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Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]hroughout the entire 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift, Austin Kregles goal has remained the same: to qualify and keep the car in one piece.

During the final round of the series, Kregle qualified in seventh position, entering the Top 16 competition for the first time behind the wheel of his 1995 Nissan 240SX. His first battle put him against the only other driver in the competition powered by an SR motor, Preston Watson.

Despite similar power levels, Watson maintained closer proximity to Kregle in the chase position and advanced in the competition.

dsc0599-1“The overall experience competing in this series [...]

[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]f I could take home any car offered at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction, these are the ones I’d pick:

First is the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary Convertible.

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This viper is #2 for 50 limited anniversary Vipers series produced. Also this viper is second of the line but its the first convertible produced. This car is also 1 of 2 that is flat gold with black stripes with only 146 miles on it. With a 8.4-liter 10-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual transmission from the Tammy Allen Collection, is a perfect collector’s car.

Up next is the 2009 Mini Cooper S Custom Limousine

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This Mini Cooper is a 140” stretch limo that can [...]

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]aking up at 4 a.m. isn’t something I always do, but when I do, I know I have something exciting planned. When I heard my phone ring I knew it was time to get up because I was off to fabulous Las Vegas!

My partner in crime, Nicole James was the driver for this trip – which gave me time to sleep on the ride there – and in four short hours we were at Mandalay Bay for Barrett-Jackson’s 9th annual Las Vegas auction.

When you first walk in the convention center were the show is held you see the Ford display and as always, all the newest Fords were in attendance with Ford employees there to answer any, and all, questions.

Lots of vendors had set up booths and displays with spectacular display cars but we didn’t waste too much time looking at those, we wanted to see the auction action and go [...]

Editorial Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosed by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez.

Earning a third place finish, Andrew Schulte took hold of his first podium finish of the season in his 1993 Nissan 240SX during Round Three of the 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift.

During the first round of the series, Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head battle against the number one qualifier. Calm and confident, Schulte was not going to give him and easy victory.

_DSC6605Schulte qualified in 14th position during Round Two of the series, earning a battle against the event [...]

Editorial Note: This is the third in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift. 

Andrew Schulte has proven to be a dominating force on the track in his 1993 Nissan 240SX during the first half of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift.

In Round One of the series Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head against the number one qualifier. Calm and confident, Schulte was not going to give him and easy victory.

_DSC3738Round Two, held June 12, at Colorado National Speedway in Denver, Colorado, Schulte qualified in 14th position resulting in a battle against the number three qualifier, Bear  [...]

Editorial Note: This is the third in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift. 

Austin Kregle, competing in his 1995 Nissan 240SX, set out to dominate the short-track oval of Colorado National Speedway in Denver, Colorado, June 12, during Round Two of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift.

Kregle was significantly more aggressive and noticeably more confident as he pushed his car to new limits that had not been seen during Round One of the series.

_DSC3734Looking very competitive, on his last practice run prior to qualifying runs Kregle crashed sustaining minimal damage. The decision was made to compete i [...]

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