We think the more interesting question to ask these days is, “What hasn’t Vaughn Gittin Jr. done with the Ford Mustang?” Sure Gittin wasn’t exactly Ford’s first choice when handing the Mustang’s keys over to a drifter (Ken Gushi Jr. had that privilege) but it’d be really tough to find someone to say he isn’t the right choice. From drifting worldwide and leading the current points championship in Formula Drift, Gittin Jr. has really broken the mold and brought Ford’s Mustang to the forefront of the action sport world.
And just when we thought we had seen it all from Gittin and his rockstar-like antics, he has teamed up with MTV’s Rob Dyrdek and his Fantasy Factory show to conjure up a car skateboard park. Many may know that Gittin Jr. himself was a skater and loves action sports, so merging the two passions together almost seemed natural to him, no matter how unnatural it is to the rest of the world.
Another Ford Mustang seems to have been built that replicates the look of his drift Mustang, but setup to tackle the half-pipe rather than Irwindale Speedway’s outer bank. Even Dyrdek took some seat time and had some wicked fun in his creation.
Check out the official press release from MTV and do not miss the video after the break.
Vaughn on MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
Baltimore, MD (July 6, 2010) – Lip slides, 50-50 grinds, wall rides, and board slides are tricks primarily associated with skateboarding – that is up until Formula Drift points leader and World Champion drifter, Vaughn Gittin Jr., teamed up with skateboarding legend and business mogul, Rob Dyrdek, to create the world’s first-ever skateboard car and skateboard car park for the Season 3 premiere episode of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory”.
Pioneers and innovators in their own disciplines, Vaughn and Rob made their fantasy into a reality when they each got their try at maneuvering the insane skateboard car. To help them on their epic quest, the team from California Skateparks created the first-ever skateboard car park with endless possibilities for the aspiring car-skaters. As their weapon of choice used to tackle the park, a 2011 Ford Mustang was outfitted with everything from a grind plate to grip tape.
Vaughn, a former skater himself, says: “Ever since I started drifting, I was constantly reminded how close it is to skateboarding in the fact that it is truly a lifestyle and an action sport that takes a ton of passion and talent. Whether you are on a board or manhandling a car, you can have the freedom to show off your personality and style. For about three years now, I have been dreaming of taking the car control I have from drifting and doing skateboard tricks with a Mustang. I didn’t even have to mention the idea twice to Rob, as he was all about it immediately. He was not scared behind the wheel either! Believe me when I tell you, he also went BIG in the skateboard car.”
Season 3 of MTV’s series “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” premieres Monday, July 12 at 9:30pm ET/PT which features Vaughn and his skateboard car.
“I am very excited for everyone to see and feel the genuine fun and excitement we had,” says Vaughn. “It was simply unbelievable for everything that was in my head for years to unfold as perfect as it did on the first outing for the Skateboard Mustang. Huge thanks to Rob, California Skateparks, MTV, Ford, Monster Energy, Falken Tire, and everyone else that believed in this project and helped to make it possible – it was simply EPIC. I look forward to taking what we learned to the next level and having some more skate Mustang fun in the future!”
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