29th May2013

iDrift Round 3

by Michael Chandler

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Memorial Day Weekend brought tire smoke, friends and a contest to Miller Motorsports Park.  For what?  iDrift Round 3 of course!  The focus shifted back to the West Paddock where the barriers were placed, James Dean and Darth Vader were propped up (and subsequently blown down.  Damn wind…), and rides were given.  And look!  Jordan’s 1UZ powered S13 was alive and kicking!

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Jordan approved of his vehicle’s performance.  Some of the drivers had to work the course, much like at an autocross event.  However, they got a golf cart which served many purposes.

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Jordan used it as a chariot to spear cones, while Trent sat in judgement while at the helm.  What was he judging?

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Jason Smith in O.P. Anderson’s car for one!  After some *ahem* difficulties, Jason started whipping the E36 around like an old hand.  He even took second in the competition!  Was it rigged?  Doubtful.  If it was he would have won.  Although, this would be the best cover for any sort of rigging…

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Hey Nick, your thing is dragging…  He also blew up his rear diff, which is amazing because the former diff was a weak 1.6L piece that lasted years with the power he’s putting down.  Those usually break at slightly higher or sometimes even stock power levels.  He has a 1.8L diff now, and a new bumper on the way.

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This guy took third.  I don’t know who he is, but the primered coupe was consistent all day.  Also, James blew over long before I got there and lost his head somewhere along the way.  A tragedy, I know.  But hey, he does approve of what is going on here.

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Here’s your winner ladies and gentlemen.  Smoke?  Plenty.  Smoothness?  And how!  Fancy colors?  YOU BET!  His entries were also on point, and he wasn’t afraid to approach the barriers or clipping points.  He deserved the win.

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There was also this: Brent Cheney’s old S14!  No longer Brent’s and no longer SR powered.  It belongs to Rob, and it’s packing a LSx.  How he did in the contest I don’t know, but it did sound good.

It was a good day for everyone who made it out.  Missed out?  Don’t worry!  THERE ARE MORE COMING!!!  Next one is June 22 in the Midway.  Don’t worry about not having a car, or astronomical ticket prices.  I haven’t had a car to drive for any of these, and tickets are only $6 at the door.  And those tickets let you watch whatever is going on at the track that day.  That’s a lot of entertainment for $6.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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08th May2013

iDrift 2013 Schedule

by Michael Chandler

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We’ve got a schedule for the rest of the iDrift at Miller Motorsports Park events this year!

May 25 – West Paddock

June 22 – Midway

July 27  – West Paddock

August 24 – West Paddock

September 21 – Midway

October 19 – Midway

  • The West Paddock is where the March 16 iDrift event took place.  It is behind the grandstands placed on the front straightaway on the West track
  • The Midway is where the April 27 iDrift event took place.  It is in between the Rally-cross area and the East track

These events keep getting bigger and better.  Check the Drift Utah group on FaceBook for registration details, and bring $20 so you can take a ride with some of the guys

02nd May2013

iDrift Round 2

by Michael Chandler

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Another lovely Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park, filled with tire smoke from tormented tires.

 

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I was only there up til the lunch break, but fun was had none the less.  Michael Niermeyer, Mike Fulkerson, and Brandon were giving ride alongs for $20 a pop.  I got a ride with Niermeyer in his 302 powered S13, but you could have gone with Mike in an S13 coupe or Brandon in the Formula D car.  Not a bad choice in the bunch.

 

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Jordan got his SC400 powered S13 going and brought it out for a ride along!

 

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And it ran lovely right up until it didn’t.  Here’s to hoping he comes back with it this season, with or without the V8.

 

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Aside from Jordan breaking down, and someone blowing the top of his radiator off, it was a good day.  The next iDrift is May 25.  Show up!  It’s a fun time, and what else are you going to do Memorial Day weekend?

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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20th Mar2013

IDrift 3/16

by Trent

Derrick Lopez Subaru WRX STi driftingThe Utah Drift scene has been well, lacking. Many people have stepped up and tried to make it successful, but for one reason or another, it hasn’t thrived. This is the year we sincerely hope that changes. Brandon Wicknick is now competing in Formula D, and this first event of the season went remarkably well.

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This is thanks in no small part to the guys who put it together. Jason Smith, Mike Fulkerson, Brent Cheney, and more behind the scenes all helped bring this event together and solicited the help of the drift community to see what works and doesn’t work.

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This made the event fun and a great place to shake off the cobwebs.

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Take a look at the pics and see what you can look forward to this year from the Utah drifting scene.

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As always, head to the CAMautoMag Facebook page for more pics!

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Words by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler and Trent Bray, Video by Trent Bray

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