It’s that time of year again! Drivers are dusting off the cobwebs and doing other cliche things to get ready for the 2011 competition season. I rode up to Thunderhill with Formula DRIFT rookie Fabian Fernandez today to see what was going on.
Right when we got there, we saw Fabian’s fellow rookie Ryan Kado back his orange S14 into the wall on the skidpad. He moved the right rear corner of the car into the wheel well. OOPS!
After some buffing, the car was drivable again! Works just like new!
The wall has seen better days. I’m pretty sure the fence likes that the wall is there.
Ryan apologized profusely for being such a boring driver to watch. It’s okay Ryan, you’ll get it eventually!
Julian Jacobs didn’t crash, but he wasn’t having much fun either. This hose coming loose was just one of his problems during the day.
I’d seen this Datsun Z at car shows around the Bay Area, so It was cool to see it in action finally.
ProAm driver Andy Gillespie let me drift his street Miata. It was pretty fun! I let Geoff take the picture. Thanks Andy and Geoff!
ProAm drivers John Corvinus and Mike Spring were tandeming together all day.
Did I mention all day?
Don from Bob’s Donuts brought some friends out to grip. That’s Don’s Miata, but not Don driving it. They were playing musical cars all day.
I forgot to ask this guy’s name, but he asked me where he could find the pictures. I hope he remembers what I told him.
Here’s another one, just in case he does.
ProAm driver Gabe Stone was ripping it up as usual. I still don’t know how he can drive that thing as good as he does!
Geoff got to drive Andy’s Miata too! Around this time, I found out that while I was shooting on the track, Ryan bapped the wall again, this time mangling the car pretty bad. He had it all packed up in his trailer by the time I got back to the skidpad so no pictures 🙁
Geoff also drove the tire guy’s brother’s Z. Don’t let the tire guy’s brother find out!
Then the tire guy himself took a stab at it.
After Geoff got driving other people’s cars out of his system, Fabian did a few runs in Gabe’s Camaro. He said it was really weird having a first gear so tall he didn’t have to shift to second. Yeah, that is pretty weird.
Before we knew it, it was time to go home. Thanks for the ride, Fabian!