11th Mar2020

CAMcast 255: The SevenSix Takeover

by Dave Rawley

(NSFW) Welcome to the podcast that has 3 guests, tow of them surprise guests!  Kitt joined Mike and Zack, and together they welcomed Anthony Barnes of SevenSix, who brought Travis Robinson with him!  Together they talked about the Right to Repair the things you own, the Baby Bronco and the Adult Bronco, CoronaVirus vs F1, and Formula Drift Pro 1 drivers driving in Klutch Kickers events.

Find SevenSix on Instagram, Facebook, and WestShop on YouTube, Travis on Instagram, and Kitt on Instagram and Facebook

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03rd Mar2020

Florida Man Buys Defunct Race Track, Makes Me Miss Our Defunct Track

by Michael Chandler

By now we’ve all seen that Cleetus Mcfarland bought himself a race track in Florida. And some of us are very happy that he has this facility where he and his friends, and other content creators, can go and do the stuff we love: make awesome videos and content. Videos and content that may or may not bogging deep, letting her eat, fogging like you mean it, epic burn outs, crazy drifts, or kei vans. While we’re happy, some of us are also left wanting something we remember fondly.

It was a place where we met new friends, hung out with old friends, and took part in the age old tradition of giving everyone shit. Money was won and lost, unofficially, and extra-curricular activities were planned for the hours after the gates would close. The place was Rocky Mountain Raceway, a place that was ours without us owning it.

8.8 second 1/4-mile Mustang

I was never much for drag racing, but most of the guys I came up with were. So pilgrimages to the Midnights were always in order. We’d hang out in the stands, watch the really fast guys go really fast, and talks shit to everyone who didn’t think a Honda couldn’t wreck an SN95, F-Body, or any other Domestic. Those were the days. We’d talk about getting a car on track, or how the project car was so close to being done. Those warm summer nights were some of the best.

I didn’t make it to a lot of Midnights after Miller Motorsports Park opened up. I had found something new and fun, and then I found another new, fun thing: drifting. Then it was more nights, and even some days, back at RMR with all my friends. We did the same stuff: talk about getting a car on track, how close our projects were, and give out some humility when it was necessary. We were in the midst of the halcyon days, and like everyone who is in them we didn’t know it.

That track was the place where I could just have fun. I didn’t feel obligated to shoot all the photos. I could go, shoot some photos, and hang out with my friends and sneak them down into the infield. We saw all the local legends up close, and we could just kick it. Those warm summer nights were some of the best.

There were always rumors that the track was going away, that it had been sold and was about to be bulldozed. But those rumors would die down, and everyone would get back to driving. Then one day the rumor didn’t die down, it didn’t go away. It became real.

As I write this, the pavement has been removed and the bleachers ripped out. Buildings have been razed, fences torn down, stairs removed. It lies in state. A great corpse, desiccated and rotten. It was ours, but then it was taken away. The memories we made there can never be taken, though. We have the memories, photos, and videos. In them, RMR exists as it was, or even better than it was. Our little spot is just as glorious in our minds as it ever was in reality.

I’m glad Cleetus has the Freedom Factory, that him and his friends have something we had. I can’t wait to see what they do with it. But on those warm, summer nights I wish we still had our track. What are your memories of RMR? Let us know, and we’ll share them on an upcoming CAMcast!

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29th Jan2020

CAMcast 249: Sedep’s Casey Barrett

by Dave Rawley

(NSFW) Welcome back to the podcast that is easily distracted by dogs!  The one and only Casey Barrett, and his dog Prima, to talk about how and why he chose to open up his new shop.  That shop is called Sedep, and you can find it on Instagram, Facebook, the wider internet, and at 4035 South 300 West #3, Millcreek, UT 84107.  In between tales of venturing out on his own, and how he will remain in sports car racing, they talk about Tesla’s massive valuation, the new and already delayed TVR, Ford’s generous offer of $15 if their dual clutch transmission ruined your Focus/Fiesta ownership experience, and of course the Rolex 24 and Michelin Endurance Challenge.

We also asked you what it would take for you to break out of the day job, and do your own thing like Casey did.

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10th Oct2019

The Slow Burn

by Michael Chandler

Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life

Marc Anthony, or someone else

That’s a saying a lot of people try to live by, but nobody ever looks at the other side of the coin, or reads too much into this very similar, but darker quote:

You’ve got to find what you love, and let it kill you

Kinky Friedman, not Charles Bukowski

That’s pretty fucked up if you think about it: there’s this thing that you love, and I mean LOVE, and you’re going to let it kill you because that’s how much you love it. That’s some cult level shit right there. Sometimes you just want to do something because you love it, not make it a job nor let it dose you with rat poison every day for the rest of your life.

Lately I’ve been unable to sleep a whole night through. I’ve got heartburn all the damn time, and I spend a healthy chunk of my work day mornings dry-heaving because I’m afraid I’m going to get to work and immediately get fired. I shouldn’t, because everyone at work likes me, and I’m doing a good job, but I still have that feeling of doom wrapped around me every morning. And I mean EVERY MORNING. For the last few months I’ve been having little panic attacks before I get in the car to drive to work, and occasionally when I’m walking into the building.

The day job isn’t the only thing that has got me feeling not super great. Heading to the track to shoot photos has started to feel like a chore. Not because I don’t like shooting, and seeing some of your bright, smiling faces, but because it’s starting to feel like a job. Not the “this doesn’t feel like work!” job, or the “he died doing what he loved” job, but “Shawshank Redemption is on TNT for the 1000th time, I guess I’ll throw it on…” type job. I like Shawshank, but it’s not my favorite movie, nor does it really stir up any passion in me. Heading to the track, be it for NASA or a drift event, is starting to feel like Shawshank: not the worst way to burn a weekend.

Don’t get me wrong: I still love going to a NASA weekend or a drift event. I get to see my friends, and watch them shred. Normally, for me at least, the chore feeling pops up towards the end of the season, and it’s a “it’s been fun, but I’m ready to take a break” kinda feeling. This year was different. Shooting has been feeling like a chore since before the Enduro, and it’s been feeling like “this again? Well, let’s try and do better this time around.” Maybe it’s because I’ve been doing this for a decade, which it may very well be. Burnout is a real thing, and I know we’ve all felt it. But maybe it’s got more to do with those day job morning feelings than it does me burning out.

My dad is one of the big reasons I’m into cars and motorsports. When I was a kid, he would wax poetic about his favorite car, the 427 Shelby Cobra, and would talk about how nice it was that he got to watch the Indianapolis 500 every year for his birthday. The long weekend from school was just the cherry on top of the cake. We would watch IndyCar and CHAMP Car races on the weekend, and those moments got me to where I am right now.

But it hasn’t always been sunshine and lollipops. My dad has struggled with depression and anxiety. Most of the time he’s been on top of it, but there have been some times where he wasn’t. Those were very dark and scary times that I’m not going to get into here. He’s struggled with it, and I have too.

I feel sad some of the time, but I don’t know why. I’ll focus on really dark thoughts, or really awful memories. I’ll just want to lay around and not do anything, and let my brain go to those dark places. Sometimes I’ll get myself on a task of some sort, but then get distracted. Then get distracted from the first distraction… and then again. It’s real easy to run around in the metaphorical weeds and be distracted when your brain really, REALLY wants you to stay in full time panic mode, or dive into a pit of despair and misery.

What’s worse is I know that this isn’t good. It’s not good for me, or my friends and family, or you out there wanting to see whatever content CAM creates. But here I am, putting on a brave face and doing the things that are expected of me, whether they bring me joy or not. Not all the things I want to do, but just the things people have come to expect of me.

I took a mental health day. I told my managers that I was “sick”, and that I wasn’t going to be making it in to work today. They told me to feel better, which I know they mean sincerely. Then I grabbed my phone, and saw this from Tommy at WTF1. Turns out today is World Mental Health Day, and he shared a story about Damon Hill and mental health. I recommend reading it, it’s a good story that pushed me over the hump and got me to write this.

What I’m dealing with isn’t something you just “get over”. You have to put in work. I’m going to find a therapist and start seeing them regularly, and I’m going to be more open about my feelings with those who care about me. I keep myself fairly closed off, which isn’t helping the situation. And I’m going to find ways to keep the fires burning, which will probably mean our NASA and drift coverage will change. It probably won’t be the massive galleries, with little to no context, but it could be the massive galleries WITH context. Or smaller galleries, because I do get excited about doing the live streams that Matt, Dave, and Jason set up for some of the NASA weekends this year, and those take away from my shooting time. Who knows what the future will hold? I don’t know, but there will be a future.

You never know what someone is going through until you ask them. If you see me out there, ask me how I’m doing. And if I just say “fine” or “not so bad, you?”, push me on it. I’ll do the same for you if you want me to. Check up on your friends, support foundations that are trying to reduce the stigma around talking about mental health, and most importantly: don’t keep it in. Talk about how you’re feeling, let your friends and family know how you’re doing. Thanks for reading this. We now return to our regularly scheduled shenaniganry.

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14th Aug2019

Scoundrel Hangs

by Michael Chandler


I hardly ever get to see Blaize and Chase, two of my friends and also two of the Scoundrels. So, when I was in St. George last, I took a few hours to go hang out and see what the Scoundrel life was about. Or at least a little slice of it on a Saturday afternoon.

Blaize’s soon to be Formula Drift Pro2 car was cut up, and tucked in the corner. But Chase had his Fox Body parked right behind the door, and ready to make its way into the light.

And so out it went.

I call his RX7 a Fox Body for a variety of reason. And by “variety” I mean exactly two. First: it has the venerable 5 liter V8 that real Fox Body Mustangs had. And like those, it makes power. Not a lot, but enough to get rowdy.

It’s also a damn coupe. At some point an S13 240SX coupe, one of the few cars that I’d pay the drift tax on #coupelife, gave up a large part of itself to be grafted onto Chase’s FC convertible. After a while, his FC finally came together as a coupe, and was painted this bass boat gold.

And he’s been loving it ever since.

He’s also aware of how important the little details are. Just look at that little spat on the front bumper. It’s a little thing, but it looks cool and it stands out on the car while not being the major focal point.

And then there’s this absolute unit! I can’t remember who’s it is, but god DAMN!

SHIT!!!

It was a good time hanging out with the guys, and then Luis finally showed up.

But more on him later…

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02nd Aug2019

Salt City Drift Round 3: Electric Booga…lee?

by Michael Chandler

Well, as it turns out you CAN drift a Tesla Model S. It just can’t be any of the D models, because they spin all four wheels. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Jake, the excitable idiot man-child with a heart of gold, got out there and drove to the limit of his abilities… and then tried to keep going past those limits.

He smacked the ass end of his Corvette into a barrier, ripped up the quarter panel, and managed to fold it in on itself. This was a hilarious sight, one we immortalized on our Instagram page, but a sight that necessitated someone to remedy it.

Enter Stu, and his drill! He came through, drilled some holes in Jake’s quarter panel, and zip-tie stitched it back together.

Bobby and some of the Cedar City boys made their way up, and showed off some of the steez they’ve got down there.

And there was whoever the hell this was. Some dude in a 370Z with Wisefab, just came out and slayed. Shoutout to you, unknown Z driver.

I told you we’d get back to Stucky in the blender. Anyway, here’s a gallery. We’ll be back at the next one!

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07th Jul2019

ISS x Salt City Drift 2 Day

by Michael Chandler

WE HAD A WALL! And probably a fair amount of hangovers. I know I was. ANYWAY BUY YOUR PHOTOS HERE SO I CAN KEEP COMING OUT TO SHOOT THESE THINGS

There was a driver’s meeting, explaining that people didn’t have to run the wall if they didn’t want to or didn’t feel confident enough to. Also a reiteration of the potential pain and embarrassment that could come from smashing into the beginning of the wall. But before that Jordan asked me if I wanted to shoot from the wall.

It would’ve been rude to say no…

I was only shooting in the morning, so a lot of the wall running didn’t happen. BUT Scotty and Casey got right up on me, which was rad. And we had some good, deep tandems going.

I have prepared a small gallery for your enjoyment, please check it out and buy some stuff!

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16th May2019

Salt City Drift: Buck Season Opens

by Michael Chandler

Do you want to read, or do you just want to look at some pictures? Well, I can’t stop you from jumping to the gallery, BUT I’M STILL GONNA WRITE SOME STUFF!!!

I’m also gonna let you cheap humps know that you can buy some photos here

Bobby was there, showin off his new Wisefab.

Tristan brought out his trash pile

This fuckin guy…

And I finally got to witness the Send Samurai in all his glory.

Ok, here’s your gallery. And buy something so I can keep coming out!

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10th Jan2019

CAMcast 156: Wicknicking

by Michael Chandler

Episode 156 is the one you’ve been waiting a whole day for!  We’ve got Brandon Wicknick and Seth Waldron sharing stories about their Texas trip (where they didn’t win a car), driving back in the Bobson Dugnutt, hanging out with Dan Brockett, and then Dave and Brandon reminisce before Brandon answers your questions! Except Stucky’s, because I forgot about it.  Sorry dude!

We also talk about muscle cars, and gloss over a bunch of comments.

Click on Brandon’s and Seth’s names to find their Instagram pages, and go here to buy some RUN 2JZ gear!

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20th Dec2018

CAMcast 154: The Year That Was 2018

by Michael Chandler

The last CAMcast of the year is here!  Gavin sticks around to reminisce with Zack, Brandon, Trent, Dave, and Mike about the highlights of the year that was 2018.

We also get into Alex Crane’s Track/Daily/Crush, which features no vehicles at all!

Thanks for joining us this year.  We sit around and chat because we enjoy it, we record it and release it because we think you’d like it too.  See you in 2019!

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