The Formula Drift Finale at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California was mind-blowing. I’ve never seen such aggressive driving, nail-biting tandem battles, or brutal wrecks in one weekend.
This being my first time to Formula D at Irwindale, I had no idea what to expect. I arrived Wednesday night with enough time to head to Long Beach for a few hours with Ross Fairfield and Casey Liston of OMGDRIFT and my good friend, Joe Ayala, to hang out with the likes of Dean Kearney, Eric O’Sullivan, and the rest of the Irish fellows at The Auld Dubliner. It was at this moment that I realized how quickly the 2010 Formula Drift season had flown by. It felt so familiar to be sippin’ on a Guinness surrounded by live music and friends in that Irish pub, though I hadn’t been there since Round 1 in April!
Thursday, Joe and I headed to the track to catch some practice driving, as well as to meet up with more friends. I’m so happy to have made so many new acquaintances in the industry this year. People can hate all they want on professional drifting in all it’s seriousness, but the amount of genuinely good people who congregate at these events is astonishing.
Thursday through Saturday proved to be a grueling test of physical strength as I walked the course day after day, under the hot sun of Southern California, my ears nearly bleeding from the up close action Toyota Speedway has to offer, and covered (more so than ever before) in tiny chunks of spent tire. I was even hit in the eye by a flying piece of tire that was hot enough to burn both my top and bottom eyelids somehow. Haha! That’ll teach me to film burnouts!
Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to an incredible season of professional drifting, although I’m sad to see it end. All I know is that next year will be bigger and better and I can’t wait! Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the entire MotorMavens Crew for all of your support and the means to accomplish so many of my goals. I couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you.
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omg. I got goosebumps watching this dude. this was too amazing. the bgm was spot on, the camera roll. you just don’t know the extent of appreciation I have for this video. I can’t even breathe right now that’s how freaking intense it was. i think I’ve ran through my whole list of adjectives. hahaha. mega props shreeve!
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Good shit. Your best video yet! Is that score from batman?
Nice one Shreeve. I like the new plugin and how you re-rolled all the cars at the inner bank…good work.
Damn Shreeve…what a great way to end another exciting FD season. I agree with Larry, this is your best video yet. Its great to see someone like you step up your game so fast to create some of the best drifting videos we’ve all ever seen.
Thanks, everyone! I put a lot of time into this one and I’m happy with the result, so I’m pleased to hear you all enjoyed it. Except you, Kyle. haha
Michael – haha Thanks, man! I’m glad you liked it so much.
Larry – I told you there would be no happiness. Yeah, it’s from Dark Knight. Although, the joke was that I was going to use a song from Black Knight with Martin Lawrence, because I accidentally called it that when Joe asked me. haha
D1RGE.EXE – Thanks! This was my first time using Twixtor and it was kind of frustrating at times. This video definitely consumed more time than anything I’ve done before with all the rendering/exporting/trying new things.
Brandon – I tried to go out with a bang! haha I just wish I could have made it longer. Thank you, though. It means a lot.
Very very cool – the slo-motion is excellent and like was said already the re-rolling of the cars was a neat idea too.
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incredible stuff Justin!
best video from you!
excellent footage, way to be in the right place for all those crashes
epic video dude. your phone will be ringing in a few from me. and your welcome for the guiness
Very very cool Justin!
wow! it was a great show, judging from the video!
Awesome video shreeve!! Just kinda was repetitive and i wish it had more proam, if you have extra footage and time you should make a proam only video. I really enjoy watching grassroots drivers on the big FD tracks, really gives me inspiration!
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