RANDOM DOPE> Forza Motorsport 4 Reviewed

I love Forza Motorsport 4! As an avid fan of the Forza Motorsport Series, I was more than excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on the Forza Motorsport 4 video game before it was released to the general public! I must say, I had high expectations for Forza 4, since I’ve always had Forza 3 as the game I could always turn to when I got sick of playing everything else.

The first thing I noticed about Forza Motorsport 4 was the incredible lighting - it’s a bit difficult to describe how incredibly well Turn 10 nailed the lighting in this game! Whether you were looking at your cars inside the garage or outside, they made it look like what you would see if you were actually in your garage looking at your car. I heard that they revamped the tire physics and handling of the cars, and noticed that in the new “simulation” mode, the car steers and reacts more like a real car. This is one of the reasons why I’ve been a fan of Forza, It doesn't feel like a fictional arcade game - it’s closer to a driving simulator.   Read more...

VIDEO> Formula D Irwindale 2011 = Best Thing Ever

Seriously though, this year’s Formula Drift Finale was one of the greatest weekends of my life. All the media, drivers, and industry people I’ve met over the last few years all in one place to be a part of arguably the greatest drifting spectacle in US history. I say “arguably,” but I will fight you. FD Irwindale 2011 was the best thing ever. Period. (more…)

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COVERAGE> The 2011 Formula Drift Season Finale

It's hard to believe that the 2011 Formula Drift Championship season has already concluded for the year - the series went from start to finish in just six months! Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and the Drift Stream, everyone already knows that Discount Tire V8 S13 driver Daijiro Yoshihara was "Triple Crowned" as the 2011 Formula D Series Champion, marking the first time that a Japanese driver won a Formula D series championship. Even more relevant is the fact that this win marks the first time the popular Nissan S13 chassis has been used to win a Formula D championship season! S13 owners should rejoice - the iconic ichi-san is apparently still competitive against the newer technology drift cars.

For the season finale at Irwindale Speedway, Northern California based Tyler McQuarrie beat the competition to win First Place at the event in his Falken Tire V8 350Z, standing atop the podium with Rhys Millen (Second Place) and Chris Forsberg (Third place).   Read more...

VIDEO> Risky Running the Windy City Wangan

Last night, when I asked Leigh and Dave from Risky Devil to pick me up at Chicago O’Hare Airport’s baggage claim, I had no idea what I would be getting into. I didn’t expect much… I thought maybe we’d go to a bar and get some deep dish pizza or something. Instead, Leigh and Dave texted a bunch of friends, and picked me up from the airport in a long procession of Chicago’s finest drift cars!

A simple “airport pickup” somehow turned into high speed freeway running and drifting through city streets in Chicago IL with all our boys from Risky Devil, Grip Gambler, Touge Factory, and JUNKHOUSE. Here’s a short, completely unprofessional looking video snippet of the experience. More to come later… it’s time for pizza! (more…)

VIDEO> Heavy Metal Drifts Dirty South

Life has been extremely busy for me in the past several months but, back in June, I caught a ride with some friends out to the Augusta Airport in Thompson, Georgia for the first-ever drift event at the facility. As I am sure anyone who has ever drifted at an airport can attest, the vibe is just unmatched. Planes landing, helicopters buzzing around, cars ripping down the runway at full-lock…there is just something about that you cannot beat.

To me, drifting is the most intense thing you can do in a vehicle. I always try to make my videos reflect that and give everyone a touch of that excitement…even if you have never been behind the wheel of a drift car. If you don’t like death metal, this video might not be for you. But, if you brave what lies ahead, I think you will come out on the other side excited about drifting. (more…)

VIDEO> TRG Porsches Take On Road America

TRG takes on Road America from TRG on Vimeo.

Two weeks ago, I had the chance to shoot and edit a video for a Porsche team at an American Le Mans Series race (ALMS). I’ll admit, when I got the call, I wasn’t sure exactly what went down at these races. What would the vibe be like? How intense are the media regulations? Who was The Racer’s Group?

When we arrived at Road America – just outside Elk Hart Lake, Wisconsin – on a qualifying day, I saw firsthand the amount of team work, technology, focus and resources that went into a race like this. I had no idea! They had engineers on site, top tier mechanics, 100% accurate pit crews… They had the car examined and tested every chance they could get. Once out of the car, the driver goes over corner-by-corner analysis of the track, vehicle/driver characteristics and stats with a team member. They have amazing food for the drivers to stay at their best, and multiple haulers and trailers for the team to rest and stay prepped in the heat.

Getting out to the track and finally seeing the cars fly by was out of this world. The Porsches I shot for The Racer’s Group were sharing the track with the GTC3 cars and the prototypes! These guys are passing and sliding around the track at an unbelievable speed. (more…)

COVERAGE> Historic Rallycars at RMS in N. Ireland

ReallyMeanSounds.com (or RMS) is a local motoring forum here in Northern Ireland. The site was set up by Andy Cooper many moons ago to showcase ICE installations but, as the popularity of the forum grew, it became one of most popular motoring forums in Ireland. I have been a member since late 2006 when I was losing heart with my rallying exploits and RMS was just the fix I needed.

The site and its members have been very good to me in the last few years. I have made many great friends and have had very special times going to car shows and meet-ups. Now, in its tenth year, Graham Curry, who is the RMS resident photographer and a good friend of mine, decided that the milestone should be marked with a Birthday show. So, after months of planning, we found ourselves at Junction 1 in Antrim - where all sorts of fun ensued!   Read more...

VIDEO> Formula Drift Hits the Las Vegas Strip!

Now that you’ve heard the story behind and seen all the amazing photos from Formula Drift Las Vegas, courtesy of Oliver Petalver and Mike Kim, take a quick moment to wipe the drool from your keyboards and prepare yourselves for a short video from myself and Joe Ayala. (more…)