Stupid work. I had to miss this one, but Tyler and Dr. Jones made it out to SWD’s Charlotte event last weekend. Go check out some pictures over at Lensfuel.
Gotta make the next one!
I made the long drive up to St. Louis to hang with some of the best people in the drift community. The day was full of crashes, broken cars, and super fun driftos. Big thanks to Swann from Drift Indy and ClubFR for the chance to get out on the track for these pictures. If you can get to Gateway for an event, you should, cause it is awesome!
This was my favorite thing ever. Built by Nocturnal Motorworks, this is the Coyote. It is a beast!
I remember the first time I went to an event at Gateway. It was for NOPI way back when. People were having the hardest time drifting the entire course. Dan makes it look so easy.
Last weekend Tyler, Byron, and myself made the short drive up to the SWD event at Metrolina Expo in good ol’ Charlotte. It was super fun. Here are some pics and stuff.
It just keeps pouring out from this event. Whatevs, here are some pics.
It was sunny. It was fun. It was full of drama. Must be the return of the drift season!
The return of Shawn Smith!
Your show car of the day winner
Including the debut of Tony Shorts’ levin of doom
Unfortunately, Koopa’s GZE did not survive
Tommy’s 302 powered frankenmiata broke the physics of light
Thanks to Prancel Stancel, Import Atlanta, and Rodney Rogers for the pictures. More to come.
Axel ist ein Tier von einem Menschen. Er ist hier, um Gesichter zu schmelzen. Scheiße.
Been lazy when it comes to posting my pictures from the last S2 and KMS event (I know, big surprise!). Hey, shut it parentheses guy (Eat me!). Ok here are some pictures.
Thanks to Shawnji for some of the pics while I was driving (His are better).
Time to get ready for next year.
I WANT MORE PICTURES!!
Is all I have found from the event so far. Hopefully one of our guys took some pictures and will have them up soon enough.
Hey I kinda forgot to post my pictures. ECB was super fun, as usual. Big thanks to Club Loose for an amazing event and for helping me out with my lazy ass not getting a media pass in time. Love you guys.
I am actually really happy with these, as you can tell from the 170 something pictures in the album.
And the tons of highlights:
Can’t wait until next year!
Happy late July 4th! Prepare to get blasted by JerseyStreets
Damn ECB was amazing much more to come!
I really liked CFRC. I would love to drive there someday. The best part was when the drivers went super close to the barriers and the spectators held out big NOS signs for them to smash.
A big thanks goes out to Rob Flemming at NOS (#nossome) for everything he did for Andy and me over the weekend. Love ya!
Seriously. It was hot as hell. The track was much better this time. Daigo is a machine. Fences are dumb. Roadtrips are good.
“Well it’s official, Drifting at Turner Field is Dead. Our efforts to save it fell on deaf ears with the City Council and the Mayor of Atlanta. We fought a tough fight. The petition had around 10,000 signatures with over 400 signatures being from city of Atlanta residents. We attended city council meetings and were given 2 minutes to speak after sitting for 2 hours while they gave awards to old people for being old and did the photo op thing. Nothing against old people ( I intend to be one some day, lol ), but they could have given us more time to speak. Kelly, John and myself did everything in our resources that we could do but we lost the battle.
Turner Field was fun, we had a good 8 years of drifting there but it’s time to move on.
The new plans:
I have several things in the works to keep drifting alive in Georgia.
1) Long Term – I have talked to Donnie Clack of Lanier National Speedway. We are getting estimates on tearing down the inner walls and buildings and paving the entire infield. This will leave the banking and provide a flat surface in the middle. Watch FD events from Wall New Jersey to see what we can do with that. Multiple course layouts for beginners and advanced drivers can be laid out simply by moving cones. More on this later as it develops.
2) I have contacted Atlanta Dragway to see if their lot is available. The parking lot ( not the drag strip )is over 1/4 mile in length and over 300′ wide. This is actually an upgrade from Turner’s useable area of 800′ x 275′. They have several open weekends on their schedule and I am trying to get some dates locked in.
3) I have also contacted Atlanta Motor Speedway to see what areas of the property can be had at an affordable cost. The media area is kind of small and the road course we used 3 years ago is OK but not great. The legends area and front stretch looks like it may be pretty good but I have never drifted it.
4) Way down south is a place called South Georgia Motor Sports Park. It’s one hour past Cordele, ( Cordele is not even being considered). The SGMP lot is huge. The 3.5 hour trip from Atlanta may be worth it if we can do 4th gear entry’s. The lot is over 2000′ long. I would like to find a place closer to home but still do 2 events there per year.
So this is what I have so far. There are a couple of non track places I am trying to get contact information on and I will let you know what develops.
Some of you purchased season passes earlier this year. E mail me if you would like a pro rated refund or if you would like to see what venues open up for us. (email@example.com)
Thanks for your patience while we deal with the low blow dealt to us by the City of Atlanta ( and remember this come election time ).”
-Howard Smith and the S 2 Staff
It rained a bunch, but it was still a fun time! It dried out a bit in time for some tandems and for my lazy ass to go take some pictures.
Big thanks to Joon, JR, Chris, Odi, Naoki, and of course our very own Dennis Mertzanis for stopping by and helping with the Save Drifting in Atlanta crusade!
On to the highlights!
Hope it was not our last Turner Event!
PLEASE FOLLOW DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY. WE MUST PRESENT OUR CASE MATURELY AND RESPONSIBLY IN ORDER TO EFFECT CHANGE. ALSO, COMPLETE THE INSTRUCTIONS AFTER THE LETTER BY EMAILING IT, AND POSTING IN A PRIVATE MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS INDIVIDUAL EMAIL ADDRESSES AND FACEBOOK PAGES. PLEASE DO NOT DEVIATE FROM THIS PLAN UNLESS YOU CAN PRESENT YOUR CASE WITHOUT EMOTION. WE DO NOT NEED PEOPLE TO GO OFF ON OR BLAST ANY OF THESE PEOPLE. WE NEED TO PRESENT AS A LARGE, CALM, MATURE GROUP OR WE WILL SURELY NOT GET OUR POINT ACROSS. The Atlanta City Council has passed an ordinance prohibiting Drifting on private property located within 1000 feet of a residentially zoned district. THIS ELIMINATES DRIFTING AT TURNER FIELD. Our only hope is to convince the Mayor to VETO this amendment, and to convince the council to remove the ordinance after the VETO. Please go to this link: http://kasimreed.com/contact-us/ Fill in your name Copy and paste this into the subject line: PLEASE VETO the prohibiting of drifting through amendment 12-0-0502 (14) Copy and Paste the letter below into the message section of the form, and click submit. Dear Honorable Mayor Reed and members of the Atlanta City Council: I approach you today asking for a VETO of the amendment to the noise ordinance 12-0-0502 (14), passed in the Council Meeting of May 7, 2012. The car enthusiast community in Atlanta is strong in numbers; these numbers represent tax payers, business owners, consumers and voters. Please let this email stand to represent my one voice in these larger numbers, asking that a VETO be made on our behalf. The organizers of Drift events in Atlanta already strictly adhere to the current noise ordinance, and work with the community at large to present to the enthusiast and drift communities, events which are safe and within the guidelines very clearly represented by current ordinances. An amendment to this ordinance specifically targeting and prohibiting Drifting would result in a loss of income for Atlanta, for Turner Field, for shop owners, parts distributors, tire vendors, restaurants, gas stations, hotels and a myriad of other business throughout Georgia. In this tough economy, we should be searching for ways to keep and grow our avenues of income, not restrict them. There are currently other organizations which hold motor sports events within the City of Atlanta, specifically at Turner Field. These organizations include Auto cross events, Gymkhana events, and automotive dealership test drive / moral boosting events. To target Drifting in the midst of these other events is simply discrimination. In addition, the events at Turner Field offer the enthusiast the opportunity to increase driving skill and compete in events in a safe, controlled environment. The Drift events currently run by S2 Drifting in Atlanta have an accident free history to date. To keep Drifting in this safe and controlled environment will in turn, lesson the burden on Atlanta Police, Fire and EMS services by providing a safe outlet for motor sports and car enthusiasts. Please consider these facts and VETO the amendment to the ordinance. I respectfully thank you for your time. ———————————————————————————————————?—————– NOW SEND THE SAME COPIED AND PASTED EMAIL ABOVE TO THE FOLLOWING CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS EMAILS: firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com ———————————————————————————————————?—————– THEN COPY AND PASTE THE SAME MESSAGE INTO A PRIVATE MESSAGE TO EACH OF THE FOLLOWING ON FACEBOOK: Mayor Kashim Reed, Cesar C Mitchell, Carla Smith, Kwanza Hall, Ivory Lee Young, Clera Winslow, Keisha Bottoms, Michael Julian Bond, Natalyn Archibong, Alex Wan, Howard Shook, Yolanda Adrean, Felicia Moore, CT Martin, Joyce M. Sheperd, Aaron Watson, H. Lamar Willis ———————————————————————————————————?—————– IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO POST ON THE MAYOR’S AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FACEBOOK PAGES, PLEASE SAY SOMETHING LIKE THE FOLLOWING: I am a taxpayer, consumer and voter and I support Drifting at Turner Field. ———————————————————————————————————?—————–
Cool video from the first turner event of the year:
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So we went to Import Alliance Spring Meet, but we were late (sleep + pancakes). They were shutting it all down when we got there at noon. By 2 pm the whole place was empty
At least we got some rolling shots!
There are some dumb pics here, but they are dumb