Photos by Hans Marquez and provided by Vaughn Gittin Jr.
In 2006, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible rolled across the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, and sold for $1,242,000. What made this car special was that it had been drag raced in 1970 by Ray Allen, who won seemingly every significant event that year, including the National Hot Rod Association’s U.S. Nationals.
Thirty-six years, a racing heritage and a thorough restoration turned this old, far-from-stock racing car into a million-dollar collectible machine.
Like yesterday’s boomers, today’s millennials are into motorsports, though perhaps not so much into stock, Indy, sports car or drag racing as they are into drifting.
Competitive Drifting originated in Japan with the D1 Grand Prix series in 2001. Drifting is a driving style in which the driver tries to keep the car in a condition of oversteer while going
Drifting is not the quickest way to get around a track, but there is something inherently exciting about driving on a road course with the car completely sideways to the course and counter-steering in direction of the slide. It’s a delicate balance between the right amount of power applied and the appropriate steering angle so the car doesn’t spin.
Competitive Drifting originated in Japan with the D1 Grand Prix series in 2001. Drifting is a driving style in which the driver tries to keep the car in a condition of oversteer while going from turn to turn. Three years after its debut in Japan, the Formula Drift series launched in the U.S..
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is one of the pioneers in drifting in the U.S. and is the
Let me paint a picture for you. You buy the car of your choice within your budget. Your love of cars has moved you to make your car an extension of you so you begin to modify it. You aren’t quite happy with the performance or the need to go fast. So what do you do? You purchase aftermarket performance parts for it. You enjoy the fact that it’s faster. Now how do you measure the quickness of the new add-ons?
Race your car against others of course.
For some, they take it out to organized track days offered by groups (NASA, SCCA, Pro Auto) around the nation at designated race tracks. These are safe environments designed to help you learn your car.
They are great programs. But lets be real here… Track days are expensive for most.
The majority of performance car owners can barely afford their cars. Let alone have disposable income
Set 30 minutes away from downtown Seattle, at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Snoqualmie Washington sits the former SFLC/Weyerhaeuser lumber mill. The mill was in operation from 1917 till the early 1990’s when technology and other advancements overtook the lumber industry and forced the mill to close its doors. Weyerhauser’s presence at the mill remained until the early 2000’s. During the time between early 1990’s and early 2000’s they allowed the mill to be used for many things including backdrops to a television show called Twin Peaks. Once the television show ended the old mill site remained desolate for many years with the future outcome of the site looking grim. In June 2010 Snoqualmie Mill Venture purchased the site from Weyerhaeuser. Then in October 2010, DirtFish Rally School moved in and opened its doors.
With over 315 acres of land featuring gravel, mud, and tarmac with open and
As youngsters there is one thing we cannot deny… We have all been covered in dust, played in the dirt, or splashed in the mud at one point in time. However some of us never grew out of this phase and it shows in the extension of our vehicles and the motorsports we follow. Weather your into trucks, cars, or motorcycles, there’s something out there for everyone as long as you’re ok with getting a bit dirty in the process. The following is a small list of races that any off road fan would dream of participating in. They are some of the toughest and most grueling off road motor sports races on the planet, and they definitely push the vehicles and drivers to their limits.
Editorial Note: The National Auto Sports Association- Arizona Region (NASA AZ) took over Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park’s East Track on March 7th and 8th, 2015. In addition to the regular HPDE sessions and race groups, NASA AZ set aside some time for local Arizona drifters to take on the track.
The next NASA AZ event will be April 11th and 12th on WHP’s West Track.
Enjoy some Eye Candy brought to you by Car Street Journals lead photographer, Hans Marquez.