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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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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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!”

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Joel