Winter Jam Drifting Festival – Sideways at Sears Point!
The recent Winter Jam Drifting Festival at Sears Point was a holiday treat. Billed as Northern California’s largest drifting event, it features both amateur and pro drivers getting sideways at speed. Just like AutoCross, entry is pretty easy and the rules fairly basic, the biggest difference being all cars must have a 4-point roll cage.
This is grassroots hot rodding at its best. It might feel like the early days of sports car racing, or maybe drag racing, but it’s really like motorized ballet. Young guys/gals souping up their cars and having fun with them doing their best to find that magic combination of throttle, brake and a lack of traction in a controlled slide. Not easy but incredibly fun!
Winter Jam completely took over the upper paddock and road course at Sears Point. They had six drifting courses lined up on both the road course and paddock area giving entrants a challenging layout. These included the popular Meihan layout, Donut Pad, Summer Jam (turn 3 & 4), Turn 7, Flying 8, and Turn 11.
With the energy, grass roots approach and the insane action, we predict Winter Jam will to continue to grow.