The following story was originally published in 2010 on, but in retrospect its the very first Life Blasters story. Geoff and I came up with the concept and the name while we were driving through Yosemite on the way to Vegas. Covering events was one thing, but we needed an outlet to post our […]

A Clearer Picture at Formula D Seattle

The sensational story coming from the last round of Formula D was, of course, the battle between Justin Pawlak and Tyler McQuarrie. McQuarrie hit the infamous Evergreen Speedway wall and went out of bounds just before coming off the bank, but did Pawlak push him into the wall? Or did Pawlak hit him because he lost […]

Luck Rains Down at FD Orlando

So where were we? In Atlanta, Odi Bakchis had won his first event and took the lead away from Fredric Aasbø, Ken Gushi had returned to the podium for the first time since 2009, and Chris Forsberg found his rhythm, getting back into the championship race. Daigo Saito and Tanner Foust were still unimpressive in their new […]

Bakchis Takes Over at Formula D Atlanta

After some time to reflect, I still think this was the best round of Formula D I’ve seen to date. Jersey last year was a good one, as was Irwindale in 2011, but this one was the best. For starters, Road Atlanta has always been my favorite Formula D track just from a visual perspective. […]

Legend Boucles à Bastogne

The Belgian rally season traditionally kicks off with the Legend Boucles de Spa. In fact it has marked the beginning of each season since 1953, when it was named ‘Rallye des Routes Blanches.’ After 2004 the rally was no longer part of the Belgian and European Rally Championship, however it has become one of the […]

Formula D Long Beach: Return of the Rockstar

The entire crowd was watching the Jumbotron as the white FR-S’s differential was lifted into place and the timer approached zero. Was ten seconds enough? How many nuts and bolts had to be tightened? Too many, I was sure. Would Ryan Tuerck be allowed to have extra time since his crew was so close to […]

Scenes from the One Show

After Geoff went to the One Show last year and saw the light, we might be making this a yearly tradition. Portland’s custom bike scene is thriving and it’s integrated well with the local culture. With companies like Icon and places like See See here in town, how could it not be? This year’s show […]

Tragedy at VLN Round 1

At the opening round of the 2015 VLN Endurance Championship, the unimaginable happened. British driver Jann Mardenborough lost control of his Nissan GT-R GT3 at the fast Quiddelbacher Höhe section followed by the Flugplatz. As soon as the car lost contact with the ground, the driver could not regain control of the GT3 racer. The car flipped […]

VLN Round 9 at the Nürburgring

Often named The Green Hell, the famous Nürburgring is quite the opposite of a hell to me. As an enthusiast for pretty much anything with an internal combustion engine, this long stretch of asphalt leading through the Eifel region in Germany is what I consider heaven on earth. Especially the part they call the Nordschleife, […]

Scenes from WRC Germany Testing

Back in July, Max visited Ensch in Germany, where the WRC teams were testing for the upcoming rally. Guys like Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville, Jari-Matti Latvala and the rest were working out the kinks in their Huyndais and Volkswagens against the scenic background of Rhineland vineyards. Have a look.

Fuck Cancer

In 2012, things were going great for Life Blasters. We were experiencing rapid growth, set to become a Formula D media partner, and had just gotten credentialed to cover Rally America. In late September of that year, one day of the Olympus Rally was going to land on my mom’s birthday. My parents lived only […]

Formula D Irwindale: Redemption Song

The 2014 Formula D season did the unexpected by, in retrospect, having the most obvious outcome. Before 2013, no one would have picked Mike Essa as the champ. In 2012 no one thought a rookie could take the title. This year, Chris Forsberg had about as perfect of a season as one could hope for, […]

Lost in New York

Every year when I’m in the Northeast for FD Jersey, I make it a point to spend some time in New York, and I always try to do something different. I stayed with GuestBlaster Matt Campbell out of Long Island, and he dropped me off at the LIRR station one morning on his way to […]

Formula D Texas: The Hammer Strikes Back

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to Texas this year. Long Beach is close to home, Atlanta is my favorite track, Wall is a good excuse to visit NYC, Miami is, well, Miami, and Seattle is where my family is. But Formula D Texas never got me excited. It’s hot, humid, […]