|Filipino-Japanese Professional Drifter, Mr. Toni "Half Breeds" Arakaki|
Source: Half Breeds Facebook Page
- First Filipino drifter to ever go Pro in Japan
- First Filipino drifter to ever go Pro in Europe
- First Filipino to obtain a Drift Muscle license
- First Filipino to compete at Drift Muscle Super Muscle class
- First Filipino to obtain a Super Class license at MSC
- First Filipino to ever obtain a license at King of Asia and King of Europe Pro drift series
A Filipino racer this accomplished should be a household name.
Drift Muscle Philippines 2013 - the event that brought Keiichi Tsuchiya to the Philippines for the first time. A fantastic event. But at the back of my mind, why in the hell would The Drift King come here? The drifting scene here at the time was so raw, his presence felt premature. At the event, I found out the man who made it all possible was Filipino-Japanese drifter, Mr. Toni "Half Breeds" Arakaki. I could not believe we had a Pinoy drifter in Japan, but what's more unbelievable is the fact that it was the first time I have ever heard of him.
|Drift Muscle Philippines 2013 (L-R): Toni Arakaki and Drift Muscle founders Keiichi Tsuchiya and Daijiro Inada|
|Just seeing the Philippine flag up there is an honor.|
|Source: Half Breeds Facebook Page|
Yes, I'm going all fan girl over Toni Arakaki.. and rightfully so.
In a country where Drfiting is still a budding motor sport, we're very fortunate to have someone like Toni Arakaki acting as an emissary that connects us to the global scene. Not only is he doing this by representing our country all over the world, he's making sure that our local drivers are not far behind and are with him in his journey. A man sticking to one's roots is an understatement.
For what its worth.. THANK YOU, Mr. Toni Arakaki. On behalf of your pinoy fans, we're all here cheering you on.
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