Dave Gibson much better known as “Gangster Dave” sent out an email to the drift industry this weekend announcing he needs to step away for what he cited as personal reasons. This comes at a huge loss to the drifting community at large and Vaughn Gittin Jr. who uses him as a crew member in 2013. Dave was well known for his love/involvement in the Rx-7 community and opened a shop in the San Diego area over a decade ago. In 2005 Falken Tire hired and approached his shop to build Tony Angelo’s Mazda Rx-7 that was campaigned in 2005.
Then in 2007 he built a Mazda Rx-8 for Falken Tire and continued his relationship with the company and program. At a point in the near future he linked up with Ian Stewart and packed up to Charlotte, North Carolina to be a part of the ASD program. The rest is history as they say including a rewarding 2010 championship he was a part of with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and company. It will be interesting to see who they can slate to replace Dave in the pits for the rest of 2013 and into the future. Sorry about the old photo, it was all I could cough up from GangsterDave’s Instagram page.