VIDEO> The Spirit of Irwindale Formula D


There’s just something about Irwindale Speedway at the end of the season. After all the teams in the Formula Drift Championship have faced countless trials and tribulations, dealing with mechanical problems and financial stress of how to get their cars and teams from event to event as the series travels all over the country; the Formula D homecoming at Irwindale Speedway for the last event of the year has a different feeling to it than the other events in the series.

The drivers and teams in the points race are anxious, knowing that they must be on point and professional every step of the way, as even the smallest mechanical hiccup or driver error could take them out of the running and give the advantage to an opposing team.

At the same time, the fans are excited to see the cars and drivers return to the birthplace of American drifting after they have spent the whole year on tour, cutting their teeth and taking their epic fender-to-fender dogfights to race tracks across the nation in an attempt to attract more sponsors, build more publicity, and most importantly… attract new drifting fans.

I’ve been traveling with the Formula Drift series since the very first event; since the series started in 2004… and every year, as the season ends at Irwindale Speedway, there’s a shared feeling of excitement and pride of accomplishment running through the pits.

This video, by Motor Mavens shooter Travis Hodges, is our attempt to capture that feeling. And it was captured entirely with two cameras, the new Canon 7D digital HD SLR and the Twenty20 ContourHD.

We hope you enjoy the video, and CONGRATULATIONS to all the teams, drivers, umbrella girls, and FANS that make the Formula D series what it is. RESPECT!!!

:: Antonio Alvendia

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21 Responses to “VIDEO> The Spirit of Irwindale Formula D”

  1. Karl PD says:

    Excellent work! Really enjoyed that !

  2. Yoshi Shindo says:

    Travis, The video was amazing, great job!

  3. Cornfeed says:

    Travis great jod that was hot

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  5. Erocker says:

    Travis! That was SO FREAKIN’ DOPE! I loved the in car shots and the shot of the tire shredding and that .25 inch from the wall shot. The clarity and drama – that’s what the HELL I’m talkin’ about!

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  7. de rafols says:

    HOLY SHIT!!!!

    that was f*ing AMAZING!!!!
    personally, I think that’s THE BEST motormavens video to date

    badass, travis. badass

  8. marcG says:

    ouais….le meilleur.

  9. Luis says:

    simply insane, justin pawlak full drift with his hood popped!!!! Magic.

  10. French Translator says:

    Yeah…the best.

  11. Very very good Travis. I’m gonna have to watch it again.

  12. Pat Daly says:

    Definitely the best so far!!! And MotorMavens should get some sponsorship from Canon because I was persuaded to buy a 7D but this video sold me. The video quality is sick!! and $1000 less than a 5D means I can get that 24-70 2.8L I’ve been needing!!!!

    Well done MMavens!!!

  13. Stephane says:

    Nice one, good work with the Canon 7D.

  14. Shuriken says:

    I can’t stop watching it! Love the way you kept the actual “car” sounds front and center on the audio track with the music as just a background drama enhancer – hits you in the gut. Awesome Travis!

  15. Rich Elizaga says:

    AMAZING Video Travis!! I definitely felt that!! Looks like the other sites got some major competition coming around the corner. Can’t wait to see more!!

  16. Universal Magnetic Bboy says:

    dope video travis! you did a great job of capturing the essence of what it was like to be there! and very dramatic!

  17. Julian says:

    Amazing vid, The intro is the coolest. It makes it seem like, “We are drifters & this is what we were put here to do”

  18. Venice Motor says:

    hell yeah. i think this is one of the best produced formula d videos i’ve seen so far

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