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A Potential Meihan Replica in the PNW

Two years ago, the guys over at Villians dreamt up the idea of building a replica track of Meihan in Walla Walla, WA. Fast forward to today, and it looks like they are pretty close to making that dream a reality. After dealing with the usual red tape, they’ve got a plan together and they need your support to make it finalized within the next 30 days (March 7 – April 6).

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They plan to offer 3 events a year for the next 10 years (length of the lease), with the events in 2017 scheduled for June 23, August 4, and September 8. They are offering 3 options for support:

  • Lifetime Membership (10 years) – $500 – Covers all your entry fees for the duration of the membership
  • Single Event –  $165 – Gets you a single weekend entry
  • Support Pack – $50 – If you can’t or don’t plan to make it out to the venue, but love drifting and still want to see this project succeed you can donate

If the goal is met and you didn’t donate, you can still drive, but it’s going to cost you $165/event. If the goal is not met by the deadline, they will issue everyone who donated a full refund on April 7.

For more information, you can visit their website or Facebook group on the project. Good luck!

Here’s Your Chance to Own a 9,000 RPM Nissan V8

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Chris Forsberg recently posted up on Instagram that one of his extremely loud and reliable 9,000 RPM Nissan VK56 V8 engines are up for sale due to the buildout of his new twin-turbo V6 engine. According to Chris, it is the most powerful, naturally aspirated Nissan engine in the world and built to handle nitrous if you need even more power. Hopefully it’ll end up in the hands of someone that will enjoy it and use it to continue burning up tires and tracks somewhere nearby. Serious inquiries can contact chris@chrisforsberg.com.

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Daigo Saito is Back with a Corvette in 2017 and a Formula Drift Return

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It looks like Daigo Saito will be running a C6 Corvette in D1 Grand Prix in Japan and according to Wanli, is set to return to Formula Drift for 2017. The Wanli release isn’t quite clear on their return to Formula Drift but we assume Daigo Saito will be running with them. Not sure on any other drivers that will be running with them but Fredric Aasbo did run on them in Asia last year from what we understand. Here is what the Wanli release says from Tokyo Auto Salon.

 

  “In 2017, Wanli Tire will keep cooperating with Daigo Saito in D1 to defend champion honor and to participate in American FORMULA DRIFT to realize Wanli Tire’ dream dominating the drift fields of China, Japan, USA, Russia. Daigo Saito’s car participating in D1 Grand Prix 2017, CORVETTE, also appeared in TAS in advance which indicated its determination to win the champion again.”

Here’s Your Chance to Gain Some Experience in Formula DRIFT

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Bridges Racing and Dean Kearney are expanding and looking to fill various full and part-time positions. Any time there is a chance to get your foot in the door, it is extremely valuable, no matter what work you do. And it just so happens that a great opportunity is currently presenting itself in professional drifting for upcoming fabricators, admin, race support/prep crew, videographers, etc. looking to grow within the sport. Not only will you be working with a top level team, but you may also get to travel, work in various conditions, and build your network within the industry.

Some driver examples that have had similar experiences working on a Formula DRIFT team and learned from their experience within the sport are Rapper Dan Savage who crewed with Chelsea DeNofa before winning the 2014 PRO2 Championship, Jonathan Nerren who crewed with Vaughn Gittin JR before starting his own multi-car team competing in Formula DRIFT Canada, and Dylan Hughes who currently crews with Chris Forsberg and won the 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series in his first full year of competition. I also know of countless others that are definitely on their way to make an impact in the sport in some form or another.

As for videographer examples, you have Mark Lenardon (late videographer for Motor Trend Magazine) who started filming with Drift Indy and Midwest Drift Union, moved on to film for Club Loose and Bloodmasters, traveled with numerous drivers in Formula DRIFT such as Tony Angelo and Geoff Stoneback, and then went on to create content and film for productions such as Hot Rod Garage and Road Kill. Sam Nalven (1/3 of Maximum Driftcast) paid his own way to attend and cover Formula DRIFT events when he started producing his “Drift Chronicles” before he worked on “Tuerck’d“, “Drift Garage“, “Off Track” and more recently with “Vaughn Gittin JR“, “Snap-On”, and “Donut Media“.

If you’re still interested and think you have the drive for it, interviews will be held this Saturday morning at the Race Shop in Huntington Beach, CA for local people and those not lucky enough to live in sunny SoCal can schedule a Skype interview. Information about drivers, team, work shop, and schedule for 2017 will be disclosed to selected applicants only. CV’s/Resume sent to info@bridgesracing.com

Super D Cup Comes to Thunderhill Strong in 2017

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Super D Cup is a newly announced drifting tournament from the group that brought you the Super D Matsuri at Grange Motor Circuit last October. The events will be focused on driver skill, with a format centered around the driver, maximizing seat time and excitement. Each round of competition will feature a different course layout replicating a technical Japanese circuit that forces the driver to rely on their technique, not their machine. This aspect of Super D Cup will allow anyone with drifting skills to be competitive!

Registration isn’t up yet, but with the first round in just 38 days, I would assume it will open up any day now. In the mean time, you can view their 2017 Rulebook here to make sure you’re ready.

3/26/17 Super D Cup Round 1 – Thunderhill Raceway

5/28/17 Super D Cup Round 2 – Thunderhill Raceway

TBD Super D Party – Thunderhill Raceway

TBD Matsuri – Unknown Location

10/21/17 Super D Cup Round 3 – Thunderhill Raceway

11/12/17 Super D Cup Round 4 – Thunderhill Raceway

 

Ola Jaeger Set for Formula Drift Pro 2 Debut in Old FD Car

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Ola Jaeger hails from Norway and has taken Fredric Aasbo’s old MKIV Toyota Supra out of storage and is building it to run the Pro 2 series of Formula Drift. This could be an interesting new addition to the Pro 2 field that has lacked strong competition in years past. It will be interesting to see how quickly he can get the car together before Orlando in just about 75 days from now.

FIA Drifting Working Group Meeting

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The latest meeting of the FIA Drifting Working Group was held in Paris on February 6th, 2017. I was invited to present the results of the Judges Working Group meeting that I spoke about HERE, and to get a consensus from the group on how to proceed with some key issues that were raised during that meeting. As for the Drifting Working Group meeting, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the specifics of the meeting are confidential, but I don’t want to delve too deeply at the moment. In general terms, a few subjects including standardizing technical regulations, safety regulations and of course the results of the aforementioned Judging  Working Group meeting from this past December were discussed.

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Kenneth Moen Won’t Return to Formula Drift in 2017

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Kenneth Moen has announced today that he is stepping away from Formula Drift for 2017. It sounds like he will be looking to sweep up the competition in Europe as James Deane arrives in America to battle in Formula Drift. My two most stand out Kenneth Moen moments were his podium at Homestead in 2014 and when he drove Sam Hubinette’s Dodge Challenger in 2011 at Wall Speedway. His insane and sometimes over the top wide open throttle style will be missed in Formula Drift for 2017.

 

But when I watch back I get goosebumps. Even if I had a small budget I was living the dream. I was doing what every drifter dream about. I was driving Formula Drift in America with the best drivers in the world. And even more important, I made some friends for the rest of my life. A huge thanks to everyone that helped me out on my way, friends, family, fans and sponsors. I wish everyone of my FD friends good luck in 2017, I will be watching you! Now it’s time for me to focus on Europe.

Baltic Drifting Seminar

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Last week I traveled to Riga, Latvia, to speak to some of the Baltic region’s drifting organizers, drivers, judges and some people that will hopefully step up and become new judges in the near future. For those that aren’t aware, the Baltic region is comprised of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which are all nestled together on Russia’s Western border just North of Belarus and Poland. Approximately 60 people were in attendance, which impressed me immensely as most had to drive between 1-3 hours to attend and they stayed until the very end, asking questions and offering different points of view throughout the night. Read More…

Irish Drift Championship Boss Talks State of Drifting in Ireland

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Ireland is a small country in the North Atlantic Ocean with a small population of 4,500,000 people (same population as Louisana or Kentucky) for a comparison. I visited Ireland for the first time in November for a 62 hours and got a quick feel of the country. It is really amazing how powerful and impactful the drift scene has grown on this little island compared to America or mainland Europe (more Eastern). IDC is an amazing series that produces a large talent pool of drifters (James Deane who is arriving in Formula Drift for 2017). With that being said, I found the article written by IDC bossman David Egan. Here is an excerpt I found interesting and you can follow the link below this quote and read his full write up.

“Firstly, 95% of the general population have no idea what drifting is or have a complete misconception. This is actually a good thing in many ways. That means that only 5% are making the decision to attend or not and the sport has not been rejected by the masses. Therefore our simple and significant task should be to give a much higher percentage of people the option. The fact that we are seeing attendances of over 10,000 at certain events, from 5% of the drift-educated population, is a good indication that the potential for mainstream success is there. For 2017, we have redesigned our marketing strategy to include numerous crossovers with other motor-sports, sports, celebrities and events. We are planning on attending over 20 non-drift related events to promote the championships and perform demonstrations. Our in-house media team have partnered with numerous magazines and online blogs, both nationally and internationally, providing in-depth reports and reviews on all events. We aim to produce over 180 videos and 4 documentaries during the season and have constant behind-the-scenes content streaming online. Our improved free live-stream service can be viewed on any device and will rival conventional TV broadcasts in terms of quality and production.”

 

Source/Read More: http://www.idcnation.com/2017/01/25/state-drift-nation/

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