Drifting to many is more than just a hobby or motorsport, to some it is art – I am one of the latter. Fellow Canadian drifter Marin Guilbault of team Drifters Anonymous (and Team AMF) has gained a following for his cool Schumacher-like demeanor behind the wheel going sideways on track at events such as TOPPS Drift Day and CSCS. Most notably, winning the 2012 Canadian Sport Compact Championship for drifting in his rookie year! Like many motorsport enthusiasts, drifting has become a way of escapism where the traditional rules of grip driving are tossed aside for a more dancing-like approach with cars getting sideways, tires shredded, and engines bouncing off the rev limiter – a form of motorsport art if you will.
The short documentary by Kirill Melamed titled “A Useless Art (2013)” is based around Marin Guilbault and his journey to being one of Canada’s leading amateur drifter. From a young age, Guilbault (like many males) played with Hot Wheels and as soon as he could get his license the youth’s ambition to get behind the wheel couldn’t be stopped. Having known him personally for a couple of years, it is worthy to note that he is as true as humble pie can be and yet still competitive when it’s show time – a rarity in motorsports. Take a moment to watch this great short film and get to know a little more about what I predict will be a Canadian motorsport icon one day – even if only on the grassroots level.
Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Video: Kirill Melamed