Mar 30, 2014
Photography By: Derrick Mance
Words By: Josh Wilson
Society sees car enthusiasts as misfits and trouble-makers as they constantly smear our community due to street racing, drifting on public roads and car meets that get out of hand. When you think that they would want enthusiasts to seek out safely sanctioned events on closed tracks they have instead worked to close our sanctuaries, and some have even been torn down in place of more “community beneficial” facilities slowly trying to kill our beloved car community.
For some, we are raised to eat, sleep and breathe a select manufacture. Usually a father, relative or family friend raise us with this, mashing our heads full of knowledge and breaking down each generation. For Al Ramiscal, it was all about Toyotas from the young age of four when he began to spend time with his uncle who was infected with a love for 72-74 Corollas aka Mangos. From this moment on, Al too would be entranced with the Corolla chassis back in its glory days before its demise to the bland economic sedan it is today.
“Aysuus,” the front of Jesse Gallegos’ Nissan S13 says it all. Filipino for “Wow!”, Aysuus is exactly how I felt when I first saw Jesse’s Silvia.
This past weekend was the start of the show season in Southern California. Formula Drift had their first round of 2013 in Long Beach, CA and on Saturday, Fatlace organized the Slammed Society car show, which brings together the best of the best in Socal. The Formula Drift series already brings huge crowds of fans, but once you add the Slammed Society Show, it really just makes the day much better. At half time, I tried to enter the car show area but it was impossible to do so with the sheer massive amount of people thinking the same thing as me. Nevertheless, we were able to grab a few shots. I look forward to the next round of Formula Drift and the Slammed Society car shows. Enjoy guys!
For anyone that has followed American professional drifting, the evolution from its roots in Japanese imported D1 demos to the spectacle of a modern Formula Drift competition is somewhat bittersweet. While the combination of low weight and big V8 power of today’s cars is undeniably entertaining to watch, there exists a disconnect between the competition cars of today with their more pedestrian relatives filling up the nearby parking lots. And although this disparity is nowhere close to the near-anonymity of NASCAR’s “stock cars”, their relativity for grassroots drifters and fans is diminishing. But with the stands full, is there any reason to try and hold these cars back? Is there value in preserving OEM integrity?
This week we bring you Ashton William’s Nisan Silvia S13 shot by our very own Matt Best.
Jan 9, 2013
Photography By: Cory Elder
Words By: Mike Meszaros
A lot of cars in the “scene” these days strive for pure function over form. No one really wants to throw expensive wheels, suspension, and lip kits on their car just to thrash it around and ruin what they paid for… that is, until you take a look at the We Drift Crew from Melbourne, Florida. They have been cranking out purpose-built rides for years and their own resident Hot Boi, Khashaud Parsan (aka Camel Style), makes sure to keep the status quo in check. Camel’s 1993 240sx was built with performance in mind and it shows. When looking at this beautiful Nissan, you can instantly tell the car was built to be aggressive, unique and, most of all, proven on the drift track. As an old friend to the car game, Camel has built a few cars and having dabbled in the Nissan scene previously, he knew what he wanted to do.
Nov 16, 2012
Videography By: Loren Haleston
Words By: Loren Haleston
I’ve been building a new Hexacopter (6) for about 3 months now, this one is able to carry a DSLR camera. After finally getting all the bugs worked out i was ready to test it and my new wireless video transmitter. I was flying the hex while my copilot controlled the camera gimbal from a remote TV feed. For the most part we had everything operating properly just in time for another Pat’s Acres Racing Complex drift event. This GoKart track located in Canby, Oregon has been providing a safe place for local rear wheel drivers to tear it up for the last 3 years now. Its always a great opportunity to see some awesome grassroots drifting as well as shoot drifting in a relaxed environment.
DJI S800 w/Wookong GPS – Futaba T8FG – Photoship One 3x Gimbal – Hobby King 900mhz video downlink
The hottest event in the Formula Drift season, Las Vegas Motor Speedway was filled with heated battles for the remaining points before the final race in Irwindale, California. Top drivers pushed each other to the limit often ending with some serious collisions. Many of the drivers gave it all they had and left with nothing. Check out my recap of the event containing driver interviews and incredible slow-mo shots bringing you closer than ever before. – LORENinHD
We are happy to announce that pre-registration for First Class Fitment 2012 is now open on the new FirstClassFitment.com! Pre-registration will be open until 9/30/11 and ALL cars that wish to be in the designated show area must pre-register! Whether you plan on showing your car or just coming out to spectate be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page!