Event>> Red Bull Friday Report

While the majority of western countries on the planet are bracing themselves for the cold of winter, today was a hot, sweaty day at in Southern California. I regretted my choice of skinny jeans today… they may be fashionable, but they sure as hell are uncomfortable in hot weather… Anyway blah, blah, blah… Let's look at the day's action from Long Beach. It was a day of hope for some competitors, but a day of frustration and carnage for many others.

One of the first things I saw at the track today, was Robbie Bolger stuffing his borrowed 350Z into the wall. I was under the impression he was going to be flying in his monstrous V8 powered Holden Commodore to Long Beach. I'm a bit disappointed to not see this car run in the flesh.

This accident was a sign of things to come unfortunately.

Although I didn't see it, Tanner also stuffed his car into the wall. He told me later that he chose the correct outer-line the judges wanted to see but found himself skating on a layer of dust without any traction… He now realizes that he was the first person to try this line!

The track has now rubbered in so this is no longer an issue.

After shooting a bit of practice, I decided to wander around the pits to catch the latest news and shoot some images.

This is Fredric Asabo's Supra.

A few people wanted to see Tengku Djan Ley's Nissan 180SX. Here it is.

I remember seeing him go up against Imamura at D1GP Irwindale 2006. He more than held his own then. We'll keep an eye on his progress tomorrow.

Justin Pawlak has reverted to the traditional green paint on his FC… has more of a street flavour which I quite like.

Eric O'Sullivan from Ireland.

Canadian Marcos Santos. He mashed up his car pretty badly today. His team had to spend most of the day repairing it.

Paul Vlasblom's weekend has started well. He is probably one of the most impressive invitees so far and is hitting his clipping points very consistently. Paul told me that he is feeling a little down on power for the size and speed of the track layout, so has to make sure the throttle is mashed 100% for the entire course.

A few people have commented they are impressed with him.

I am less sure that Fredric Asabo has the wheels under him to advance through the competition.

He is making huge amounts of smoke, but currently seems to be lacking speed and traction. I'll be quite interested to see how the top Formula D guys do when they have to follow this car.

It's a similar situation with Remmo Niezen's E30….

He is doing a lot of of left foot braking around the first turn which is causing him to lose momentum and speed. Again there may be some issues when the faster cars try and follow him in tandem battle.

There are some unknown factors as many of these drivers don't know each other. There will likely be drama come Sunday.

I'm very glad there is at least one AE86 in the field… ok so the purists will complain it has a S2000 engine, but still, it is the only chassis of its type in the competition.

BTW 2008 Drift Australia Champion Leighton Fine is not here in his regular Toyo Tires S13.4. He's driving the S15 on the left….. so far he doesn't look particularly comfortable in the car.

Mad Mike seemed to be able to live with Millen during their practice tandem runs…. All the signs are on for a strong showing from him. We'll see though….

With the World Championship practice sessions over we decided to attend the Pro-Am driver's meeting with fellow Speedhunter, Christian Rado.

The Rado name on a drift car….. a new, exciting combination. I have no doubt Christian will eventually find success in this field.

Wow now this is what it's all about. Proper street drift style at a Formula Drift event. Yes!

I was very excited to see these cars in the flesh for the first time.

Soon the Pro AM cars started to line up to go on track… It was time for practice and qualifying.

A select few of the cars did some great practice and qualifying runs…

This S13 belongs to Tommy Roberts. Such a stylish car.

John Brooks in Art Attack mode again… I kept asking him to shoot the Cressidas.

You'll notice this car is part of the Drift Alliance… I'm very pleased to see some hardcore drift sedans in the US.

One more… with each day I'm getting better at shooting pro still cameras…It also helps that John has been letting me try some of his monster lenses.

Unfortunately the Pro Am practice and qualifying session started to go very wrong, very quickly.

This is a big hit.

Car after car started to go into the wall. Perhaps some of these drifters were not ready for the challenge of the high speed, wall lined course.

Note the Red Bull Banner stuck in the door frame.

Argh noooo!!!!… I wanted to shoot a car feature with this S13…

Matt Powers stuffs his S14 into the barriers….

I decided to have a look in the Pro Am paddock to assess the damage… it was pretty tough going over there. Around half the field had mashed their cars up… This FC took a big hit. out of the 31 cars present, only 14 qualified.

One of my fav cars was looking a bit worse for wear…

But seeing this damage caused me pain…. I suppose, if you drift a car then you need to expect to crash it. Probably one reason I have no inclination to drift…

Rado was also a victim of the wall.

Matt Powers' S14 didn't seem too badly damaged… at any rate we won't be able to feature his car just yet. It looks a bit nasty with no lights huh?

I like the novel approach to a wide body setup on a 4 door saloon hahaha. Bolt the door shut!

Ok that's it for me… Let's hope the carnage from Pro Am today settles down for the tandem bouts tomorrow. Somehow I doubt it.


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is that an S12 that got mashed up there with the banner stuck in the door?


and yeah the damage to Ameen's Cressida is pretty sad :(


great pics & text - thanxs 4 sharing


man...they really tore those cars apart.....


Yes BlueSlug, it`s an Nissan S12.


yeah its a S12..never seen one drift...


Hey man you gotta wear the skinny jeans all year round, hot or cold. Gotta look sharp for the girls.

Eric O'Sullivan (Total Bro) from Ireland

Matty Cakes car looks pretty sweet now--well until it got all mashed up!


Matt Powers and Tommy Roberts. San Diego's Finest.



tommy roberts and matt powers!


Awsome pics man! Love them!


More pics of young james deane.....C'mon the irish


So is the damage to Foust's Z bad? Or is he still able to run in the car?


Man its really too bad the D1 guys didnt make the effort to come out. It wouldve been awesome to see themhere too.


Very cool. Nice coverage of the ProAM stuff.

Also... Good luck to Fredrick! Hopefully, he gets his speed up to be competetive.




The last several pics (read, carnage) look like a demolition derby more than anything else.


My door opens the handle is just on the inside :P

thanks for the 4 door love

see ya out there tomorrow


so what are the chances of getting that first picture of Mad Mike as a desktop?


If Leighton Fine had his 180 there, he would kick all your asses


love Tommy´s S13, too bad to see it crash


stupid LA fire. man im supposed to be there right now but all the freeways are closed :(. uh at least i got these post to keep me a little happy. good stuff rod.


To those who are intrested in knowing Tengku Djan's AE86 & 180SX specs, you can checkout here:



My door opens the handle is just on the inside :P

thanks for the 4 door love

see ya out there tomorrow



TRACK 5!!!!!!!!



the car with the yellow lights is not apart of drift alliance.


yes it is..

thats ameen rizvi... hes a drift alliance ace..


Yeah that s12 was my ride. I've been drifting that thing for 5 years.:( I must disagree with the quote underneath it though "Perhaps some of these drifters were not ready for the challenge of the high speed, wall lined course." On the contrary the driver was more than ready for the course it's just the car wasn't ready for it. Considering my power steering line exploded on the second run of the day and the car died as I pulled up for qualifying along with the engine failing as I was full throttle right next to the wall....

Oh well... Since having a car that no one else drifts doesn't count for anything anyway I will be changing chassis for my next ride. But It's not like I didn't get anything out of this event "Note the Red Bull Banner stuck in the door frame." :)