The Formula Drift 2016 season just started, and I cannot wait to spectate it again for another year. I wasn’t sure if going Long Beach was a good idea because of the rain. While I was watching the first day from the livestream at home, I saw lots of crashes and lots of debates on the track condition itself. I wasn’t sure if I should go because it might rain a lot more. You just never know what Mother Nature has in store. I didn’t want to get soaked and watch slow drifting, then drive 4 hours home. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be any cool stuff showing up at the car show, vendors, and other stuff. Well, I decided to go and spectate anyway, and take the chance that if it stopped raining when I got there, it would become super bad ass, and hopefully have no regrets since I bought the tickets a month and a half early to get the best seating.
With 3 hours of sleep and 4 hours of driving, I was in Long Beach. For drifting, it’s only fun and enjoyable when it’s watched in real life. You get the feel of high horsepower, burning rubber, and the vibe is just great! As a spectator and a big fan of drifting, it sucks to hear that Masashi Yokoi and Daigo Saito are not coming back to Formula Drift for the 2016 season. Everyone online shared posts from Wrecked Magazine and the Formula Drift website, where I check almost daily for any drift news or drift related stuff. All the drift fans were wondering what it’s going to be like without those two Japanese drivers. A lot of people feel like the sport will no longer be as cool as the year before. Continue reading A Spectators View – Formula Drift Long Beach – April 9, 2016 By AMDrift
It was a warm, October Saturday night in Southern California. The kind of weary calm that typically follows a day of triple-digit heat blanketing the Los Angeles basin. Most of its citizens readied themselves for another day of the same torment, maybe squeezing in a relaxing night on the town. Most, but not all.
On L.A.’s industrial outskirts, the town of Irwindale had seen its population grow almost tenfold in the preceding hours, all contained within the half-square-mile footprint of the “House of Drift,” Irwindale Speedway. If you’ve ever been to its annual Formula Drift season finale, you’ll know it doesn’t take physics to predict the result of that rapid influx of mass and energy on such a concentrated area. And in that moment, no one felt the heat and pressure more than Fredric Aasbo.
During a professional drift competition like Formula D, there are so many little moments that happen all over the place. I guess it’s the photo nerd in me that see a picture in every moment, even if it involves kneeling down in filthy rain water.
I gathered up 50 of my favorite shots from the season opener in Long Beach, and have provided a little insight into every photo. Enjoy!
I could physically only get this shot during the Formula Drift weekend, because I am actually standing on the race course. Of course, it doesn’t matter as the end of the FD course is at the exit of Turn 11. The weekend afterwards they run the entire length of the course for the Grand Prix. Continue reading 50 Moments In Time: Formula Drift Long Beach By Speedhunters