Florida Man Creates Free Drift Event

Based out of Fort Myers in Florida, Drift HQ is a one-stop shop for drifters. This is a company built on busted knuckles and stripped tires, owned by drifters and for the drifters.

The friends behind the operation, Duarte Viana, Savio Silva and Joel Garcia, created Drift HQ as a hub for drift car parts and education. They care about the local community, and as part of that recently decided to throw an event near the heart of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Here you’ll more likely find swamp buggies on trailers than Nissan Skylines or an RX-7 with an LSX swap.


Immokalee Regional Raceway, which features a 1/8th mile drag strip and a drift track at the end, is actually a decommissioned airport runway. In 1999, Ralph Hester decided to open the facility in an effort to get racers off the streets and into a safe and controlled environment.


The event was free for the drivers and the public as a way for Drift HQ to give back to the community, and it brought out some interesting cars.


Working under the South Florida sun on his driveway, Leo Alvarado has poured blood, sweat and tears into his R32 Nissan Skyline GTS-t. The E85-drinking RB20DET features Tomei cams and a Precision turbo.


Another work of art was Drift HQ’s own E46 BMW M3. Not only does this car look the part with its DTM wide-body, there’s also a Toyota 2JZ-GTE VVTi engine under the hood. A year in the making, the BMW is to Formula Drift Pro spec and features quality parts throughout.

The build shows you the type of company Drift HQ is. It also shows you what sort of people are behind it; they are true supporters of the South Florida drift scene.

Austin Mottinger


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That blue R32 with the exposed intercooler tho... Nice work


About 10 years ago they tried to make the same with an old airport in my region for the same reason also. The police were after all of us (drivers/owners and spectators) obviously because of the lazy couch lover locals complains, we did our best serving them "justice" night time with the help of rev-limiters after they officially closed the area.


The red coupe with the silvia front is me, thanks for the great photography and coverage of such a fantastic event. One of the most fun events I have been to, and cant wait to go to their next event! @240sx_arthur


I can't believe this has been barely 15 miles away from me. I thought Buckingham Autocross was my only option for racing without going a long distance. Will definitely be checking this out!


I thought Florida Man was America's Worst Superhero.


Love the stock body S13's. I miss seeing that at drift events. I actualy kinda prefer the look now, vs super 55mm widebody rivet drift machines. Not that there's anything wrong with the purpose built cars, they still look great and function well, it's jsut a preference of mine. All of these cars are beautiful and so is the effort going into these events!

P.S. Carb'd LS = Grrr...