As the sun set over Irwindale, California, Formula Drift Round 7: Title Fight was underway to settle the battle for 2012 Formula Drift Champion. Entering the final round of competition, seven drivers had a chance of securing the 2012 championship, but only one would be crowned.
You must be wondering why I’m here. I’ve been bitching, whining, pointing fingers, and complaining for years. The scene was different 12 years ago but I’ve always been a dissenter. I’ve always had an opinion. They say opinions are like assholes, and people definitely have pinned that label on me in the past. I try not to get too personal, but I’ve still made enemies for life based on what I think.
When I first met Brennan Lewellen, I only knew him as the cool guy who worked at the local parts store and actually knew his stuff (unlike most knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing parts store goons who clearly hate their jobs.) I worked at the competing parts store a couple buildings over, so we’d call each other every once in a while to check competitor prices or bat unhappy customers back and forth.
Photography by Kevin Trower
When we first saw Joe Dale’s 1969 W114 Benz more than a year ago, it was, by all definitions, unique. It sat atop a set of MAEs and featured a hand-built brushed, cleared, and louvered hood. The paint was a dull brick color and had a classic patina that had worn through in many areas. The parts played off each other rather well, and for the casual enthusiast, the style could be considered complete.
Our friends at SpeedHunters have put together “A Year In Automotive Culture – Vol. 1″, a rather special book featuring every photo taken in 2011 by the SpeedHunters team. While the print industry is a dying one, SpeedHunters has taken a step forward to produce a truly fantastic collection of automotive art. Composed of the work by some of the greatest automotive photographers in the business, we can’t help but share what we feel is a step in the right direction.