FD Jersey: The Plot Thickens

FD Jersey never disappoints. Despite Wall not being a particularly pretty track, it produces some of the most amazing drift battles anywhere in the world. The steep, dangerous bank, the quick transition sections, and the long flat turns provide ample opportunity for wall rides, tight tandems, and disastrous mistakes.

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. […]

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 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is always the perfect ending to the racing season. The big spring-to-fall series are over, the far away events in Europe and Asia in the summertime are memories, and there’s nothing left but to go freeze your ass off for 25 hours while witnessing some of the best racing North […]

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, […]

Breakfast at See See’s

As I mentioned in my bit on The Modern Man a few months ago, Portland has a very unique and cohesive art aesthetic. Thor Drake and George Kassapakis wrapped their passion for motorcycles and love of coffee seamlessly into Portland’s art vibe and artisanal craftsman culture and came away with something special: See See Motor […]

The Opening of Thunderhill West

When I first heard Thunderhill was building an extension to its now-classic three mile course, I was both optimistic and skeptical. Would it be cool for drifting? Would it be cool for the 25? When I saw the initial plans, I was happy. It would be a lot of tight, technical turns and kinky straightaways. […]

Scenes from 86 Festival 2014

86 Day has become a de-facto holiday for not just the AE86 crowd, but the Japanese car enthusiast community as a whole. Meets and shows have been popping up across the country in the last several years, bolstered by hordes of new FR-S owners wanting a piece of the action. The last few years Slide […]