So Covid-19 became a reality as the world started to lock down its citizens to implement shelter in place to help flatten the curve of care infected people over a slow spread of the virus. It was right before the weekend of Final Bout Special Stage West, where we saw the beginnings of mandatory social distancing of group gatherings from 50 people to 10 people to zero gatherings. The world was about to face the beginnings of the worst pandemic of the 21 century to date. The CDC issued for people to wear protective face masks, gloves and we all re learn how to properly wash our hands. Which is about two happy birthday songs. The OG song and not the beautiful Stevie Wonder track. In the midst of the virus wreaking havoc and still no slow down of the air demons fill on human souls. Danny pushed forward to his personal deadline. Snapping peeping tom previews of his car’s progress on instagram. From mock ups of testing fitting his OriginLabs body kit, to cheeky shots of his new SSR and Work wheels. To finally reveal the sizzle of his new paint job. What a babe but such a tease, as it was well worth the wait especially in these trying times.
Dressed up with nowhere to go
With Gutter Club USA being accepted to Final Bout’s Special Stage EAST. The chance for them to mix it up with a plethora of visually stunning groups of like minded teams this May would have been phenomenal. However, this is not happening anymore due to this global pandemic. Boo.. Boo covid-19, you suck! That was the end goal for Danny and his team devoted their time from the beginning of the year to get their cars dressed up for the grandiose occasion. This would have been a huge deal for them! Over the years they worked hard to build their image as one of South Florida’s awesome drift teams hailing for the Irl Vice City, Miami.
If you don’t know, however, I’m not going to get into it but the Florida drift scene wasn’t as cool as it is today. So with that there is a huge sense of pride for these lads to be at the cusp pushing the envelope for the tri county of South Florida with their acceptance.
I’m not too sure on how this courtship happened for this photoshoot, but one of us slid into the other’s dms for sure. Knowing our very caring girlfriends would disapprove of such outings. Especially as the virus was relatively unknown, air traffic ceased, the death rate exploded from the virus, New York was on the verge to become the leader for most infected in the world. And on top of that with the knowledge of one being asymptomatic and being a carrier to then bring it home and kill your grandma. All Jokes aside, it was scary. However we schemed on how we could pull off this shoot. Haha we had one idea was to over the phone ask Danny to position his car so I could shoot from my car keeping six feet apart. We had a multitude of ideas. But really once we got the clear from these two lovely ladies to risk it all, we threw caution to the wind and kept at least six feet apart.
The day came, I had my fanny pack with hand sanitizers, face mask and alcohol spray. For me it was the first time I’ve been outside the confines of my house, other than to go to essential places. We finally met up, dab each other with our kicks. And proceeded to catch up. I apologize to Danny for talking his ear off because he was the first human I’ve interacted with since the shit hit the fan. But it paid because it all part of the process of leading to the interview questions below.
myculture: So?! Growing up in Miami, how did you first get into Drifting? How did you keep up with Drift culture? Were there magazines you followed or Drift films/videos you watched?
Danny: So back in high school, about 2009 I had an old beat down Z31. That’s where I learned how much fun drifting u-turns and roundabouts was. I was hooked. I never really had drifting mags, or watched drifting videos till a few years later when I really wanted to know about drifting. Classic video options, D1 vids, stuff like that.
What’s your first-ever memory of being in your cool car?
So my first memory of my car was driving that thing home on I-95 from pompano or somewhere around there. So with my Z car I got into a lot of trouble, and my restricted license at the time was suspended haha. So driving home was an experience! I later fixed my license…. like years later…
When did you realize you were going to be this cool? How old were you?
Never did, I’m just a normal dude, man.
How would you describe your style of drifting?
Bad, but good enough to look like I know what I’m doing. I guess my style is yet to be defined, I’m still learning
How would you describe your cars current Dress up! style!!?
Styled towards the 2000’s look I guess. Chrome wheels, aggressive aero. I don’t know, I just always wanted my car to have this shape! Went Silvia front for the culture, it’s something that’s been done a lot, but not by me.
While getting into drifting, who is, or was, your favorite drifter?
So Kawabata was one of the first guys I saw throw early big angle entries in this old D1 videos. Ken Nomura with the skyline cars was also a big influence with his big smoke. Kazama was gangster too, so he was one of my favorites.
What is it that you like about Drifting on tracks vs the streets?
The track is my favorite right now. I grew up street drifting and I’ll always love it. But the track is so much better for me to sit there and focus on driving. I’ve “retired” from street drifting as corny as that sounds. I’ll still do it, but nothing like before. The streets is hot man, I’d rather save my tires and money on a track day with the homies, and get some serious practice in.
Tell us about the teams and/or brands you drift for. How did some of those relationships come about?
There is only 1 team I drive for, GUTTERCLUB BABY!! As for brands nobody. I represent no one but myself and Gutter Club at the moment, with the occasional guest appearance on myculture…. Yeah this right here! So Gutterclub is just a group of old friends from the street days, we’ve grown up together, and we’re like family. You don’t really join Gutterclub, none of us asked to be a part of it. It just happened.
Tell me about the last competition you were in?
Last comp I was in…. Team tandem comp at NOLA EYB in December. We did terrible, no game plan, and our driving was shaky. A lot of excuses but we just didn’t drive well. Next time *sparkle effect*
What about other sports? Is there anything else you play?
I like sports. I used to play baseball, but I retired that a long time ago. So currently I don’t do sports.
How would you describe the differences between the drift scenes in the US and Florida or Miami?
I’m sure there are memes that explain this topic. Miami is hurting for something real man, I’ll leave it at that!
Do you have favorite spots to drift in MIAMI?
There was one, but it’s kind of a bust now. We called it the corner back then, but now it’s OG. Other than that, I don’t know any spots cause I’m not out in the field looking anymore. But I know a couple shooters out in the streets who can probably point me towards something if need be.
So new same Silvia? I see you took Jaz to Dr.Miami? What did you do to her this time? btw the car is awesome sauce?
Yeah man, refresh V.idk. I stripped it back down, kinda like a shell, but not really. It was piece by piece. So outside first, inside second, engine bay last type of situation. Thanks sauce man Shane!
How amazing are girlfriends who let their mans risk it all to hang and bs to have this moment to shoot while the air demons gather human souls?
Oh yeah they’re great, that was a risky move to let us get together during these strange times. But we came out un-infected my G! We’re not getting any brownie points for this but they are the best!!
13 out of 10 awesome sauce jars were used in the re-dress up of Danny’s drift car. Everything and anything done to this car was by his hands. The hours of preparing the car for paint, to painting the whole car inside and out. Constantly pulling his Sr20 to give it a primadonna spa like care treatment. He really puts his all into this build. However, the only missing component to complete this dress up was his Originlabs hood. Which at the time of the shoot was stuck in logistics hell as Japan due to the pandemic. This might be the last time in which we get to see the “two, three , oops scopes” level of flake on the valve cover and engine bay glisten in the sun like a daytime rave party, which is simply pretty. The lowrider styled old school lace paint job on his roof speaks with so much character for this Japanese hotrod. It’s a nice tribute of blurring the lines between these two car cultures of beautiful customization, with a slight nod to Miami’s low rider culture. The clean refreshing paint job to grace his new Originlabs kit is a nice gesture at maturity. Imagine if the team livery was his cars rebellious tatted up teenage years. And now with this new look she got a clean corporate American designer job which says yes to her blue dyed hair and red facial piercing lol.
But in the end I bet it must kill him inside with nowhere to slide for the current moment. Yes the streets are always open, but in this case I’m sure things would have hit differently at Final Bout Special Stage East. But for now we wait impatiently yet patiently for the time to show up and show out. Be safe out there and wash your hands.
Photo x shane prescod
Location @ Miami, FL