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Issue 01 | Jan 2014

Ask a Champion Grassroot Builds Kicking off Issue 01 The Future of Formula Drift 1 | | @omgdrift |



table of contents

Contributors Editor’s Letter Bryant’s B!T*H Corner A New Flavor of Mustang Bada$$ of the Month Formula Drift 2014

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Designer Dopeness Team Omgdrift Japfest Photo Gallery Photographer’s Corner

2014 Schedule 24

Just Drift Toy Drive Australian R31 Missile Ask A Champion history of Drift In the Mind of a Rookie Car Battle 2014 WE Drift Inc. 3

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Cover Photo by Ben Chavez



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Contrib Drew Fishbein Director

Patrick McGullah

Brice Burkhardt

Mike Griffith

Martin Cunningham

Jesse Ian

Ben Chavez

Brandon White

Chris Gray

Vegas Staff Euro Staff

Southeast Staff Northwest Staff

Westcoast Staff


Northeast Staff Northwest Staff Asia Staff

butors Ross Fairfield Co-Director

Bryant Rosser

Nick Quigley

Stew Noble

Samantha Page

Justin Garnett

Jenna Michelmore

Shane Macken

Maarken Edwards

Eastcoast Staff Northeast Staff Euro Staff


Midwest Staff

Westcoast Staff NZ Staff

Euro Staff AUS Staff




With so many great options for print and digital, we are currently thinking about opening the floor for both! Through a few of the digital magazine hosting options online, we have the option of making prints available for readers who want the full magazine experience. I know I will definitely be getting one, since this is the first large scale publication I have personally participated in since delving into the world of photojournalism. If things go well, we would be open to selling these to you through the store, but until then, the magazine will be free for viewing online through your pc, tablet, and smartphone.

Finding the Right Tools

Welcome to Issue 01. Words by Brice Burkhardt

With web based media on the rise and print slowly collapsing, I started to brainstorm on the pros and cons of each. As I look at my stack of Sport Compact Car magazines collecting dust in the corner, I begin to realize just how much of an impact printed magazines have had in my romance with the car world. Before smartphones and tablets became the norm, my group of friends and I would sneak the latest issue of our favorite car magazines to class and fight over what our first cars would be. Fast forward 8 years and here I sit, putting together a magazine for a car website I hadn’t even heard of a few years ago (sorry guys!). Over the past month, the team and I brainstormed what we could do to bring you all the best content possible in a format that would feel familiar to car guys of all ages. So it was decided, a magazine devoted to drift content would be born under the OMGDrift name.


Once the direction and ideas are set, you need to have access to the right equipment, which in this case, is Adobe InDesign. Starting with a blank slate, layouts and margins are slowly added as content begins to fill out the empty canvas. It certainly isn’t easy, with small gaps popping up and sentences starting to get choppy, we really had to rethink the way we publish material. We could no longer rely on the linear structure of web articles, but instead dive into the issues and events that really matter to us and our readers.

Designing a Cover Page

Next I had to figure out what our cover would look like, since this would set the mark for all future issues. While the content will change, every great magazine typically has a consistency in how the cover flows, from text placement, logo styles, and additional information that would be easy to find without distracting from the gorgeous imagery displayed by our talented team. While it might seem like magazines just pop out of nowhere, this is probably the 20th version to make light for the team after going back and forth on small details that make our magazine easy to use and visually appealing for you.


Exclusive Content

This will work great once we start featuring more builds and do it yourself projects, giving you the reader, instant access to parts found in the magazine with just a click. This is such an exciting feature to have, since I must have spent hours on the computer in the past trying to find cool go fast parts that I’d find in the magazine.

Reader Feedback

A huge benefit to using a digital medium is the ability to add interactivity to our content. While it will take some time to perfect this part of our magazine, the idea is to bring you, the reader, access to content you wouldn’t normally be able to find. For instance, if you want to learn more about our drivers, just click on their photo in the driver section and bam, your sent right to their webpage. But don’t worry, one tab over takes you right back to where you were in the magazine!


It might seem like a bummer to only have 6 issues per year, but we want to ensure that each issue is full of well thought out articles covering as much of the drift industry as possible from around the world. While ads will be unavoidable in the future, we don’t want you to feel suffocated with pages and pages of product promotion when you really just wanted to read an article on your favorite grassroots event. We don’t like half a magazine of ads, so why should we ruin the experience for you?


With a corral of authors ready to spill their thoughts unfiltered on a piece of paper, we are excited to introduce a few special sections that really give our team the chance to lay out their thoughts. Bryant will rant in “Bryant’s B!t*h Corner” about anything he feels he knows more than you about. We will also have galleries and pieces devoted to our team of drivers. More are on the way, so be sure to keep up with us as the magazine grows throughout the year!

You, the reader, are the key to the success or failure of our magazine. If there are sections you hate or articles you love, let us know and we will do what we can to make the experience as great as possible! If we like your response enough, we will post in the next issue for everyone to see how clever you are. We love each and every one of our fans and they all deserve to be heard.

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Bryant’s B!t*h Corner

In my pursuit to actually find out why people dislike V8 engines, I have asked people who attend Formula Drift events in order to get their thoughts and feedback. This kind of impromptu survey was not at all scientific, so results are anecdotal at best. Of the people surveyed, a couple of people liked V8 engines, several people had no strong like or dislike, and many more disliked V8s. Of the people who disliked V8s, I (Uncensored) followed up with a typical “why do you feel this way” kind of question. The responses I got were, to me at least, very silly reasons except for one. The two most popular reasons for disliking V8s based on this very small and anecdotal survey were either: they did not like the sound or they thought it was too “cookie cutter.” To me, disliking an engine because of the sound (unless it’s truly offensive to the point of causing damage) is a silly reason. You may think differently, but oh well.

V8 Hate Is


If you’ve been involved in drifting for any length of time, you’ll know that there currently are two general ideas in terms of engine setup. A big, roaring V8 or a smaller turbocharged engine. There are exceptions to this, of course, but when looking at professional drifting around the world, this is generally what one will see. For the sake of this article, let’s just focus on how drifting (and the culture that comes with it) is in the United States. This is in an effort to keep it simple, straightforward enough to where I won’t feel like I’m rambling (but I will be, I’m sure), and because it is to the point. The focus on the United States is also because this is the drifting culture that I am most familiar with. I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much of anything about Japanese drifting culture, even in my pursuits to be JDM tyte. I’ve never been there so I do not have firsthand experience. Keep in mind that I am purely neutral in this debate. My answer to which side I prefer has always been “whichever puts a smile on your face.” I bet the keyboard warriors will be coming out for this so keep this in mind: these are my observations and experiences. Yours may be different.


The second reason does have some meat on its bones for legitimacy. Are V8s in American drifting becoming the “cookie cutter” approach to building a drift car? This is a strong argument when looking at the field of Formula Drift and many cars at the “grassroots” level. Many people are ditching the turbo engine dreams for some modern muscle in a V8 package. This is an understandable move for a variety of reasons. Starting at the “grassroots” (or amateur) level, a V8 from a junkyard truck has become a popular idea due to the power for the cost and for the geographical location. By the last one, I simply mean that in certain areas of the country, there are far more people who know how to work on a basic V8. When explaining this to others, I always say something to the effect of “where I live, you could walk into a gas station and walk out with a full pit crew.” One reason of this is the history of certain areas of the country. Areas like the south (where I am) have a strong history of stock car racing, among other insane motorsports (some of the more extreme rock crawling vehicles, for instance). The last reason is probably strong enough on its own, but the economics of just getting started can be tight for some. Can someone drift with a stock KA? Absolutely. I’ve done it and it’s a lot of fun, but once a driver wants more power in an area where Japanese engine knowledge isn’t as well known, you look at what you know.

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A V8 swap into an S chassis isn’t a new concept. I remember sitting in high school, talking about cars with a friend when he brought up how his father was swapping a Chevy 350 small block into an S13. At the time (10 years ago), this was an intense concept to me, but at the same time it wasn’t. The car was planned to be built for drag racing. The owner wanted the confidence to know that the engine would not blow up when put under high amounts of stress, so he went with something that he knew. On the professional level for V8 engines, specifically the offerings from Chevrolet and Ford, some of the budget woes are removed. Sure, this isn’t the case for every driver on the pro level, but this is an area where sponsorships can be beneficial. Just looking at Chevy and Ford though, it can be argued that both manufacturers have been building some form of performance engine for the better part of fifty years. If direct from manufacturer performance is a little light on what


is needed, there are countless shops that can provide additional performance to a V8 engine package in the United States. Some of the shops, such as Matt Powers’ sponsor Katech, have a rich history of their own. Katech’s résumé includes supplying engines to Pratt & Miller for the C6.R, every

LMP Challenge class car, and a few other high profile contributions to racing. With this level of pedigree in a competitor’s car, everyone else in the field steps up their efforts to have or build an engine that can perform similarly or better. Of course, this doesn’t entirely mean that everyone will run a V8. That would be silly. There are numerous

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drivers on record saying that they do not want to. Before I finish this up, let me get back to that whole “cookie cutter” argument a bit. At face value, sure there’s a lot going for it, but at the same time, maybe there isn’t so much going for it. This will be a bit of a stretch, but it makes sense to me. From the start, I’ve always felt like this argument doesn’t make sense to me personally because if a V8 in an S chassis, for example, is “cookie cutter”, then why isn’t it the same as an SR or an RB? Or even a JZ? I bring those engines up because, to me, they are “standardized” drifting engines. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but I am saying that there is very little originality in engine choice these days. This reason is why I feel that hating V8s is one of the silliest things in drifting today. Remember when I said I was going to ramble? Now is that time, but bear with me, it will make some sense. A few years ago, there was a campaign in drifting followed up with a short film. Both the movement and the film were called “Keep Drifting Fun.” This movement and slogan in itself can be summed up in a few sentences that were said by an icon in another sport.

Steve Caballero said in a magazine once that “skateboarding to me has always been about having fun. I don’t skate merely for the sole purpose of impressing anyone, or to one-up others. I skate because I want to discover more about myself and what I’m truly capable of learning.” The same can be said about drifting. The first and foremost reason for anyone to slide their car is because it’s fun. Anything that comes after that is a bonus. In the same vein, a great drifter is like a great skateboarder. While they’re doing it to have fun and that’s all, on the outside we see the display of control and the fluid lines. This is impressive as an unintended (or intended, depending on who it is) effect of the skill involved. Before I get too far off point, I’ve always held the belief that “Keep Drifting Fun” was intended to mean exactly that. If you’re drifting, have fun and keep it that way, regardless of level. If the engine choice of a driver is something for you to be angry about, then I’m sorry. If you dislike a specific engine because of terrible past experiences, then I guess that argument can hold more weight than “I just don’t like it.”

TL;DR: Stop being a nerd and have fun drifting. Message us on facebook with topics you want to Read about



Build Dopeness A New Flavor of Mustang Words and Photos by Brice Burkhardt



I really don’t like Mustangs. From the stereotypical owners to the lack of creativity when it comes to modifications, I haven’t truly had a desire to even look at one. Luckily for Willy Espinosa, he has been a great friend of mine since I first picked up a camera, so when he asked for me to snap a few pictures of his Mustang I was more than happy to oblige. I may not like the average Mustang, but Willy has gone a completely different direction when modifying his coupe. Maybe the Ford’s stallion is starting to grow on me? The newest (and largest) addition to the prancing pony is a Big Country Labs wing protruding from the rear trunk. Put a wing on pretty much anything and I’ll start a conversation with you! Ditching the black and white stickered up style from years past, Willy went with a matte red wrap for 2013-2014. Under the hood lies the original V8 from Ford, now boasting 478 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque thanks to Stage 3 cams and other small engine modifications. But why stop there? He’s already started looking into turbos soon, so this year should see quite a bit more power under the hood! Despite the flush stance craze sweeping across the US, Willy has opted for a more performance driven setup. The Enkei RPF1 look great on pretty


much any vehicle, so no points off there. To keep Willy planted in the car, he has installed a Ford Racing Sparco racing seat. With the extra protection around the helmet area, I am curious to see if this helps or hurts him in the drift scene, with tandem drivers typically looking over their shoulders to determine spacing. While the outside of the car remains fairly clean (for now), the interior isn’t showroom quality, with just the essentials staying in place. Saving weight is definitely more important than basic creature comforts, although he does have a few final touches on the way soon! Why spend the money on grip tape when you can throw a Team Rowdy sticker on the e-brake for grip and inspiration? To make the car competition ready for 2014, Fello Ambivero, another Florida drift racer, fabricated a new set of bash bars for the front and rear. While things have been slow for Pupi in 2013, he plans to pick up his game and compete across the country this year. Willy’s Mustang has an aggressive stance and the driver’s character certainly put it up there on my list of favorite mustangs. Maybe we will finally see a wing on Vaughn Gittin’s mustang this year? Who knows, but I wouldn’t mind a few more wings in Formula Drift!

Photo by Lafa Britto

Specs: • Engine / Drivetrain:

4.6 3v built heads, stage 3 comp cams, ferrea valves, ferrea valve Manley Cam Lockouts, heads ported, shaved & decked, BBK 62mm JBA Longtube Headers 4 to 1 header (1 7/8”) 3,5” vibrant collectors, Plates, AEM 4.5x9” CAI with 110mm MAF, 255 walbro pump, Dyno ECU is chipped and hooked up with SCT programmer also.

springs, Fer 3v TI retainers, ARP head studs, GT500 throttle body & BBR TB spacer plate, Equal length 3.5” to a straight dump 4” CMC Tuned by MPT Peformance Longwood Florida,

• Suspension:

Custom BC Racing Coilovers, Swift springs F600lb/R400lb, BMR adjustable Panhard bar, MM Rear Sway bar, BMR lca’s. front suspension is completely extended 2.5” on each side overall 5” track width for steering angle,custom fabricated extended control arms and inner tierods, UPR Adjustable tierods ends, 1” spacer for clearance up front, & sway bar adjustable end links.

• Wheels/Tires:

Front 18x9 +15 wrapped on 235/40 NT05, rear 18x10 +20 wrapped on 255/40 federals.

• Exterior:

Vinyl wrapped Matte red with help of carbon wraps and stickemupGfx, stock body. Custom big country labs wing mounted onto the tube chassis.

• Brakes:

Stock GT500 with Hawk race pads.

• Interior:

SCCA/FD Legal Roll cage, with rear Tube Chassis, Drivers seat is a Ford Racing Sparco Circuit seat used in fords FR500 time attack race cars, Simpson harness’s, your basic switch panel, factory 350mm steering wheel, yes the factory wheel is a 350mm deep dish with out the air bag lol, grip royal has some sweet steering wheels in the mail for me as we speak as there hopping on board this year as well.


BADA$$ Of the Month Words and Photo by Brice Burkhardt

Last year, I had the opportunity to photos for Dayron and Nicole for ding announcements. Being deep in grassroots scene, Dayron wanted to fun with the photos.

take some their wedthe Florida have some

Burnouts with the girlfriend seemed like the best way to announce your love to the world, right? Of course! We wouldn’t want anything less! The best part of it all is that his new wife is just as good at lighting up those rear tires! The couple tied the knots on February 1st this year, so congratulations you two!



Formula Drift Is It Growing or Stuck on Repeat? Words by Mike Griffith | Photos by Bryant Rosser, Mike Griffith & Brice Burkhardt


THE FUTURE OF FORMULA DRIFT Over the last few years, Formula Drift has grown from a relatively obscure, small size series into a multi-million dollar giant in not only the drifting community but in the auto enthusiast market as well. With cars pushing the limits of what can be done mechanically (with relatively small budgets), teams and drivers pulling in huge sums of sponsorship dollars, and new events planned in several countries at state-of-the-art facilities, it’s easy to see why FD has cemented itself as the leader of drifting. And, as expected, a company and series with this much momentum and significance needs to have big plans for the future; and the future starts with the 2014 season. Only a few weeks after the final event of 2013 at Irwindale, Formula Drift announced a number of additions and changes to the series as a whole, including the creation of a few new championships and the introduction of new tracks. We’re going to describe and analyze 5 major changes that we feel will revolutionize the entire sport of drifting in the future.

1. Pro 2 Series:

-What it is: “…the primary bridge for Pro-Am drivers to become eligible for the Formula Drift Pro Championship.” Basically, it splits up the lower portion of the drivers in the Pro series from the more competitive drivers, allowing a more competitive environment for Pro-Am drivers looking to move up. -When/Where the events will occur:

Round 1 – Homestead Miami Speedway, May 30-31 Round 2 – Evergreen Speedway, July 18-19 Round 3 – Texas Motor Speedway, September 12-13 Round 4 – Irwindale Speedway, October 10-11

-How it will work: Starting in 2015, any driver looking to earn a Pro license must place in the “top” of the Pro 2 series. (“Top” is TBD, could be 8+) For 2014, however, the field will be determined by the amount of points scored in the 2013 season; anyone under 100 points (30 drivers) will be pushed down into Pro 2, but any rookie drivers in 2013 and 2014 are allowed to choose which series to run, or run both. (If a 2013 rookie driver does not score 100 points in the Pro series and does NOT run in the Pro 2 series, he/she loses their Pro license and must go back to Pro-Am to re-earn their license.) -What it means: Although a lot of drivers will be unhappy to run in a lower division, it’s a welcome addition for the scores of Pro-Am drivers who have championship aspirations for the coming years. Drivers who ran in the Pro series last year who had issues keeping up with the higher budget/more experienced teams will now be given a platform to show what they are capable of for their fans, sponsors, and competition. -What we think: Although we may not always agree with FD’s decisions, this is a positive step for the future of the sport. We do foresee problems with visibility (at least in 2014), which could cause sponsors to re-evaluate their commitments to some drivers/teams.


3. Formula Drift Japan -What it is: Co, Ltd, brings 2 events in 2015 to -When/Where

A new series, co-founded with MSC events in 2014 and a minimum of 4 the birthplace of drifting. the events will occur:

Official details will be announced in February, but expect big-name venues such as Fuji Speedway.

-How it will work: Again, details haven’t been announced, but expect the rulebook and series to look very similar to the Asia series. Nobuteru Taniguchi and Max Orido are confirmed as judges, giving the series some serious weight in Japan and worldwide. A weekly television show, a live stream, and a partnership with Kotsu Times helps bolster the marketing reach in an important market.

2. World Championship in 2015 -What it is: Simply put, the USA and Asia series will combine in 2015 to create an overarching championship, with hopes for new venues around the globe. -When/Where the events will occur: TBD, most events in 2015 will be pre-existing events in the U.S. and Asia calendars. -How it will work: The two separate series will still operate as usual, with the World Championship being a combination of some or all of the rounds of both. -What it means: The growth of the sport made this move inevitable, and will allow the sport to infiltrate new markets, which in turn should bring in more sponsors and viewers. -What we think: Another good move for FD, although it may take a few years to get off the ground and become significant. The hope seems to be for a worldwide series much like Formula 1, with a long calendar and high visibility, which will force smaller teams out and usher in large, corporate-backed teams with a handful of drivers and tons of resources. It’s a major, major change, but something the sport needs to reach the pinnacle of motorsports…But don’t expect these changes for a long time.


-What it means: FD has an opportunity to compete with their immediate competition in D1GP and Drift Muscle, with the hope to attract viewers away from them and toward the FD brand globally. -What we think: We honestly can’t wait to see what happens with this. With a general distain towards even the mention of FD in Japan, they may struggle to build a sufficient field, although it would help if various big names like VGJ/Aasbo/Nomura compete.

4. Switching to Homestead and Staying in Texas -What Palm Beach stead Miami Texas Motor

it is: Round 3 has moved in Florida from International Raceway to the larger HomeSpeedway, and Round 6 is continuing at Speedway.

-When/Where the events will occur:

Round 3 – Homestead Miami Speedway, May 30-31 Round 6 – Texas Motor Speedway, September 12-13

-How it will work: Both the Pro and Pro 2 series will compete at these state-of-the-art, NASCAR speedways, presumably alongside one another each day. -What it means: The trend to move into larger and more professional venues, such as NASCAR ovals like these, shows that FD is expecting greater attendance at the events and needs to expand from small venues like PBIR. This could mean other events on the schedule, such as New Jersey and Seattle, could be due for a new location due to great attendance numbers last season. -What we think: We’re on the fence about this move. The event at Texas Motor Speedway was a mediocre success; with the 5k+ available bleachers only 60-70% full by the time Opening Ceremonies had begun, it seemed that Texas may not have been the right place to move to over Las Vegas, even though the track configuration and competition were remarkable. Homestead should be a better fit than Palm Beach, as the skidpad-type track configuration and small spectator areas at PBIR were undermining the series’ success.


5. Keeping Andy, Ryan, and Brian as Judges

-What it is: No, it’s not a change at all. Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and Brian Eggert all remain on the judging staff for 2014. -What it means: Yes, it means something. It means that FD trusts these three judges to continue what they have been doing over the last few seasons. No, they haven’t been purposefully trying to “ruin drifting” or make biased decisions; they’ve been doing exactly the opposite, with initiatives and changes to the rulebook to help make drifting more objective. -What we think: To be honest, these three men need to be given a lot more credit for what they have been doing over the last 2-3 seasons. As the competition has become, in Andy Yen’s words, “…about inches, not about feet…”, making the right call has become an extremely difficult decision. And what many fans do not know is that they actively help in the operation of an event weekend, from moving cones to talking to drivers about what might changes they can make to the course, to even mediating long discussions in drivers’ meetings about safety. These guys have the world of drifting on their shoulders, and we can’t stress how important and beneficial they are for the sport.

After seeing what Formula Drift’s plans are for the next few seasons, it’s hard to downplay how large drifting, at least in the sense of a professional race series, has become over the last ten years.


If you have anything you want to add, or simply want to call us out on something, do it! Email us, message us on Facebook, comment, etc. We’d love to hear from you!

2014 US Schedule Round 1: Streets of Long Beach April 4-5 Round 2: Road Atlanta May 9-10 Round 3: Homestead Miami May 30-31 Round 4: Wall Speedway June 20-21 Round 5: Evergreen Speedway July 18-19 Round 6: Texas Motor Speedway September 12-13 Round 7: Irwindale Speedway October 10-11


Just Drift Toy Drive

Willow Springs International Raceway


Build Dopeness Australian R31 Missile Words and Photos by Jenna Michelmore


The R31 Skyline was in production in Australia between1985 -1989 where (according to Wikipedia) 309,716 units were sold. This car was a 4 door people mover, nothing more or less. It was no where near as cool as its Japanese brothers the HR31 or the DR30. It featured a dismal interior, piss poor turning circle, an accelerator pedal that took forever and a day to engage, and it was automatic + non turbo. I mean, sure a bit of work needs car before being able to slide it in a The R31 in this article has had a of backyard mechanics done to it to in a semi ok fashion.


to go into the decent manner. decent amount be able to drift

It has S13 suspension, SMDrift knuckles, is now equipped with an RB30DE+t, RB20 gearbox aka, manual conversion, hydro handbrake, aftermarket clutch, locked diff and that’s about all you need. This car is not our pride and joy. I mean, sure it holds a place in our heart and it’s a bit sad when it breaks. The pride and joy, or ‘favourite child’ is the RB26/30DET S14 but its more upsetting when shit breaks on that or you hit things while doing silly stuff so the 31 is the perfect stand in. Plus the S14 is used in national competition so has to look reasonably pretty!

Pretty much every dent or tyre scuff tells a story. Most of the damage to this car has been from getting a little too close to other cars (and vice versa) and hitting other things. The only way you are going to improve as a driver is if you go out and thrash with mates, pushing harder and harder and having fun at the same time – that sounds really dirty. That is carpet that you see there, nicely holding the guard in place. The tyre mark was probably from Stewy (Inertia MS) or Chris Dejager (Dejager Rules), both incredibly talented drivers! The ultimate in comfort, rear seats still in AND speakers plus CD player to really play the part. Unfortunately the other rear door doesn’t open, probably from a few too many hits. Inside the workhorse you really see that it’s all business. Hydro set up, aftermarket wheel, fire extinguisher and it’s manual. It really does have that ‘old school’ charm. I’ve actually owned two R31’s myself, both were horrible BUT I really, really want an R31 wagon for my next car. Some more dents were added after the weekends drift practice. No idea why the tyres are on the edge of the track still, originally it was to ‘protect the grass’ but its not looking too good at the moment. Finally the R31 in action! This was before the brakes failed and he ploughed into the R31 behind him… obviously Simon was following him for that to happen. Sorry Adrian! Remember when I mentioned Stewy from IMS earlier? This is him in the gold Laurel. It is SO great to watch these two guys drive, so aggressive and exciting. Stewy is really tall and he almost always wears horizontal stripes, so you’ll know him when you see him. This sums up pretty much the most basic run down of a drift-able car you could get. Basically, its built not brought… function over form and all of that jazz. Go out, drift (on the track) and push hard.


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Ask the Champion MikE Essa Answers All

Words by Mike Essa


First off, thanks for taking the time to interview with us Mike and congratulations on your past season!

OMG: I remember coming to the shop for the open

house when the car was being pieced together, I love the E46 chassis and I’ve always wanted to see it do well. Why did you pick the E46 Chassis?

Mike: I started running a BMW platform in 2010, with an E92. I love BMW’s, so I wanted to run one in FD. The E92 suspension design didn’t work as well as we had hoped, and in 2010, we were not allowed to move any suspension pick up points, so we were unable to make the car work the way we wanted it to. After that I built a Z4, which is basically a short version of an E46. Suspension is the almost identical. That car worked well, but the chassis has a lot of side grip, and with the short wheel base, it was difficult to

drive it at the FD level. I decided to build the E46, because all the components would basically unbolt from the Z4 and bolt on to the E46. I would have a car that felt similar, but the added 10” to the wheelbase would make it much more stable.

OMG: You’ve been through a lot of different chassis’ in your Formula Drift career, is it safe to say the E46 is so far your favorite for drifting? Mike: YES! The E46 is the 4th chassis in my 5 year

FD career. Switching between chassis almost every year definitely hurt my performance the first few times. But, I also think it made me a better driver, having to push a car to its limit, without really knowing what it could do.

OMG: So you had your first Formula Drift win at Palm

Beach this year, how did that feel?

Mike: When we got to Palm Beach, things were not

looking great. I had a few runs in Thursday practice and didn’t feel it. I was not on the proper line, and was just driving sloppy. I went in to change tires and set up, and when I went back out, did a burn out and broke a stub axle in the quick change diff. I didn’t have a spare! I called back to my shop, and we had one off another diff, so they overnighted it to me. Got it just in time to get a couple practice runs in before qualifying. First qual run I dropped a tire and got a low score, so had to run again. I ended up qualifying 20somthing. Saturday things turned around, and I was able to beat guys in tandem, and they were all solid drivers! Taka, McQuarrie, Forsberg, Nishida, and then Diago! Going from a crappy start to an amazing finish was unbelievable. It was that “finally” feeling after all the years of competing!

OMG: Since you’ve done so well at Palm Beach, are


you sad to see it replaced by Homestead?

Mike: I never really liked the Palm Beach track, so im

actually excited to see it replaced. I really enjoy new tracks because I usually pick them up quick, and feel like I can lay down some really solid runs before most of the other drivers. Plus, im the last guy to win at FD Palm Beach haha.

OMG: Your next win was at Round 6, brand new course, high speed, and you seemed to dominate! Was Texas as fun as it looked? Mike: Texas was a blast. Highest speed track that we’ve run at, with a tricky key hole first/second corner. You really had to be dead on thru that section or you would go off on the outside like so many guys did. Then the transition in front of the judges was all about commitment, if you transitioned to early you ran way shallow, too late you were off in the dirt. Looking forward to going back this season! OMG: There’s no denying it, you had an incredible year,

was any of that taken away by all the outside drama that seemed to dominate this season?

Mike: I feel like that did take away from some of it, but that is just fueling my urge to dominate this season as well! OMG: Do you have any major changes for 2014 or is it all refining the current chassis?

Mike: Just some minor changes, going to try the Garrett

GTX40 turbo (currently a GTX35), rear mount radiator to help with cooling and that’s probably about it. It worked really well last season so I don’t want to do too much!



Matthew Gardiner wants to know: “What was going through your head during Round 7 when Daigo Saito went up against Chris Forsberg?

Mike: I wanted to be in Daigo’s position, and battle

Forsberg! It sucked watching from the sidelines, knowing that I couldn’t do anything. When diago got the win, he looked over at me and gave me a thumbs up! That was awesome! I had just won the championship, with a blown (dropped a valve) motor!

Rich Kent asks: What is your favorite round of Formula


Mike: That’s a tough one. Im going to have to say Atlanta, even though I haven’t been on the podium there yet. Its just a cool area, the track is amazing, and the fans are wild! Blake Shirley asked: “Can I have a turn in yoour car

please bring it too New Zealand (:” We’re guessing we know the answer to that one, it’s a definite yes!

Mike: Blake, if you can round up some sponsors to pay

for my car and I to come out to New Zealand, ill let you take a spin in it!


Devin O’ Boyle threw us a bit of a curveball: If sharks were able to walk on land, would they eat us all?

Mike: No, we would probably lose a few people, but with no hands, their only weapon is their teeth. That’s no match for tanks and guns. And we’re gonna end fan questions on the most confusing question asked yet, this one by Kyle Pope: On a scale of 1 to Mike Essa, how Turbo by Garrett do you feel right now?

Mike: Kyle, um, yes! #turbolife

Thanks for joining us in our first issue Mike! We can’t wait to see how the 2014 season plays out for you!


Drifting in History Because Everything on the Internet is true Words and Editing by Drew Fishbein If you're here for a lesson on drifting, you're about to INCREDIBLY disssapointed. In fact, if you're a history buff you're about to be really annoyed. What will you be so annoyed at? The fact that you didn't realize how prevalent drifting has been in history.

Surely we all remember this moment, Astronaut David Scott and Formula Drift driver Forrest Wang celebrating a successful mission.




We’ve all seen the famous photos of the Wright Brothers, but what you probably didn’t realize is that Andrew Chang from Traction Optional was ALSO there! Nobody ever shows this angle! WAKE UP GUYS.


This one is an exclusive to us, it's not a historical picture but it is old! Burnouts run in Matt Field's family, so does CXRacing, NOS, and neon sunglasses. Whoever this is in Matt's family has a striking resemblance to him, and, does sweet burnouts in his 1912 Ford Model T.


Speaking of Matt Field, him and Fredric Aasbo have some history in developmental times of New York in 1930, laying down rubber and smoke screens for the fine people of New York! They didn’t do anything but terrify the locals.


Considering this picture is pretty recent, we can’t believe more people don’t talk about it. We remember the bitter rivalry between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. It wasn’t because of what team they were playing for but because MJ was Team Forsberg and as we all currently know KB is all about Team Goodin. They can’t attend Formula Drift anymore because it gets too heated between them.

This one is a HUGE surprise to us, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw it. It looks like the American Revolution was actually a Missile Car Party! Who would have thought?


Sure, Washington crossed the Delaware. But how about the unsung heroes?


Alec Hohnadell A Rookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Look at Formula D Words By Alec Hohnadell


As Formula Drift nears the beginning of the 2014 US Championship, I got to thinking, what really goes into fielding a Formula Drift car for a season as a rookie. With expenses and responsibilites jumping tenfold as a driver goes from the grassroot scene to the professional series. With Alec Hohnadell receiving his Formula Drift license at the end of the 2013 season, I asked him a series of questions to see what goes through the mind of such a young gun to the pro ring.

OMG: Introduce

yourself to our readers!


My name is Alec Hohnadell, I am 18 years old and have been drifting for 2 years. I have competed in XDC, KMS, and Streetwise Pro-Am. Before getting into drifting, I raced motocross from when I was 4 till I was 14. I went to a few National events and won a Tri-State Championship when I was racing motocross. I also raced Jet Skis from when I was 14 till I was 17. I ended up winning a World Championship and 3 National Championships racing Jet Skis when I was 16.


what series did you receive your Formula Drift license? Give us a brief run down of how the 2013 season went for you as a driver.


went through the Streetwise Pro-Am Drift series to receive my Formula Drift license. The year started off rough when we got a call saying my Pro-Am car came off a trailer and was totaled when it was on its way to get wrapped just 20 days before our first event. Enjuku ended up being able to build a fully built Pro-Am car in 19 days that was better than my first car. We had 2 hours of testing before our first Pro-Am event in Atlanta and I ended up placing 2nd overall. Every event after that, except for the last event, went pretty smoothly and I finished on the podium every event. At the last event, which was held at VIR (Virginia International Raceway), we ran into a major problem. Right before top 16, our transmission lost 4th gear so it would go into neutral after I would clutch kick for initiation. The way the track was setup, it was a 4th gear down hill entry then I would down shift to 3rd for a uphill “S”. We decided to bungee cord the shifter into 4th gear which was good for entry but I couldn’t down shift to 3rd for the second half of the course. Needless to say, there was a lot of clutch kicking but we ended up placing 2nd that event and 1st in the whole series.

OMG: What

preparations have you had to make for the 2014 Formula Drift Pro season?

AH: Since

I’ve been racing my whole life, I don’t feel the need to get mentally prepared. I don’t get nervous when I’m at grid about to compete, the only reason I might get nervous at first is the huge crowd. To be physically prepared, I go to the gym 5-6 times a week and work out with a personal trainer. I also try to eat as healthy as I can.

Photos provided by Alec Hohnadell


Until the season Gets Closer, Alec is keeping specification details on the down-low. From What we have seen so far, he has quite a build underway so far. For an 18 year old hailing from Florida, he is certainly doing well in the world of drifting.



With the rules and guidelines surrounding Formula Drift, are you building your competition car in a manner you would ideally like it to be, or does Formula Drift push your build in a different direction?

AH: My car is going to be absolutely 100% the way I would want to do it even if it wasn’t for Formula Drift. I feel very confident with myself and the car coming into Formula Drift.

OMG: What

are your goals for 2014 so far?

AH: I’m

really hoping to get rookie of the year. This year mainly will be focused on getting used to the car and the tracks.


you have any sponsors you would like to make a shout out to?


AH: Enjuku


As long as everything goes as planned (no big wrecks or any major mechanical failures) we will be running every event.

OMG: Any


Are there any current Formula D drivers out there helping you in the process of setting up your car and preparing you mentally for the season to come?

AH: I wouldn’t be where I’m at without my parents, family and GOD. I love all my fans and thank you so much for supporting me. I can’t thank y’all enough. One more thing, KEEP DRIFTING FUN.

AH: Pat


a Rookie this season, are you planning on competing in all US rounds or competing in just a few?

Goodin, Chelsea Denofa and Jeremy Lowe all help me with my setup but most importantly, they let me drive with them which is great practice for Formula Drift. They’re all amazing and very talented drivers.


Racing, Go Pro, Turbo by Garret, Grip Royal, The Daily Routine, BC Racing, DOC Race, Design It Wraps and Graphics, Ignite Fuel and some more TBA.

other special thank you or wishes for your fans, friends, etc.?

will be sure to keep an eye out on Alec and the rest of the rookies as things heat up this season! This season should be interesting with builds and drivers pushing the boundaries further than before!

CCouapers toBkeeap atnte le 2014 ye out for

Words and Photo s by Drew Fishbein


Press Photo from Ki a Motors

Car companies are doing something infinitely cool lately; they're building cars that don't totally suck. Manufacturers are getting closer and close to making fun and affordable RWD cars. I've become kind of obsessed with all of these new concepts and ideas, pissing off our Facebook fans by posting my renderings of how we would do it. I've said very little about all of these cars beyond they are cool, so, I wanted to take a moment to break down some of my favorites.

NISSAN IDx Let's start with the most recent reveal, the Nissan IDx. I received an email from my friend Bob Hernandez at Source Interlink. He said that the IDx would be in town and that if I wanted to check it out it was going to be in Venice on Friday, Cars and Coffee on Saturday, and Supercar Sunday on, well, Sunday. It was either going to be Venice or Supercar Sunday for me, both were within a stones throw for me. I opted for Sunday, woke up at 6AM like I always do, and went to Woodland Hills to check out both


Concept by Drew Fishbein the IDx Freeflow and the IDx Nismo. I got there a little before 7:00AM because I knew these cars would already be setup, I wanted some time of my own with them. I was immediately surprised by how tiny they were, I mean weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking near Miata small but with a slightly longer wheel base. I was actually more impressed with the IDx Freeflow, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a simple guy and a sucker for a nice set of headlights.

The IDx Nismo was too much for me, I’ve never been particularly interested in the Nismo version of any Nissan, so I’m obviously a little more biased. Given the choice, I’d take the Freeflow with the Nismo front bumper and call it a day. The cars did move under their own power, but, it was just for convenience. I’m sure it won’t be long after they are released that someone goes full fanboy and drops an SR20 in one. All they really need to do is release it for under $20,000


and it will kill the market. All of these “affordable track cars” aren’t all that affordable in the grand scheme of things. I’m buying an older car well before I’m buying an FR-S. I’m sold on the IDx, if you’re listening Nissan we will happily take one off your hands. You’re obviously listening, this is the first issue of a web magazine from a company you may or may not know exists. COME ON NISSAN.

Press Photo from Kia Motors Next up is the most surprising of the reveals, the Kia GT4 Stinger. Kia lead with the tagline “It's not coming soon, it's coming now.” Well isn't that cool? Kia has really turned themselves around, the GT4 is GOOD LOOKING. There's no surprise there, it's backed by Peter Schreyer. If you're unfamiliar with the name you at the very least know his work. He's been the Chief Design Officer at Kia since 2006, became one of three Presidents at Kia in 2012 (He's the first non-Korean president in the history of Kia) and soon after became the Chief Design Officer for both Kia and Hyundai. He pionered the “Tiger Nose” to give Kia and more recognizabe face, and, it's worked. I know him best from the Audi TT. Yeah, he's that guy! But now onto more important things, what do we know about the GT4 concept? It's rear wheel drive, with a 315 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder coupled with six speed manual transmission. It's the detuned version of what's in the Kia Optima GTS Racecar from the Pirelli World Challenge. 315 horsepower is more than enough to do dumb things with the GT4 at stoplights. Wait, I mean doing totally legal things only at the track. reported that we could be seeing this in showrooms by the end of 2014. “In conversation, I mentioned that I think Kia’s stance that it has no intent of manufacturing the powerful sports coupe is complete hooey, and I got “the look.” You know, the one that obviously means “yeah right.” The source went on to elaborate that officials have internally announced that a production version of the GT4 Stinger will be in showrooms by the end of 2014.” Well holy crap, I know we don’t think of Kia as a good car company, but they’ve turned their image around and are building much more thought provoking cars than Honda has in the past couple years. So Kia, the Rio starts at $13,600, the Forte Koup at $18,600, the Forte5 at $19,700, and lastly the Optima at $21,350. Let’s get the GT4 between $21,000 and $24,000. I feel like a lot of true enthusiasts will need to have some sort of incentive to jump into a Kia over other more established brands. Oh yeah, we will also take a GT4 Stinger off your hands if you want, no pressure.

KIA GT4 Stinger


Concept by Drew Fishbein

Concept by Drew Fishbein

2015 Ford Mustang Earlier this year we were given the keys to a 2013 Ford Mustang to take up to Oregon. We weren't just given the keys, we had to pay Hertz in exhance for the keys. We aren't that ballin' yet. If you read our review, you would know we fell in love with a base model Mustang. A 305 horsepower 3.7L V6 with only 400 miles on it. It was fast, responsive, and good looking. What more can you ask for? Now the 2015 Mustang has debuted and it's beautiful with more motor options. We have the standard V6 and V8 models, but now an Ecoboost option has been added. HELL YEAH. That's exactly what we would go for, and, we can imagine the Ecoboost model would be affordable as well. We would buy a Mustang well before the FR-S, for power and price it can't be beat. We came up with the OMGEdition of the Mustang, the Internet nearly imploded with hate which is why we liked it so much!

Given the opportunity to purchase any of these new vehicles, we're actually left with a hard choice. It's all going to come down to bang for the buck, the particular car companies have been doing a great job at releasing quality cars so that's no longer a concern. The Kia GT4 Stinger is different and cool, and, it could be legendary as long as the price is right. The Nissan IDx is a fantastic idea, has been executed perfectly, and I can't wait to see where they go with it. The Ford Mustang is classic, handles beautifully (No seriously, the 2013 would have been unstoppable with just a set of coilovers) and will have an Ecoboost option. There's no clear winner here, they are all winning, and we'll take all 3.



WE Drift Inc. Fancy Paint and Shiny Wheels Words and Photos By Brice Burkhardt


A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the members of a local Florida drift crew, We Drift. They had a pretty sweet logo, fancy paint, and a new style I had yet to see from the Florida drift scene. Fast forward a couple years and their line-up of cars has grown, with cars constantly going through subtle changes each month. With expensive wheels and custom paint jobs, rumors started to spread that they were all show and no go, but was it true? Of course not! Despite the large number of car show appearances, this group of guys loved to push their Japanese rice to the limits. Whether it was on the street or at the track, they knew how to have a great time.


Surprisingly, the V8 bug hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hit this group of car guys yet, with each car rocking a raspy 4-cylinder with just enough power for a track driven street car. While professional drifting is appealing to all the members, they prefer to have cars that they can slide at the track and drive home at the end of the day if they choose. In summary, We Drift is made up of a great group of guys who have a passion for creating cars that truly reflect the personality of each driver. Whether they are out cruising to the local diner or spending a day at the track, this small group of guys from the East Coast of Florida really encompass the car hobbyist description spot on. Just goes to show that style and fun can go hand in hand.



Car Show Today Drift Day Tomorrow


Designer Dopeness Journey from Forza to Liveries Words and Images Provided By Tom Downey

Name: Tom Downey Age: 30 Company : Infamous Creations Place of Birth : Germany Idols: Kei Muira - Rocket Bunny Chip Foose - Foose Design



Graphic Design by Tom Downey

How did infamous creations come about? Infamous Creations originally started back in 2008 on a video game of all places under the name Drifters Ink. I spent a lot of time creating replica's of current and past drift, drag, and time attack cars in the livery editor and slowly moved on to doing custom livery designs using Forza. While Forza was a great platform to design crazy looking cars I wanted to do more, I always have an image in my head of what I want a car or design to look like. I started using my artistic talent to improve, so I began drawing vinyl designs by hand; various sketches and general ideas. I found this was not enough, I wanted to do better, I wanted to push my limits and learn on the way.


So after a lot of web surfing I came across Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, got a copy, and played around with the programs and then thought to myself “why not combine what I already know, the drawing ability, the cars, the vinyl design ideas?”

es of Forza designs I had done in the past and even becoming a featured artist on Forzamotorsport. net, so after a brief conversation with the customer and a very very vague idea of what the customer was looking for I started work on the “Pucca Drift “ Nissan PS13.

After a few months I started to learn more and evolve more as an artist. I started to scan my drawings into the computer and create smooth crisp versions of my sketches in Photoshop and Illustrator. Where did this lead me next?

A few weeks later images of the car I had designed started to emerge on the internet, I was blown away and hooked. I wanted to do more, shortly after the next project came to me, Anthony Scott’s Rocket bunny sil80!

Well, after thousands of hours of drawing, Photoshop, and Forza; I was spotted by my first customer on Facebook. After posting imag

Soon enough my inbox was getting full, Drifters Ink was officially born.

More designs and more images of my work were floating around the net, I could not help but want to succeed more and push my talent further. Then there was Mr. James Deane, one very crazy idea and brief to design his RX-7 with Falken tires being the main sponsor. This project was one of the most difficult projects I've done in the past, the challenge was the custom aero package on the car. At this point the aero was still being fabricated, so with minimal images from Aerokit I started to form the look of the aero using the current look of the car as a base to build on, I spent at least 7 hours alone on this render to get it looking the way we wanted. A few months later the RX-7 spread like wild fire on the Internet, one of my best achievements to date. After more projects and designs and more learning I eventually came to design the “Nankang Tires Drift team” vehicles and the “It's a Driftlife R33” in 2013, under a new design studio name, Infamous Creations. The name came about as I wanted to have a more universal name, not just drift cars. My plans for the future are to evolve more as an artist, learn more and eventually start to design 3D scale models of drift cars with my designs on it.

Graphic Design by Tom Downey




#Team 62

mOMG 63

Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go?

Jeremy Lowe

Unfortunately, not so well. We had a very limited budget, so we planned on doing the three events closest to home. We were also going into the season with pretty much the same exact car from 2012, and knew we were at a pretty big disadvantage. We did however make two top 32s, and one of those being a very controversial decision keeping us from a top 16 in Palm Beach. Then mechanical problems kept me from qualifying in New Jersey, which was a big disappointment because practice was going very well. In Texas we struggled with more car trouble, but we’re able to qualify in the top 32. Then I went a little too hard against Forsberg in top 32, which resulted in me hitting him on my follow run and spinning myself out.

Car: 1986 Mazda RX-7 FC #138


ISC Suspension, Turbo By Garrett, Turbosmart, Lowe’s Automotive Service, Enjuku Racing, Driveshaft Shop, and more to be announced in the future.

Favorite Track:

Desoto Speedway

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Dead Alive

All Time Favorite Song:

“Talkin’ Shit About a Pretty Sunset” by Modest Mouse

What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

My personal highlight was accomplishing what we did in Texas with all the work we had to do to the car during the event. As for what I would have wanted to do differently, I would have wanted to come into the season with a much bigger budget, and be able to make the necessary changes in order to make my car more competitive.

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more?

This year we are planning on running the new Pro2 series, because of our budget constraints we aren’t able to build a top level Pro1 car, or run a full 7 event season. We are also going to make some improvements to the car to increase drivetrain reliability, and make more horsepower. I’m also trying to upgrade to a newer truck. Towing all over the country in a 1984 Chevy dually getting 7mpgs isn’t the most practical way to travel. I’m going to focus more on being more prepared as a driver.

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014?

Winning the Pro2 championship.


Kyle Mohan Car:

Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

2013 started off well but turned into a tough year. With suspension changes and new parts we developed the RX-8 to new levels but never got the practice we needed and often worked late at the track to make changes.

Mazda RX8 #99

Sponsors: Nexen Tires, Mazdatrix RX-8

Favorite Track: Long Beach LBGP (Home Town)

Guilty Pleasure Movie:

Smokey and the Bandit, Speedracer, Casino

All Time Favorite Song:

Its a Long Way to the Top by AC/DC

What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

We did make 760+whp with the Mazda 13B engine. With the NOS on we never got an accurate dyno reading but feel we were over 800hp Which really felt great and has pushed us to make the change to the 20b 3 rotor for 2014.

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more?

A 3 rotor turbo with NOS going in the Mazdatrix / KMR RX-8 for 2014. Full dry sump oil system, rear mount radiator. It going to be a great setup and with the larger displacement rotary we will get the torque and additional power we were looking for.

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014?

We are really going for a podium and a top 10 finish in points. The new setup should be making over 800hp and will have a lot more mid-range power than the 13b. I’m exited for the upcoming season.


Mike Fitz

Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

2013 was definitely a year of two halves for us. Our championship had just five rounds last year and we started with two DNQ’s due to mechanical issues. That put huge pressure on us to turn our season around at that stage, as our licensing system over here means that if you’re outside the top 20 in points, you lose your pro license and have to start again. But thankfully I’m surrounded by genuinely the best sponsors and team out there. D-Mac loaned Car: me his ex-Formula D Cosmo engine, and all the guys, especially chief mechanic Holly and Mazda RX-7 FC the guys at WCP pulled together, and by the very next round we were on the podium. This was my highlight of the year because it was no less than the guys deserved and it was finally proof that this project was a top level competitive machine. From then on the Sponsors: season flowed with more handling improvements from MCNSport and good results. The Hankook Tyre, MCNSport, Hankooks really clicked with the chassis and we always qualified inside the top 5 or Turbo by Garrett, West so. We finished up 10th in the championship. To be honest I wouldn’t change a thing Coast Performance, Guerin’s because it was a roller coaster ride! No regrets, just learning.

Auto Body, Japanese Performance, Grip Royal, Mazdatrix, Hayward Rotary, Chambers Performance, Mr. Sodablast, Moose Design, Drive-N-Style, OMGDrift

Favorite Track:

To Drive: Punchestown, Ireland To Watch: Long Beach, CA

Guilty Pleasure Movie:

Anything I have a damn hard cry to. And Stepbrothers.

All Time Favorite Song: Black Betty by Ram Jam


What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014?

I want to win the Irish Drift Championship. Pure and simple. There’s nothing stopping us now given a little luck along the way. Also I want to do it my way. Drifting by it’s very nature is fun, it’s like the Rock’N’Roll of the car motorsport world, so I’m just going to enjoy competitive drifting for the crazy show that it is, put on a show, have fun and enjoy the ride! Also through the Prodrift Academy I want to help spread to word about drifting first hand to people who might not necessarily have otherwise known anything about it. The look of sheer surprise and joy in someone’s eyes right after they nail their first skid is priceless every time lol! So I guess if we help spread the good word it’s not a bad thing, right?

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more? To be honest I was really happy with the RX-7s handling by the end of last season, so we’re focusing on tweaks rather than a radical overhaul. Becoming part of the Turbo by Garrett team was a huge boost to us for this season and I can’t wait to see what the MCNSport 13B can do with Garrett’s latest technology. I’m already running a GT3582R which I bought while building the original engine, but I can’t wait to get a GTX on there! Reliability and consistent awesomeness are definitely two my goals for this season. One thing which remains to be seen is how the Irish Drift Championship’s new rear tyre rule will unfold. Basically up to now, a tyre’s tread wear rating dictated whether you could run it or not. This rule had numerous flaws though, and now in the pro class you can use any tyre which is road-legal in it’s country of origin. This opens the door to super sticky track day tyres. That rule came in mid-season in 2013 so it will be interesting to see if it starts to cause a large top-to-bottom divide in the pro grid as teams exploit it this season.

Matt Field

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?


Nissan S14 #777


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Favorite Track:

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Guilty Pleasure Movie:

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All Time Favorite Song:

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In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to focus on more? Learn More in the Next Issue!

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014? Learn More in the Next Issue!


Bakchis Car:

Nissan S14 #723


Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? This past season went very well! I had set a goal to finish in the top 10, and I pulled it off. This past season also solidified that my team and I will have a podium finish, it’s just a matter of time. I truly feel like I could have had podium at round 5, unfortunately technical problems made me forfeit my second run for both 2nd and 3rd place. I had placed fourth my first season after a one more time for third, and this past season I got even closer to finishing on the podium. This season really helped me come to the realization that it will happen soon.

What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

Nexen Tire, Feal Suspension, Torco oil, 702 Graphics, Dstroyr, Holley PerTurn on the nitrous system starting round one at Long Beach! formance, NOS, Hooker Headers, XXR Wheels, AIT Racing, Weir Performance, McCune design and mfg, Mishimoto, Clutch Masters, EBC Brakes, CBM MotorI am putting a bigger engine in my car that should get me around 75 more sports, Wisefab whp. My car will still be one of the lower hp rated cars, but to tell you the truth, I don’t really care. I’ve had a plan with how much horse power I increase every season since my rookie season, and it has been working for me Favorite Track: so far. I am focusing even more on suspension tuning including a trick rear Road Atlanta geometry mod that Wisefab is helping me with.

In 2014, what changes are you making?

Guilty Pleasure Movie:

Browsing classified ads for crap I don’t intend to purchase

All Time Favorite Song:

Punk Rokkers by MGMT

Anything you’re going to focus on more?

During FD events and in between, I want to spend more time on the track running tandem vs. solo runs. You can build your car to the moon, but being more experienced than your opponent during a tandem battle will give you the upper hand.

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014? A truly personal goal is to be the best father for my newborn daughter. This encompasses making my time away from her efficient and worthwhile, like getting up on that podium in 2014 a couple of times!


Simon Michelmore Car:

RB26/30DET Nissan S14


Anglomoil, Garage 7, GKTech, AusJap, iON, Link, Einsign, Beverley Collision Repairs

Favorite Track:

Baskerville Tasmania, Winton Victoria, Driftland Scotland Guilty

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Snatch

All Time Favorite Song: TBD


Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different? Being the first of three people to drift at Driftland Scotland. We can’t wait to go back! I took home the 2013 Stadium Drift South Australia championship for the 2nd time since 2010. Unfortunately car issues have hampered our efforts for the Australian Drifting Grand Prix for the first two rounds.

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more?

We are focusing on better results for the final two rounds of ADGP and hopefully some more international drifting!

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014? Definitely hoping to ensure the car remains as reliable as possible and travel some more.

Joon Woo Maeng Car:

Nissan S13 #51


Let’s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different?

2013 FD season was a steep learning curve. It was a season to get as much data and information per track with the V8 S13. Having an opportunity to meet with our fans at each round is always a highlight. It’s always an honor to drive for our amazing fans and partners! It was a rough season with the car as we found out what worked and didn’t for some of our drive train components.

Lucas Oil, Mav TV, Nexen Tire, Rayno, Bink Industries, Dr. Smoothie, Nexus Visuals, VarrsToen Wheels, Enjuku Racing, Sam’s Auto Land, SPARCO, Holley Performance, Vortech, Brodix Cylinder Heads , ACT, Aeromotive, JE Pistons, Westech, APR Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire has been working non-stop at Bink IndusPerformance, Seibon Carbon, FEAL tries to make all the necessary changes. We took the S13 completely apart to Suspension, K&N rebuild and construct to be more reliable and perform. We’ll have more options on proper gearing, grip, angle and overall power under the hood. Crew Chief, Nate Haugh and the crew Shine Lopez, Francis Lalangan and Jeff Lansdell has Favorite Track: been busy during the off season making improvements for our 2014 Drift Program. Evergreen Speedway

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more?

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Brave Heart

All Time Favorite Song: Heart of Worship by Matt Redman


What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014?

Personal goal this year is to be able to get on top of the podium and achieve that championship year for Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire! With all the upgrades the car is pretty much a brand new car this season. Looking forward to a phenomenal year with all of our fans and partners!

Alan Lenihan

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James Deane

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2013 was a dream season for me. I took a big risk at the start of the year and left my job to drift full time. It was a big decision but it’s really Car: paid off. People don’t realize the amount of work that goes on outside of Mazda Rx7 SR20 / Nissan Silvia S14 events, building the car at the start of the year, constantly communicating 2JZ (hopefully) / Volvo 940, standard with sponsors to keep them involved with all that’s going on, maintaining and improving the car between events. I’m exceptionally lucky to have the quantity of sponsors that I do but you have to work hard off the track just Sponsors: as much as on the track to keep them happy. Personal highlights.... hmmm..... Falken Tyre, National Kart Centre, It’s a tough one because there were so many... Winning the first IDC ChamZRP Racing, Drakos engineering, pionship a round early was just amazing... My grandmother passed away that week and it can be tough to keep your head in the game. She was always Owen Developments, Turbo By hugely supportive of me and she was definitely watching over me that day. My Garrett, BC Racing,, championship win is entirely dedicated to her. The other major personal highlight Forge Motorsport, Ultra Racing, was being given the title ‘Driver’s Driver of the Year’ Award at the IDC Awards pipercross air filters, ACT Clutch, Ceremony last year. I was not expecting that one and I was totally blown away. enjuku Racing, DeaneMsport, When you devote your whole life to something like drifting, to then be appreciated West Coast Performance, by others in your field who devote just as much to the same thing, it’s the ultimate compliment and it meant so much to me. I don’t think there is anything that I would sodablast, Evicted Wear, change in 2013 to be honest, there will ups and downs and good times and bad times, that’s the nature of drifting, and of life! But if 2014 brings me half as much luck or half as much opportunity as 2013 did, I’ll be a very happy man!

In 2014, what changes are you making? Anything you’re going to focus on more? This year is going to be a crazy year, with almost 20 events already confirmed it’s going to be extremely busy. Running both the RX7 in Ireland and for European demos and the new 2JZ S14 for the full Drift Allstars European championship. I’ll be focusing more on Drift Allstars as my main series but also compete in as many other competitions and demos as possible. It’s going to be a busy season!

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014? I would like to push harder in twin battles but still hold good consistency while chasing aggressively. I think the S14 will be much better chassis and it should be easier to control. I’m excited to see what 2014 brings!


James Dean (Cont.) Favorite Track:

I would have to say the Nürburgring, it’s just crazy! I was fortunate enough that my main sponsor Falken Tyre take me out here for the first ever Nürburgring Drift Cup and I was lucky enough to win. It’s an awesome track and I have some great memories from here.

Guilty Pleasure Movie:

I would have to say..... Despicable Me. Becca, my girlfriend, is obsessed and I got hooked on it too. Especially the scene at the start with the kid and the balloon. Never gets old!

All Time Favorite Song:

I don’t really have an all time favorite. At the moment I love Happy by Pharrell Williams. But I’m a bit Calvin Harris fan too.

Mark Luney

Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s start with your 2013 season, how did it go? What were your personal highlights and what would you have wanted to do different? The 2013 British Drift the Lucas Oil UK Drift 1st round engine failure the championship in the the trails and tribulations on our faces.


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Championship was a testing year for us all at Team, including myself as a driver, right from the up until the last round at Knockhill were we lost most disappointing of circumstances, but dispute we always came back stronger and with a smile

Lucas Oil Nankang Tyre Seibon Carbon Samcosport Mishimoto Cobra Seats Titan My personal highlights as a driver in 2013 was being part of the huge LuMotorsports Link ECU Turbo by Garrett cas Oil Motorsport Family around the world and working closely with some if Universal Turbos Hel Performance the biggest names in world Motorsport to make a small team from the North Hypertune Exedy K&N Sandy Arthur Coast of Ireland competitive in such a fast growing Motorsport another highlight Training Services was once again leading the 2013 British Drift Championship into the final round, what I would have liked to do different in 2013 would be not to have had as many engine and electrical problems.

Favorite Track:

Brands Hatch UK

Guilty Pleasure Movie: Cannonball Run 2

All Time Favorite Song:

Thunderstruck by ACDC

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built a complete new carbon kevlar build for the 2014 season alongside and Nankang Tyres, once again sticking with a Supra chassis but lighter, more competitive than anything myself and Chris Arthur from SATS Motorbuilt before.

What personal goals would you like to achieve for 2014? I would like to Compete in even more championships around Europe and the World, who knows as one of only a few eligible drivers from the UK, I would like a chance to compete in Formula Drift in 2014.



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Photographer’s Corner Words By Brice Burkhardt

When prepping for the race weekend, what do you normally bring with you? Sunscreen, water, maybe a camera or two? For us at OMGDrift, it’s normally a huge bag of gear including cameras, lenses, memory cards, filters, maybe a laptop or two, spare batteries, and an assortment of items. In my bag, I have the relatively new Canon 6D, an affordable alternative to the almighty 5D III, one of Canon’s Pro level full frame DSLRs. The 6D is missing alot of features from the 5D III, such as the huge amount of focus points and a few nice features, but for the price, I couldn’t resist finally owning my first full frame camera. Why is full frame such a big deal? Quality for one. You don’t lose the details your lens was made to absorb. Using a prime feels so much more satisfying when you get to see what the lens was meant to take in. Having used a T1i (one of the cheapest DSLRs available) and a 7D (admirable sports body), the feel and image quality of the 6D were above what I had hoped for. Of course, when I go to events, I need to carry a little longer lens to feel like I have the reach that I had on the crop body, but overall, the cropping isn’t missed. While shooting felt tighter on the subject, it wasn’t actually letting me see further, but in reality, I was seeing less of the image that was actually there, a detail I feel like a lot of photographers miss.


Paired to my 6D is the 24-105 f/4. While there are a few dozen lenses I would rather have in my bag, I’m still in college working when I can, so I decided to go with an affordable lens in the middle of quality and price. It has a red ring, distinguishing the 24-105 from Canon’s cheap line of lenses and showing you and your clients that you are in the upper category of photographers. Do I miss having the extra stop of light that puts me in the f/2.8 bracket, hell yeah. But for now, it works well in most situations, with my cameras capabilities making it easy to work with in countless situations. Would I suggest giving these items a try? I have no real qualms with my equipment, other than seeking a better focus system and a few more stops of light in my lens. If money wasn’t an issue, I would have a different setup for sure, but until I finish school, this setup will definitely get me through the season. I’ll continue to rent the lenses that are just outside my reach price wise, which is definitely the direction to go on a budget. While equipment won’t give you talent, it certainly helps you get the final product that you desire. Get out there and shoot guys!

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