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It all started with the co-founders of Slide ‘N Glide, Abulaziz Al-Zamel and myself. We were having a talk after Slide ‘N Glide’s 2nd Drift Day (January 2012) and Aziz started talking about forming a team to have a professional look when going into regional competitions, at the time there was RedBull Car Park Drift (CPD) and SSK Drift which was in transition to become Drift UAE. We selected¬†participants from Slide ‘N Glide to start talking about having a team without realizing the dedication and effort that would be needed to maintain our cause. First person to contact was Muath Al-Essa from Saudi, 2nd place winner at Slide ‘N Glide’s first Drift Day and 1st place winner at the second Drift Day. Who tends to have much to talk about when coming to smoke, sideways and drifting. Our second guy was Salah Salahuddin from Bahrain, a Drag Racer with passion to Ford engines and many trophies in various motorsport events. Our last guy who is always out of town and roaming the skies, Sami Haidar a Pilot that I personally met while going sideways on a roundabout surprised to see him on my side door tandem drifting with me back in 2004.

The guys were interested and we met the following weekend on January 27, 2012 in Bahrain except for Sami because he had a busy flying schedule. Muath already shared with us that he has an account on Facebook that he barely uses, but always wanted to have something to do with drifting, the name was Traction OFF. We agreed to participate in every RedBull CPD event based on every team member’s hometown, Muath in Alkhobbar, Salah in Bahrain, Sami and I in Kuwait. Our first event was in Kuwait (February 2012) and we had only 16 days till the event. Barely getting the Traction OFF theme ready on my 350z with the support of our valuable first event’s sponsors, Alghannam Auto-1, Foil Art Kuwait, Vinny’s Italian Restaurant and Funzy Click Studio making us participate in RedBull CPD Kuwait with a professional look and that’s when I became RedBull CPD Kuwait Champion 2012 and my teammate Sami was second place.


Mubarak Al-Rumaidhi



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