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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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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.

Drift Stage Brings the 80′s and Drifting to Gaming

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The game Drift Stage brings 80′s graphics and colors together wit modern exotic cars all ready to drift around neon filled downtown courses. The game looks like a ton of fun but it doesn’t seem to have an exact release date or system availability listed anywhere.

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On top of exotics they seemed to add in some cult classics like the AE86 for fun. Can we get a retro Formula Drift car pack soon? Regardless, it looks like a blast, somewhere between Ridge Racer, Outrun 2, and Cruisin USA maybe? We will keep you updated as more information comes out about the game! For now, enjoy a video of it in action below.

My Trip to the Dominican Republic for CDCD Round 3 [RECAP]

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I hopped on a plane to Santo Domingo without much expectation or information about drifting in the Dominican Republic. Jhonnattan Castro, running in Formula Drift, was the extent of my knowledge of drifting in the Caribbean as a whole. That is about as much information as most of you I would imagine. So I packed a couple things and hit LAX for a long journey to the Dominican. My first stop was JFK where I had a couple hour layover and linked up with Formula Drift judge Brian Eggert who was guest judging the same event.

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Here we are on the plane leaving from JFK. Brian was slated to be a guest judge for the weekend and he also didn’t know very much about the Dominican Republic series. So basically we were flying to the Caribbean and we didn’t know anything other than that Carlos, the series owner, was going to pick us up from the airport. We landed and were taken out to Boca Marina for some fish and then headed to Autodromo Mobil 1 to watch practice.

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The track itself sits right outside Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and also is placed right along the gorgeous Caribbean Ocean. The far left of the course is a drag strip and part of the larger grand prix course here which the drifters do not use. The drifting starts right at the pit out area and heads towards the ocean around that big turn making an S onto the far right straight. Then the drifters take the kart track turn in to finish off the course with a slow technical element and shut down once they get back to the far straight.

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DSTROYR Offering 20% off for May with MAY2014

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In case you are looking for some gear from Mats Baribeau, Daigo Saito, Max Orido, or Odi Bakchis then you are in the right place. Act this month so you can score these great items at 20%off. You can also stick put up the Wrecked Magazine shirt which has just a few sizes left available. Remember use promo code MAY2014.

 

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Australian Drift GP Comes to American Television This Month on MAVTV

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The Australian Drift GP or commonly known as the ADGP will be hitting American television on Thursday May 15th for the first time ever! According to the MAVTV mini site about ADGP it appears they have three shows scheduled across the month of May. ADGP is who helped Formula Drift with the Formula Drift Australia round earlier this year as well. Love to hear feedback from people after they watch the show!

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Source: http://www.mavtv.com/shows/australian-drift-championship.html

Ignited Clothing Offers 35% Off Leading up to Formula Drift

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The guys over at Ignited Clothing are offering 35% off all orders running up to Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta. You can even score this Keep Drifting Fun x Ignited Clothing collaboration shirt (seen above) for this big discount as well! They also have Matt Field shirts and Golden Gate Drift shirts for sale! Follow the link below and remember IGNITEDATL.

 

Buy Stuff: http://www.ignitedclothing.us/

Visit the Ignited Clothing booth at Autocon

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Come visit the Ignited Clothing booth at Autocon tomorrow at the Pomona Fairplex! They will have KDF shirts and model Alicia Whitten. Plenty of other drift cars can be found around the show if you need a fix before Formula Drift around 2!

 

Chris Forsberg drifts around town in his Nissan 280Z [VIDEO]

We last saw Chris Forsberg testing his 2014 competition Nissan 370Z at Englishtown Raceway just last week (and before that, drifting his M45 4-seater drift car around the Driveshaft Shop warehouse), but it looks like he’s been doing a little daydreaming in his commute as well. In this video for his sponsor, Clarion USA, Forsberg takes his classic 280Z out on a leisurely stroll around town. As the old saying goes, he who dies with the most toys wins. Seems like it’s a pretty tight competition between Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr these days…

Formula Drift Pre Party at Federal Bar – April 3rd @ 6:00pm

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Formula Drift will be throwing the second best party of the Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach weekend on Thursday from 6:00pm-10:00pm. The party is just up the streets from the track on Pine Avenue. Our Wrecked Magazine party takes place on Wednesday night starting at 7:45pm and can be found here on Facebook.

Details:
When: April 3rd, 2014
Where: The Federal Bar
Address: 102 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802
Doors Open: 6:00pm to 10:00pm