Drifting Rules & Requirements

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of Drifting events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules.

NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official/staff.

The Drifting director shall be empowered to permit reasonable and appropriate deviation from any of the specification herein or impose further restrictions that in his/her opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements.

NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS. Any interpretation or deviation from these rules is left to the discretion of the officials/staff on-site.

Their decision is final.

– The Management of Showtime Drifting


Safety Helmet: You must wear a modern race-approved safety helmet when driving at SHOWTIME.
Shoes: Visible toes are prohibited (e.g. no sandals, no bare feet, no high heels).
Clothes: Shirts must be worn. Vision must not be impaired. Offensive language can not be openly displayed. Cumbersome or dangerous jewelry (including body-pierced chains) may not be worn while your Drifting. Fire retardant clothing is suggested.
Fire Extinguishers: Suggested for automobile driver/passenger cockpit (must be secured and usable); suggested for engine bay.
Safety Belts: DOT approved safety belts or race harnesses must be safely mounted to your car and worn by driver and any passengers. Passengers may not double-up under one safety belt.
Hub Caps: Hub caps and wheel covers/spinners are forbidden.
Brakes: Your brake pedal must be firm with no loss of pressure when pressed. Brakes that squeal loudly when stopping at the inspection will fail your vehicle.
Throttle: Your accelerator pedal must have a working return spring and operate smoothly.
Steering: Your steering must be tight and reasonably aligned.
Loose Items in Car: Loose items, including unbolted-down floor-mats, items in glove box or under seat, and unstrapped fire extinguishers, are forbidden.
Doors: automobiles must have locked doors in place on both sides of driver/passenger cockpit.
Suspension: Wheel bearings can not have mechanical “play” or make audible noise when turned.
Windows/Windshield: automobiles must have uncracked DOT-approved safety glass or 6mm+ thickness Lexan on all windshields and when cover exists on side windows (though open windows are acceptable).
Fluid Leaks: Visible fluid leaks (A/C condensation exempted) onto the asphalt during inspection will fail your vehicle. You are responsible for installing appropriate catch tanks or otherwise preventing leaks/spills from your vehicle. Leaks and spills onto the SHOWTIME TRACK will result in $500 fines and/or ground cleanup duty for driver and passenger(s).
Smells: vehicles that smell of fuel leaks, oil leaks, hydraulic fluid leaks, electrical fires/shorts, or any “burning” smell while idling at inspection will be failed.
Securely-Mounted Battery: If equipped, your vehicle’s “starter” battery must be held down securely. If it can be moved by hand then it will fail your vehicle.

Waivers: You must read, agree, sign, and show your Showtime  waiver forms or staff at inspection. Lack of approved waivers or Showtime will fail your vehicle.
Under-Age: Drivers and passengers not yet 18 years of age must present a signed minor form and have a parent with them at all times.

Showtime Operations

Congratulations! To be approved for playing at Showtime, your vehicle has passed the tech inspection!

Your vehicle should now idle at the tech inspection entrance gate while you wait for your turn. Showtime staff will direct you to the appropriate place on our facility at the appropriate time. Follow their directions to go to your pre-paid event (e.g. to the Burn-Out plates or drifting course). Make your run. Make one run/pass only. Have fun! Return to the end of the waiting line of vehicles at the tech inspection entrance gate and wait for your Showtime staff to direct you to a future run/pass as appropriate. Repeat as desired.

NOTE: for safety reasons your run/pass could potentially be cut short by Showtime staff (e.g. tornado sighted nearby, fire, pedestrian/trespasser on course, etc.). IMMEDIATELY STOP YOUR VEHICLE IN PLACE if you see a red  emergency flag being waved at you, and/or if you hear an emergency announcement or horn/whistle from Showtime staff. DO NOT CONTINUE DRIVING in *any* direction until you are directed to so do by Showtime  staff in such an emergency. Stop your vehicle!

You will receive free credit for two new runs/passes if such an emergency is not your fault (e.g. not due to a safety problem with your vehicle or driving), however, failure to immediately stop your vehicle could result in the loss of your admission and ask to leave. Stop your vehicle!

Penalties: dropping/throwing items from your vehicle, sneaking passengers or audience into the arena or viewing area, endangering staff, audience, or other participants, fighting, threats, graffiti or vandalism to Showtime or participants’ property, lasers, fires, mobile loudspeakers, obnoxiously vulgar language/behavior, abusing substances or otherwise being intoxicated, engaging in illegal activity, failing to properly follow Showtime staff directions and/or rules, or otherwise detracting from everyone else having fun at Showtime will result infines, expulsion or mandatory skid-pad work-duty, and the potential forfeiture of your event for the weekend or day.



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4550 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: 727-561-9646