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A Look at the Drift Cars Doing Battle inside LS Fest

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Holley’s LS Fest is a celebration of the amazing GM LS engine platform. During the weekend, you can experience road racing, drag racing, hard parking, autocross, and drifting at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky. The one thing you must have to participate is a Chevrolet V8. One of my favorite cars of the weekend was this four door BMW owned by Steve Topping. Inside his BMW engine bay he crammed a 5.3L iron block with a frankenstein of various LS parts and a Paxton Novi 2000 blower. His team was tuning the car during Friday night practice and then drove the thing to a second place finish.

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Only one drift car found at Beech Bend over the weekend actually came factory installed with a GM LS engine. It was Shane Whalley in this Pontiac GTO that ripped all weekend. Shane actually builds his own custom suspension parts for the Pontiac GTO to help guys worldwide drift these cars. You can find his own custom knuckles and other parts if you really want to go down the path of  drifting a Pontiac.
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2014 LS Fest at Beech Bend Raceway [GALLERY]

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LS Fest is one of the most fun events you can find in America today. A full weekend of drifting and any other fun car stuff you can do at one racetrack in Kentucky…. as long as you have an LS engine under the hood. Here is my gallery capturing photos from the weekend which saw some pretty solid tandem battles all weekend and one great competition won by Nate Hamilton.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=432

Holley LS Fest Was This Awesome [VIDEO]

Didn’t come to LS Fest this year? Well Subject Media did a great job putting together a video to put on display the awesome event that you guys missed out on. I have a recap coming out this week to dig into the fun  LS engine only party that happens every fall in Kentucky.

Is the Missile Crisis Now Over?

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This has been a dark month for drifting around the United States. The Nissan 240sx is going to soon cost more than a brand new BMW it would seem and missile cars are no longer officially cool judging by Chris Forsberg’s S13 refresh. The missile car movement in America has really been headlined by the Drift Alliance and the Clubloose/New Jersey drift scene. Chris Forsberg has now taken his beaten up missile car and put some styling into it. Some fresh paint, bash bars, a body kit, and Seibon Carbon all came together to give the car a new look. It’s time to paint that 400 colored 240sx one solid color guys, sorry! Who supports the movement to make drift cars look good again?

A Look into Warfest 2014 at Adams Motorsports Park

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The California drift scene has had a gross lack of some grassroots action lately. Sure, there’s been events that are “just for fun” and non-competitive, but the camaraderie simply isn’t present. More times than not, us Cali drifters gawk at the photos we see of drift events in other parts of the country and world. We daydream about the high-fiving, door-bashing, crowd-cheering event that’s essentially a giant family reunion. Well, it finally happened at the 2014 Warfest at Adams Motorsports Park (AMP) over this past weekend.

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Thursday Night Drift at Irwindale – September Date Change

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If you were making plans to stop by Irwindale Speedway later this month, you’ll want to adjust your plans. The September drift session that was previously scheduled for September 25th will now be on September 18th, the Thursday after the Texas Motor Speedway event. This will be the last public session before the Final Fight at Irwindale on October 10th, so we may see a few pros out there testing the waters. As a reminder from our “What you need to know” post, tickets are $10, drivers who pass tech will pay $100 to drift at the famed course.

Source: Irwindale Speedway website

2014 Holley Performance LS Fest Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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Holley LS Fest has been a blast this year! The Top 16 competition went very smooth and quick featuring some great drift battles. Nate Hamilton scored the victory dominating the competition throughout the weekend giving him thousands in free Holley bucks! Here is how they finish up:

1. Nate Hamilton
2. Steve Toppings
3. Dirk Stratton
4. DJ Thornton

Stop Supporting 240sx Drift Tax – Buy These Starter Drift Cars Instead

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I love the Nissan 240sx as much as the next guy in the drifting industry. We just fired up our second S13 project car for the magazine with Vapure and love how easy it is you can get a 240sx drift worthy. However, 240sx inflation or drift tax has grown rapidly out of control over recent time. I won’t even post some of the insane prices I have seen for the S13/S14 chassis models here in Southern California over recent months. At the Wrecked Magazine office all we really want to see is more people drifting and coming into the sport, so we have found that drift tax on the Nissan 240sx is not helping newcomers enter the scene. With that we found some cars that you should consider buying before taking out a loan just to own a S13 coupe.

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E36 BMW

This car has already become super popular in Europe and other nations as a great turn key drift car. They are so cheap in price and have great aftermarket support. Added bonus with the E36 chassis is they look pretty good for a car so old. These are readily available in any major market for cheap. A quick eBay search found several set for a Buy It Now of under $1,500 for running cars. If you are lucky you can get some tips and tricks from a Formula Drift driver like Chelsea DeNofa who has these BMW chassis all figured out.

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Ford Mustang

Another great option is the Ford Mustang for a beginner drift build/car. You have multiple body style options and years that are priced well below a few thousand dollars. Vaughn Gittin Jr. has been seen in his Foxbody missile showing even that chassis can drift with ease. The Mustang market has seen a huge growth in drift specific parts and the TalkDrift.com forum even has an active Mustang owners section. Just wait until you find out how cheap you can swap differentials and gear ratios compared to the 240sx chassis as well.

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Lexus SC300

Have you been to a junkyard in the last 2 years? If so, you have probably laid your eyes on about 1,0000 Lexus SC300 bodies. These things seem to be everywhere and they just get cheaper and cheaper. Parts are plentiful and even Tony Angelo has assembled one as a missile car these days (seen above). This car isn’t the easiest to setup for drifting of the group but it looks good and will easily take a 2JZ swap.

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Nissan 350z

This option is a little more expensive but if you can find a cheaper Nissan 350z beater you should pick one up. You will get taxed a little extra on parts but the Nissan 350z is a Formula Drift championship winning chassis via Chris Forsberg 2009. Companies are developing more and more suspension products in recent time and many people will tell you the VQ35 platform is a solid engine base for a drift car.

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Toyota Cressida

This is a chassis you can purchase for cheap that many people in the drift community tend to overlook or forget about. The car has some loyal fans, a core community, and some solid aftermarket support. Out of our group they probably aren’t the best looking vehicle you can choose but they seem to be fun drift projects.

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Mazda RX-8

Okay, this is the most expensive option I am going to throw in your face but hear me out. The Mazda RX-8 is an awesome car that nobody wants in the world it seems due to it’s terrible engine. So, buy one that is blown up, purchase an awesome LS crate engine, and then call Sikky to make the new swap kit from this car super simple. Mazda RX-8 cars can be found without engines or blown up motors for about the same price as a S14. If you were going to do a V8 swap into a S13/S14 then I suggest considering going this route instead.

2014 LS Fest is Around the Corner [DRIVERS LIST]

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After attending Holley’s LS Fest last year I would consider it the most fun you can have in Kentucky. I did a write up on my trip last year “My Trip to LS Fest” which you can read here. The event welcomes and features various cars running LS engines to compete in autocross, drag racing, but most importantly drifting! Our newest issue of Wrecked Magazine is all about Chevy V8 power as well! Here is who has signed up to drive so far:

1. Nick Thomas, LS S14 Nashville, Tennessee
2. Shane Whalley, GTO, Michigan
3. Steve Topping- BMW, Chesterfield, Missouri
4. Nate Hamilton S14, Texas
5. Barry Clapp S14, Nashville, TN
6. Rolando Alfaro, S14 , Kansas City, KS
7. Devin Callahan Nissan,
8. Chris Gonzalez, RHD LS S14, Manitoba, Canada
9. Bryan Broberg, LS S14, Knoxville, TN
10. Jonathan Hurst- Nissan 350Z Marshall County, TN
11. Jonothan Nerren S14, North Carolina
12. DJ Thornton, S14, Tupelo Mississippi,
13. Josh McGuire, S14, Texas
14. Devin Callahan 1984 Nissan 200SX, Newburgh, IN
15. Dirk Stratton LS S13, Beloit, OH
16. Rapper Dan Savage S14.5, Washington DC

2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 4 – Streets of Detroit [GALLERY]

RolandoAlfaro ShaneWhalley AndrewLewisThe Midwest Drift Union returned to the Streets of Detroit in a big way! Jason Carroll of Square 1 photographer captured these awesome images for us over the weekend. The Streets of Detroit enjoyed another takeover during the Woodward Dream cruise weekend! Follow the link below for all the images.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=427