Friday, August 15, 2014

Cusco Z33 Front Negative Upper Arm Configuration

Recently picked up some Cusco Front Negative Upper Arms for the Z33 and there were no instructions or manual on how to set them up for adjusting front camber.  So I thought I would throw together a nice little diagram of the different setting configurations available on the stock set of Cusco arms for the Z.  Of course there have been several folks who modify these arms to either run an extreme amount of more negative camber, or to adjust them back out to allow more positive camber.  I don't plan on doing that with mine, so I won't go into it.  Hope this is found helpful :)  Bushido!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ハイパー 祭り - HyperFest 2014

 This year's HyperFest was nuts as usual, and with US Drift heading the on-track event, the drivers all showed some awesome skill.  There's been rumors that Summit Point may be selling their track for Police-use only in the near future, and that HyperFest may be moved to a new venue next year or possibly gone for good even.  So everything seemed to feel extra verve this year.  From the NASA road racing, to the car show, to the drifting, to J.R. and Chris doing their thing, and of course to all the partying afterwards, this year was just as excitable as always.  All the photos are pretty much of drifting, so there's not much to say except congrats to all the drivers who got out there and had fun.  Enjoy the photos, 武士道!

Here's the gentleman (Troy Manners) who ended up taking 1st place at US Drift: Round 1.

The driver of this S15, Matt Predmore, has been doing big things for the past year in conjunction with Freed Engineering.  I've literally been waiting to see this car drifting since it was dropped off at their shop around May 2013.  So stoked to see him back out there with a solid 2JZ motor now, and a good group of people to back him up.  It's also pretty awesome to see a car that was built for D1GP stateside and drifting - A lot of rare parts are used on the car, from aero to suspension to wheels, etc.  Check out Quickstyle Motorsports and Freed Engineering for more on the car and parts used.

Ride-alongs in La Flama Blanca, and the Monster Energy Ford Mustang.

Angerman comin' in hot, and rollin smoke!

James' car really turns out some of the coolest looking photos.

And here's a little snap from my side of the track, of the crew being drunk.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

谷スタイル - Drift Valley IX

This past weekend, I finally got a chance to make it out to a Drift Valley event: Drift Valley IX.  My good friend Nick has been hassling me about making it out to one of these for awhile, and now I understand why.  They inject a totally different aura of awesome into grassroots style drifting - I mean I thoroughly enjoyed myself at this event.  Drift Valley was a judge-free zone.  Everyone was there to just fucking rock out and have a good time.  It was almost a bit of overload, because I couldn't handle capturing all of the genki dori.  

I rode down from the Baltimore area with Nick, his dad and Amigo Style himself.  If any of you follow me on the Gram, you would have seen I posted a photo at the ass crack of dawn as we stopped to gas up the '13. 

All off-season, Nick's been steady at it with the installation of his new Tomei goodies, including the above ARMS M7960 turbo.  It's been awesome to see the transformation of this car in such a short period of time, and as he murdered his first run of the day, his dad and I knew right away that all of the effort was about to pay off.

It was about 8:15AM when we arrived at Shenandoah Speedway - A track that's typically used for Oval Racing.  A speedy unload, and a quick attachment of the front bumper, headlights, and lip (which didn't stay on for long by the way).

Aside from the happenings on-track, the surrounding view was already enough to gaze upon and really made for some perfect static shots.

Barnie's S14, transplanted with a VH45 from what I understand, and comes fully equipped with a roof-chillin' girlfriend.

Just a small portion of the crowd present right before tech-inspection.

Derek's hatch, rocking the PRPL sticker.  (

I took the pleasure of unloading and perfectly aligning Nick's sets of drift spares. . . All of which were WORK Wheels.  This man knows how to kill it.

Some of the wildlife.

Derek out in the infield making smoke on one of the first runs of the day.

EVIL 326 ;-)

This is what we came for!

FUCK YEAH!!! I was a gitty little female on the sideline while we had to sit back and watch Nick roast that rubber.

I was actually really impressed with this guy, running what seemed to be a mostly stock Z33.

Drift-truck - Whatever, looks rad, right?

S14 killin' that bank. 

Tommy Miata in the quadruple two-thousand Horsepower / 9999 ft-lb Torque, FD-retired MX5.  Thing sounded pretty tight, and smoked the balls out of some tires though.

Adam rockin' the RHD S13.5.

Fuck 'Em.  This is drifting.  Style, flair, and burning the tread off of some badass WORK Metal Buff Emotion XT-7's.

Kurt wasn't doing a bad job in his FREED 1JZ-Powered S13, after a two-year hiatus.

Unfortunately, the front bumper later had to be removed.

Aiming for that noodle!

And making the rear-end of the car disappear in clouds.

Scott, another one from the 'Pack, sliding his S13 vert.

A couple BMW's were out too!  This one was making crazy amounts of smoke, and FUCK was it loud. . .

Noodle-Nailin' Dylan and his passenger throwing up the WolfPack!

No time for rear bumpers. . .

Needless to say, this event rocked it and I'll be back at the next one in May.  I thought the drive home would consist of me falling asleep in the back seat of the truck, but we were all just too hyped about how the day went and could not stop talking, and looking back through all the photos and video we got.  Speaking of that, I should have some video to put up soon too, so keep an eye for that.  I leave this last one here from the ride home - WolfPackin' it into the sunset.  Bushido!