Posts Tagged ‘Atlanta’

VIDEO> Cyrious Look at 2011 Slowed Down

2011 was a pretty spectacular year of drifting for me. Being a Canadian, I got to see a whole heck of a lot of America this year – not only from all the different rounds of Formula Drift that I and the rest of the Drift Posse participated in, but also as a result of a tour that saw me flying around the country for three months. (more…)


VIDEO> Drift Posse – Road To Formula Drift Atlanta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPvpCt5KZeY

Today is Dan Cyr of Cyrious Productions‘ Birthday!  If you don’t know who Dan Cyr is, he’s the brother of the Pat Cyr, the baddest privateer AE86 Formula Drift rookie who cleaned up at the Irwindale Pro Am event in the tail end of 2010.  What a better way to honor Dan’s efforts as a drift documentarian than posting his latest video from Formula Drift Round 2 – Atlanta.  It’s the best we can do Dan!  We are all starving artists for now. Happy Birthday!

What does it feel to be the proverbial black sheep?  Or better yet, the wolf in sheep’s clothing?  Before you contemplate and think that I’m going to throw all kinds of cliché’s at you, consider where privateers like Pat Cyr sit right now in the world of Formula Drift.   It’s hardly cliché at all to see a 360hp, garage built, ratty AE86 in a field of expensive dream machines and famous drivers.  To me, and to countless others, the story of the “underdog” never gets old. (more…)


VIDEO> Scenes from Formula Drift Atlanta

To be quite honest, Hotlanta Georgia isn’t always hot. Sometimes, it’s the skilled drivers and drunken spectators who raise the temperature through the metaphorical roof. As you patiently await the release of Joe Ayala and my 2011 DVD titled TANDEM OF DIE, take a gander at our teaser from Formula Drift Atlanta!
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COVERAGE> Live From Formula D Atlanta Day 2

I'm back in the media tower at Road Atlanta and clicking away at my keyboard while open practice adds clouds to the cloudless sky over the track. I swear, it was clear and blue before the drifting started, now we've got puffy white clouds everywhere. Coincidence? Probably. Our sharpshooters Yoshi Shindo and Oliver Petalver are still on track right now and I'm going to give you a mix of what they've gotten so far today as well as some more shots from yesterday's practice.   Read more...

VIDEO> Formula Drift 2010 Through Shreeve’s Eyes

Due to the slowing of DVD sales and my incessant need to share my work with the world, I present to you my Formula Drift 2010 Recap video. With footage of every FD stop I made last year, including Long Beach, Atlanta, Evergreen, Las Vegas, and Irwindale. This video represents my first year as a full-time drifting videographer and exemplifies my feelings of the sport in general. There is so much drama and heartache, but like life itself, we find joy through the pain and misfortune. Cars break down, wrecks happen, sponsors bail, but when it’s all over, we come away with more friends, wisdom, and courage than ever before. (more…)


OH SNAP> I’m Gonna Get You, Sucka!

Andy Sapp Atlanta drifting E46 BMW

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAhahahahahahhaha Right now it’s almost 3:00am Pacific Standard Time, and I’m getting ready to go to Formula D Las Vegas. At the same time, I’ve been working with our Art Director/Webmaster extraordinaire Andy Sapp on choosing layout options for a cool client project that we’ll be revealing on MotorMavens very soon.

We’re kind of stumped on what to do right now, so I thought I’d cruise through his personal blog and see if any good ideas popped into my head. Suddenly, I stumbled upon this photo, which seriously had me laughing out loud. Dude. I think this photo is HELLA funny! If you read through Andy’s blog, he was writing about how he was washing his E46 before Formula D Atlanta, and then got into a friendly water balloon fight with some of the neighborhood kids… but damn! It looks to me like the neighborhood kids won this particular round!

I especially LOVE the expression on the kid’s face. It looks like in his head, he’s thinking, “Boo-yaaaa! Take THAT, sucka!” LOL! (Sorry Andy. This was just too hilarious for me NOT to share.)

:: Antonio Alvendia

Photo by Drew Fishbein of OMGDrift!


PERSPECTIVE> Drifting Changed My Life

There are so many cool aspects of being a part of MotorMavens but, to me, one of the coolest is witnessing the heart and passion of the automotive industry through the eyes of the ones who live and breathe it - the true mavens. We here at MotorMavens consider ourselves to be in that number as well but we're not here to tell our own story. Our vision has always been to showcase your story - your passion. Seeing this industry through the innovative eyes of guys like Roland Gallagher, Justin Shreeve, Lucas Perez, Yuta Akaishi, Daniel Bridle, Yoshi Shindo and all of the many others who love and live what they do (including you) - that's our way of keeping our eyes glued to the real motivating force behind the stats.

That's why this story by Jonathan McWhorter was so compelling to me. It's not about the money or the fame. It's not about your company budget or your connections. It's not even how long you've been in the industry. Those are not the things that make this industry so awesome. I could tell you but Jon did such a great job - I'll leave it in his capable hands. After all, he reminded me. So, without further ado...   Read more...

NEWSWORTHY> Southeast Drift Pro Am Series

It looks like the new year has brought some exciting news for the east coast drift community! Southeast Drift is teaming up with Formula Drift to bring an east coast qualifier series to Atlanta for a shot at an FD license!

Atlanta, Ga. – February 2, 2010

Southeast Drift will be bringing an all new pro-am championship series to Atlanta in 2010. This five round series will enable up and coming drivers in the southeast region a place to compete for and win their Formula Drift professional license.

The Southeast Drift Championship Pro Am Series will test drivers as they compete at top notch professional level venues. Drivers who are successful here will transition well into Formula D. Details regarding the series will be available in the coming weeks on the southeastdrift.com web site.

“I am very happy with these recent developments. I can not wait to help showcase some of the immense talent in the southeast drifting scene.” said Marcos Ruiz, CEO of Southeast Drift. “Formula D is the leader in professional drifting in the U.S. and Southeast Drift is proud to be a part of it.”

For more information about the series, be sure to check out Southeast Drift’s Official Website.


COVERAGE> Southeast Drift's Land of the Great

What’s up MotorMavens readers? My name is Jonathan McWhorter and I’m a photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. On Saturday, November 28th, I had the privilege of attending Southeast Drift’s Land of the Great practice and tandem drift competition at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Georgia.

It was a lot of fun because not only was a friend of mine driving, but I somehow talked them into giving me a media pass. With the media pass I was able to get down onto the track and up close to the cars as they made their runs. It was an incredible experience, and I think I got some pretty killer shots as well. I was at the exit of the bank on the first turn. It was a pretty sick spot because I was behind the wall, maybe 10-15 feet from the cars.   Read more...

NEWSWORTHY> Southeast Drift Under the Lights!

Southeast Drift - Land of the Great & Drifting Competition - Gresham Motorsports Park

This weekend will mark the final Southeast Drift event of the season at the newly renovated Gresham Motorsports Park. The practice event “Land of the Great” will run during the day, and then once the sun begins to set – the competition will ramp up. With a $2000 purse awarding $1000 for first – this event is sure to bring out some heavy hitters.

There is something about driving under the lights that I find strangely irresistable. Perhaps it reminds me of my drifting roots sliding under the radar late into the night. If you’re in or around the Atlanta/Jefferson, Georgia area on Saturday – definitely stop by to check out some of the Southeast’s best!

:: Andy Sapp


WEBMINING> Tuerck in Atlanta

I was checking one of my favorite blogs, Risky Devil, and saw this cool edit by my buddy Tim Tulov of T2 Films. This video has a great vibe to it. The soundtrack is very laid back and well-suited to the edits. I really like the selective desaturation. That is something you don’t see a lot of in drift videos. This video is a nice change of pace with some killer driving from Ryan Tuerck as takes home the win in Atlanta.

What do you guys think?

:: Andy Sapp

T2-Films.com
Ryan Tuerck


COVERAGE> In the Pits at Turner Field

More Southeast Drift action unfolded this past weekend at Turner Field in the heart of Atlanta. Perfect weather and a new track setup made for a top-notch event. Apparently the condos within earshot of the field are trying to get us shut down for good, and a fire marshall showed up and informed us that no photographers were allowed on-track. In lieu of this hurdle, we decided to take some shots in and around the pit area.   Read more...

COVERAGE> Southeast Drift "Triple Threat II" in Atlanta

The home of Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and the 1996 Olympic Games also houses one of the healthiest and strongest drift communities in the country. Every month, Southeast Drift extends its Southern hospitality and hosts grassroots practice events in the heart of the city. These events are always packed with drivers and spectators from the area. With a large number of pro-level drivers in the region, Southeast Drift events have fostered an environment for some of the best tandem drifting in the South. Their "Triple Threat II" event took place on the Sunday after Formula Drift Round 2. Several FD drivers showed up to hang out, and some even put on their helmets and drove with the best drifters in the Southern States, making things that much more exciting!   Read more...

WEBMINING> Formula D Atlanta video by Will Roegge

Formula Drift Atlanta video by Will Roegge

We’ve been browsing through Vimeo for cool videos pertaining to cars and car culture, and we’ve gotta say, this video from Formula Drift in Atlanta, GA is top notch. It’s been shot and edited by a videographer named Will Roegge, who has some really great videos in his Vimeo profile.

Check it out! It’s the best video from Formula D Atlanta we’ve seen – by far, it beats the clips of the “official video” from Formula Drift that we’ve seen circulating on the internet. Hmm, Road Atlanta is such an awesome looking track. Seeing videos like this makes us wonder who’s the top dog when it comes to drifting videographers… who would be the best at shooting a drifting video? Video Option? Clash Production? Wrecked Magazine/Slide America? Speedhunters? JDM Insider? Makes us wonder which video teams could produce the best videos, based on the different angles/viewpoints they capture, the lighting and coloring, composition, and all that… food for thought?

:: MotorMavens