Event Coverage | Formula Drift Round 7 - Title Fight (Pt. II)

October 10, 2011

Night-Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

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Drifting is such an awesome automotive sport people tend to look down upon. I should say it was popular back in the days when drifters from D1GP Japan came down to the states, but it seems like the popularity is growing back slowly, especially after hearing so many people attending Seattle's Formula D event, which eventually sold out. I didn't even imagine Saturday's event was going to have the biggest crowd out of all the FD events held at Irwindale. The main event, Top 16, started at 8pm and that's when the stands were usually filled with spectators, but it was already packed at around 5pm when the Top 32 was competing. Today, I'm going to share the rest of Fatlace's Slammed Society Showcase and a few drifting shots I took from the VIP stands. Our photographer, Jay Ebue, was in the track taking shots, so those photos/coverage will be shared within this week.

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There were more booths than last year that made this year's Formula D event more enjoyable. Companies are starting to come out to this event to promote their products because it is the biggest general automotive sport event. There's Alvin, owner of Import Fashion, getting in the shot (^_^) He's the owner of the G35 I did a Random Nightlight feature on at the bottom of this coverage. Import Fashion like a G!

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Next to HRE's booth was a Mustang that looked exactly like Vaughn Gitten Jr.'s. I think it was his but not the one he was drifting.

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This wheel was pretty sexy.

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Chris Forsberg and Walker Wilkerson coming back from the track.

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Enkei RPF1s! Perfect set of track wheels.

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Fatlace crew chilling.

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A lot of spectators.

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The sound of V8 attracts everyone. Matt Powers going to his pit area.

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Fontana Nissan's booth displaying the track R32 we did a Random Nightlight on few months ago.

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Probably the busiest pit area is Falken's.

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Dai Yoshihara's Rocket Bunny S13, the Champion!

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Boso Garage's S15.

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I was walking around with 1013mm and spotted Matt Powers doing an interview. This guy is full of swag!

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Also spotted Vaughn Gitten Jr. doing an interview.

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Abbitt doing what he does best.

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Finally at the VIP area to watch the Top 32 compete! I should have applied for Media this year...next year for sure though!

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I've mentioned in the beginning about the stands already being packed at around 5pm. This photo explains it.

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Although I was in a good area, taking drifting shots was very difficult. Hope you guys understand.

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Ryan Tuerck going all out!

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Spotted Speedhunter's photographer running with his baller lens.

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It was disappointing to see Fredric Aasbo crashing to the wall. The rear suspension seemed f'd up so no more rounds for him.

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Patrick Cyr and Rhys Millen going at it.

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Chris Forsberg joined along with the spectators.

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Vaughn Gitten Jr. and Mike Essa.

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Probably the best shot I took during the Top 32 competition. So that's about it with the drifting shots. I took much more but the rest came out like crap.

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I came across Big Abe doing a shoot here with one of 310 Tuner models. He was sweating pretty hard..

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Evo under APR's booth.

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If there are known models at an event, you'll come across the long haired grandpa at the left.

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CR-Z by Wraptivo.

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Those fully polished or chrome dipped Blitzs looked sexy!

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Because the sun was settled, it was time to take another walk around the showcase area to take better shots.

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1000+HP Supra! I love this car..

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Alex decided to strip out the custom paint done to his BBSs. WHY!!!! Sick stance though (^_^)

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Like the ride Minh!

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M2-Motoring's xB. I'll be shooting this car pretty soo, so stay tuned.

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One clean S14 that barely shows up at events or meets.

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Swaggy daggy! Gawd dam look at those wheels and the stance!

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Subaru Forester on Rotiforms. What a surprise!

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Really clean Rx-8.

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STi brothers.

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Loved the body work done to this GS.

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Really liking this color combo.

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The aggressive sized wheels were good enough to sit perfectly aligned with the over-fenders.

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Fitted Sonata. Props again!

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Domo was bored.

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Ou~ New sticker!

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Eddie's ride is such a win!

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Clean RSX Type-Ss.

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Nicely fitted Zs.

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Custom paint on these S13s were gorgeous.

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Fatlace trucks.

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Fit enough!?

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Aired out tC.

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Good to see some news cars at the show.

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Ending the coverage with a shot of Dai Yoshihara and his S13. Hope everyone has a good week! I got some more Random Nightlight's coming up so keep yourselves updated on my Facebook fanpage!


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