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!
A huge turning point at this stage of Formula Drift as Jeremy Lowe knocks out Justin Pawlak in the top 32 leaving teammate Vaughn Gettin JR to take the lead in the overall points series. Now with the top 3 drivers only 15 points from each other the battle for the championship is closer then ever.
Those of you who have been in the car scene long enough may remember when Hot Import Nights and Nopi first had a very underground and grassroots feel to it. Many will attest to the fact that those days are gone and many car shows have tried to reproduce events of that sort of caliber, but have failed. Even HIN has tried to make a comeback in the past couple of years, but in my opinion, has not been able to recapture that raw essence of a car show. The essence I’m referring to is very simple actually, a car show (for the most part) just for the cars. Although car shows are not underground anymore, there are still quality shows out there. Nisei Showoff Car Show is one of the better quality car shows that still exists and if I were to say that a fledgling Autocon car show is comparable to a Nisei Showoff Car Show, I would quite frankly be lying. However, I can say that Autocon has been able to capture some of that raw essence that has been lost throughout the years with car shows becoming more mainstream. Read More
For those of you who have never been to Canada, the fitment scene is alive and well in Toronto! Fitted Showcase is an annual show hosted by our friends at Stretch & Poke and this year we teamed up with Chris Chu from Backstage Productions to capture the event and all that Canada’s aggressive fitment culture has to offer. Stretch & Poke hosted the first aggressive fitment event in Toronto, and most likely Canada back in 2010. Now in their 3rd year of hosting the event both the number and quality of cars has grown. With over 500 cars packing out Downsview Park this year this looks like an event everyone should look forward to for years to come!
Last weekend, Road Atlanta once again hosted the Formula Drift “Road to the Championship” for the ninth year in a row. A favorite track for many of the drivers, the course offers both high speeds and close, technical areas, making for an awesome show for the record-setting audience. Fueled in part by the recent attempt by Atlanta city council’s ban on drifting within the city limits, the atmosphere was one of excitement, passion, and camaraderie. With the scent of tire smoke and BBQ filling the air, Atlanta natives enjoyed a solid two days of professional drifting, Pro-Am up-and-comers, time attack, and Formula 2000 races. It was, without a doubt, the best place to be south of the Mason-Dixon last weekend. Read More