Thursday, December 31, 2009

Done.... again....

Just got more stuff done to the J30.. The ebrake is working now... and I also managed to clean up some other stuff.. .




















There are a few people I would like to thank for the project















Alex Villareal for his advice and helping me weld up some stuff on the car..
Alex Pfieffer
SPEC clutch-Their clutches are awesome
AME wheels
Megan Racing
Cyrus Martinez-For getting me the transmission
Rene Franco-Nice exhaust work

Monday, December 28, 2009

Done....

It's still needs some work, but it runs.. Now, I have to clean it up a bit. Oh, and yes that is my ebrake coming out the side of the center console.. Still working on that one.. If you don't know, the j30's only had a foot brake.















I removed the rear muffler and had Rene from Rene's Motorsports create a true duel exhaust.




















Hopefully, you will see this car drifting at the next event!

Deep Dive: Ford's all-new 5.0 V8

Ah.. The 5.0 is back.. My first car was a 5.0 mustang. Brings back old memories...













Deep Dive: Ford's all-new 5.0 V8

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Trying to hit 20,000 views...

Trying to hit 20,000 views for Taka video... Everyone, watch the video again!

Taka Aono 2009 Formula D video from Ross Fairfield on Vimeo.

Friday, December 18, 2009

I want....

Worst drivers!!

Not sure if I should make this an annual thing but considering I drive about 50k miles a year, I have noticed a few things.

There are particular drivers that drive these cars that simply suck. This doesn't apply to everyone, just the few that really piss me off. Its not one or two incidents either but generally speaking the people who drive these cars are terrible (in my opinion).

3. Chevy Astro Vans. (no particular color or year)

I have noticed that people who drive Astro vans drive them as slow as possible. I am not sure if its their fault or the van itself but they do love to keep them under the speed limit. For all you Astro owners... Stay away from the fast lane... You have no business being there.. Seriously..

2. Toyota Prius.

What is the deal with some of these drivers? Now that they are more of them on the road, it seems like they are everywhere and the all have a promise to mother earth to drive at 55 mph on the freeways.

I think what is more stupid than a slow Prius driver are the ones who drive them fast. First, when I say "fast", I really mean 80 mph on the freeway... I know they are not fast to begin with but to see a Prius driver zoom by kills the whole purpose of owning one... If you need to get somewhere quicker and you own a Prius.... Leave earlier!

1. Honda Odyssey (2006-present)

I don't know where to start with this one. Honda probably makes the best minivan in the world and I am sure that they handle as well as any sedan on the road today. But seriously, what is the deal with them tailgating and driving like they have been holding their piss for 3 hours? Is every soccer mom that owns one always in a hurry or did Honda really build an F1 car that seats 7+ people? And Dads... Don't even try and look cool driving one... Put the aviator sunglasses away and drive the speed limit because.... YOU are driving a minivan!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Next years grip day classifications...

I've been thinking about what to do for next years Grip Day events...

With the KA (s13/S14) class getting bigger, I was thinking about adding a few more classes for next year...

Here is what I am proposing..

Classification 1.

S13/s14 KA class
-Engine must remain Naturally aspirated
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are restricted to treadwear rating of 140 or higher

Nissan V6 NA class
-Engine must be natural aspirated V6 engine produced by Nissan (maximas, Z32, Z31, etc.)
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are restricted to treadwear rating of 140 or higher

Nissan z33 NA class
-This class is limited to natural aspirated Z33 chassis (350z and G35 chassis)
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are restricted to treadwear rating of 140 or higher

Classification 2.

S13/S14 Turbo class
-This class is open to all variations of motors which includes RB, KA turbos and SR's.
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are open for this class

Nissan z33 boosted class
-This class is open to all aftermarket turbo or supercharged VQ engines.
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are open for this class

Classification 3.

4ag NA class
-Engine must remain Naturally aspirated variation of the 4ag engine (20v, blue top, redtop)
-Chassis is open to all vehicles with a 4ag engine (Mr2, TE, AE86, etc.)
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are restricted to treadwear rating of 140 or higher

4ag boosted class
-Engine is open to all forms of boosted 4ag engines (GZE, turbos, NOS, etc)
-Chassis is open to all vehicles with a 4ag engine (Mr2, TE, AE86, etc.)
-All engine mods are permitted (cams, ECU tuning, exhaust, etc.)
-Any interior and exterior mods are permitted (removing interior, carbon fiber doors, etc.)
-Tires are open for this class

That's it for now...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

KA class winner

I think the bar has been set by our winner in the KA class last Sunday... With a 2 second lead over anyone else, I think we will need to step up a bit...

1st place. Matt Johnson. 1:30.17

Monday, November 30, 2009

Grip day thoughts and results...

Another great event hosted by yours truly...

It was great seeing the usual cars out there.. especially the s-class.














I did realize that I need to build one of my cars up for this event because I finally realized that using my stock 101 cars will not cut it..

I wanted to thank a few people....

Kat Tanaka
Morgan from AE86 nights
Will Roldan
Jeff Lee
Tom Flowers

If you wish to buy some great photos from this event, support Larry Chen at Larry@larrychendesign.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not a bad weekend....














Last Saturday, Cyrus Martinez received his Formula Drift License at the Pro Am Nationals. Since he rarely updates his blog and he doesn't have his own website yet, I will thank his sponsors and supporters for him.....

First, he would like to thank his best friend and mentor, Me (Naoki Kobayashi). He would probably say something like: "I wouldn't be where I am at if it wasn't for Naoki. He is the greatest guy I have ever met in a non-homosexual way".

Then, there are his true supporters....

Taka Aono
Melonie Mancinas
Tom Flowers
Naoki Kobayashi (Yes, I am putting my name again....It's my blog)
Micheal Essa
Alex Pfeiffer
Naoki Kobayashi (It's still my blog)
Kat Tanaka
His Parents
Andy Luk
Fan boy aka. Jarod...

His Sponsors..
Megan Racing
Nexen Tires
G Dimension
HD Speed
Tomei
KAAZ
ACT
ONTRACK motorsports
Battle Version
XXR wheels
DSTROYR
AIT
Greddy
Sinful Enhancement
Driftfotos

Thank you....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Can't wait... The car is being worked on!!

The car is over at Alex's place where it will soon be converted into a manual j30...

So far, I have all of the parts with the exception of a clutch, but SPEC is sending me one soon and I will be dropping it off at Alex's to have it installed... This time around with such limited time, I really can't do much on my own so I am entrusting alex to get the job done for me....

Nice Camaro
















My camera phone doesn't do any justice for the quality of this paint job...

Grip day update..

While I wait here at Mcdonalds of the rosamond exit just minutes before we start testing Cyrus's drift car, I am getting excited about the grip day that is coming up in the next couple of weeks. We have close to 12 S13 drivers competing in the KA class and it looks to be a fun one. What I hope to get of out the this event is momentum for us to continue hosting events that cater to the true grassroots drivers. Of course media coverage and prizes would be great, but are those 2 things that should motivate someone to attend an event? I remember a long time ago.. When I would attend an event because I loved the idea of simply driving.. Now, it seems like in order to get people to attend an event, there has to be something givien.. Is it just me or has the passion for driving changed over the years?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Old school mentality...

I have been having this conversation with a lot of old school guys recently.. One thing that has died over the years is the appreciation for accessories on your car.. When I say accessories, I mean wheels, steering wheels, lights, etc....

For me, wheels are the single most important accessory on my cars.. I simply can't put on cheap wheels.. It's an old school philosophy that I have since day one...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A reflection on the Old and new generation...














This picture taken by Carlos makes me reflect on the past and look into the future. We have Cyrus Martinez, the future Pro Drifter waiting before he enters the track at the National Orange Show Speedway to sign autographs and meets his fans before the demo scheduled later in the evening. His car, covered with the Drift Day logo represents the new generation of Drift Association loyal prospects to hit the Formula Drift circuit in 2010. Then there is me, the aged veteran patiently waiting to release the cars on the track.

It is a good feeling to know that there is still some drivers out there with the same drive as the previous drivers that represent the logo...

Friday, November 6, 2009

Megan Racing's new logo

Grip Day 2. A quick preview














Well, if everyone remembers last years event, we had a blast that weekend. We had some really close competition amongst the KA class drivers and we are expecting a closer field of drivers this year.

Our target this year is to beat John Hardentop's time. His KA equipped S13 is fast and we are hoping to take him out this year.

Masashi will be coming out this year and we are expecting big things from him as well....

Tom Flowers, aka Crazy white guy, is currently working on his car as well. I believe he is going more for the lightweight with a little more power approach and it will be interesting to see how he does...

As for me? I just plan to cheat.. It's easier.. I will win the KA class!! It's my event!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

My little collection.

The one in the middle is not mine... It belongs to Cyrus but I have 2 more that isn't in the picture...

Our only little incident driving back from vegas

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Capturing a moment at NOS

Not a photos really tell a story but this is an interesting photos that shows our future pro drifter Cyrus with the veteran, Taka Aono, in the background..














Thanks Carlos for the photos.. great job... you can see more of his work at http://www.myspace.com/ctrphotography

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Michael Essa's press release..

For more information

Michael Harley – Los Angeles 949-333-0841

For immediate release

GSR Autosport and Michael Essa to Campaign a BMW 335i in the

2010 Formula Drift Championship Series

LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 30, 2009 – GSR Autosport and Michael Essa have partnered to campaign a 2008 BMW 335i sport coupe in the upcoming 2010 Formula Drift Championship Series. It will be the first BMW 3 Series, powered by a turbocharged BMW M3 engine, to campaign in a national drifting series.

“The BMW 335i is a powerful rear-engine sports coupe with a rock-solid chassis leaving us plenty of room for aftermarket development—the platform will easily handle the 550-hp turbocharged 3.2-liter M3 powerplant which we are finishing development on. Michael Essa was the natural choice to drive this innovative new drift car. Not only does he have a strong motorsport racing background, but he possesses the demanding drifting creativity and competitiveness necessary to win,” says Nick Richards, President of GSR Autosport.

Entering its sixth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship series. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life. This high-skilled, high-powered motor sport where drivers intentionally maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course, has more than 60 professional drivers competing in all seven competitions this year. Judged on execution and style, rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time, drifting is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and is often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross. Formula DRIFT and the drivers serve as ambassadors for the sport of drifting bringing exhibitions to traditional/mainstream motor sports events across the country which have included: multiple Champ Car World Series races, American Le Mans, USAC, NASCAR Busch North & Featherlite Southwest and the SPEED World Challenge, among others.

Residing in Los Angeles, Michael Essa has been racing cars since he was seventeen. He has always focused on the machine and the track, building a solid foundation to create a legacy in global motorsports. He has held positions as Crew Chief and Lead Tech Inspector building and developing his talent from the ground up. Essa not only worships racing but supports the community by offering driving instruction for both Porsche racers and drift drivers. Essa opened Tech Trix Motorsports in Anaheim, California, in the Spring of 2001. The company supplies custom fabrication, specialized maintenance, optimization and management of privately owned Porsche racecars. He and his expert team maintain an average of 20 cars annually and are significant players on the P.O.C. and P.C.A. circuits. Essa campaigned a Mazda in the 2009 Formula Drift Championship Series where he was runner-up for the 2009 Rookie of the Year.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, GSR Autosport is a multi-facetted professional automotive racing business. Founded and operated by genuine racing enthusiasts, GSR Autosport is a race car manufacturer that designs, develops, and builds turn-key vehicles, competitive automotive components, and race safety equipment in various facilities around the country. GSR Autosport is also the parent company to GoSpecRacing.com, a retail race parts supplier, and SpecBoxster.com, a club-level record-holding Porsche Boxster racing team.

GSR Autosport Press Contact:
Michael Harley
949-333-0841
mike@gsrautosport.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Club4ag meet was.... well....

Very interesting to say the least...

A few highlights...

-I was late for my own event after 8 years...
-Moto and a few other OG guys showed up for the event..
-I had a really good hair day on Sunday
-Some (not all) are still devoted to their 86's
-Nick from Vegas Drift is a great person and awesome organizer.

And the winners of the competition are..

Fastest Autocross Time - Chris Anderson
Drift Competition - Alex Villareal
Club4AG Car Show award - Chris Anderson
Boro Boro Car Show Award - Yesvin
Street Driven Car Show Award - Edwin
AE86 Nights Car Show Award - Daniel Suzuki

Garage Queen Car Show Award - Alex Villareal

This might be one of the best photos anyone has ever captured....














Look at Alex's smile right before....















The funny thing is 1 year ago Alex took a photo of us doing the exact same thing to Cyrus.. Aren't we learning yet?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Old school video of the week....

It's hard to believe that this video was made 6 years ago!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Finally, new shirts!

I know.. It's a really cool design.. I appreciate the compliments..

They will be sold exclusively at Drifting.com.



















Below is what Taka would look like wearing the shirt....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Pro Am results..

Winners/invited drivers are.

Charles NG



















Jeff Abbott














Jackie Sin


Tommy Roberts

















The losers are:

-My badly bruised shin after a really bad attempt at jumper over a k-railing..

-blue moon beer. Who recommended that beer to me?

-The person who decided to lay the plastic barriers on its side at the last turn of the FD course!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

KW Test Day....


Add Image

Old school event of the week....

Rant of the Day.....

When did become cool to attend a Drift meet? I thought the whole point of drifting was to actually drift? Maybe things have changed...

What is with people saying they need another car to drift with when they already own a 240sx? So you plan to spend twice the money to buy another car you can't afford to drift with?

Hmmm...

I remember there was a time when people actually drove the cars they owned. There was a time when drivers used to drive their cars to the track, beat the living crap out of it and drove it home the same day.. Some as a far as Nor Cal..

Here is my advice to some of you.. Build a better car! Learn to actually maintain it and use the car like it was meant to be used... Guess what? Your car is a disposable item. The car is only a tool to learn to drift with.

End rant! Have a nice day!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Next issue of Project car mag....

Pick up a copy! Why? Because I am listed as a resource for the M30 project shown on the cover...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My first S13....

Quick update....

Its been a while.. I got busy doing other stuff..

I think my headaches are gone but they will be back next year! For those who don't know, I get pretty bad headaches every year for about 2 months. Well, I think they are gone and my body can recover from all of the medicine I had to take to control them...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thank you Drift 101 students....















I remembered to take pictures this time.. If I can only remember their names!?!

Either way, they did fantastic and I hope to see them again!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Next Super Demo October 10th at NOS

That's National Orange Show Speedway....

For more info go to http://www.bestinthewestracing.com/

Dope...

I thought I have back seats!

Its somewhere back here! This is the back of my truck after many events and many months driving.....

Monday, September 28, 2009

Pro Am drivers


Current list of Drivers for this event:
1. Ron Frietas
2. Kelvin Arreola
3. Andrew Hately
4. Lance Feliciano
5. Byron Young
6. Robert Nado
7. Charles Ng
8. Tommy Roberts
9. Eric Hill
10. Rene Marcos
11. Jeff Abbott

Yay for diesel....

Another busy weekend

While I was out hosting Drift Day at El Toro, Cyrus was reppin Drift Day in San Diego with his new graphics....














Stole this picture from a user at Zilvia.. Did the graphics in one day... Thanks Melonies and Tony for helping out...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hello DSTROYR!!!

They are cool peoples....

















They will supporting our event this event!











Check them out at http://dstroyr.com/

Monday, September 14, 2009

Long weekend!

So I went to the LA county fair to help out Ken Miyoshi with his car show that was hosted inside the horse track. It was a great layout... I just wish more people actually saw the cars there...

Afterwards, we enjoyed the festivities and even ran into Stan at the fair...

Sunday 4:oo am.. headed out to the Primm to meet with Nic from Vegas Drift. We hashed out some details for the event scheduled for the last weekend of October and headed home...

Not a bad weekend...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Time for a different car?

Still like you... but I am starting to get bored again...

Monday, September 7, 2009

Just a few photos...



























Random photo of.... Who else....

ME...















I think the photo says it all.....

Need bigger hard drive....



I think my memory is getting worse and worse as the months go by.. Maybe its time for me to start writing all of the important stuff so I don't forget in the near future...