Wattanaporn Phungpearn (aka Joe PTT) of the PTT Performa Achilles Drift Team is remembered well by drifting fans – in part because of his unique ‘police’ drift car and in part for his good height and looks.
So far, his is the only ‘police car’ featured in Formula Drift Asia. He seeked inspiration from the Playstation game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit – which is based on a cop versus racer theme – and did up his drift car akin to a police car so he could have a highly differentiated car from the rest of the drivers.
Often referred to as Mr. Policeman of Drift, Joe’s signature police drift car has become a popular and common shot in drift fans’ photo albums.
Although Joe was not present at Formula Drift Indonesia with his signature police drift car, there were not one, but two police drift cars competing that weekend.
One was Wahyu Andika Putra H. (aka Dika CH) of the GT Radial Drift Team:
… and the other was Australian Josh Boettcher, also from the GT Radial Drift Team, who was using a borrowed car from an Indonesian rookie drifter called Eddy. Eddy made it to the Top 16 of the Pro-Am series that was held just before Formula Drift Indonesia that week at the same grounds, but gave up his car to JB instead and hence did not compete.
JB didn’t use the lights though.
Ok, you want my thoughts? Joe PTT’s car looks more ‘police’ than these two but then again, he has had time ahead of them to improve on his ‘police car’ look over the years, as seen in the string of photos of Joe’s police drift car image progression. Joe’s one has lights in blue and red (started out as red only) and his car even has the police sirens!
Joe FTW (For The Win) despite him not being present at Formula Drift Indonesia. One more thing - There are plans for him to compete in Formula Drift Malaysia next month though.
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Formula Drift Indonesia 2011 Album #2 - Saturday