Japspeed's Specialist Subaru Impreza Drift Racer Stolen

15. June 2011

Japspeed Subaru ImprezaWatching BBC News on June 12th was much akin to stumbling across a wild life programme while channel hopping. There in the rain on the M25, was Team Japspeed's impressive Subaru Impreza drift car racer enjoying it's 30 hours of unrestrained freedom. Filmed by a motorway traveller who had no idea that the car was actually a stolen vehicle at the time, it reminded me of a rare beast that had been nurtured and released back into the wild.

This wasn't a case of steal a vehicle, change the number plates and get a respray though, as this customised Subaru was not road legal, so any form of modified car insurance would be out of the question.

But although the voice in the background wasn't David Attenborough's telling us how far this race car could go without food (not far), or for what distance it could run at top speed before running out of stamina, there was a curious animalistic excitement about the situation. Enthusiast car forums were updating faster than you could read them with rumours and possible sightings. It was much like the many twitchers that flocked to a rubbish dump in January to see a rare gull that was visiting these shores. More...