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One of the greatest qualities residents of the Pacific Northwest possess is our general disregard for poor weather. Living in Portland, I often see people in T-shirts, riding their bicycles in the pouring rain. Last weekend, the same attitude could be seen as far North as Pacific Grand Prix in Kent, Washington, where the drivers and crowd poured in as heavily as the rain.

On Saturday, Joe Ayala and I made our way North, for PGP’s third and final Open Drift of the Winter Drift Series. They literally held a full season in 2010 and didn’t stop when the weather turned for the worst.

Like any drift event in the United States, one can expect to see many Nissan S-Chassis, such as this VQ powered, two-tone S13 coupe previously owned by Formula Drift competitor, Victor Moore. I was more than happy to see the car being put to good use by it’s capable new owner, Ricky Henderson, a veteran in the Northwest drifting community.

Of course, plenty of S14s were in attendance…

… Driven by those who prefer to learn to drift in one of the most “out of the box” platforms available.

Then, there are the individuals who choose to take the road less traveled in search of the elusive style points granted to those who make being different look good.

A perfect example of such an individual is the owner/driver of this beautiful new STI.

This guy had the guts to slam and (legitimately) RWD swap his brand new car and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

The immaculate paint, great stance, and quickly progressing skills behind the wheel all come together to create a spectacle on the track. I couldn’t stop watching this car!

Building an original car is one thing, but I think what really takes balls (ovaries, in this case) is to be a girl, drifting on track with a bunch of dudes. I have the utmost respect for the women who have the drive to not only build a drift car, but use it as well. Major props to Nikki San Miguel, pictured here giving Formula Drift competitor, Kyle Pollard, a ride-along.

Of course, no PGP event would be complete without the attendance of Mr. Rob Primozich, AKA Primo.

He may be employed by PGP, but that doesn’t mean Primo’s afraid to get wild from time to time. I hear he likes to party.

When Rob’s on track, you can expect to see some of the cleanest, most consistent runs of the day in his gorgeous RHD swapped, SR20 powered S13 hatch.

Rob recently switched to a Z33 transmission and spend the day becoming accustomed to the different gear ratios. Watching him drive, you’d never know it.

It’s a year-round party at Pacific Grand Prix, so feel free to swing by for some drifting fun, as well as awesome karting action. A full schedule of events can be found at!

For a more “behind the scenes” look at this event and the adventures surrounding it, visit LifeBlasters!

:: Justin Shreeve

PS – Tandem of Die.

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  1. skullnbones
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    second shot of that Subi is awesome

  2. Justin Shreeve
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Yes. Yes, it is. Joe Ayala is a beast.

  3. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Dope write up Shreeve!

  4. Nick
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Excellent writeup and pics! Damn primo’s car with a type x wing.. I want!

  5. Primo
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Glad you came up. Great shots!

  6. jason cancio
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Great write up! And thanks for the new shots of my STI, shreeve!

  7. What the deuce!?
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Where and how can I get a motormavens sticker?

  8. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Here’s the stickers man!

  9. o0Syn
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Any info on that Subaru? Like what rearend and trans are in it?

  10. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Subaru is mostly stock just had a Sleeve and 2 way installed by Garage Autohero.

  11. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Damn bro, looks who’s getting pretty handy with still photography ;)

  12. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Lovely pics there actually

    Subaru is a killer looking car – love it. Love Nikki’s car too – i heard she is cute too :)

  13. What the deuce!?
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    It says the stickers are sold out! Augh, it’s been saying that for 4 months now.

  14. D1RGE.EXE
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Major props to the Subie owner. Car looks mean as hell all low like that and it drifts? +1000

  15. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Whats the sti guys name! We must contact him!!!

  16. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Justin – DAYUM! You and Joe, man it must have been fun. And that STI is wicked cool it has to be my favorite out of all the cars you guys shot. if only there was a switch I could hit to make my Evo X rear wheel drive.

  17. 54 mos, 3 wks ago


    Just so you know, the person driving Victor Moore’s old Chassis is veteran driver Ricky Henderson. He’s not as well known media coverage wise as some of the other guys like Rob Primo or Nikolay. However, he’s been drifting for just as long as all those guys.^_^ That car also has a VQ35DE swapped in it. Here’s his build thread on zilvia if anyone’s curious or would like to contact him about it.

  18. Justin Shreeve
    54 mos, 3 wks ago


    Thank you for the info! Victor texted me earlier today to let me know. After telling me what car he used to drive, I totally recognized Ricky. I haven’t been a part of the Washington drifting scene long enough to know all the veterans and I feel like a jerk for not mentioning him by name! Again though, his driving spoke volumes of his skill. He and Primo had some very exciting tandem runs.

    Thanks again for the background!

  19. Daniel Bridle
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    The Justin & Joe show holds it down again. Great work guys.

    That blue Subaru and S13 give me the horn.

  20. Hotdoghogie
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    No tandem pics! We still love you Shreeve..

  21. Justin Shreeve
    54 mos, 3 wks ago

    Daniel – haha Me too, buddy. Me too.

    Hotdoghogie – Yeah… There weren’t many really close tandems and when there were, I wasn’t really setup for it. Overall, just didn’t have any tandem shots that I loved, so I left them out. Sorry! <3

  22. 54 mos, 3 wks ago

    That blue 180sx style S13 is amazing!

  23. BRAIN_S13
    53 mos, 3 wks ago

    Anyone know the paint name/code on primos blue 180?

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