Lakeville CT- Some of the action from ALMS, more coverage to come soon.
Wall NJ- The Gauntlet Round 4 2013 at Wall Speedway has come and gone but as usual with this stop there is plenty of excitement. Wall Speedway is known to be the roughest track in the series with it’s elevation changes and dips which causes plenty of door banging and wall crashing. This year was no different with one of the most unseen thing in a drift event grassroots or professional is getting your door knocked off. Chris Forsberg vs Darren McNamara a battle of two skilled drivers battling for podium and points got tangled up with Forsberg’s door being ripped off. We all know how Forsberg drives his missile car at Clubloose with his Bloodmaster Brothers so that is just another day at the park and he kept it moving like nothing happened. He did have an awesome souvenir for the shop and great photo op for the fans and media. D-Mac seemed to be part of another crash but after further review it was driver error on Ryan Tuerck’s part. In following DMac it appears he came in too hard on the bank and crashed into the wall and ended his day.There is always controversy when Daigo Saito is involved and this round was no different. In the Great 8 battle between Daigo and Fredric Aasbo the two battled hard in their little turbo cars. The first battle went One More Time with which many felt Aasbo should of won. The second battle again real close to call went to Saito allowing him to continue on to the final four with a rematch against Vaughn Gittin Jr. If you remember from Round 3 Palm Beach Gittin Jr used his V8 as a plow into Saito’s 2JZ powered Lexus. In this round Saito made sure Gittin didn’t have a chance against this year’s point leader as Saito made easy work of him and in the end cause him to spin out insuring his final battle against Justin Pawalek. In the final battle against JTP , Daigo showed his champion character and pressured JTP into mistakes giving him Daigo Saito another win and increasing his lead in the points. The final podium was Daigo Saito in first, Justin Pawalek in second and Chris Forsberg in third.
Englishtown NJ- This year’s East Coast Bash aka Annual Drift Party was one for the ages. We had to be on our best behavior due to some NJ Motorsports restrictions but it didn’t stop the madness called drifting. We like to thank mother nature for behaving on Saturday and letting us get in a full day of drifting and partying. I was glad to see the guys from Topp Drift in Canada come down and party with the R32 Skyline. He was giving ride alongs and test drives in the parking lot, so nice of you Blake Trickey. He was so nice to people they took our beer when we weren’t looking. As usual at a ECB event we get some cars that are not usually part of the usual Clubloose group and Grip Royal brought up their sick widebody S13. If you are in the dark ages and don’t know about Grip Royal products check them out here, real cool guys who actually value customer service http://www.griproyal.com/ . One of the cars I was looking forward to seeing was Kiely’s Toyota Chaser. Kiely seems to come out the box with great builds and cars, last year he brought the 5spd swapped Lexus LS400 that made us scream like schoolgirls and this year no different. Due to the more strict regulations and big brother watching he couldn’t slide with the A group since he didn’t have a cage but nonetheless it was great seeing it out there. The last Chaser I remember on that track was 2010 and being driven by Daigo Saito for D1 Championship Expo. Our favorite Virginian Rapper Dan Savage was killing it on Saturday, if there was an award for angle him, Geoff Stoneback and Mike Skudlarek would have been the contenders. It’s always fun watching Dan drive he always looks like he has so much fun as he is chasing down victims who are not Sikky with it like Ben Lewallen. I thought Dan was go Gitten Jr on him he was so close. The Breaking Crew out of Indiana representing Midwest Drift Union had a rough Saturday but Derek is the poster child of ” No F**ks Given” He eats the tire wall and comes out to finish the run. The C group didn’t waste anytime on the back course getting themselves acquainted with the woods, 30 minutes into driving Pete Lisko took a trip through the woods to grandma’s house; he survived and wasn’t deceived by the big bad wolf. The B group ran kinda smooth not too much down time, but the A group lost alot of time drifting due to wrecks, fires, flipped cars etc. I’m sure next year there will be more homework done on who is an actual A group driver.The goal is to get as many runs possible with your skill set so be real with yourself and not hold up the grid for guys who belong in each specific group. If you’re still spinning at 5pm it’s time to stop and start partying. Another ECB gone and not forgotten, till next year for another pig roast, live band, shanty town and completely rad drifting. Thanks to Clubloose Hierarchy for another great weekend. Any hi-resolution pics you want of yourself contact me. Enjoy the pics and share.