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Vaughn Gittin Jr & Chris Forsberg to attend IDC Round 5 / Japfest in Ireland [MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT]

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Earlier this year, Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida made the trip out to Ireland to compete in the Irish Drift Championship, and later this month, Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr will be out to compete. Forsberg will be driving the LHD S13 car built by fellow Formula D competitor Darren McNamara, while Vaughn Gittin Jr will be competing in one of the many Ford Mustang RTR’s he has around the world. These two are the latest to join the impressive roster of drivers who have made the trip to the Emerald Isle. Matt Powers was also at the same event Saito and Nishida attended, and Dai Yoshihara even drove in Ireland back in 2012 when the ProDrift series was still around. Ireland touts a 10-year undefeated streak on home soil, despite the frequent visitors from both the US as well as the UK and the rest of Europe. That streak is in serious jeopardy heading into this round at Mondello Park, which even made it on our Top 10 Drift Vacations list a few months back.

If you’re in the area and you don’t have tickets, we highly suggest you get them soon!

2014 Formula D Round 6 Texas – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

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With the event win from Aasbo and a top 8 finish from Tuerck, Scion has increased their lead going into the final round of competition. For the second consecutive event, Ford dropped in the standings, this time falling from second to third behind Nissan due to the top 8 finish from Gittin Jr. and top 16 exit from Justin Pawlak. Nissan improved their position behind a team effort from Chris Forsberg Racing, placing one car in the final four (Forsberg) and Castro placing the other car in the top 8, where he narrowly lost to Forsberg.

Here’s how the OEM championship shapes up after 6 of 7 rounds of competition.

1. Scion  – 720 points
2. Nissan – 626 points
3. Ford – 619 points
4. Chevy – 400 points
5. BMW – 356 points
6. Lexus – 331 points
7. Dodge – 252 points
8. Mazda – 141.5 points
9. Toyota – 103.5 Points
10. Hyundai – 19 Points

2014 Formula Drift Round 6 Texas Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Wow, a pretty wild qualifying session that barely avoided the rain thanks to a delay due to asphalt chunking up off the track. Here is how they finished up with Forrest Wang dropping an insane top qualifying run:

1. Forrest Wang – 94
2. Chris Forsberg – 89
3. Chelsea DeNofa – 88
4. Dean Kearney – 87
5. Odi Bakchis – 86
6. Fredric Aasbo -86
7. Daigo Saito – 83
8. Ken Gushi – 82
9. Dai Yoshihara – 82
10. Ryan Tuerck – 81
11. Michael Essa – 81
12. Tyler McQuarrie – 80
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 80
14. Pat Goodin – 77
15. Jhonnattan Castro – 77
16. Conrad Grunewald – 77
17. Geoff Stoneback – 76
18. Ryan Kado – 75
19. Kenneth Moen – 74
20. Matt Field – 73
21. Matt Coffman – 73
22. Justin Pawlak – 73
23. Robbie Nishida – 71
24. Joon Maeng – 70
25. Kyle Mohan – 69
26. Marc Landerville – 68
27. Darren McNamara – 68
28. Charles Ng – 68
29. Taka Aono – 67
30. Karl Osaki – 67
31. Juha Rintanen – 66
32. Will Parsons – 66
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. with Man’s Best Friend [VIDEO]

This is an awesome video featuring Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his real life dog Brody Gittin. This adventure takes them through his amazing quarry backyard in Maryland. Earlier this year I got a ride around his wild backyard and it was a blast! Check out his grocery delivery adventure with Brody!

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.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Attacks Gatebil – AMAZING [VIDEO]

Sit back, crank up your speakers, and watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. attack Gatebil in one insane video with Magnaflow.

In 2014, FD’s qualifying results do not matter [EDITORIAL]

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3 weeks ago, Formula D invited me to be on their Drift Nation podcast. In discussing whether Chris Forsberg has the championship locked up or not, I guessed that based on how well he had done in qualifying, he had a substantial advantage over the other drivers. While Chris Forsberg is the best qualifying driver, digging a little deeper actually surprised me at how little qualifying matters this year. This year, the way championship points are allocated was changed, and it doesn’t look like this change was for the better.

If we threw out all qualifying results, the top 25 places in the overall championship standings would not change. The first position where qualifying points actually changes the standings is 26th, where 7 drivers who would be tied with 64 points based on tandem would split their tie based on qualifying points.

Here’s a look at the top 32 points based on tandem scores only:

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2015 Ford Mustang RTR Renders Are Here

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The 2015 Ford Mustang is building some steam and making a big launch with three engine configurations including a turbocharged 4 cylinder, V6, and the traditional V8 engine. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will once again be releasing his RTR line and cars to purchase with the 2015 model. The renders don’t quite show off the new Ford Mustang’s look but gives a nice preview of what is to come.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Goes NASCAR Racing This Weekend in Canada

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. is always up to something interesting and this weekend he is racing in the Canadian NASCAR series in the #9 car courtesy of Kerry Micks in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. Vaughn will be driving a Ford Fusion around the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières! He will also be doing some drift demos if you happen to be in Quebec and want to check it out.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Shows off his Foxbody Mustang [VIDEO]

Vaughn Gittin Jr. walks you around his missile Fox which happens to be one awesome Foxbody Ford Mustang turned missile car. The thing is a bit haggard these days but sure makes a fun drift car. Vaughn does a walk around of the Mustang and takes it out for some fun at Clubloose!