US Drift wraps up this weekend with a big double round finale at Virginia International Raceway. The first event was Round 4 of the series which saw some great tandem battles turning into a wild podium. Here is how they finished:
1st. Jim Bissey
2nd. Steve Angerman
3rd. Jonathan Nerren
I made the trek a few weeks ago out to Xenia, Ohio to enjoy one awesome Street Life Tour x US Drift weekend. The event easily packed out 5,000+ fans and packed out all the grandstands at the oval track and drag strip for this big event. Just days after the whole venue was packed out for a great race day the track seems to of closed down. The track posted this statement below on its website -
“October 3, 2014 – Kil-Kare is being shuddered today. The racing activities for the rest of the season are cancelled. This includes all Test and Tunes, as well as Saturday points chase racing. The points chase stops where it is at. There will be no other racing events. the racers banquets will proceed as planned. Kil-Kare would like to thank all racing participants as well as spectators for your patronage and support. Kil-Kare would also like to thank everyone who has been on board as staff members for all of their hard work and dedication.”
Everybody loves a good Mercedes drift build. This happens to be a more unique setup then we normally see overseas. This is a 560 SEC which came from the factory with a 5.5L V8 engine to run an inline 6 cylinder. The driver is Ammar Hawwary with the testing going on in Jordan at the Smart Performance Center.
Wrecked Magazine is heading to Ohio this weekend to enjoy Street Life Tour. Saturday will be an awesome drifting qualifying and competition that has seen big name drivers perform well over the last couple years. We have documented some actions from the show like James Evans 350z crash. We will have some good coverage coming up next week!
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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