Jul 2, 2015
Words By: Josh Davis
An event has been forged that brings appreciation of heavy bass music and high performance driving to one centralized location and it goes by the name of #GRIDLIFE. A few of us met up at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan to experience this brilliant clash of action and ended up leaving with a jarring amount of desire for more. Read More
Year after year I have to hand it to the Fresh Meet crew for blasting memorable events. Definitely one of the few events I will actually travel outside of Canada to visit. It’s comical how our American friends react once they hear that I am actually from Toronto, Canada and not from the Tri-state area. The first question they ask me is how long it takes to drive down, and once they hear about magical eight hour drive they raise their eyebrows in awe. The truth is… worthwhile events such as this one are really worth the drive.
My Fresh Meet Spring Bash experience began on Saturday after a long journey through New York and Pennsylvania. I was fortunate enough to have my cousin, Raff, come out with me for this one, which was a good thing as he kept me up from falling asleep behind the wheel. Needless to say we arrived at the hotel that the Fresh Meet crew was staying at, hung out with Rey Pegan, the owner of the event, for a bit, found a local coin op car wash to wash the Lexy after the long journey, then hit the hay. We didn’t get many hours of sleep as we were all up at 4:00am to hit the fairgrounds and prepare for the event. Upon arriving to the the fairgrounds, I setup my car and booth and began detailing. People started to roll in around 8 a.m., and as soon as I saw the long lineup of teams heading in for the event I already knew that it was going to be a massive day.
Formula Drift Long Beach is where you get to witness all of the hard work and training the drivers and teams have been doing all year long in preparation for the new season. New liveries, new cars, new builds, new everything and it’s very exciting. Aside from all the new happenings going on Long Beach is a fantastic location and track. The track is very tight and very fast, cars are pushing harder and harder on each run getting closer and closer to each and every wall. The fans are right there in the action, with great proximity seating you will practically be covered in rubber by the end of the day. There is always so much to do, even when cars aren’t skidding across the track. One could check out one of the many vendors occupying the paddocks, or even walk to the other side of the track and see all the cars in the Offset Kings Car Show. Fans can also see almost every car in the competition up close and personal. Most teams just park their cars right by their trailers and fans can walk right up to them, check them out, and meet the drivers most of the time. FD Long Beach is one hell of an event to kick off the Formula Drift season.
Vintage Automobile Racing Association of Canada presents Gary Allen and his Porsche 911. He talks about 1982 Super Carrera and the idea behind the vintage racing.
Sep 9, 2014
Photography By: Taylor Menezes
Words By: Preston Klemm
The following car needs no introduction. What began life as your average montego blue E92 has undergone some not-so-subtle modifications, which has rocketed it into magazines and car blogs around the world. Yes, this is Bag Riders’ famous 335i X-Drive, a car that took niche sections of the Internet and social media by storm. Take notes, kids, our Vermont neighbors know a thing or two about air-ride and car customization, and this BMW certainly does not disappoint.
After recently moving from the East Coast to the West I could not resist making it up to Seattle for FD Round Five. Following some haggling and acquiring my first FD media pass, I was incredibly stoked for this particular weekend in Washington.
We went back to Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway for the second time… my have things changed. More horsepower, fiercer competition, and plenty of upsets and surprises. All around good time. This time we were filming solo, but since we’d been before we had an idea of how things would unfold.
This year Formula Drift ventured down South to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time. Round three at a new track is always a good turnout, watching the drivers adapt to a layout they have not driven yet. Before we show you our Formula Drift New Jersey coverage here is a look back at Round Three: Miami Heat. Enjoy!
This round of Formula Drift takes us to the banks of Wall Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. In the 10 years of coming to Wall Speedway it always seems to be one of the most action packed and difficult of the rounds. With a sold out crowd in attendance, the energy was insane and the drivers were pumped full of adrenaline.
I was stopped dead in my tracks. As I admired the amount of detailed work that someone had put into this stunning Volkswagen Corrado a familiar face approached me with a grin, widening ear to ear. “Last year at SoWo, I joked that you never go full retard in terms of building a car. Well this year I went full retard.” I smiled at the remark as I greeted Andy Faulkner.