Drifting Interviews with OGs and Trailblazers

Benson Hsu

Host, Producer

Benson Hsu fell in love with drifting when he discovered it via Option Video in '96. He bought his S13 in '99 and turned it into a Sileighty with an SR20DET swap in 2000. He used his website SileightyMania.com to spread knowledge about Japanese drifting culture in English, and get in touch with many people around the world who shared the same passion.

Benson met other influential people on his journey to become better at drifting, such as Slide Squad Dave and Mark, Moto Miwa, Taka Aono, Andy Yen, Alex Pfeiffer, Hiro Sumida, and Ken Gushi. After several grassroots events and competitions like Option Ikaten, Falken Drift Showoff, and RS-R Drift Festival, American professional drifting was established in 2004, so Benson competed in Formula Drift and D1 Grand Prix. He only drifted professionally for 1 year, but he never forgot the special moments he witnessed as one of the original drifters in the USA, nor the people who helped pave the way for future generations of drifters.

Drifting and S13s allowed Benson to meet all of his closest friends such as audio/video engineer Marc Mondoy, graphic designer Steven Nakamura, but most importantly his wife and co-host Nadine. His desire to record the podcast comes from his want to give back to drifting a small fragment of what it has given to him.