On Saturday June 11 at around 7pm, the Team Japspeed Subaru Impreza was stolen from the Performance Vauxhall Show at Santa Pod. Details are sparse but it’s believed two males walked into the paddock and drove the specially prepared drift car out of the main gates. Incredibly, it was filmed travelling up the M25 just 45 minutes later by a curious van driver, who wasn’t even aware it had been stolen.
Within hours, news of the theft had flooded the internet. Social networking sites were full of posts about the car and a google search revealed no less than five pages full of links to various forums and blogs.
Leading the search was the Driftworks UK forum, whose membership base spans nearly 40,000. With various sightings and snippets of information coming in, members were able to liaise with the Police and could begin to start piecing together some clues as to the whereabouts of the specially modified RWD Impreza.
Writes Geoff Robjent…