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In memory of Gatis Lapans

The great Latvian drifter

12/05/2013 06:09 |  Comments: 


Self-appointed race-driver (whenever he gets a chance), avid car sports- and sports car-lover, manager of the mother site’s blog, Belsőség, he can always be found in the middle of the noisiest gathering. Steve has had a long-running habit of remodelling his facial hair bi-weekly. A Slovakian citizen but of Hungarian nationality, he lives in Budapest now. Has a wife, two small children and a dog.

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Don't ask what pictures I was looking for in Google when I bumped into these two. I guess it's safe to say that no comments are really necessary except for the obvious: Latvia is full life, pretty girls, great food and some really mean custom cars.

I couldn't help it, I just had to find out who on Earth was driving the E30. Frankly it was the first time I heard Gatins Lapans' name. Gatis was born in 1983, and if it wasn't absolutely clear from the pictures, he was really good at this sport or performance called drifting. Gatins passed away on December 22nd, 2012 at the age of 29. Not on the racetrack, not on the drift circuit but in a stupid traffic accident as the victim of someone else's mistake. He was the pedestrian.

2012-12-22 gatislapans

His passing is a painful reminder that though they may say that car racing is dangerous, the real dangers are out on the roads. Take good care of yourselves and each other!

Rest in peace Gatis, and thank you for the picture that popped up out of the blue and landed on my screen in 2013. You see, that is how you live on! The internet is a wonderful place.

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