Chronicles of the World Drift Series Pt. 1

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingAs some of you may know, Justin Shreeve and I got the opportunity to join Larry Chen in filming the World Drift Series in Tianjin, China. Our Journey began Saturday night, as we were meeting Larry and the U.S. drivers for the event at LAX. Justin and I arrived to the airport a few hours early, so we had time to mess around with our cameras a bit, and Justin got to play with his new Zeiss 85mm 1.4 lens. Beautiful!

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingNice lens, don’t you think?

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingI had be messing with the B/W color setting on my camera the night before and had not set it back to my normal setting before I took the first few shots. But after I took a few, I decided to shoot the whole trip in B/W. It instantly reminded me of how one of my favorite photographers shot. French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson used to shoot black and white strictly on a 50mm lens, showing people life exactly through his eyes. He, I feel, may be the original Life Blaster.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingLarry and the team soon arrived. We exchanged friendly greetings and made our way through security. This was the first time Larry and I had been together in an airport since we made that stupid “Stuck” video, but nobody gave us a hard time. This year’s WDS team consists of Ross Petty; Josh Guild; Kyle Mohan; Vaughn Gittin, Jr.; and Matt Powers. We wouldn’t be seeing Matt or JR until we reached China though.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe checked in, and grabbed some quick dinner and some beers before our flight.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingJustin was receiving some pretty shocking text messages.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingAfter waiting in line for about an hour, we were told that hour flight would be delayed another 2 hours! It was about 1:40am when they made the announcement. Justin was pretty over waiting. We all were. We didn’t end up taking off until about 4am. but the 12 hour flight was a breeze, especially since I had 3 seats all to myself.      –__________–

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe arrived to Beijing around 8am Monday morning! Yeah screw Sunday!

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingKyle takes his health pretty seriously, but after seeing the air here I wish I had brought one to wear. Yes, you can actually see the air. Who knows what kind of crap is in it.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingAs we expected, our bus got tagged by another car on the freeway, but we did not expect the driver to stop, get out in the middle of traffic, inspect the damage (which was absolutely none), and then make the other driver pay him! We took advantage of the opportunity to play on a Chinese freeway with terrible drivers flying past us! We made it a point to slap Tandem of Die stickers on the backs of cars that passed us, and many high five were received from the confused Asian commuters.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe soon got to the hotel where Matt was staying to pick him up and start the three hour drive to Tianjin.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingJosh was enjoying the sights as we made our way through Beijing and on towards Tianjin.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe arrived to the hotel and had to wait about another hour as our hosts figured out our rooms and took down our information.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese drifting

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe lucked out as the four rooms that our team received were the only four rooms that had windows opening up to a very unsafe balcony built to support the hotel’s sign. Unsure of the structural integrity, we stepped out to check it out. Exposed wiring and broken LEDs laid everywhere.

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe all hung out up there for a while.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese drifting

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingAnd Justin was really hanging out.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingMatt was just kinda hanging out.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe left the hotel to acquire some Chinese currency, food, and then to check out the track.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingThe one thing scarier than taking a bus on the freeway is taking a cab. Andrew Escarcega explained to us that the stank in the cab was coming from our cab driver’s wooden teeth, therefore making him George Washington.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese drifting

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingOutside of the bank, the Boso dudes were doing some radical skateboard maneuvers down some steps. The bank security were pretty stoked on it. I don’t think they’d ever seen a skateboard before in their lives, so they just posted up and watched the show.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingAfter filling our bellies with Ramen, we started the short walk down to the stadium where Ross was going to test the track out on one of the Chinese drivers’ cars. Frank was teaching him how to properly chuck their shitty cars.

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingCops here are dicks!

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingThe stadium is HUGE. The track is just a 1/4 mile oval with K-rails on the outside. We expect to see lots of drivers flipping their cars on some sections. Its funny how well they try to take care of the soccer field in the middle of the track when 60+ drivers are sure end up in it. They got super pissed at us just for standing on it!

 

world drift series wds china tianjin larry chen vaughn gittin jr kyle mohan ross petty garage boso matt powers carl zeiss chinese driftingWe have a few days of nothing ahead of us before U.S. qualifying, so we’ll be sure to update you all on whatever shenanigans happen here.
 
 
 
:: Ayala
 
 
 

9 thoughts on “Chronicles of the World Drift Series Pt. 1

  1. Staring at the monitor throughout the awesome read then looking around me at all the colors of real life made me mad. Stupid colors

    I wanna see mas!

  2. Or Japan. We totally had two extra days there, but we were waiting for the cars and didn’t want to be too far away when they arrived.

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