Formula Drift is quickly becoming the world's dominant family of professional drifting events. From its humble beginnings hatched as a result of the experience Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage had with producing D1GP in 2003 at Irwindale, it grew into something serious enough to attract drivers from all over North America as well as Europe and Asia. Starting in 2008, Formula D expanded to holding exhibition rounds around the world and the Formula Drift Asia series in Southeast Asia and Australia. Now in 2014 it's going… Read More
I think Joe mentioned once that whenever he puts together a best-of-the-year post he hates his previous year's best photos. That's a good goal to have as it would indicate growth as a photographer. I don't hate all my 2012 stuff, but I do think my selections from 2013 are a lot better. Most of my strongest photos from this past year are also the simplest, maybe nothing more than a single small object surrounded by negative space. As an added bonus, many of the photos in this post link to… Read More
Maybe only after the year I was born, 2013 has been one of the best years of my life. Between being allowed to relive races on here, and following Noble Star Rally around, it's been an interesting and awesome year. I have to start off with this epic TVR Sagaris we randomly stumbled across in the south of England. I'm still amazed by the cars that just seem to show up in England.
After qualifying was over and the Top 32 bracket was filled out, everyone realized how incredibly stacked it was. In the first quadrant of the bracket, there were three champions (Saito, Forsberg, and Yoshihara) and the current points leader (Essa). That's half of the drivers in that quadrant. But in the same quadrant was also the 2011 Rookie of the Year (Bakchis) and a veteran driver who has been on the podium several times… Read More
Julian Jacobs has been at it for quite a while, but we still haven't witnessed him going head to head with the Formula DRIFT field. Who would like to see that? We would! This video by Northern California resident Max Gemmel is a touching look into just some of the trials Julian has endured on his quest for the ultimate drift. Great job, Max.
Julian, we wish you the best of luck!
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After an absense of eight years, Formula Drift finally made its return to Texas. That's right, the last time pro drifting graced the Lone Star State with its presense was 2005. What was life like back then? A lot of this season's drivers hadn't even started drifting yet, but a handful of them were part of the series since the beginning. The podium at Reliant Center in Houston… Read More
Just when this was shaping up to be the weirdest Formula Drift season on record, Round 5's outcome was as tame as the Puget Sound weather. There was very little fan uproar about judging calls, and aside from a few (important) upsets, this event was rather...uneventful. Some would even call it a pleasant change. Not everyone though. For a handfull of drivers it was nothing but frustration. Read More
Danny George: thieving con-man or PR genius? Maybe somewhere in between but I'm leaning toward PR genius. His Formula D program is almost entirely fan-funded. In fact, he's so reliant on his fans that he probably wouldn't have been able to compete this season without them. His detractors see a big house and fancy truck and trailer and cry foul. They ask, how can a guy begging for money afford that kind of stuff? And when he announced plans to run at Pike's… Read More
This round of Formula D seemed pretty normal compared to the first three rounds this season. There weren't too many strange Top 32 battles this time, but there was still some weird stuff going on. Disappointment in qualifying, career firsts, and controversial judging calls all reared their heads at this round, but in the end does any of it matter? Look who's still on top. Ryan Kado zeroed out on his first… Read More
Here at Life Blasters, we're big fans of Ryan Kado. He has his share of troubles, but when he's on, he's REALLY on. Yesterday in qualifying he failed to make the top 16 on his first run, but blew everyone's doors in with a 96 point second run. Even though his run was 5 points higher than #1 qualifier JTP's score, with Formula D's new qualifying format he was placed in 17th. None the less, the kid's got talent. Here's a great in-car video of Ryan doing what he does best. Chucking it! Enjoy!… Read More
Just a few miles from the Jersey Shore there lies a 63 year old 1/3 mile circle track in the township of Wall, New Jersey. Just as close to Philadelphia as it is to New York, Wall Stadium Speedway was built by racing fans Tom and Jennie Nicol in 1950. Unheard of at the time, the track boasted steep 30º banking. The track attracted many regional and national stock car racing series, including NASCAR. The Nicols' son Tucker sold the track in 2001 and business went into decline until 2008 when it… Read More
A lot of people ask me what it's like to be constantly traveling and covering awesome motorsports events like Formula D and Rally America. Most of those people understand that there's a lot of behind the scenes work and preparation that goes into it, but maybe they are unclear on the details. I decided to document my trip to Florida and back last week so I could offer a glimpse into the world of the traveling motorsports photographer and what it takes to go cover an… Read More
This is shaping up to be a pretty interesting season, complete with intense battles, big swings in the standings, and fans angry at what they perceive as bad judging. The root of the weirdness is the new qualifying format and its tendency to create important battles early on in the competition. Those battles result in good drivers getting poor results. The new judging criteria for determining zeros is source of misunderstanding among fans, as seemingly small mistakes on an otherwise stellar run can cause a driver to lose. It's also confusing to the fans when… Read More
As the newest addition to the Formula D tour, Palm Beach International Raceway is not a track that is well known to lot of people in the drifting world. Even among the big tracks in Florida it's always overshadowed by Sebring and Daytona. Palm Beach does have its history though, albiet a frustrating one. This track is somewhat unique in that the front and back straight are… Read More
Just a week after Formula D held its second round of competition, it was time for Golden Gate Drift ProAm to do the same. Chris Mills, Jeff Wolfson, and Joe Amies came back to defend their top positions in the standings, while other drivers came back to see if they could take their spots. A few new drivers came out to play, including three from SoCal. This was shaping up to be a good competition! Read More
As an addition to our usual event coverage, I've been thinking lately about doing something a little different. We usually leave the track with tons for photos that don't ever relate to an actual story and don't ever get used. So I've decided to make this the first of my "Photo Dump" posts where I pour all my unused photos here for you guys to enjoy. Also, please leave feedback and let us know what you want to see in future Photo Dump posts, whether… Read More
Who could have guessed that Road Atlanta would hold such a prestigious place in American drifting history? For sure the South is a hotbed of car culture and racing activity, but most Japanese influence is in Los Angeles and the rest of the West Coast. Eventual FD founders Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage were involved with D1 coming to Irwindale in 2003 so when it came time to start the US's own professional drifting series in 2004, where would it make sense to hold the first event? Read More