We were just sent a link to this video and like most crazy drift videos based out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we felt compelled to check it out. The odd thing though is that we view it with an equal measure of epicness and sadness.

We’ve seen grass roots motorsport burble along over the years along, from the dedicated bunch that facilitate motorsport such as Extreme Super Lap, SSKDrift, AutoX, UAE National racing etc, to the big spending heavy hitters, bringing global events to our doorstep. F1 to V8 Supercars, Speedcars, 24hr races, Formula Drift and everything inbetween.

Along with that, we continually here about investment in grass roots, fostering talent, bringing Middle Eastern skills to the surface and giving them a platform to perform. Yet, you have all of this happening in Saudi. There is no denying these chaps are not being responsible on any level, however we ask any of you to counter argue that there isn’t vast amounts of skill and car control on show here? Now take what has been stated above and note that the system in place doesn’t go and grab them, foster those skills, give them a platform to develop and take on the world! Why is that?

We will leave you with a very honest quote from a user of the SSKDrift facebook page ‘If we only had circuits or racing tracks here in Saudi, we would have seen these talents competing with the big guys today.. Too much energy and no place to let it lose.. thats why we have more than 86000 car accident fatalities in the past 20 years.’

Say’s it all really >>>

For Phil it's all about the car, the quality of content and the story. Having experienced life on both sides of the automotive business, the unbridled urge to set up his own unique motoring website led to crankandpiston.com being founded in his spare room. The rest as they say is history.

Phil McGovern

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