24th Oct2017

SCD Round Whatever at UMC

by Michael Chandler

Drifting is over!  At least in an organized sense.  Yes, the last event was that UMC event.  And despite me doing my regular media duties, and driving in one of the NASA Utah HPDE, I got some decent shots of the drifting.  From the sweet tandems, as seen above, to…

The ridiculousness that was The Bluegrass Express: Jordan’s open diff G35 sedan, that he took out with three passengers in it.  

There was inter-species communication!

… and spoopy things.

Scott has groupies.  He’s lying if he says any different.  JUST LOOGIT EM!

Good boys were everywhere!

GOOD BOY!!  Now here’s the gallery.  Want to buy a print, and help me to get out to events?  Well hit this link, and chip in!

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31st Jul2017

Salt City Drift Round 4

by Michael Chandler

Words and photos by Joey Harrington, Video by Gavin Pouquette

Round 4 of the Salt City Drift season went off without a hitch.  No rain, nobody destroyed their car and caused the whole event to come to a grinding halt, and there was even a decent crowd because someone blew up on the drag strip and everyone migrated over to see Scott Bradshaw, Stu Smedley, Brandon Wicknick, Derrick Lopez, Nick Nengas, and either Enoch Campbell or Bobby Powell (they were sharing Enoch’s G35) rip the course.  In addition to the usual photos, there’s a sweet video!

Sweet, huh?  And here are the photos.  Remember: you can share the photos all you want, just remember to tag us, mention us, or link back to us.  And don’t crop out the watermark!

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12th Jul2017

Monsoon Drift: Salt City Drift Round 3

by Michael Chandler

Nobody thought that we’d be dealing with a monsoon on a 100+ degree day, but there we were.  Everyone who came out for the Salt City Drift event at Rocky Mountain Raceways was ready to deal with the heat, but nobody was ready for the numerous rain delays. Rain checks were issued to those who came, and stuck around, and a Tuesday event was organized to satiate any desire to get some laps in with the boys.

Unfortunately the rain, and the corresponding cloud cover made shooting a pain in the ass for me, but I still got some stuff.  

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08th May2017

Salt City Drift 2017 Round 1

by Michael Chandler

We’re drifting again!  The 2017 Salt City Drift season opened up at Rocky Mountain Raceways over the weekend, and we’ve got some photos for you.  Check em out!

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11th Aug2016

Salt City Drift Round 5: Where The Cool Kids Were

by Michael Chandler

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With the Take Luck guys in Reno for Bash To The Future Hot August Nights, the event seemed to be light on excitement.  That was wrong, it turned out to be a killer event!

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As is tradition, there was a contest.  Coming in third was Hayden Cambell in his E30.  Not a bad outing.

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Derrick Lopez, who needs a nickname, slid into second place.  Seriously, I’m tempted to call him The House Cat because most of the time he’s just hanging out and being chill, but when he gets on track he goes nuts.

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And taking home the win, looking like Formula D a few years ago with all them GoPros on his car, was Nick Nengas!  Despite being on his last set of tires for hours, he drove his ass off and got the win.

Enough talk!  Gall

Well, before we get to the gallery I have to tell you about a spooky moment that happened during the competition.  There aren’t a lot of hard barriers to hide behind in the infield of RMR, but there are a ton of hold Hoosiers.  Those Hoosiers came into play…

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Joshten Teuscher came in a little too hot, scared the crap out of me, and got high centered on some of the afore mentioned tires.  This is where things got interesting.

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He was really on there, with most of the tires stuck under the rear half of the car.  So guess which end the safety crew lifted?

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Shocking…

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Chase Garrett hopped in to help try and pull the tires out, but they weren’t coming out that way.

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Hope was fleeting, but then: AN IDEA!

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SUCCESS!!!

Ok, now it’s gallery time:

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18th Jul2016

It’s Really Not a 240SX: Erik’s 180SX

by Michael Chandler

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In a world full of real and fake, mislabeled things, and people trying to fake the funk, it’s rare we find someone with a real, correctly labeled, funky ass thing on their hands.  Sometimes it’s a guy with a rad, rare camera.  Other times it’s somebody with a copy of that movie you loved as a kid, but could never find in adulthood.  In this case, it’s Erik with a legitimate 180SX.  Right hand drive and all.

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Can we acknowledge the clear timing belt cover?

You can’t really see it, but the ID plate lists this car as a 180SX that came with an SR20DET.  And this car ran an SR for a very long time, then Erik got an itch, and BH Motorsports got crafty, and it has an RB25DET Neo under the hood.  It’s not crazily built, the only internal modifications are a set of Tomei Pon cams.  Everything else is a bolt on.  On the intake side is a Freddy intake manifold (Fake Greddy, keep up) with a set of R35 GTR fuel injectors and a Tomei fuel pressure regulator.

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On the fun side is a Garrett 3076r snail, bolted to a CX Racing manifold.  Cooling the compressed air before it gets to the Freddy manifold is a PBM intercooler.  Watching over this whole ordeal is a Haltech Platinum Pro Series ECU, which gets and sends information via a Wiring Specialties harness.  Tuning services were provided by D-Wreck.

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Or else what?

Getting that power to the driven wheels is an RB20 transmission, loving stuffed with an ACT 6 puck unsprung clutch.  In the back, between the driven wheels, is a NISMO two way limited slip differential.

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Doing the stopping is a set of S14 brake calipers up front, and the stock calipers in the rear.  Both have Project Mu pads in them, which seem to be doing the job.

Helping Erik get that sweet, sweet steering angle (which, as I’m told, translates to sweet, sweet street cred) is a whole mess of stuff that my feeble brain barely has a grasp of: PBM knuckles front and rear, lengthened and boxed lower control arms, Driftworks offset and bent tension rods, an GK Tech offset steering rack spacers.

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Helping to maximize grip, something a drift car actually needs) are a set of Gecko street coilovers.  Strut tower bars provided by JIC  (front) and Cusco (rear), and a Godspeed full rear suspension arm kit in the back help keep things planted.  Also some Stance subframe risers raise a subframe… Not sure which, but one of them is raised!

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The front and rear wheels and tires are different, for reasons.  Up front the 18×9 Rota G Forces are wrapped in 205/40 Federal 595s, and out back the 18×10.5 Vordovens turn 265/35 Achilles ATR Sports into white smoke.

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Ok, now that we’ve covered what makes this car go, we can get on to the miles of style this thing has.  In the back it has a set of JDM kouki tail lights, over which is a custom drag wing made by Team Orange.  Who is Team Orange?  They’re the drift team that ran RWD Evos and WRXs in D1GP.

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The car sports a replica Vertex body kit, and a real D Max hood vent.  It also has a one of ten Godai Elements: Earth windshield banner from Super Wow Factory.  The gray and deceptively purple two tone was done by Brandon over at D-Spare.

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Inside, on the driver’s side, is a Bride Vios Low Maxx 3 seat, on Planted seat rails.  The limited edition Jimmy Up steering wheel is mounted on a Works Bell quick release, and a NISMO shift knob tops the shifter.  180SX feature Michael Chandler CAMautoMag-6

On the passenger side is a Bride Zeta seat, also on Planted rails, and a set of Defi gauges mounted in the dash.  No such thing as too much information.

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And in the back, opposite the Sard surge tank, is a .50 caliber ammo box.  Inside that box is not ammunition, but his battery.

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This isn’t a 240SX with 180SX tail lights and center section.  This is the real deal.  It also hasn’t been dipped and deep fried in America either.  This is about as JDM as you’re gonna get until you hit the home islands.  It’s really authentic, and really a 180SX

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13th Jul2016

The Tarzan Mobile

by Michael Chandler

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He is a loathsome, offensive brute, yet I cannot look away

Seinfeld, episode “The Letter”

I can’t quite think of a better way to describe this car.  That’s an awful way to describe Dane Seering, the guy who owns and drives it though.  Dane is a giant ball of positivity, perpetually hyped on driving the Tarzan mobile at events.  That’s a very good thing, because you need a guy like that at events.

Dane is rocking a big wing on custom uprights because big wings are cool.  The uprights are cool too.

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See?

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Under the hood is an LS, with a T56 behind it.  That combination will get most parties started, and keep them going until they get shut down.

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The interior gets the job done, but won’t win any awards for aesthetic styling.  The big handle on the hydro e-brake and the cue ball shift knob on the double bend shifter make it seem like this car is just raw power and energy, that’ll create tire smoke in whatever direction you point it in.  Then you see the Racepak dash and realize that there’s some brains behind this brawn.

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It’s not as refined and pretty as Scott Bradshaw’s bass boat coupe, but it’s not as rugged and undeveloped as some other cars that have come through the gate for the events.  It’s hateful, it has a big ass wing on the back, and it’s driven by a guy who could definitely be Tarzan if he wanted to.  It’s my favorite car driving in the 2016 Salt City Drift season.

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12th Jul2016

Hot Nights in the City: SCD Round 4

by Michael Chandler

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It was another hot one in Utah, but despite the heat, and traffic, and a massive fire that billowed smoke into the area, round four of the Salt City Drift season carried on.

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There was, of course, a competition.  I’m not sure how tandem turned out, but I can say that it did pull some of the drag racing spectators over to the bowl.  That was pretty cool to see.  On the solo side, we had Blaize Potts and his Scoundrel mobile in third.

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Crowd pleaser Hayden Campbell in second.

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And Nick Nengas & Teddy took home another win.  Next event is back at RMR on August 5th.  Come spend an evening in the oval with us!  Here’s a big ass gallery to tide you over

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24th Jun2016

Weekend Wallpaper

by Michael Chandler

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Spice up your desktop with this photo of Erik Brooks’s 180SX!  Just right click and Save As, and show the rest of your co-workers or roommates who has style.

BUT while I have you here, we ARE going to be featuring this car.  Just not now.  We shot the car at the last Salt City Drift event, where Erik had some problems that ended his day early.  He was in good spirits, despite that.  I was stoked to finally be shooting the car, and unfortunately my stoke got in the way of me doing on critical thing:

Getting any useful information about the car.

I botched it, forgot to get a mod list; however, I did manage to get a few anecdotes that I will share with you now.

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Erik wanted to make this car as true to something you’d see at a matsuri in Japan as he could.  The hood vents, the sticker placement, even the super low wing help achieve that.  And I’d say he’s there.  I’m confident in making that statement, considering how hard I geek out on certain Instagram feeds and YouTube channels.

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His battery box is a real .50 cal ammo box.  Definitely different.  I was surprised to see it, and didn’t believe him when he told me.  But there it is.

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That windshield banner he has is limited edition.  Very limited edition.  As in one of ten.  I think his is #3.  Whens the last time you put something that rare on a car that could very easily be written off?

And there’s that: a wallpaper and a few anecdotes about the car that will be getting the full feature treatment.  And maybe a little bit more…

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