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Reviewing the 13.5 inch Suede Driven Steering Wheel

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Words: Rathyna Gomer
Over the last year, I have been taking my car building much more seriously. I made one promise to myself – no more half-assing anything on my competition car (my LS3 powered 350z). After getting the bulk of the swap completed, I began making a checklist of all the other parts I needed to make this car perfect. Unfortunately, I don’t have much flexibility with my seat (I have to push my seat all the way forward since I’m so short), it all comes down to the size, depth, and position of my steering wheel. Crazy, I know – but the struggle is seriously that real. So when I hit the market for a steering wheel, it was no small task. After much research and many side-by-side comparisons, I was extremely comfortable in choosing a Driven Steering wheel.

While Drifting – Obviously, steering and maneuverability are critical in any motorsport. However, with drifting, steering wheels are spinning like crazy. Being able to catch the wheel during a transition or during a fast manji, is extremely critical. I’ve had experiences with an OEM steering wheel where I wasn’t able to catch the wheel, which could really end up disastrous. Pro Tip > > Watch this video:

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A Look At the Beginning of Three Palms Drift Pro Am Series [RECAP]

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Shortly after Formula Drift came to a nail biting end, Three Palms Drift announced that they would be running an off-season Formula Drift Pro-Am series, awarding three FD Pro-2 licenses and $15,000 in season prize money. Needless to say, drivers all around the South and as far as Texas put their competition cars back under the knife to compete. The benefit of Florida weather allows this off-season drift series to take place in Punta Gorda, at Three Palms Speedway.

A few familiar faces running the program are included but not limited to: Pat Goodin, Jeremy Lowe, Brian Eggert, and Gregg Bucell.

Along with some popular staff members, the drivers list included the likes of Kelsey Rowlings, Fello Ambivero, and Mad Mike Masse. These drivers came with their guns fully loaded. The talk of drivers gunning for the $10,000 first place prize money seemed to be the topic of choice in the pits.

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After qualifying came to an end, it was obvious that the event was going to be a close one. With a lower driver count, most likely due to the series being very recently announced, off season while cars were beginning their Winter refreshes, and close to the holidays, there would be only one Top 16 race to fight for a spot in Top 8. After the hard decisions the judges needed to make, the qualifying results came as follows:

1. Fello Ambivero
2. Kelsey Rowlings
3. Brett Collins
4. Brandon McDowell
5. Mike Masse
6. Kevin Lawrence
7. Ryan Quinn
8. Rudy Martinez
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Introducing the 2015 Street Driven Tour [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour is set to unleash a festival of fun and automotive madness next year. The concept is to brings tons of entertainment, fun, and automotive madness all under one roof for a big event/party. Drifting will of course be a centerpiece of the events with all day drifting bash-style and a main event with Drifting Mini Games and cash prizes.

Some drivers such as Chris Forsberg and Brandon Wicknick have already posted up the schedule and shared excitement for it. As we get into 2015 the Street Driven Tour events will release more details and information on what is happening at each event weekend! Keep an eye out for more details as the Tour gets closer, full schedule:

May 2nd- Virginia International Raceway w/ Hyperfest
July 4th- St. Louis @ Gateway Motorsports Park
August 1st- Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 26th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

2015 Just Drift – Southern California [SCHEDULE]

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The 2015 Just Drift schedule has arrived just before the holiday season! The schedule packs events every single month of the year to keep Southern California Pro Am and drift fans/drivers entertained. All the events take place at Willow Springs but offers a variety of courses to finish off the year. Below is a complete schedule:

 

2015 Just Drift/Top Drift Schedule
FEB 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT Clinic – Saturday Balcony and Saturday/Sunday Horse Thief Mile
MAR 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 1 – Balcony Saturday/Sunday
APR 25-26 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 1 – Balcony
MAY 23-24 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 2 – HTM Saturday/Sunday
JUN 13-14 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 2 – HTM
JUN – 19-20 TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 3 – Walt James Oval
JUL 17-18 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 3 – Willow Speedway Night
AUG 9 – MEGAN RACING/JUSTDRIFT ATTACK! – Streets of Willow
AUG 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 4 – Willow Speedway Night Drift
SEP 26-27 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC Balcony Saturday/Sunday – Horse Thief Mile
OCT 17-18 – All-Star Bash 15 Streets of Willow + Horse Thief Mile Saturday/Sunday
NOV 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 1 Balcony
DEC 12-13 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 2 Balcony

Three Palms Drift – New Formula Drift Pro Am Kicks Off Next Week

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The newest Pro Am sanctioning body and series found in Southeastern Florida is set to start next weekend in-between the big holidays. The pro class payout is set at $10,000 for first and works its way down to $1,000 for fourth. This Pro Am series will be issuing licenses for Pro 2 after the March 21st round closing out this winter drift season so check it out if you are a driver looking to step up into Pro 2 in the southeast. All events take place at Three Palms Raceway.

Nissan 240sx with BMW S50 Swap at Sonoma Drift [VIDEO]

A unique swap was found at the recent Sonoma Drift event which saw a BMW S50 engine, which is an inline six cylinder, swapped into a Nissan 240sx coupe. The owner Kodi threw out a 5.0L Ford engine to run this great sounding BMW motor. The build is up in Northern California and we hope to catch more content or coverage of this awesome swap soon.

2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 5 in St. Louis [RESULTS]

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The 2014 Midwest Drift Union season wrapped up this weekend in St. Louis with Mike Feiock taking home a win in his clean RX-8. Gateway International Raceway is one of the best Pro Am circuits you can find in America to run an event on. Here is how Round 5 and the 2014 season wrapped up:

Round 5
1st Mike Feiock
2nd Brian Peter
3rd Mike O’Mara

2014 Season
1st Brian Peter
2nd Rolando Alfaro
2nd Dan Sommer
4th Mike Feiock
5th Steve Topping

2015 Top Drift Limited Series is Coming to Southern California

JustDrift.TopDriftLimitedThe growing trend of SL style drift series is now coming to Southern California with Top Drift Limited presented by Just Drift. The series not only limits the build itself but puts restrictions on drivers themselves of who can enter. A Pro 1 or Pro 2 driver isn’t allowed to enter into the series along with any driver who podiums on the  Pro Am circuit in the same season.

The series limits cars to OEM style engine swaps (240sx with SR20DET works) but nitrous oxide systems are banned from the series. Transmission tunnel modification is prohibited and no displacement change is allowed either with engine swap or stroker kits. You can modify the OEM style engine to your liking inside those rules.

Some other interesting details come down to tires which stipulate that the treadwear rating cannot be lower than 240. The tread width cannot be wider than a 235 size tire keeping horsepower numbers pretty low we would imagine. A full load of details can be found by hitting the more tab which will bring down safety, exterior, interior, and suspension rules of this series. Details are subject to change and a schedule for 2015 will come around the corner sooner than later!

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Animal Style – 2014 Parking Lot Fun [VIDEO]

Check out Formula Drift driver Ryan Kado and his friend Julian Jacobs taking on a little parking lot in this video made by Keep Drifting Fun.

Faruk Kugay – A Pro Am Drift Journey [VIDEO]

Tune in and watch a great drifter documentary on Faruk Kugay who does battle at Golden Gate Drift Round 4 to secure his Formula Drift Pro 2 license. Faruk Kugay sold everything he owned to build a S14 Nissan 240sx with a 1JZ engine. He then finished second in the GGD Formula Drift Pro Am sanctioning series for 2014. Follow the journey of a drifter who is risking it all to make it into the big show of Formula Drift one day!