Even record breaking rainfall can't keep the Northwest drifters from coming out and having a good time. Despite dumping over an inch of rain all day Saturday and a forecast for more of the same on event day thirty plus drivers showed up filling out six run groups!
Normally, a wet event has a pretty big drop in driver count but not this day.
Here's to the drivers and fans who fear no precipitation.
We arrived to find a lake separating the pits and staging but at least the course was clear!
This K rail is 4 fee tall.
Because of the old track surface rain turns Evergreen into an ice skating rink. At past rain events the on track pace has been a half speed spinfest. It seemed the drivers on this day figured out the track in one run group and were up to near dry speed laps with a surprisingly low amount of spins for the conditions.
The Hot Lap run group was bombing around the track with a 4 car train of ProAm drivers Chris Jeanneret, Kory Keezer, Wyatt Sloan, and Tyler Grimsly. Here Tyler is followed by Chirs at a safe distances to get a chance to avoid any spins.
Also in the hot lap group for the first time this year is Kohei Nakamura. Bob from Drift Office has put together a car for Kohei to drive in ProAm and other Northwest events and we're stoked to see Kohei ripping it up again and brining his fashion to the pits and I'm sure the podium in short order.
The wet track always creates some drama with near misses. Around a dozen drivers got a good close look at the wall in front of the grandstands coming off the bank, some stopping with inches to spare.
Ryan Bliss, the pilot of this V8 FC vert was having a great time and even dropped the top when the rain paused in the afternoon. Unfortunately, when it started to sprinkle again the track got extra slick and he ended up giving the wall a small love tap with his front fender!
The changing conditions ended up catching Wyatt out resulting in the second hardest hit in Evergreen Drift history.
His poor S13 is a couple of feet shorter now.
The Evergreen Drift crew jumped into action to attend to the driver and his passenger, David of GwagDesignes.com and Drifted.com corespondent.
The on site EMT's checked out the guys and decided to play it safe due to the neck soreness that Wyatt was experiencing. Neck injuries can be worse than they seem so you can never be too careful. The Monroe Fire Department was called in who transported them next door to Valley General to be checked out.
Evergreen is committed to drivers safety and has experienced medical and emergency responses crew on staff at every event and a hospital literally right across the street from the track to handle situations like this.
We hare happy to report that the X-Rays came back clean and besides some minor scrapes, cuts, and whiplash both guys were released shortly in good spirits.
Because the EMTs were engaged and the wreck happened just forty minutes before 6pm Evergreen staff had to cut the day short. Not the best way to end an event but everyone is relieved that the Wyatt's safety gear did its job. The wreck served as a good reminder of the risks involved in slinging a car around at freeway speeds near walls.
Evergreen urges drivers everywhere to take a good look at their safety gear and mounting for things like batteries, seats, and belts to make sure they are up to spec and built to withstand a severe wreck like this. You never know what might happen at the track!
Check these links for more coverage of the event. Thanks to David of GwagDesigns.com and Josh Reading of Big Boy Media for the post pics!