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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28th Sep2018

Man vs Wall: The Salt City Drift RMR Finale

by Michael Chandler

Last weekend was Rocky Mountain Raceway’s last Midnight Drags and the last Salt City Drift event at the facility.  Being that it was the last event at the venerable facility, everyone came out and tried their best to get as many runs and passes in as they could.  Many succeeded, but a few failed in that endeavor.  Let us talk about all of those people, and remember that there were no losers among those who came out!

After getting into the facility (which took forever because everyone who kept putting off driving at RMR realized that this was their last chance), we had the driver’s meeting.  Josh was not having any shit, and threatened to kick out anyone who held up the lines.  Why was he so adamant about not putting up with that kind of bullshit? Because there were more cars at this event than at any other SCD event!  KEEP IT MOVIN!!!

After the threats subsided, Dave grabbed the volunteers and gave them a briefing on what he was looking for.  Not sure who the hell that dancing guy is, but shoutout to you!.. You fuckin weirdo.  Also, shoutout to the guy who ran the start line for most of the night.  It’s a hard job, but he stepped up. 

He also had some moves!  LOOGIT THAT SEXY MOTHER FUCKER!!!!

And then we got to driving!  I managed to get a shot of Joshten’s no longer purple S14 before he blew his head gasket.  I didn’t shoot that many photos at night, mostly because I was shooting video!  It’ll be done eventually, and when that eventuality comes to pass you’ll be the fourth or fifth to know!

I an, intellectual/idiot, slept in my van.  My small van.  My small van that was full of stuff.  It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t as bad as you’d think.  Morning came, and I was greeted with bacon and smiles from Josh Willette.  It was very welcomed.

Some of us went a different route…

Don’t worry, his sexy ass recovered.

Eventually everyone woke up/showed up, and a brief driver’s meeting was held.  And then we got to driving.

And there was much rejoicing.

Then the dude with the S13 Silvia (right hand drive and everything) ate the wall, and wound up on the news.  Then I went home, because I had other things to get done.  It was a fitting farewell.  Most everyone had a good time, and nothing burned to the ground.  RMR will be missed, but never forgotten.  

And now a big ass gallery!

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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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19th Jan2016

Look, Drifting

by Michael Chandler

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Erik Brooks sliding his 180SX during a Salt City Drift event at Rocky Mountain Raceway last year.  He’ll be back out this year, but the 180 will be a little different.

04th Feb2015

Salt City Drift 2015 Schedule

by Michael Chandler


Salt City Drift released their schedule last night to much fanfare.  Rumors were that an entirely new venue would be in the mix, but that wasn’t the case.  An old venue does make a comeback though: the oval at Rocky Mountain Raceway!  It’s been a few years, but half of the season will be spent there.

Why is RMR a cool venue? #1: grandstands #2: banked turns.

Here’s a list of dates and locations for the upcoming season

  • Saturday, March 14: The Midway at Miller Motorsports Park
  • Friday, April 24: Rocky Mountain Raceway Oval
  • Friday, May 15: Rocky Mountain Raceway Oval
  • Saturday, July 11: West Paddock at Miller Motorsports Park
  • Friday, August 21: Rocky mountain Raceway Oval
  • Saturday, September 19: West Paddock at Miller Motorsports Park

Head over to the Salt City Drift Facebook Page for more information about registration as the first date gets closer.

22nd Apr2014

Catching up with the RBZ

by Michael Chandler

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When last we saw Clint Stoneham’s RB26DET powered 260Z, it was little more than an old Datsun shell wrapped around a new Datsun body.  But now things have changed.  It’s been tuned, had a cage built and certified, and it finally made a few passes.  After weeks of talking about it, I met up with Clint, Jason Kemp, and Melvin North.  What followed were four passes interrupted by some hunting.

By the time I got there (thanks for cutting me off twice Prius!) they already had the car unloaded and were getting her ready to make the first pass of the day.  After waiting in the staging lanes Clint pulled the orange sled into the burnout box and lit up the slicks.  And then he made his pass which, if I’m honest,  wasn’t exactly stellar.  I’ll spare you the time (i.e. I forgot to write it down), but it was slower than what the car was capable of.  While Clint was making the maiden pass, the rest of us heard something.  We met back in the pits, and the guys got to work.


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Out came the laptop, and the theories of what sounded like an ignition problem.  The data logs didn’t show anything, but we all heard it breaking up.  Thinking the spark plugs were amiss, Jason and Clint pulled them and Jason re-gapped them.  Fun Fact: the engine of a car gets hot while making a 1/4 mile pass, and it stays that way for a minute.  Guess who relearned that lesson?  No, not me.  I had my hands full of camera.  With the plugs re-installed and the coil packs back on, we piled onto the side by side and followed Clint to the staging lanes.


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Things were better, 10.87 compared to something much slower.  But the ignition was still breaking up.  Jason, who has a 900+whp 2JZ swapped Mk 3 Supra (!), posited that it might be weak coils.  The RB26 and 2JZ are made for a similar purpose, maybe they had similar problems.  Logs still showed nothing, plugs looked great, so it was back in the side by side for another pass.


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Clint lined up, burned out, and proceeded to go 10.50.  Still improving, and still breaking up.  Back in the pits I learned that the best time he could post was a 10.00, and the fastest he could go was 135mph.  Anything beyond that would require more safety equipment in the car.  So with that in the air, the guys again started taking the coil packs off the engine and pulling spark plugs.  The original plan was to swap in a set of HKS spark plugs, but Jason noticed something on the cylinder 3 coil pack.  There was carbon tracking, which meant electricity was arcing in the pack itself.  It wasn’t dead, but it was hurting.  Thinking a decrease in cylinder pressure would help, they switched places between the bad #3 pack and the known good #1 pack.  With the car buttoned up, we made our way back to the line.


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Before we left, Jason did some slight tweaking.  The boost was turned up ever so much and “a touch of fuel” was pulled out.  “This will exacerbate the problem” said Jason, knowing that some of us only heard that the boost was going up to around 24 or 25psi.  The 4th pass yielded a 10.33, which all things considered is not bad.  Plans were made for another pass and I would have stayed to watch him make a 10.2 pass, but a supercharged Charger SRT8 decided it wanted to break after doing a burnout… then repeat the the burnout/breakdown cycle again after a few cars were waved ahead of him.  Unfortunately I had a prior engagement and had to leave, BUT FEAR NOT! There is another chance for us all to see this thing go for the gusto!  This Friday night, or April 25th if you’re reading this after the event, is the first Midnight Drags at RMR and Clint will be making some passes in the brisk evening air.  I encourage you all to come out and watch.

Clint wasn’t the only fellow running at the Test N Tune.  I snapped some photos of those characters, and included them and all of the RBZ photos in a gallery below!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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01st May2013

D Spare Drift Demo

by Michael Chandler

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The D Spare guys threw a demo at Rocky Mountain Raceway.  They even convinced Tanner “The Snowman” Baer to come out from Elko and join in.  We’re going to skip the unloading and pretty sunset photos and get straight to business.

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Tanner competes in Vegas Pro/Am in this little Miata.  He was doing a decent job right up until…

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The motor let go.  Gotta pay to play.

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After a soul crushingly long delay to clean up, the Utah guys got back to business.

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Little known fact: Mikey is afraid of walls.

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Brandon appears ready to storm Atlanta in his sparkly purple S13.

As always, there are more in a big ol’ Facebook album.  Formula D at Road Atlanta is May 10 & 11, so either get there and watch Brandon in person or hop on the stream and see how he does.


Words and photos by Michael Chandler.

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