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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VegasDrift @ North American Festival of Speed in Las Vegas, NV (11-5-2011)

The pits are full of trackrats just waiting for the first run-group to go out and kill some grade-A rubber

As if the spotlight from this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV wasn’t enough to quench the thirst of one’s automotive indulgence, we are blessed with having been able to gorge ourselves at the North American Festival of Speed (www.speedfest.us & www.facebook.com/NorthAmericanFestivalOfSpeed) with VegasDrift (www.vegasdrift.com) @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway (www.LVMS.com).

Nicholas Dizon of VegasDrift is conducting the driver’s meeting before the bragging-rights competition begins

For the volunteers and workers @ VegasDrift, this is not the normal 9-5 event where the track set-up is a flurry of cones at the back lot of the LVMS’ Bullring. This course/event was cradled at the inside road-course of LVMS! No fluffy orange conies to soften the blow to your driver’s side quarter panel when you oversteer on the long sweeper, nope! Just gravel and pebbles to make the pimples pop on that newly painted bumper and sideskirts you just picked up last week; thus requiring the drivers to have much more respect in following the exceptional line while making the driver experience that much more fulfilling.

Althought this competition was purely for bragging-rights, there were still give-aways to the winners, including a nice new radiator and handful of motor oil. With oil drum prices reaching a new high every week, you can never have too much oil!

As of typical VegasDrift tradition, there are practice and competition hours, but today was all about bragging rights. No Pro-AM license chasers, no podium photographs, just down to Earth drifting: where skills and tires do the talking = the best slice of the grassroots pie. The crème on that pie is the ability to run for 8 long hours with 15 minute breaks in between sessions to relax, re-hydrate, re-tire, eat and then return. Essentially the only thing stopping you from driving constantly is the number of tires you brought along (since they have on-site tire mounting/swapping) and how long your bladder was willing to hold unless you wanted to pull a bad-dog on your pretty Bride-buckets.

Robert Strohmeyer in his newly acquired S13 giving the track a nice sweep-through during the practice hours, I think he’s warmed up!

In the end of the day, the cool breeze and the warm sun paved the way for a great way to end the Vegas Pro-Am season. There’s nothing better than to burn a perfectly good Saturday, in the glory of stretched tire-barbecues surrounded by the great locals and the track’s hospitality. Until next year’s VD season opener, BNT out!

Brandon Wicknick’s result of attempting to manji the long straight on the inside roadcourse, attempting to troll on the black-M3 trailing close behind him. We later asked how he felt about it, he replies, “Totally worth it!”

For more images:
http://gallery.third3ye.net/AutomotiveEvents/Festival-of-Speed-LVMS-11-6-11/Choice-Images/19954002_PvhvkN#1571085568_TbrXS2v

Joel