08th Jun2017

Back in the Bowl: Salt City Drift Round 2

by Michael Chandler

I went and did some drifty stuff in the middle of the Porsche GT3 Cup madness.  Friday night the Salt City Drift folks got together at RMR, and slid the bowl with varying levels of success.  There was a competition, but I bailed long before that went down.  Anyway, here’s a 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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08th Aug2016

Coming This Week: Actual Content!

by Michael Chandler

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YES!  After… However long it has been, there will be some new content!  Specifically coverage of some killer events.  On Saturday we had NASA Utah racing, where we saw Tom Kaminski debut his new, HKS inspired livery.

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On Friday night the Salt City Drift season soldiered on, and we saw David Curtis break out his Corolla.

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And on Saturday night we had the Utah 6 Hour, a Western Endurance Racing Championship race that ran deep into the night.  Makes & Models pitted their Super Trofeo Huracan, a car that normally runs sprint races, against the field and the clock.

We’ve got a ton of coverage of all of those events coming up this week!  KEEP YOUR INTERNET BOX POINTED IN OUR DIRECTION!

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06th Jun2016

Salt City Drift Round 1: It Didn’t Rain!

by Michael Chandler

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Yes!  It actually happened!  There was an organized, legal drift event that went off without fear of rain!  And it was a solid six-ish hours (drivers meetings, loading and unloading of cars, and so forth) of driving!  Of course local hero Brandon Wicknick was there!  And so was Nick Stucky!  Although his banana mobile decided it wanted to plantain.  And Derrick Lopez came out, in an SR20 powered S13 hatchback, that was a lot like Brandon’s.  Just more pedestrian in the looks department.

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Scott Bradshaw and Dane Seering were out in LS powered S13 coupes.  Scott went with a bass boat theme, while Dane went with a general death and destruction vibe.

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We had some friends come up from Southern Utah, and they taught us some valuable lessons: You can link the whole track if you have a twin cam KA in your 240 and have enough lights, and a stock E46 M3 is ready to party as soon as you pull the right fuses.  It wasn’t just a drift event, it was a learning experience.

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Speaking of learning, there were a lot of new faces out there!  It was good to see some guys who weren’t afraid to go out, suck out loud, and seek out answers as to why they suck, from people who don’t.  That’s how you learn kiddies: go, do, suck,, figure out why you sucked, go again, do again, suck a little less.  I hope we see these guys out again, because by the end of the night they made some progress in the right direction!

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We also had our first contest!  Blaize Potts, in his KA24DE powered S13 coupe, finished in first.  Nick Nengas in a virtually stock 350Z finished in second.  Third place was occupied by Hayden Campbell in his E30 BMW.  This wasn’t just a contest for the sake of having a contest.  There are season long stakes on the line!  Whoever has the most points at the end of the season wins a roll cage, or possibly a set of wheels.  Not bad for coming out and sliding with your buddies!

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The next event is June 18th, out at Utah Motorsports Campus.  This is a daytime event, running from 9am until 5pm.  There’s a mandatory lunch break, so you won’t miss out on any driving because you want a burger.  We hope to see all of these (mostly) smiling faces, along with yours out there!

YOU THINK YOU WOULDN’T GET SOME BONUSES?

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03rd Jun2016

We’re Drifting TONIGHT!!!

by Michael Chandler

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YYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!  It’s finally happening!  From 5pm until midnight, see local heroes, Scoundrels, some Not Very Good guys, and whoever else shows up slide around the bowl at Rocky Mountain Raceways.  It’s gonna be a hell of a time, and you should come out to it.

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Originally I had planned on writing a long post about how you can’t set out to create an underground scene, and that something can’t be underground if you create a public Facebook event for it, then invite a ton of people to said “underground” event.  And I was going to say something about how the street scene, for better or worse, will never die.  And in a way, it shouldn’t.  I was also going to throw out a “Golden Ticket”, but I didn’t work out the logistics and I have a sneaking suspicion that whoever’s car wouldn’t pass tech.  Such is life in the mean streets.  But instead of an 800+ word column, you get this sub 300 word invite to come join us tonight!

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Who knows?  You might come away with an awesome prize!*  To review: Tonight, Rocky Mountain Raceways, 5PM until Midnight, in the oval.  Be there, you babies.

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*You’re not getting a damn bumper, or any big car parts.

11th May2016

Looking Forward To The Next One

by Michael Chandler

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Well, there WAS supposed to be drifting on May 6th, but Mother Nature had different plans.  The event WAS going to be rescheduled, but there were scheduling conflicts.  So, if you want to get your drift fix, plan on coming to Rocky Mountain Raceways on June 3rd!

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04th May2016

We’re Drifting This Friday!

by Michael Chandler

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DRIFTING IN A LEGAL* SENSE IS BACK THIS FRIDAY!!!  From 5PM to Midnight (gasp!) the Salt City Drift guys and girls and other pronouns will be kicking off their season in the bowl at Rocky Mountain Raceways!  There will be solo runs, and tandem!  And a competition!  Yes, I said competition.

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See local heroes take solo and tandem runs, all while trying to get their hands on that sweet sponsor money.  Who is that sponsor?  O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.  How much money?  A $100 gift card.  When is this happening?  Around 10pm.

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That’s not a bad way to start a season.  Come on out, enjoy some drifting!  It’ll be fun!

 

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**I say legal, because I know what kind of hooligans some of you are.  Just a friendly reminder: being a renegade in the streets is acceptable for skateboarding, but not for drifting.  Don’t street drift, and we won’t make fun of you when you mess up your car after learning a valuable, albeit hard, lesson.
04th Apr2016

Salt City Drift Schedule

by Michael Chandler

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We’re about a month away from the first Salt City Drift event of the series.  AREN’T YOU EXCITED?!?!?!?!?  Here’s the full schedule, and pricing.  The events at UMC run 9AM until 5PM, with a mandatory lunch break.  The Rocky Mountain Raceway events are running 5pm until MIDNIGHT!  That’s not a bad gig.  Need more info?  Go check out their Facebook page, that’s where all the relevant information gets posted.  We hope to see you out at some of these events!

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06th Aug2015

Salt City Drift Goes to an Oval

by Michael Chandler

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After the surprise stop at Miller Motorsports Park, the Salt City Drift folks made their way to West Valley to slide around the oval at Rocky Mountain Raceway.  The last time I was shooting drifting at RMR was… Good god, was it that long ago?  Well, we returned and things were just as interesting.

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Stucky was there in a FB RX-7 with no handbrake.  Race cars don’t need handbrakes!

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Nick made it like an old Japanese drifting video: lots of revving, throwing the car around, and sparkly pink!  By the way, this jack of many trades is for sale.  Go find Nick and make an offer to own this quality piece classic J-Tin.

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On the complete opposite end of the spectrum: a first generation CTS-V!  6 lug hubs and all!  This almost broke my brain.  I don’t know who was driving this, or why the hell they went with a CTS-V of all things, but I’m sure the answer to one of those will reveal itself.

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Y’ALL READY TO GET KAWAII AS FUCK?!?!? One person in this picture is!

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Josh Hadlock put the parasol down long enough to throw his Corolla around and make a ton of smoke.  This was the loudest thing at the track, with it’s uncorked 1UZ sending its V8 roar reverberating off the walls of the oval.  It was raw, and hateful, and glorious.

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And then things came to an abrupt end.  Unfortunately, the Corolla did not survive its run in… brush… smashing with the wall.

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Josh is fine though.  There are a lot of salvageable parts on the car, so all he’s got to do is find another Corolla to shove that stuff into.  Ashes to ashes, and so forth.

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Speaking of Corollas, Quin was there in his.  You remember Quin, right?  Anyway, he has a Corolla.  He also has an A31 Cefiro, but let’s talk about his Corolla.  It’s orange, it runs, and he can slide it around.  Good to see him out and about.

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This thing has a V8

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It doesn’t always have a bumper though.  But look at how excited Brad is!

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So, there wasn’t so much a defined “crowd” at this event.  The people would come and go from the wall as their friends would go out and come back to the grid.  Most people just stood on the lengths of railroad ties that were laid around the outside of the track.  This girl got creative, and climbed to her perch.  Then some safety people told her to get down.  But you know who else got down?

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ERIK BROOKS!  He always gets down when there’s an event.

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The heat wasn’t treating his 180SX too well, but he was still out there doing some stuff.

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I ran into a couple of fans/readers/guys who were excited about free stickers before I left.  This is what they drive.  You, dear readers, have excellent taste in cars.

And with that, I was off.  This wasn’t the biggest event, but it was a fun one.  You guys should come out, and either drive or watch.  There really aren’t any excuses for not coming out to one.  Driving is cheap, spectating is cheap, either is fun, you can ride along with some of the drivers if you want!  The next event is the 21st of this month, at RMR again.  Get there!

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