Updated: February 12, 2014 3:15 PM | By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos

Caught on camera: Amazing drifting action

Forward ... and sideways ... for glory!

Legend has it that mere minutes after Karl Benz created the automobile back in the late 1800s that he was power-sliding it like a mad-man around his hometown in Germany. OK, maybe not, but getting the back-end of a car to step out has been one of life’s biggest thrills, although it’s been made more difficult these days with increasingly tough safety electronics and the prevalence of front-wheel-drive vehicles.

Here are some of our favourite videos that embrace drifting and the crazy amount of skill it takes.

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