The last leg of the Toronto-based Drift Posse‘s first adventure into the Southwestern United States took place at the final round of XDC in Phoenix, Arizona. It was really fun getting to experience the different kind of climate that Arizona gets compared to California, even though the places are so close together (technically speaking). In California there seemed to be an ever-present but never bothersome breeze going on that made things much more pleasant, even though the sun was pretty damn hot. In Arizona, however, the air didn’t really move around at all, so it really served as a reminder that we actually were in the middle of a desert, kinda. We were fortunate enough to have a tent and two big trailers to keep out of the sun, but some of the other teams were not quite so lucky, and resorted to hanging out in the shadows of their trucks, or the little stucco building that served as a bathroom.
The event itself was an awesome time for me. At one point I had decided to go towards the starting line and see what the angle was like from there. Horrible angle. I could see the cars launching, which was kinda cool, but I couldn’t get a really good shot of it without getting in the way, so I didn’t bother. As I was moving away from that spot though, I noticed some people hanging out at this little elevated area right beside the initiation zone. That seemed like a golden opportunity to get some good shots, so I made my way over there.
Little did I know, but the people hanging out over there were XDC Judges Matt Petty and Chris Forsberg! I shot a couple initiations from that spot, but I felt like I needed to be closer. Forsberg immediately suggested that he’d stop the guy at the line from sending cars and I went out and put the camera in a safe spot on the track. Shortly after that both judges were getting totally into making good shots, with Matt Petty actually taking the camera and shooting for a while! It was pretty hilarious watching dudes who are known for being drivers wanting to get down and dirty with some filming.
The event itself was pretty good, although I was a little bit miffed because on the first day I had kinda explored the whole track trying to find the spot that I wanted to stay at for the main part of the competition, and like 30 minutes before the competition one of the dudes working there (not for XDC I don’t think, no idea) basically booted me out of my spot (which, for the record, was completely safe and behind a wall). I was able to find an okay spot in the bleachers on the other side of the track, but the lighting didn’t look quite as good from up there, and it just wasn’t what I had planned out originally. In the end it turned out okay, but I really wish I could’ve watched the event from my original “sweet spot”.
Anyway, with Phoenix being the last destination on our little tour, it was time to head back on home. With MotorMavens’ Jover Papag along for the ride, we now had two drivers for the rig while I navigated, and we made our way back across the U S of A to our home in Ontario, Canada (not Ontario, California) in one long sitting. Needless to say, we had an amazing time on our little adventure, and are very much excited to make our trips to the States even more frequent.
And you can be sure that I’ll be there, and covering it for you here at MotorMavens.com!!