As the year ends, another season of shows will end with it. To close out 2011, we present our Autocon coverage for you. The event, along with the turn out, was much larger than last year. We were excited to use that opportunity to booth for the first time on the West Coast. Organized as a charity event, the show was a great experience for us, and we enjoyed meeting everyone. We’d like to thank the Royal Origin guys for coming out to show at our booth with their quality cars and hilarious entertainment throughout the day. Four different photographers covered Autocon for us just to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Enjoy, and we hope to see you next year! Read More
Dec 19, 2011
Photography By: Adam Frandsen
Words By: JC Vallido
You’ve mostly seen these roadsters in competitive autocross and drift events. It’s a light weight, front-engine, rear-wheel drive two seater that originally roamed in Japan for almost 22 years and is one of the best affordable roadsters out there. So why is it such a success you say? Because it’s nimbleness can take on any track/course like a champ.
For those of you who attended SEMA a while back should recognize this photo. If not, then this was just a shoot of some JDM cars from southern California. It’s pretty rare to get all these cars to show up all together so we made it happen. From left to right is a Toyota Supra, Mitsubishi Evo X, Acura NSX (Veilside inspired), Mazda Speed3, Nissan 370z. Read More
For many people, the extent of their automobile enthusiast life is lived out in the forums and the blogs. One can spend hours hopping from site to site, post to post, in search of something to awe, shock, or bewilder; and that niche will always be filled. Soon enough, however, one becomes jaded to the big, expensive wheels, enormous turbos, and seemingly impossible suspension set-ups. Rather than appreciating the cars as personal projects with their own investments of time, money, and effort, the cars simply become objects to judge and rank in a personal hierarchy of acceptable norms. This corruption is where statements like, “V8 drift cars are played out!” come from. Just because the internet has introduced a handful of fully swapped, functional engine-swapped cars in a period of several months, the forum junkie’s brain pushes this “trend” into the “been there, done that” folder; not even considering that there’s maybe been one within his own arm’s reach before, and the chances of him actually shaking the hand of a builder is slim to none.
From dusk till dawn Kenny captured the very first car at the airport to the very last and nearly everything in between. Between the soundtrack and the time lapse segments, we think Kenny did an amazing job of capturing the cars, the people, and the overall feel of First Class Fitment 2011!
Oct 26, 2011
Videography By: Loren Haleston
Words By: Loren Haleston
The closest battle for the Formula Drift championship in history, the final round could not have been more exciting. Top drivers fought through hours of tension against season rivals and even their own teammates. Falken Driver Tyler McQuarrie took home first place in the final round but Dijiro Yoshihara finished strong just beating out Justin Pawlak to take home the 2011 Formula D championship! I had a great time covering a few rounds of the 2011 season, and look forward to covering more next year!
Another Round 7 another year. It’s been more than a few years since Formula Drift was first introduced in the US. It really has been a long time coming. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, we’ve watched pro drifters and their cars transform and improve. We’ve also seen underdogs ousting top contenders for the highly sought after podium spots. Round after round, we’ve watched it all unfold. It’s been an exciting year and we can safely assume that next season will be even better than 2011. Since the excitement has ended we can all reminisce on how Round 7 played out and how the season ended overall. All we can say is that Round 7 was the best of them. This will be part one of two from our Formula Drift Round 7 TITLE FIGHT Qualifying and Championship coverage. If over 500 photos in this post alone isn’t enough for you, then we don’t know what is. Read More
JD Lazaro of TWreck Films just dropped the first of many video’s covering First Class Fitment 2011, keep an eye out for the official Canibeat video coverage and more over the next few weeks!
As this season of Formula Drift comes to an end, we’re gearing up to post up coverage as soon as possible for those of you who can not attend. Here are some unedited photos from today’s qualifying rounds. Stay tuned for full coverage, edited photos and more updates on Formula D Round 7 Title fight. Read More
With entry speeds at over 100mph, scorching temperatures and a track surrounded by ecstatic fans, After Dark was a Formula Drift event like no other. Top drivers battled for points to secure their final positions before FDs final round in Irwindale on October 7th-8th. Once the smoke cleared Red Bull driver Rhys Millen pulled away wining a thrilling battle against Falken Tires driver Darren McNamara. (Song: Kanye West – Power)