Grassroots Dopeness >>> March Madness At PARC

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Pat’s Acres. Drifting. Spring. A few photos, and even fewer words.

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Once again, another month, another drift event at Pat’s Acres. Seems like there can only be so much to cover at a single venue before it becomes a dull repetition. Once again, my doubts have been laid to waste.

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Perhaps it was looking into the finer details…

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Or maybe seeing the big picture that staved my cynicism. The turnout, though, was massive. Was it bigger than last year’s PARC Fest? I couldn’t tell you.

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What PARC Fest didn’t have last year was Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Sprint Cup car. A truly intimidating machine to behold in person, but I don’t think it got the attention it deserved.

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Even though it’s my job to create some captions about each photo, I don’t want to exercise my brain too much and risk giving you the wrong impression. Besides, excessive use of superlatives like “rad” and “sick” will kill brain cells, and I want to keep enough to remember how a camera works.

I will do my best to provide a modicum of what I experienced for the sake of story.

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Oh, and hi Joe Ayala!

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There are always new cars and drivers I see every time I go to PARC. Tanner Baer, with his cantaloupe green Miata, decked out in Vegas Pro-Am vinyl, is one of those new faces.

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You may have seen a post on our Facebook page that encourages patriotism by tossing a V8 engine into your car. And like a true patriot, this FC RX7 stands loud and proud.

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The weather around this time of the year in Oregon is so sporadic. If you’re not into the gloomy, greyness of the Nimbostratus clouds, wait a few minutes.

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This is Nick Schnell and his immaculate, blood red S13, with a 1JZ heart transplant. Swapped in 2009, Nick says he was the first in the U.S. with the ViPEC JZ setup, after being tired of RB issues.

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I often find myself getting friendly with Matt Panic’s Celica, every time I attend PARC. That day, we reached a new level of friendship.

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A ’79 Camaro, originally built for hillclimb, re-purposed to drift. The cow catcher up front is a nice touch.

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How’s this for a rad dirt drop?

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Or this?

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PARC always hosts many flavors of S13, Nate Kandoll’s LS1-powered car, for example.

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And believe me, it’s delicious.

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No drift event is truly complete until Matt Panic and Paul Harrison tandem.

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Paul’s KE35 Corolla looks great, because it tickles my drift missile/rat rod fancy. And by the way, Paul is from Alberta, Canada a.k.a. America’s Hat. That is some admirable dedication to all this buffoonery of tire slaughtering.

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I didn’t even realize Cameron Moore was behind the wheel.

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Tandems, tandems, tandems.

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Joe Smith is a maniac. Racing legend Mario Andretti once said, “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” I thought that when Joe dropped a tire in the dirt with ferocity, and I thought that when he blew a tire and continued to drift, grinding the pavement.

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 A little meandering around the paddock.

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Beams power.

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V8 power.

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Let’s get right back to it, shall we?

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It may not have been Cameron’s noble steed, the Radium Engineering Lexus, but that didn’t keep him from swinging the tail out with the best of them.

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Did I say Cameron Moore, or did I mean Ryan Tuerck? The helmet, the glasses, it just has to be!

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Over the course of a single day, I saw the driver of this car improve his technique massively. Look how close to the edge of the track he got the tire!

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The bare-boned, hot blooded machine which I will call “Frankenstein’s Camaro”, is just on a whole other echelon of awesome. I might have to do a feature on it. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Looked as though golden hour (that’s a cloud-free evening to us photo nerds) just wasn’t in the cards. Bummer, because I wanted the lighting to look as epic as the drifting.

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This is some serious stage 3 weight reduction at work.

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If you saw my post from the First Drift At The Drags, you’ll remember Justin, who once had to have his camera surgically removed from his face. Well, due to complications, he had to have a giant chicken head transplant.

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I honestly could not imagine that day being any better than it was. To see the paddock and pits swarming with friends and fans having as much fun as the drivers, to be out on the track once again to fuel my passion for photography, and to share this experience with you is such a privilege.

One comment

  1. I am getting to know the players… Welcome, C A N A D A !! Ben, you know how to capture the moment – on pix & caption! Looking forward to April’s OMG Drift at Pat’s Acres!!!

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