This abandoned mall in Hawthorne, California was the ideal location for two Formula Drift pros to thrash on some Nissan 370z’s. The parking garage scene going up the hill is pretty wild and you will want to watch it over and over again. Hoonigan Black Friday is almost here with Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck.
A wild accident at Sonoma Drift last night resulted in Joe Tardiff (Trailer Joe) being taken to the hospital. He did post a photo on Instagram giving a thumbs up from the hospital so glad to know he is okay! Even with all the safety equipment available in his car we have heard he has a broken rib and a concussion possibly. This is why drift series in America stress safety equipment and this happened in a parking lot. If you follow the jump below you can view the accident on Instagram and the car being cut open to get him out of it. Chris Mills spun out and was wedged into a k-rail and Joe Tardiff went slamming into him. An incident that could easily happen at any local drift event in America.
This amazing 1000hp Hyundai Genesis driven by Matt Haugen went up in a huge blaze during a practice recently. The Street Standard Genesis was first spotted by us at Street Driven Tour Las Vegas where he was throwing down some wild runs. The Street Standard guys told us the car was an issue with over filling the fuel cell. The car is okay along with the driver from this little incident.
Justin Pawlak is caught at SEMA by Mark Gearhart to chat about the new 2016 Formula Drift season. He unveiled his new S550 Ford Mustang for the 2016 season and it looks great. He carries his title sponsor Roush for the new season and tune into the video above for more news and info about his new year.
One of my favorite Formula Drift Pro Am drivers is named Rolando Alfaro and he has an amazing Nissan 350z and Nissan 240sx drift car. I got to see him in person at Street Driven Tour St. Louis and LS Fest this season. His video recap takes him to the Street of Detroit and other midwest events in 2015.
The Street Driven Tour just released a solid 2016 schedule found above and below. The series attracted some of the best drifters in America over 2015 including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, Matt Powers, Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Geoff Stoneback and many more! The four venues are VIRginia International Raceway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to round out the new season. Below is a video of Street Driven Las Vegas!
Odi Bakchis shows how to counter-streer in a car and do some fancy drift entries in this quick tutorial video. He took out a SEMA show prepped Hyundai Genesis that will be at the show next week. Luckily he didn’t make any mistakes so the car should be looking good at SEMA next week in Las Vegas.
A big thanks to Blaze1 for finding this YT link and posting it up in our comments of the other D1GP post. This 2 hour+ video walks you through the complete D1GP Round 6 weekend at Odaiba. Vaughn Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 16 and lost to Team Orange member Naoto Suenaga after making contact with him. Vaughn took to FB to accuse Naoto Suenaga of stoping suddenly and then once he received contact for overselling it to the judges instead of drifting on in tandem. It sounds like the games and tactics of Formula Drift aren’t just limited to the American series if you believe Vaughn Gittin’s rant on FB. Sit back, watch the round, and enjoy this unique D1GP event for yourself.
Years ago Vaughn Gittin Jr. made his name in drifting by winning the D1GP vs. The World event at the famous Irwindale Speedway. This event made several careers including the big thrust of Mad Mike Whiddett into the public spotlight. Vaughn packed his 2015 Mustang RTR into a shipping container and sent it to Tokyo so he could compete at D1GP Odaiba!
It has caused me to do a double take looking at him drifting around Japan and with the D1 Grand Prix series. Part of watching this happen makes me wish drifting had more of a Formula 1 structure that took the series around the world. Our super small budget at Wrecked Magazine wouldn’t like the worldwide travel I am afraid. We will hear more about Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s adventures from Japan soon but we wanted to push out a quick update. After qualifying he drew Ken Nomura in the Top 32 tandem battle.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. managed to beat the Japanese drifting legend Ken Nomura in his R34 Skyline to stay alive in the event. In other news from D1GP Odaiba, Daigo Saito took out his Lamborghini drift car for some demos and did tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang. He also lost in Top 32 with the Lamborghini for its big event debut. It sure looks like the fans in Tokyo are getting quite a treat this event.
Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.