One of our favorite drivers in the Formula Drift series (and not because he’s rocking the WMD It Started in Japan tee ) runs through his experience at Formula Drift Round 3 Palm Beach International Raceway. You can check out our coverage of Formula Drift Round 3 HERE. – Alex
Vaughn Gittin Jr drifts through fire… hints the name Fire Drift. Enjoy! – WMD
Check out the latest Off Track episode! This one taking place at Palm Beach International Raceway during round 3 of Formula Drift. If you look closely, you’ll spot the WMD logo a few times. We think these videos are awesome – hosted by our friend Jarod DeAnda. Check out episode 1 and 2 after the jump. – Alex
A little over a week before Formula Drift Round 3, we were not planning on having a car in our tent since we only had a 20×10 space available rather than the usual 30×10. But we decided last minute we could probably fit an AE86 in that extra 10 feet if we scooted the car’s ass end into the inside of our tent. A last minute plea to our Facebook and Instagram friends got us in touch with John who live in the area and had an AE86. He was up for a couple of days straight before the event getting the car ready – he also warned us the car was not intended to be a show car. Overall, we think car looked pretty sick. Gave a grassroots drift machine in the works vive. Was also happy to see the classic (original) ENKEI92 wheel on there and the F20 engine (S2000) of course. This was our 3rd Formula Drift event where we had a booth/tent and we’ve had a Hachi Roku in every one. Looking forward to the next one! Check out more pics of John’s AE86 and a quick video of the preparation after the jump.
Formula Drift round 3 took place at Palm Beach International Raceway this past weekend where Michael Essa, driver of the GSR Yokohama Tire BMW E46, took the number one spot. Rain was expected throughout the weekend but only really came down during Friday night’s practice session – other than a few sprinkles off and on, the track was pretty much dry. Michael Essa might have only qualified in the 21st position but he came to win for Saturday’s main event. It was Essa’s first ever Formula Drift podium finish and it was a good one – winning first place! A breakdown of Essa’s winning night after the jump.
An amazing production by the guys at Yaer. Formula Drift Australia.
Before GoPro’s, the web, iMovie, Final Cut, Premier, etc… an awesome Pikes Peak hill climb video that stands the test of time (as said by our friends at Speedhunters). – Alex
Most of us who follow Formula Drift around the country would agree, if you only had one round you could attend in the season, round 2 at Road Atlanta would be the one. One of, if not the most energetic Formula Drift crowd in the series combined with an awesome track with a crazy fast entry, can only make for an exciting event. Formula Drift’s first ever event took place here at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta also built horse shoe part of the track specifically for Formula Drift. It’s one thing to convince a professional race track to host a drift event (specially in 2004), it takes exceptional foresight to make an addition to the course specifically for it. Anyway, Friday’s qualifying session gave a good feeling of what was to come for the weekend! Coming off an exceptional performance in Long Beach, Fredric Aasbo came out swinging during qualifying to take the number one spot with a score of 90.5.
Check out this awesome video by Corey Denomy. Nate Hamilton gives an in depth walk around of the car that him and one44 motorsports built for their 2013 rookie season of Formula Drift. He talks about changes to the motor, new additions and sponsors from last year, and about the design and wrapping of the car. Looking fresh in that WMD Hachi Roku crewneck Nate! – WMD
Nice, short video from the guys at Targa Trophy. Features Nate Hamilton’s S13… you can spot the WMD Logo Sticker at about the 2:20 mark! – WMD
A big thank you to Janet for letting us borrow her AE86 for the weekend. The people loved it and were amazed at how clean this Hachi Roku is. Definitely one of the top 3 cars at the event! Thanks again Janet. Also a big thank you to everyone who came by the tent at Formula Drift to say hello and pick up some gear! A couple of more photos of Janet’s Hachi Roku after the jump. – Alex