The heat is on at VegasProAM Round 4 – 2014!

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!

IN CLOSING

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

Thank you, we hope to see you at the next one! Follow us on Instagram: @BNTV and Facebook Page + Facebook Profile (Add both! Its where we upload the rest of the images so if you want to see them, you best find us and add-us!).

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

Drifting at Import Face Off, Las Vegas

A few weeks ago, we covered Import Face Off – Vegas as we toured the pits showing the variety of vehicles on show. This time we’re releasing the drifting video we compiled from the event where “Team 4-Bangers” won the mini-competition held by VegasDrift. We’re still new to video production so please bear with us! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Enjoy and share it with your friends!

MENACING MAYHEMM!!

Drifting and drag-racing at the speedway: Import Face Off, Las Vegas

It’s another Sunday Funday and this time there’s drifting AND drag-racing at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.

Ranging from hot-rods to award-winning show-cars, there’s also a plethora of new and classic import vehicles to be found.

There's something about classic Corollas in full 'drag' (literally) that makes you put your thumbs up in approval
There’s something about Santos Renovales Jr’s classic Corolla in full ‘drag’ (literally) that makes you put your thumbs up in approval. How fast does it go? One of our viewers tell us that, “it run’s 8’s”. Phew, that’s a pretty fast ‘rolla!

Sharp lines and straight corners make for timeless pieces of art made of Japanese-steel
Sharp lines and straight corners make for timeless pieces of art made of Japanese-steel

Classic Coopers embodies a sense of nostalgia the new ones can't begin to grasp
Classic Coopers embodies a sense of nostalgia the new ones can’t begin to grasp

A mix of old and new: although the style may be different, the passion will always be the same
A mix of old and new: although the style may be different, the passion will always be the same

New machines with old souls
New machines with old souls

Big wheels, big lips = Work Equips
Big wheels, big lips = Work Equips

There's always that one car in the crowd
There’s always that one car in the crowd


“Ghost”!

In a realm filled with replicas, its always a joy to see the real deal
In a realm filled with replicas, its always a joy to see the real deal




Ran into this driver who drag-races his classic Celica. Just loved the paint scheme on it!
Ran into this driver who drag-races his classic Celica. Just loved the paint scheme on it!

Little Honda on BEAST-mode
Little Honda on BEAST-mode

Then we head over to the drift-lot to see some fun in the sun skid-action.

Here's its just another day for this ol' 86 Corolla strutting around the bend and laying stripes around the corners
Here’s its just another day for this ol’ 86 Corolla strutting around the bend and laying stripes around the corners

Here's local driver, Mark Tecson in his S13, he's just come back to drifting after sitting idle for quite some time
Here’s local driver, Mark Tecson in his S13, he’s just come back to drifting after sitting idle for quite some time

Bobby Genson's S13 looks good, even without a hood
Bobby Genson’s S13 looks good, even without a hood

Edwin Aguilar's has his wing up while lays his foot down
Edwin Aguilar’s has his wing up while lays his foot down

Like father like son, get em hooked early!
Like father like son, get em’ hooked early!

Inku Nam is no poser when it comes to drifting!
Inku Nam and his Z is no poser when it comes to drifting!

Here you bring the meat, on the track they get grilled til' they're well done
Here you bring the meat, on the track they get grilled til’ they’re well done

VegasDrift hosts the most professional and thrilling drifting events in Las Vegas, NV, and you'll know it the next time you attend their events
VegasDrift hosts the most professional and thrilling drifting events in Las Vegas, NV, and you’ll know it the next time you attend their events

From VegasDrift:
From VegasDrift: “Team #2 “Team 4-Banger” and all SR/s13 Hatch Team made up of “Limit Break” team members Edwin Aguilar, Bobby Genson, with Exotics Racing Instructor Mark Tecson held the most consistent gap, completed the course with all team members, and were judged the winners of the Single Run Team Tandem Mini Comp!”

This is probably the best weather to go out and drive, so take advantage of the weather while its still cool. Until next time, keep the pages turning and them tires burning!

JC

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VegasProAM 2014 Round 3 – Las Vegas Motorspeedway

There’s nothing better than having a Sunday-Funday attending VPA 2014 Rd.3 at LVMS. Usually, the media pollutes the story/post with a rambunctious amount of pictures of cars, with huge smokies trailing behind them. This time, we’ll hang out a little more in the pits. Yada yada yada, less reading more pic-looking!

Battle born battle ready S14 equipped with FEAL suspension components
Battle born battle ready S14 equipped with FEAL suspension components

Golden retrievers make for great tool-hounds
Golden retrievers make for great tool-hounds

Old school style wheels from STR-Racing strapped on to Danny George's FD rig, looks great on his Miata!
Old school style wheels from STR-Racing strapped on to Danny George’s FD rig, looks great on his Miata!

Just like when we were boys, stickers... stickers everywhere!
Just like when we were boys, stickers… stickers everywhere!

Gary's Js4Kix S13, he flies in from Hawaii just to drive, talk about dedication!
Gary’s Js4Kix S13, he flies in from Hawaii just to drive, talk about dedication!

Funny thing about wings, it looks out of place on the streets, but on the racetrack, it fits the bill.
Funny thing about wings, it looks out of place on the streets, but on the racetrack, it fits the bill.

This style of exhaust has been popularized back in Japan, but now has made it stateside
This style of exhaust has been popularized back in Japan, but now has made it stateside

Blue-bonnets and valve covers never go out of style
Blue-bonnets and valve covers never go out of style

Even VegasDrift's DJ (we just call him Deejay) has his own S13 to stomp around in. Spinning wheels, spinning tracks, same thing, right?
Even VegasDrift’s DJ (we just call him Deejay) has his own S13 to stomp around in. Spinning wheels, spinning tracks, same thing, right?

Who ever said Mustangs have no place in drifting? This is probably one of the beastiest (if that's a word) rigs in the pits, plenty torque, plenty loud = plenty smoke.
Who ever said Mustangs have no place in drifting? This is probably one of the beastiest (if that’s a word) rigs in the pits, plenty torque, plenty loud = plenty smoke.

You're on the right track when the wheels probably cost more than the chassis its on :)
You’re on the right track when the wheels probably cost more than the chassis its on 🙂

Canards on drift-cars are becoming a norm
Canards on drift-cars are becoming a norm

Danny George's 2014 FD rig is plastered with the faces of all of his fans and donors. The people's champ car indeed!
Danny George’s 2014 FD rig is plastered with the faces of all of his fans and donors. The people’s champ car indeed!

Rob Parson's alwaysDTF S13 is hand operated. Awesome to see something like this and someone like him just killing it out here!
Rob Parson’s alwaysDTF S13 is hand operated. Awesome to see something like this and someone like him just killing it out here!

Odi's Aurimas Bakchis' FEAL suspension S14. This guy has been around for years, very down to Earth. Brennan Lang from 702Graphics.com did all his car-wrap work: simple and clean.
Odi’s Aurimas Bakchis’ FEAL suspension S14. This guy has been around for years, very down to Earth. Brennan Lang from 702Graphics.com did all his car-wrap work: simple and clean.

Blake Olsen's S13 is practically all custom, just check out those brick-LED-headlights!
Blake Olsen’s S13 is practically all custom, just check out those brick-LED-headlights!

Wes Dizon prepping for the competition's finals. Check out all the VegasDrift swagg at VegasDrift.com, order it online or pick it up at one of the events. Support your local track hosts!!
Wes Dizon prepping for the competition’s finals. Check out all the VegasDrift swagg at VegasDrift.com, order it online or pick it up at one of the events. Support your local track hosts!!

The Top-16 drivers smiling for the cameras. The amount of work required to keep the cars running by the driver's and their teams is mind-boggling. On top of that, Nick Dizon's (all the way at the right) hard work at keeping the each of these events requires even more dedication. But in the end, its all worth it
The Top-16 drivers smiling for the cameras. The amount of work required to keep the cars running by the driver’s and their teams is mind-boggling. On top of that, Nick Dizon’s (all the way at the right) hard work at keeping the each of these events requires even more dedication. But in the end, its all worth it

Older S-chassis vs newer S-chassis, ugh, if that isn't cool, you're an awful person, haha
Older S-chassis vs newer S-chassis, ugh, if that isn’t cool, you’re an awful person, haha

Matthew's PINK S14, ain't nothing wrong with that. That smoke, ain't nothing wrong with that either.
Matthew’s PINK S14, ain’t nothing wrong with that. That smoke, ain’t nothing wrong with that either.

In the end, podium finishes are great, especially for the series points. However, just being here and being able to do this locally, is the bigger reward.
In the end, podium finishes are great, especially for the series points. However, just being here and being able to do this locally, is the bigger reward.

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Vegas Pro-AM Round 2 Wrap-Up

Wrap-up of 2012 VegasProAM Round 2: (This post is photo-heavy, so please scroll carefully!!)

It’s late in April and the temperature is slowly creeping into the triple digits, just reaching the mid 90’s on this lovely Saturday. A brisk breeze travels from the north reminding us that we have arrived at the transition state between spring and summer. To the participants and spectators at Las Vegas Motorspeedway, there’s only one thing roaming in their minds, Vegas Pro-AM Round 2 is “heating up”.

 

40 teams and their drivers drop anchor, prepping for battle, for the heat of competition will ensue in a matter of hours and every minute spent practicing the course correlates to confidence gained. Teams hail from all over the west coast and Pacific Rim, from: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California and even Hawaii. This is most definitely a west-coast affair. Amongst the plethora of competing teams are the highly experienced group of judges, assessing today’s battles: Ernie Fixmer, Mike Bolanos and Odi Bakchis. Also present is Formula-Drift driver, Joon Maeng with his exhibition Lucas-Oil S13 in tow.

 

The 40 drivers compete their way to the top 16 finalists. Here, Forrest Wang dominates his way through to 2nd place, defeating: Yoshie Shuyama, Alex Villabrille, and another home-town hero, Joshua Guild. Utah’s Brandon Wicknick faces off with Joshua Guild, to take third place overall. Forrest Wang battles Garret Nikolich, also from Hawaii for first place. After numerous heats, Garret Nikolich reign as the contender, taking first place. Both are actually team-members, taking the 1st and 2nd podium. Nikolich and Wang, hailing from Pennsylvania and Hawaii (respectively), now transplanted in Southern Nevada, have built and currently represent their shop: Get Nutz Drift Labs. Garret is now leading the series with 228 series points.

 

The 2012 Vegas Pro-AM season is still ripe and there are plenty of opportunities for teams to overtake the current leading contenders. Several locals we’re rooting for are: Joshua Guild, Robert Strohmeyer and Mark Tecson, all arose from the grassroots of VegasDrift. We wish them and the many local drivers as well as all the drivers from the west-coast good luck, and we will see you all in: Round 3, June 15-16th, here in the neon-jungle. Just be sure you’re ready, for if the heat doesn’t get you, the competition will. BNT out.

 

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