It’s not often that we spend the day outdoors baking like freshly mixed cookie doe, but when we do, its at Las Vegas Motorspeedway; all the while finding additional ways to turn up the heat by scorching perfectly good rubber on a newly-paved race track. As a long-time hardened desert-tan resident, I feel bad for stating to the olive-drab folks that, “this isn’t even that bad”, at least not yet; even though its well above 100 degrees, it really isn’t! The heat doesn’t feel as bad especially when you’re watching some really COOL drifting-action.
I bring up the topic of the heat to make a point that in this weather, its usually the most dedicated drivers and race-teams that will attend to compete with one another. It truly shows the competitive nature and commitment of the drivers (as well as the VegasDrift staff-members working to keep it running). Thus, there’s much respect towards everyone involved.
AT THE PITS
Cooling issues, transmissions breaking down, general dehydration, are just a few of the things that happens when the heat is truly turned up. Despite this fact, the mood at VPA Round 4 is generally cheerful. I mean, its really hard to look unhappy when you’re about to lay-down rubber on the newly paved LVMS outside-road-course!
When the cars aren’t sliding, at least the cameras are!
A tapped-out transmission doesn’t stop Ethan Hunter and his team including his father doing miracle-machine wonders when they were able to source out another transmission for their big-block V8 during competition-practice. Most impressive!
Dylan Hummel has been competing regularly throughout the season that there’s no shortage of photographs of him and his car on and off-track!
When the hoods come out, the wrenches go in. Luckily there were no catastrophic engine events today, everyone was able to contend with the heat fairly well.
Matthew Dale‘s “Drifting For The Cure” S14 was also on point throughout the day. I remember his car being GOLD, I really like the make-over he gave his race-rig (though I prefer the Zenki-headlights :P).
TC Drift, the crew from Colorado, though I envy their weather right about now, they always bring up the HEAT when they come to Vegas. Their SC-rig is one big smoke and angle factory as you’ll see later in the competition photos.
Daily-KA-turbo S13? Always a thumbs up from me.
Forrest Wang’s Get Nuts Lab‘s cars and STR-wheels are everywhere!
Trenton Beechum’s S14 hailing from Oak Park, CA, with the RED-SUN peering through his fronts.
Dr. Robert Chin, DMD, just recently graduated from UNLV School of Dental Medicine, here in Las Vegas! Before he heads over to his general-rotations in New York, he’s out here giving his Mean-Green S13 a run-through! So proud of this dude!
A few other cool-snaps from the PITS, for I’m beginning to run out of things to write about!
We all like the TUNA here.
FULL-ON COMPETITION MODE
Suffice to say, the heat was really TURN’T up when they started the competition. Full-on BEAST-mode were engaged and there’s nothing short of excitement coming from each run.
Yep, that’s a snowboard wing! Removable, so its fully functional, just add bindings and boots!
Them TC-drift dudes really bring out DAT-ANGLE-DOE!
Waylon Deno and Brandon Patterson giving one another a run for their monies!
Here’s a video of that Top-15 Run from Waylon’s GoPro:
Smokies, smokies everywhere!
Just to list who’s who and who’s here: Kasey King, Raymund Berlo, Tommy Suell, Justin Banner, Frank Cundari, Ethan Hunter, Road Boss, Dylan Hummel, Rob Carlsen, George Kiriakopoulos, Cameron Moore, Dino Child, Jr Faber, Matthew Dale, Ernie Fixmer, Blake Olsen, Alex Heilbrunn, Cameron Eisenman… (to be updated as I receive all the names, tag-yourself on Facebook-HERE, its where we will get the names)
At the end of streak-of-heat, Kasey King takes third-place, with Travis Avery taking second, while Brandon Patterson reigns as champion of VegasProAm Round 4, in VegasDrift’s VPA 2014 Series! Congrats everyone!
Yes, its HOT. Its scorchingly hot. But when you’re out here having this much fun, it really doesn’t feel that bad. AMIRITE? Lastly, you should know that the next VegasDrift hosted event will be a NIGHT-EVENT so any heat-complaining will have to be subdued, but do bring extra water! Find out more @ VegasDrift.com
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Link to more images:
VPA Rd.4 Gallery on Facebook
Link to VegasDrift’s article on VPA Round 4 (much more detailed battle play-by-play):
VEGASDRIFT: Vegas Pro-Am Round 4 Play-by-Play by Justin Banner and Matt Ulfelder