IMG_6080_opt
Photos by Cliff Wallace

In the FWD class, Chris “The Magician” Miller struggled to even qualify as he was forced to back out during the first round due to a leak in the burnout box. For his second, nail-biting attempt, Chris almost hit the wall as his Orange-camo Civic jerked hard left and crossed the center line, which made that pass ineligible as a qualifier. Before his third and final attempt at qualifying, Chris was expected to only peddle across the line to take the low risk number 8 qualifying position. Instead of taking an easy pass, The Magician went all out and ended up running a 67mm turbo world record pass of 8.9-seconds at 179 mph, which also secured the number-1 qualifier position! Number 2 qualifier, and local Maryland racer, Rick Everly won the class as Miller stalled at the line during semis. This is the first loss for Miller since 2009.

The Forced Induction Pro class saw local Maryland racer Matt Lennen with his Toyota Supra win for a second year in a row. Because of the consecutive wins, there will be a $100 bounty put on his head at every 2011 event he competes at.

IMG_6099_opt IMG_6058_opt Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com
Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com

The hotly contested All Motor class was where New Yorker, Jose “Pepsi” Bello with his K-Series Civic took the win for a second year in a row while also setting a world record 137 mph trap speed for the class (all other top racers in All Motor are running 125 to 130 mph). For the third year in a row, Randy Owens (world’s fastest and quickest H-Series All Motor street Honda) took runner-up in the class.

For the street driven turbo cars, the Forced Induction Sport class is for full interior, exhaust and plated cars. Local racer, Ernie Taylor with his yellow RX-7 (see pic) ruined the fun for everyone else by running 1 to 2 seconds faster than the entire field. To keep things interesting for the rest of the competitors, IFO official placed a $200 dollar bounty on his head. No one collected as Ernie ended up winning in the finals with a 9.5-second pass to Brady Johnson’s DSM that ran an 11-flat.“Next event I’m stepping up to FI Pro,” stated Ernie.

Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com Import Face Off Crofton, MD, photo by www.importfaceoff.com

For his 4th IFO event in a row, Best of Show was won by Wes Banasan with his teal Nissan 350Z, which was featured in PASMAG. With a 45 percent increase in overall attendance at this year’s Import Face-Off, perhaps we can expect to see two Maryland events in 2012? importfaceoff.net

DMCC Round 2 2011: Mirabel, QC

The second round of the DMCC series took place at the Circuit Icar that is just north of Montreal. Icar is a 1st class racing facility that is built on the old Mirabel airport, which gives the venue a unique look and feel. The track is completely concrete that is actually really good at not eating tires too much but one drawback is that the track is so huge that some sort of transport is needed to get around or else you spend your weekend walking from place to place. It is the second time that the series has come…

Motion Auto Show & Expo 2011

The Team at ProMotion Distributing has once again out done themselves by bringing us the 2011 Motion Auto Show at the Long Beach Convention Center. Entering the 5th year, they're seasoned in packing the convention centre with hot cars, hot girls, and tones of attendees. Any spectator walking through the show this year would agree, the vibe had a “tuner-enthusiast lifestyle” feel – something HIN had done in years previous – and somehow, a corporate touch in the realm of something such as SEMA. In all, there were 125 vendors displaying the latest products, 300 SEMA-show-worthy rides fighting for trophies,…

Formula Drift Round 1 2015: Long Beach, CA

Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro kicked-off the first event of the 2015 World Championship season with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach to a sold out crowd. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC takes the victory and the lead in the chase for the championship. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the twelfth season of Formula DRIFT to a sell out crowd. Over 20,000 fans experienced the action and excitement at the Streets of Long Beach Grand Prix Street Course through the weekend. The Dailymotion Livestream partnership saw over 300,000 unique viewers…

Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

January 11-13, 2013 Chiba, Japan Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 280,000 people, 800 cars, four days, 12 hours of sleep, one M6 convertible, 73 cans of Red Bull, and 3,000 shots later, the curtain, mercifully, fell on the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. As with any Tokyo Auto Salon, it’s sensory overload from the minute you get in to the minute you leave. This year we had a ton of spectacles to witness inside and outside the Makuhari Messe in Chiba and an indication of how much bigger 2013 was, was in the opening of the North hall, which has remained…