It has been 24 hours; the wonderful scent of raw fuel and incinerated tires has finally been expunged from my lungs, but the smile remains. Formula Drift: Atlanta was all-out this year, leaving nothing to be desired.
The competition at Formula D doesn’t fall short; it’s cutthroat to say the least, with the hardest part being the big names versus the privateers… the guys like you and I, putting cars together in their garages with cash from their own paychecks.
I have always been a BMW guy since a young age. I remember drooling over an Avus blue e36 m3 when I was 8 on vacation in Europe. Since then I’ve owned 3 e36s and always been a pure Euro dude. Over the past years, however, my interests and motivations changed especially with the introduction of Stanceworks. My passion for cars branched out. The drift world really took a hold of me as I started trying to lose traction rather than gain it at the auto-x.
To say there’s a gap between our generation of “car guys” and the last is an understatement. There’s an unquantifiable list of reasons why that gap exists, far more than just “age”. There really aren’t many guys above 25-30 who find themselves dropping their cars as far as possible and stretching their tires to fit wheels that our fathers would tell us simply “don’t fit”.
After taking a few weeks to do some filming, AWOL is back in full swing with a piece they just wrapped up on grassroots drifting down in Florida. Not a bad way to kick off Tuesday.. Enjoy.
It’s 2007, and I was in the process of purchasing my father’s 1998 Spectra Mica Blue Lexus GS400. This particular vehicle was one of the first to ever roll off the showroom floor when the 2nd generation GS was originally introduced, and also was the means of transportation for every one of my Prom / Homecoming dates. To say this car had history would be a gross understatement.