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[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]he first Arizona event in the 2016 Southwest Drift series, hosted by VegasDrift, took place in Tucson at the Musselman Honda Circuit – a track made for go-kart racing. The Tucson track, like others used in the series, was chosen to help competitors develop their skills on a variety of course configurations in an effort to earn a Formula Drift Pro 2 license.

_DSC6280Local up-and-coming drifters and aspiring Formula Drift drivers earn points put towards their overall standings by qualifying for each round’s Top 16 battles and awarded based on their performance in the Top 16. At the conclusion of the series, the license is awarded to the top three drivers with the most overall points.

“The Southwest Drift series is the best Formula D Pro-AM series in the United States” said Matt Haugen, who emerged victorious [...]

Bear Rzesnowiecky emerged victorious, displaying strong car control in varying weather conditions in his final battle against Andy Hately, securing the win for Round Two of the the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series, June 12, hosed by VegasDrift.

The final podium finish was secured by Dr. Levi Wait, of Drift Colorado, after a battle against Steve Mass from South Dakota.

Round Three of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift is scheduled for August 27 at the Musselman Honda Circut in Tucson, Arizona.

Photography by Hans Marquez and Rebecca Nguyen

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Cars and Drivers

 

Traditionally, the first Saturday of the month marks the Cars and Coffee gathering at Gainey Village in Scottsdale, Arizona. Temperatures in Scottsdale reached 118 degrees, but that didn’t hinder the shows attendance in the slightest.

Junes first weekend car show attracted over 150 cars, showcasing the typical array of high-end, super, sport and luxury cars, such as the Ferrari, Lamborghini, various Porsche models and the GT-R.

The triple-digit summer heat didn’t hinder spectating attendance either as hundreds showed to catch a glimpse of their favorite cars.

Photography by Matthew Fink

After just a years absence, Hot Import Nights has returned to Phoenix, Arizona, set at a new location and featured up-and-coming performers, as part of their 2016 event schedule.

Ho_DSC2754t Import Nights is a producer of touring automotive lifestyle events and aims to provide car shows in unique venues, showcase music, and in a sense can be regarded as a pop-culture festival for the automotive millennial.

Held at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 21, Phoenix marked the seventh event of 16 that make up the 2016 HIN tour schedule.
“Phoenix is always a destination city we want to visit,” said Wayne Raqueno from HIN, adding “the crowd is awesome and the car scene is still growing. It is also a locati [...]

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association drivers took to the 21-turn, 2.8-mile road-course configuration last weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, for the 15th annual Southern California Historic Sports Car Festival.

I can appreciate the long-bodied, elegant pre-war cars with seductive curves, and even family-style sedans built for “grocery getting,” and of course I enjoy “go-fast” muscle cars and hot rods, but nothing is more alluring than a purpose-built race car. I’ve always thought that not every show car can be a race car, but every race car can be a show car. While there’s nothing like seeing these cars ripping around a racetrack, more such historic racers are making their way to the auction block and show fields and, with their presence, bring light to their eras of technology while representing a role in the evolution to modern race cars.

While it’s educational seeing such cars parked at a show, it’s even better seeing

Clocked at 111.58 miles per hour, Wayne Talkington set a new Hot Rod Semi world speed record in his 1963 Kenworth 921 on May 1 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park during the Strictly Diesel NHRDA Desert Diesel Nationals.

According to Talkington Motorsports, the Kenworth used to compete was purchased for $650 in 1998 by Wayne’s father, John Talkington, specifically to race after having raced road trucks for fun. The truck endured a redesign to appear as it is today, featuring a custom built twin turbo Detroit engine with Nitrous Oxide, mated to a 740 Allison automatic transmission. In an effort to improve aerodynamics, the the hood was extended and lightened to accommodate the Detroit engine, while maintaining the Classic Kenworth Look. Additionally, the front axel was changed to aluminum and the rear end was switched out to an Eaton, which improved safety for racing purposes.

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