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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19th Oct2016

It’s Over… For Now: Salt City Drift Round 7

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

It was a nice day out at Utah Motorsports Campus!  Mostly sunny with some intermittent clouds, sport bikes from the Apex Track Days event wailing on the West Track, and tires howling in the West Paddock from the drivers of the final Salt City Drift event of the season.  At the end of the day, there would be two winners crowned: the winner of the event, and the overall season champion!  Let’s see how that all played out:

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In third place in the day’s competition was OP Anderson!  Despite organizing and being one of the guys running the event, and despite having a box stock Saturn Sky Redline as his chariot, he managed to go out and slay enough to get on the podium.

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In second place was the man, the myth, the Southern Dandy: Blaize Potts!  We finally got to see his LS powered FC RX-7 ripping, and rip it did.  Put a pin in this, cause we’re gonna get back to him in a minute.

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Taking home the win was Trevor Malan!  Trevor’s S13 has everything that the internet seems to love: sparkly paint, big Weds wheels, a DMAX kit, JDM nose, it’s dumped, and it’s a ripper.  And it has something I love: a dude behind the wheel who’s down to drive.  Doesn’t matter how cool your car looks, or what parts you’ve thrown on it: if you can’t/won’t drive it like it’s supposed to, then you’re blowing it.

INTERMISSION

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This is John.  I like John, cause he’s down to get weird.  Here he is in his Wisefab equipped E36, munching a cone.  It also has some crazy stiff springs out of the Lyfe Motorsport GTR.  It was quite a sight to behold.

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This is Devin.  His Corolla has Arizona tags, lives in a garage in Michigan, and has a BEAMS 3S-GE under the hood.  He drove, in that Corolla, all the way from Michigan just to drive in this event.  And it isn’t some well sorted, fully developed Corolla.  Very recently it was just a lump of 80’s Toyota, sitting in his garage.  He got the car on the ground, got it running, then got it running well enough to drive across the goddamn country to slay some tires.  Think about that for a second.  Devin is the man.

BACK TO SOME ACTUAL NEWS

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In addition to the actual competition, there were two games being played: limbo and table.  Not quite sure how limbo worked, but the guy who won got some cash.  Good job there, fella!  It looked like Blaize was going to take the table win, until Nick Stucky showed up.  He was having car troubles, but finally managed to get his car running.  He did some tandem with Scott Bradshaw, and then he went for the table.  Name of the game was to drift through the last two turns of the course, then slide your car to a stop next to a table.  You needed to be parallel, or close enough, to the table to be in the running.  Blaize set the bar pretty high, or low, but Nick cleared it in whichever direction was necessary.  He slide to a stop mere inches from the table, on his only table run of the day!

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Speaking of tables (AWKWARD TRANSITION), here’s the podium for the season championship: in third place, with an E30 325, is Hayden Campbell!  He might have taken second if he drove the event, but third isn’t bad!

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In second place is the guy who used two cars this season: Blaize Potts!  He sold the KA24DE powered S13 coupe, and was handsomely rewarded for doing so.  Look at that 2nd place trophy and moderately priced champagne!

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And the winner of the 2016 Salt City Drift driver’s championship is: Nick Nengas!  Proving many things this year (any seat time is good seat time, the 350Z is a solid platform for damn near anything, looking like a child has its benefits) netted him the top spot.  It wasn’t an easy task, there were some guys who could shred, but Nick shredded harder.  Now, what do three guys with champagne do with it after they’ve received awards?

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There was much rejoicing.  And so ends the Salt City Drift season.  It was an enjoyable one, a solid one, and hopefully one that has a bigger succeeding season.  Congratulations to the winners, the people who tried, everyone who came out to support the events, and especially the folks at Salt City Drift.  They’re trying to bolster this community we have by hosting these events, and it’d be killer to see some more folks driving, or even volunteering at these events.

Anywell, until next time, dear readers…

HERE’S A GALLERY!!!

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27th Sep2016

The Land of Wind and Ghosts: SCD Round 6

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Not sure if you guys know this, but it got chilly just in time for this past weekend’s Salt City Drift event.  And I’m not sure if you know about Tooele County, but it tends to be a bit windier out there.  Despite the wind, and the cold there were some brave individuals doing some skids!  Brandon Wicknick came out with the D-Spare hauler, unloaded some cars (including his IS300), then took a nap.  Listen, it’s hard work being America’s Favorite Drifting Ginger.  He deserves a nap every now and again!

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Derrick Lopez was out in his simple S13 hatchback, ripping up the course in his own, quiet way.

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Nick Nengas let his inner street ripper out, and laid down some solid runs in front of the Metro Security SUV.

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That’s a ripper Trevor, that is indeed a ripper.

There was a contest, but I have no idea what happened.  So in lieu of results, here’s a big ass gallery!

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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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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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