86FEST 2013: Fontana, CA

Written by Tom Stahler (Intro by Jordan Lenssen) The brainchild of Antonio Alvendia and Kevin Tidewell, the roots of 86FEST date back to the 1990s and the AE86. Back then, while most people in the car scene were attending car shows and import drag racing, Alvendia and his friends were competing in SCCA autocross. He owned a front-wheel drive Toyota, but soon noticed the fastest guys had rear-wheel drives, so he hunted down his first AE86 – a 1985 Corolla GT-S hatch with a factory LSD, and let's just say the rest is history. When the 86 platform was announced,…

Formula Drift Round 5: Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Most Wins in the History of the Series

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Autodrome St-Eustache in Canada. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM took the victory for his tenth event win - the most in Formula DRIFT history! In one of the most action packed and chaotic rounds of competition, Round 5: True North brought the top drifting talent in the world into Canada to a capacity crowd. The Livestream drew over 1 million views over the course of the weekend. “What an event! In what I can only describe as a historic and…

Import Face-Off 2011: Wichita, KS

Photos by Cliff Wallace IMPORT FACE-OFF Kansas International Dragway Wichita, KS March 20, 2011 FWD CLASS: Max Ramos from San Antonio, Texas (purple Civic pic) secured the number 1 qualifier position with a 9.71 second pass at 161 mph, but blew the welds off his intake manifold in the process (FnF style). JB weld and clamps made for a quick, temporary fix, but all for nothing as Max ended up red lighting in the first round of eliminations. With Max out of the picture, number 2 qualifier, Chan Thammavongs (teal Civic) running half a second faster than the rest of…