Posts Tagged ‘Thunder Drift’

COVERAGE> The Bay Area Celebrates the AE86

In the tuner world, the AE86 platform should be considered one of the most important and influential gems that has come from Japanese engineering and research. Even with today's sophisticated technology being used to develop high-performance machines with more than twice the power of a Hachi-Roku, it's hard to forget what this amazing little car did for the general public. Despite the fact that the machine didn't have some of the better features and strengths of some of the other cars its age and younger, it had one great sense of appeal to it: the price.

The common man didn't have to settle with just dreaming about the AE86 and gazing over pictures of its bodywork in magazines. No, instead, the common man could actually get behind the wheel of one since a new, fully-loaded Corolla GT-S would cost on average $12,000 at the time. And though AE86 became the last generation of the affordable front-engine, rear-wheel-drive compact from Toyota (until the FR-S/FT-86, we hope), it is still remembered, still used and still loved by the common man. And that love is why the Bay Area joins together each year to celebrate this iconic vehicle. I give you The Bay Area 8-6 Day meet!   Read more...

COVERAGE> ThunderDrift ProAm at Thunderhill

With the Formula Drift series starting up in only three and a half weeks, this means that the Pro-Am series will be starting up as well. New drivers from around the country will be competing for an opportunity to drive on the next level. One such an event, is Thunder Drift, held just outside Willows California.   Read more...

COVERAGE> ThunderDrift Team Tandem Battle

It all started at six o'clock, the morning of Saturday the 18th, waking up to the sound of my alarm. I would have had to pack my gear, drive to Justin Shreeve's house, pick him up, and then start the 3 1/2 hour drive down to Willows, California for the Team Tandem Battle at Thunderhill… but i slept in.

Luckily for us, it was a two day event, so we tried again on Sunday. Haha! About two hours into the drive, we debated whether or not it was a good idea to make the trip. The clouds had been pouring rain, hail, and snow the entire time with no signs of it stopping any time soon. (Check out this proof of the amazing weather on our way home - Snow Drift Pt. 2) As we pulled into Willows and towards the track, we noticed the vibrant blue sky and a familiar sun peeking through the clouds just above Thunderhill.   Read more...

WEBMINING> Last Lap at Laguna Seca

People already look to Geoff Pitts from Thunder Drift as the “go to guy” for any drifting related news stemming from Northern California, but Geoff has just proven that he’s on top of other forms of racing as well. He Facebooked me this link from this past weekend’s ALMS race at Laguna Seca, where Gil de Ferran fought a close battle and won his last race in the American Le Mans Series before his retirement as a driver… but that wasn’t the only exciting thing happening on the last lap of this race!

Watch closely for some exciting action from the GT2 battle between Jorg Bergmeister‘s Flying Lizard Porsche 911 and Jan Magnussen‘s Corvette C6.R! Admittedly, I don’t follow American Le Mans too closely, but that was probably the most exciting last lap of ALMS I’ve ever seen! What an exciting crash! I hear Bergmeister was penalized and suspended for it though…

:: Antonio Alvendia