In the past seasons all the events were on Friday's and we drifted under the big Speedway lights. This year we've moved to Sundays to gain a lot more time to drift but the events end before sundown due to noise ordinances.
On the 12th we had the only Friday event on the schedule this year and were able to return to our roots with some night drifting.
The event was lightly attended due to the 6pm start time so everyone got tons of runs.
We invited all the drivers who are going to the Evergreen Drift ProAm to come and take extra runs on the full FD spec 5/8ths course and a few showed up for the practice.
Fresh Blood //
Nick Jimenez took his first ever runs on the 5/8ths. He had a couple of close calls including this one but managed to make it with no damage.
Prior to this he was scraping the wall full throttle and full lock. This is where you want to be on the 5/8ths!
Returing OG's //
Nikaloy is as OG as it gets in NW drifting and he's been building his RB26DETT 180sx forever. He took her on the maiden voyage and exhibited the classics Nikolay style of high speed smoked out drifting. Unfortunately the headgaset went and he fried a piston causing the engine to smoke as much as the tires forcing an early retirement. Hopefully Nikoaly can get it fixed quickly and get back on track.
Matt Panic! showed up from whatever he's been doing in Portland and took a few laps in Kelly Thorpe's 20v corolla.
Dear photographers. Please photograph more tandem! The only tandem pic to surface so far is this Team Instant Party number. Roland is a machine and loves to initiate 2 feet away from the lead car and gave us the best tandem of the night!
Team Canada //
The Drift Safari crew has been showing up and owing the 5/8ths (usually by default) all season. Ian was the lone representative of Team Canada this day but he made the trip well worth it with some sick high speed 5/8ths runs.
The divers have been pushing harder and harder and there have been a few casualties along the way.
First was Battle House Ian looping it at the end of the 3/8ths and backing it into the wall resulting a well executed Missile conversion. At least he was able to drift the rest of the night!
Chris Jeanneret of KP Race has been having some mechanical issues of late. A few events ago his brand new one piece driveshaft broke a U joint when doing a warm up burnout prior to a 5/8ths run. Today, his custom intake manifold on his SR20DET with a SR20VE head conversion decided to crack giving him a massive boost leak making further drifting pointless.
Chris is a serious contender so look for some good performances once all the mechanical issues are sorted out. Just look at all that angle from those modified KP Race uprights!
The last run of the night was taken by this 350z pilot who was getting more confident on the 3/8ths but ended up spinning out at the end of the bank and hitting the wall hard with a double tap to the front and back. The driver was ok so the tow truck was called but we had hit the curfew so everyone packed up and went home!
To avoid hitting the wall don't lift for anything at the end of the 3/8ths until you are off the banking. If you are going to spin it is better to say on the throttle and steer into the turn so your rear doesn't unweight and slingshot you straight into the wall.
To see the rest of the photos check these links.
Thanks to all our photographers! Hopefully we'll see some video soon.
A big thanks to all the volunteers, drivers and fans from Evergreen Drift.
See you at the next one!