Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Ferndale Dream Cruise Aug. 17

Vaughn Gittin Jr. a Formula Drift Championship Winner and icon, at the Ferndale Dream Cruise Aug. 17

(From Dream Cruise press release, Ferndale 115 News, Aug. 14, 2012)

Vaughn Gittin Jr. has become one of drifting’s most iconic figures and his machine, the Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport’s most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot to the floor, big smoke driving style. Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is known as the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event, not once – but twice.

In 2005 Vaughn stunned the world when he won the D1GP USA vs. Japan.

In 2007, he brought America home the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship.

In 2010, Vaughn earned his first Formula Drift Championship, becoming the second-ever Champion with a strictly-drifting background. Overall, he has achieved three wins and multiple podiums throughout his Formula Drift career.

In 2011, Vaughn had a Formula Drift season of ups and downs, but finished off the year with one podium. Vaughn traveled to China throughout the year to compete in WDS (World Drift Series) and came out on top with the Championship and was a featured driver to launch Ford’s “Octane Academy” along side with Ken Block, Brian Deegan, and Tanner Foust.

Blame it on the go-carts he toyed with when he was only four years old, or maybe the dirt bikes he raced for most of his young adult life; there is no question that Vaughn has always had a passion for motorsports. He’s come a long way from those early days of drifting, but Vaughn Gittin Jr. still feels the same rush of adrenaline as he did then – the same sense of adventure and challenge every time he enters a turn and throws his Mustang sideways.

Meet this iconic racer at the Official Ferndale Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, August 17, 2012, 5:00 pm on East Nine Mile at Woodward.  Learn more about the entire weekend’s worth of events at

Also, check out the announcement of another famed racer making the trip in. Shirley Muldowney, the first female drag racer, will be here –

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