Standing halfway up a mountain road in Jackson County, KY and hearing 12 different exhaust notes echoing through the hills as 10 drift cars, a lead car and a chase car start to gun it toward the uphill section of the US’ first legal touge on a public road gave me chills then and remembering it still does now.
I think part of what makes DISL such a great event for both spectators and drivers is that it's a distillation of what drifting has long been about. There's fewer distractions than in pro drifting or big money comps. The barrier to entry is lower, but still high enough to make sure everyone is held to a high standard of skill and style.
Every year, Xenia, OH's Kil-kare Raceway becomes home to 150 plus drift cars, some crazy-good food trucks, a super wholesome hot dog eating contest (100% free of any innuendos) and a couple thousand folks paying to watch some cool-looking cars drive sideways around the track.