. The crowd went nuts over that.

At the end of each day we would move our cars into the convention center for display.

The entire weekend we would get mobbed by crazy fans rushing to get our autographs and pictures taken wherever we were at. It was pretty funny, the organizers would even have to escort us through alternate routes through the building to avoid them.

We then had to do a couple of autograph signing sessions, which ended up being over 2 full hours each day! Pretty crazy. It is always cool to be able to showcase drifting for the first time for people to see. I can’t wait to do more of these events in the future!

-Calvin Wan



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Nice write up Calvin! The car looks hot as usual.

Man, it must have been rediculously LOUD with 3 rotaries! LOVE IT

Looks like everyone was having fun there except Tony. :-I ?


tony angelo is so hawt OMG ^_^ kukukukukuku


i love all 4 (yes 4) drivers are rotary head too (even forsberg)

its super cool! heard it was way fun and had a great time!


DA=demo masters! always got good plans and layouts.


I was vacationing down there for carnaval and heard/saw advertisements for the event like every 15 min until the day of. The promotors did a great job spreading the word! It's a shame I was too hung over to go stand in that hot sun. Garage 507 has photos and videos of the event.


Any videos of this?

Those 4 car tandems must've been awesome to watch. You guys gotta come to europe sometime! (Portugal PLEASE!!!!) ^_^


hes got a hellaflush sticker on the FD :)


Probably the four best looking cars in Formula D, along with four of the coolest dudes.


I would like to thnk C and the DA team for this AWESOME show, it wuz like the coolest thing EVER.

Thnxs for bringing the drift experience to PMA. Hope U guys como back soon.

U all have won a great deal of new fans here in 507! Best of luck in the upcoming events and shows!



Calvin, It is so cool to see this type of event in another country. I am so happy to see that you guys had so much love an support out there. All that hard work pays off when you see the smiles on your fans faces. Thank you for putting on a great show. I'm sure after that event, many kids will be drifting there cars on Gran Turismo, Tokoyo Extreme Racer and Need for Speed!!!!!!



Panama is awesome!


maan signing ur name for 2hrs same thing over and over id rather go sign ur name with rubber out in the track lol


Is that Forsbergs normal car? Or his second 350 without the roof taken off???

And SSR or Work wheels?? Looks very tough....any more pics??