2009 will be remembered as the year the Northwest burst onto the national drift scene with Evergreen Drift drivers taking home ProAm podium results from Vegas to Irwindale.
Lets take stock of what the Evergreen Drift crew has accomplished for 2009.
Evergreen Drift Championship
The Evergreen Drift Season Championship was won by Peter Funatake. This four round championship pitted all the best Northwest drivers against each other. Peter steadily improved throughout the season starting with a top 16 finish in Round 1, a top 8 finish in Round 2, 3rd place for Round 3, and 1st place for Round 4. This was the right combination to win the championship by 23 points.
In all 59 drivers participated in the Evergreen Drift Championship and their full results can be seen here. These drivers have improved their skills and are the future stars of drifting as they work their way through the ranks.
Las Vegas ProAm
A couple of Evergreen Drift drivers infiltrated the Vegas Drift ProAm. Roland Gallagher qualified 2nd and finished 3rd while Andrew Coomes qualified 3rd and took 4th. Both drivers earned invites to the ProAm Nationals.
Evergreen Drift ProAm
Next it was Evergreen Drift's turn while we hosted our first ever ProAm competition.
Cyrus Martinez came up from SoCal and beat us but Victor Moore took second and Ian Fournier placed third in front of a packed Formula Drift crowd. All three secured invites to the ProAm Nationals and Trent Stromkins earned the fourth invite.
Finally, six Evergreen Drift drivers invaded ProAm Nationals at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA. When the smoke cleared Ian Forunier had became the ProAm National Champion and earned his Formula Drift professional license along with Nikolay Konstantinov, Victor Moore, and Rolland Gallager.
Life beyond competition -
When not busy competing we had plenty of fun at the open drift events with crazy multi-car tandem and lots of other hoonage.
Check out the Evergreen Drift Vimeo Channel for the best of this seasons action on film. Here are a couple of choice videos that showcase us just having fun.
As the national drift media gathered for the Formula Drift Seattle round several folks took notice and gave props for the high quality builds and "Northwest Style". Sites like MotorMavens.com and Speedhunters praised Northwest drift machines in several articles. Five northwest cars were nominated for Speedhunters "Street Drift Car of the Year" award. By chance I picked up a copy of the Turkish tuner mag "TR Tuning" at the Istanbul airport and they loved Earl's
The true power of Evergreen Drift is the dedicated people that come together to make the events happen. Like any other grassroots organization we are one big family and there is nothing we'd rather be doing than hanging out at the track participating in the sport we love.
A big thanks to all the officials, volunteers, media, drivers, and fans that are Evergreen Drift.
Of course we have to thank our sponsors that have supported us and contributed to such great results.
Abbitt Wilkerson has had a very productive year attending all the Evergreen Drift events plus some of the other FD and ProAm rounds and turning out quality video edits for each one. This is only Abbitt's second year doing drift videos as he is just 17!
The good folks over at Speedhunters are gathering votes for their end of the year awards.
Looking at the "STREET DRIFT CAR OF THE YEAR" category list of nominees I found a couple of Northwest familiar faces.
Ian Fournier's Championship Winning Family Sedan
Earl's FC Abomination
Nikolay's lovely RB25DETT 180sx smoke machine
Chris Scremin's SR20ed AE86
Curtis Goat from the land of Canada
The ethos of the Street Drift Car of The Year is "cars which carry a torch for true drift style and true drift culture. These machines should still be street legal(ish) in spirit and have oodles of visual presence."
As of this moment Nikolay has a ton of votes and Ian and Earl have a few.
Hop on over to the Speedhunters thread to see the rest of the contestants and put in your vote in the comments section.
"I decided to put together a little DVD, so all the year's videos can be seen from the comfort of your couch. Due to budget restraints, there will be a very limited run of DVD's, so get 'em while they're hot!
These will be $12 a piece, including shipping. Please send payment by way of Paypal to Shreeveco@Hotmail.com
All proceeds will go toward new equipment to produce better videos!
Thanks for all your support!
This will now be a two DVD set. It turns out the company I'm going through doesn't do dual layer DVD's in such small quantities. It's looking like I'll end up paying twice as much as originally planned and get half the product because all the videos won't fit on one DVD. Lame. Based on this, I'm going to have to make the $12 price only good until the end of the year. After that, I'll have to raise the price a bit if there's still interest.
Again, thanks guys."
- Justin Shreeve - Justin Shreeve Films -
// Help a brother out so we can enjoy even better videos from Justin in 2010.