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Thursday, September 29, 2011

4 years of drifting in 10 minutes. Hooray!

Took clips from the last 4 years of drifting and threw them into a video, mostly for me to get them all in one place, but good to see progress has been made not only with the car, but with driving as well. This showcases the jump from a spray painted SOHC KA24E s13 to the RB25 wide body car is today.

Enjoy!!!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

For event organizers, drift specific spread sheets!

Drift Spreadsheet !!!

Just made these for our No Coast Drift Party coming up on the 1st and 2nd, and figured anyone who runs drift events across the country could use these.

Made a top 16 elimination excel spreadsheet, as well as a drivers list spreadsheet for up to 3 qualifying runs, with the totals for speed / angle, line / smoothness, and style / excitement auto totaling at the bottom of each run. Epic and easy.


Top 16 Drift Competition Bracket

Score Sheet for Drivers 1-22

Score Sheet for Drivers 23-44 

If these help you out, post up, share, edit I dont really care.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

No Coast Drift Party Pre-Registration for Oct. 1st and 2nd


We are to the point where we are taking pre-registration orders for the event. This includes those of you in state as well.

Drivers List:
#1 Jeremy Norris, CO

Here is the catch for you out of state folks, we have secured funding for a gas/diesel credit:
  • 300+ miles away gets $100 each
  • 300 - 50 miles, gets $50 each
Just show us your ID's when you get to the gate. This credit will go out to the first 10, or until we reach $1,000, depending on where people are pre registering from.

If we dont get enough people pre reg'd from out of state to fill the credit, it will be dumped into the purse for the comp on sunday :) I will be keeping a running list of the drivers signed up in the order they paypal on this blog.

You will receive the credit when you arrive at Sandia on saturday or sunday. Remember to get your tire requests in here ASAP as well.

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email at sandiadriftevents@gmail.com

In the comments section of the checkout, please include the following:

Name:

City and State you are driving from:

Car year make and model:

Mods:

Sponsors:

Interesting Fact about you:

Years Drifting:


On to the payment info!!!

Drivers
$135 for 2 day plus discounted camping
$125 2-day entry
$25 Saturday only
$100 Sunday only

Spectators
$20 2-day general admission ($15 Sunday only).

Gates will be open all day, and a pre race BBQ will be held around 2pm on saturday. We will have tech until 4:30pm - Drivers meeting to follow shortly after.  Please try to be there!

On a side note, it may very well be pretty cold at night, so bring warm clothes and tons of tires.



Choose!



If the button above doesn't work, please send payments to sandiadriftevents@gmail.com

Can't wait to see everyone out there!

<3

Dan

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Top Drift round 4 2011 Wrecked Magazine Photos! Hooray!

As always Wrecked comes through with some epic shots, even with the challenges of shooting at night, they came out amazing. Thanks Wrecked for doing what you do!

The photo gallery can be found here

Some of my faves:








Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Video from Top Drift round 4

Qualifying run, and top 8 following run filmed with my GoPro.



Thursday, September 8, 2011

My JustDrift Topdrift rookie season in retrospect / rd. 4

What an amazing season.

Many friends gained, many techniques learned, many new tracks and layouts driven. I cannot begin to recognize how blessed am to have someone in my town that saw some potential and lent much more than a helping hand. Without Jim Guthrie, Brian Dewitt and Car Crafters, this entire season would not have existed.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you guys. You made a dream become a reality.

This was my rookie season competing against some pretty amazing drivers. While New Mexico is a super fun place to drive, we don't have the population or the scene to kick things to the next level. That's where Justdrift comes in. They have been churning out FD winning drivers for sometime now, and (yet again) I cannot begin to describe how awesome the entire crew at Justdrift is. From the crew to the judges (Charlie, Bomac, JTP, Taka and everyone else), the entire season was full of positive encouragement, feedback and being pushed to the next level. If you live in cali, like drifting and have not been to a Justdrift event, there is something seriously wrong with you. Go. Go now!

Round 4 was another learning experience and was set up like a mini Road Atlanta. High speed, long slide entry into a 90 degree left hand turn, followed by a late apex right hander, then a long sweeping left back to an inside clip and out the starting straight. Everyone driving seemed to be having issues during the day, but once qualifying hit, it was a whole other story.

I was also feeling a bit meh after practice and the qualifying runs were all at night. My first run, i entered at some random spot I had not entered near all day, and took out both inside clipping points at the entry. I also managed to knock my brand new gopro off with the clipping point. awesome work Dan. Luckily those things are resilient as hell, and it looked like nothing had happened to it. Sadly it was off, so no epic footage from that. Mike Bolanos was nice enough to record some clips from the judges area, so thanks for that!!! Ill be uploading those soon.

My second run was one of my best of the day, solid entry, hit most of the clips, but could have been a bit more aggressive with angle and speed. This run would net me 9th place in qualifying as in my 3rd run i tried to extend the entry way too long and basically came to a stop. Since there were only 16 drivers at this event, I was pleased to say I made top 16 lol.

First battle was with Jason Kim, rad driver, who was currently (and remained) one spot ahead of me in the rankings. He spun on his lead run, and I sloppily finished my lead run to take the win. My 2nd top 8 of the season put me against Mr. Smooth / Mustache, Ryan Bell. I knew this was going to be a tough battle as Ryan is always set on destroy mode. He lead first and I had one of the best following runs I have ever had, but fell off point towards the end of the track and didn't stick as close as i could have. On a side note, his tire folded in half and was sticking out about 8 inches from his rim every time he transitioned to the left. It was one of the craziest things i have had this season. He stuck it out like honey badger and finished the run.




My lead was ok, but ryan stuck to me like glue. He and his mustache would move on to top 4. Awesome battle, and thanks to Ryan to giving me pointers and tips all season. He is one hell of a guy.

The top 14 ended up like this, so congrats to you all for kicking much ass!




1 Gunther 100
2 Mendoza 95
3 Bell 90
4 Gamez 86
5 Clemens 82
6 Villabrille 78
7 Brockett 74
8 Hatley 70
9 Orneales 66
10 Kim 62
11 Wolfson 62
12 Cano 54
13 Jimison 50
14 Hill 46



The rest of the battles were super fun to watch and the the new FD drivers were crowned. Congrats to all 6 of you, you killed it this season, and I cannot wait to watch you in FD!


1. Ryan Clemens
2. Neiko Gunther
3. Carlos Cano
4. Ryan Bell
5. Orlando Gamez
6. Enrique Mendoza


I hope I have the pleasure of drifting with you guys next year, if not, this was a summer I will never forget.