Northwest Dopeness >>> Drifting, Racing, And Raining… Oh My!

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The title says it all. Racing, drifting, and raining. That’s my kinda weekend.

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There’s honestly not much to write about, other than that NASA NorthWest put on yet another great weekend. There could’ve been some more drifters out there, but beggars can’t be choosers. Everyone who showed up put on a great show.

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The weekend’s racers were split up into separate categories, from beginner to advanced racing groups, and the drifters. You can’t help but admire these powerful machines with masterful pilots on the reins.

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Of course, you’ve come here to see photos of drifting, right?

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Yes, that is a X90 Mark II, drifting in the land of the free.

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I’m a pretty huge fan of goat-powered* 240sx’s.

*goat is another of saying GTO, and I’m sure you’ve seen many photos of Nate Kandoll’s car here on OMGDrift.

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Fire happens from time to time. Does that stop drifters from getting the car fixed up to go back out, hands flailing and tails swinging? Nope.

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Oh, if only this car didn’t blow a gear, it would’ve been running strong all day.

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The battles between the legends racers was outstanding. Passing on the outside, crossing each other, catching a little slide; all of that can happen mid-corner with these agile little monsters.

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Sometimes in racing, your car gets a boxer’s nose.

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Hot on the heels.

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I wasn’t sure if comrade Chris was taking pictures of me breaking a sweat walking down the back straight, or just looking through the photos he took. I guess we’ll find out if he got a good shot my belly flopping around in the video he is working on.

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Back in the paddock, it was all fun and games between drift sessions. Nice ollie, Travis.

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Save the what?! Is that–like–an acronym or something?

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Nothing a delicate touch and a big hammer can’t fix! Things were looking good for the next day.

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April showers bring May flowers, but what do May showers bring? A different tire strategy and a new set of challenges, I suppose.

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Parts of the track were fairly dry, though.

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But the rain will always find a way back around these parts.

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It’s  pretty awesome to be able to stand and snap photos where he stands. The thundering onslaught of cars beneath your feet is incredible.

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The rain finally let up, but the track wasn’t dry enough for these guys to throw up a smokescreen. It doesn’t matter though, drifting is drifting.

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When everyone is having this much fun, even on the final drift session of the weekend, time seems to drift even faster than the cars.

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But all good things must come to an end, for now.

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Scars tell some great stories. These rubber-clad, metal-sheathed vessels could almost tell you a better story than their pilots ever could, just by looking at all their cuts, scrapes, and dents. Drifting at a racetrack like Portland International Raceway is brutal, and brutally awesome.

Huge thanks goes out to everyone at NASA NorthWest for once again putting on a spectacular weekend!

4 comments

  1. Once, again… worth the wait! Thanks B E N! Awesomeness!!!

  2. Awesome shorts as always, did you get any more photos of the time trials group? A bunch of us are interested in seeing more photos.

  3. Is the SV Performance Corolla the VQ powered one?!

  4. Awesome photos, NASA always has awesome events

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