A drifting ban affecting Atlanta residents is causing discontent among the automotive community and catching more and more media attention.
Earlier this week, news surfaced of a ban being put forward by Atlanta’s city council to ban drifting within city limits, mostly because of the noise it causes.
Inevitably, various news sources (us included) picked the story up and ran with it. One of those outlets was an Atlanta tv station that actually took a decibal meter out to compare how much noise a car made while drifting in Turner Field’s parking lot compared to the fireworks set off during a Braves baseball game in the same location.
It turns out, someone burning rubber in a big drift makes about half the noise those fireworks do. The news report also pointed out that Cindy McCain, Senator John McCain’s wife, is a proponent of the sport, which she participates in with their son.
A Facebook group called “Save Drifting in Atlanta” has also cropped up and gathered more than 9,000 members. The page links to a petition in protest of the ban, which would allow other motorsports to continue in the parking lot — just not drifting.
We’ll keep an eye on the page as it gathers support and update you as the story develops. For now, here’s a video from Team Rowdy, the group behind the drifting at Turner Field and the Facebook page.