In addition to the head to head drift action of the Pro-Am, the grassroots drift series was intertwined with the event as well. These drivers are not necessarily novices but they don't have the required safety equipment to run the full track which includes the big 5/8th track. With all of this happening in the same place at the same time, there are bound to be interesting stories to tell from all aspects of the day! Read more...
While you await the arrival of the awesome Formula Drift coverage we’re about to unveil, check out this trailer for the new Night Moves video from the Canadian drift team, Drift Union. Edited by Shawn Browne, the driver of the purple FC3S, with great drifting from California to Canada, this video is sure to be a hit.
:: Justin Shreeve
Even a broken foot and multiple equipment issues didn’t keep me from running around Evergreen Speedway last Sunday. Evergreen Drift’s invite-only season opener was a great success, despite several wrecks… and even fires. Tires were destroyed on track, while old friends caught up with one another in the uncharacteristic warmth of the Washington sun.
This event was a testament to the true nature of drifting. Pushing through misfortune to create something beautiful, all the while having the collective time of our lives. I find it ironic that although times may be hard, when we come together to share what we love, we find a feeling of euphoria. (more…)
March 14th marked the triumphant return of some of the Northwest’s most seasoned veterans. An invite-only drift event was held last Sunday to start off the 2010 season with a bang. It was a great mix of old school friends, with up and coming drivers all the way from Canada to Oregon. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with a steady 70 degrees all day with almost no clouds in the sky. It was as if God himself found favor in the boys from Evergreen Drift. Read more...
Our whole crew has a ton of respect for all the grassroots drivers out there; they are certainly working hard to step their game up and make it into the pro ranks... and for me personally, I think sometimes watching the grassroots guys compete is even more exciting than watching the pro drivers go at it. Some people may be thinking, "What?! Are you crazy?" I know, I know... it may be a bit different to outsiders or to those who are just sitting in the stands... but for those of us who circulate through the pit areas and go to the different shops and hang out with the drivers even outside of track events, it's really inspiring to see the hard work and perseverance of normal, everyday individuals, the grassroots enthusiasts, pay off.
This is what passion is all about. And this is why I think people are crazy when people think drifting is just a fad. Maybe it is for outsiders... but for the people who live and breathe this stuff day in and day out, it couldn't be further from the truth.
One guy who lives and breathes drifting is Roland Gallagher. The first time I saw Roland drive was at Formula D Las Vegas, where he was competing to earn his invite to the Pro Am. I was standing trackside with my younger brother David, and I saw this flash of teal pass me, followed by clouds of billowing white tiresmoke. My eyes followed the tiresmoke and somehow became fixated on his WHEELS which had ridiculously fat lips... I remember muttering "helllll yeah" under my breath, because these days, it's becoming more and more rare to see drift cars with good looking wheels and stance on the FD circuit. Read more...
Hey everyone! I’m Justin Shreeve, a videographer from Southern Oregon. I’ve been shooting video and digitally editing for over six years now. I’ve also been drifting my ’92 Nissan 240sx for about a year and a half and never thought that producing videos of it would be marketable. I’ve finally found my niche.
My main goal in working with MotorMavens.com is to present to you the grassroots drifting events happening all over the Pacific Northwest. In fact, you may recognize my name from the Formula Drift Seattle/Evergreen ProAm video posted here a while back. Anyway, enough about me – on with the drifting!
I hope you enjoy my first contribution to MotorMavens.com!
:: Justin Shreeve
So I just received an email from my friend Eddi Hughes from Nissan Pacific and Evergreen Drift. We were all kicking it at Red Robin in Monroe after the FD Seattle event, but our conversation was unfortunately cut short because my friends wanted to leave asap to get to the afterparty (rolling my eyes right now) at Spitfire. Good looking out for sending me this link and for sending me those texts while we were at Formula D, Eddi!
Here’s a video of Formula D Seattle, showcasing work by a local Oregon-based videographer named Justin Shreeve (actually, I just noticed that Justin left some comments on our “Formula D Seattle Part 3” post too). Justin definitely has shooting and editing skills… people better keep an eye on him! I’ve been saying it for days… the Pacific Northwest is one of the most slept on areas of the United States for car building, driving, and media talent! We Motor Mavens need to help shed some light on the rainy Northwest!
Great job on the video, Justin. Nice to see some great work from up and coming videographers in the Evergreen scene! Hit us up! RESPECT!
:: Antonio Alvendia