RaceWars 2015 presented by Drop Dead Drift

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Chase and Ryan getting it together, literally.

I just have to say that Drop Dead Drift put on a heck of an event this past weekend July 25th-26th. A huge props goes out to the Drop Dead Drift crew for generating a donation of $5000 for Astonished (http://www.beingastonished.com/)

There were 30+ drivers from all around Saskatchewan and Manitoba with skills ranging from independent amateurs to Formula D Pro-Am. This was an open event with a main goal to have fun! With all of the drivers putting on a show, food trucks, a glow competition for driving participants AND spectators – how could you not? This entire event had a toxic “feel good” atmosphere going on.

The weekend started off with a full pit of drivers piling in with plenty of drift eye-candy.

Chase Karchewski's S14.5
Chase Karchewski’s S14.5
Jessie-Joe Curtis' Subaru - RWD and drift ready
Jessie-Joe Curtis’ Subaru – RWD and drift ready
Matthew Johnson's Rocket Bunny 240SX Vert
Matthew Johnson’s Rocket Bunny 240SX Vert
Justin Schiller's RX7
Justin Schiller’s RX7
Turbo Fox Body
Turbo Fox Body – still looking for the driver/owner’s name
Taylor Staffy's S14
Taylor Staffy’s S14

The night began with a full line up and introduction followed by a pause for the National Anthem.

Pits Intro

 

The first night was a success with over 700 spectators walking through the doors to check out the festivities which included a  50/50 raffle, beer gardens (for of-age spectators only) with food trucks provided by Booster Juice and Prairie Dawg Catering who served up some great food and drink.

Here are some snapshots from the first night:

Chase Karchewski “tick-tocking it”

 

Chase Karchewski flies.
Chase Karchewski flies.
Kevin Cuddington in his supercharged BMW.
Kevin Cuddington in his supercharged BMW.
Kelvin Erza laid it down consistently as well all evening.
Kelvin Erza laid it down consistently all evening.

So far I cannot find out who the owner/driver is of this turbo Fox body.
So far I cannot find out who the owner/driver is of this turbo Fox body but he did an excellent job of handling the power.
Jarett Mccrie battled it out on his first night in his RWD WRX. Unfortunately his car was one of the casualties and ended up catching fire in the later night.
Jarett Mccrie battled it out on his first night in his RWD WRX. Unfortunately his car was one of the casualties and ended up catching fire in the later night.
Jon Fiorante killed it in his four-door R32
Jon Fiorante in his four-door R32
Matthew Johnson had his virgin voyage with his newly acquired 240SX. Recently he had sold his infamous Soarer to make way for this car.
Matthew Johnson had a virgin voyage with his newly acquired 240SX. Recently he had sold his infamous Soarer to make way for this car.
Mike Seifert was consistent all throughout the weekend
Mike Seifert was consistent all throughout the weekend in his 240SX.

Ryan Konowalchuk taking a youngster for a ride along who is obviously having a blast!
Ryan Konowalchuk taking a youngster for a ride along who was obviously having a blast!

Spencer Taciuk putting on a show.
Spencer Taciuk putting on a show.

Tanner Frain put it down all night, unfortunately his engine went the first night and could not continue for round two.
Tanner Frain made an appearance. Unfortunately his engine went the first night and could not continue for round two the following day.
Kyle Zimmer is always a crowd favorite with his smooth and consistent lines
Kyle Zimmer is always a crowd favorite with his smooth and consistent lines
It's always odd to see your ex. In this case though, those who  know this car were glad it was being put to good use!
It’s always odd to see your ex. In this case though, those who know this car were glad it was being put to good use!

 

Finally the sun went down and the glow event started on the track. Strobe lights and underglow began to light up the track. Unfortunately for me my T5 was not cutting it anymore. I decided to put the camera away and go enjoy the festivities with friends, do some ride along’s and take it in. On the way to my car I took a quick couple of snaps of Matthew’s 240SX and Kyle’s R32.

Kyle had the most berserk light show going on in the interior of his car and on the exterior. Not pictured here is the multi patterned LED's going. It was like a disco in there
Kyle had the most berserk light show going on in the interior of his car and on the exterior. Not pictured here is the multi patterned LED’s going. It was like a disco in there.
Matthew's 240SX decked out in glow
Matthew’s 240SX decked out in glow.

The drifting shut down just after 11:00PM and the party started. The glow competition was wild. I mean crazy. It was a reminder of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s with all of the underglow. Anthony Thiessen had wired up some Christmas lights and had them strung on his doors and even went to the extent of strapping on and lighting some fireworks for more added “glow” (albeit unsafe in a crowd of people, the end result was quite amusing).
That concluded Day One.

Day Two started with the track going hot at noon. The sun was high and the heat was dry. Consider Day One practice.

Day Two was the actual tandem competition and the drivers were definitely getting more aggressive with their driving.

Kevin Cuddington forever slaying tires getting up on the high bank
Kevin Cuddington forever slaying tires getting up on the high bank
Jessie was getting comfortable with his fresh drift build on day two.
Jessie was getting comfortable with his fresh drift build on day two.
One of the main guys behind Drop Dead Drift, Justin Schiller was one to keep your eyes on. The wing is ridiculously huge, the dual-dual blast pipes were dumping flames and he laid it down all weekend!
One of the main guys behind Drop Dead Drift, Justin Schiller was one to keep your eyes on. The wing is ridiculously huge, the dual-dual blast pipes were dumping flames and he laid it down all weekend!
Kolton Ryan is one of the most furious drivers out there.
Kolton Ryan is one of the most furious drivers out there.
Kolton Ryan has quite the track presence.
Kolton Ryan has quite the track presence.

Kolton 3

 

Fellow photographer for Dodologic and drifter Megan Skeen went for a spin in her 180SX
Fellow photographer (for Dodologic) and driver Megan Skene went for a spin in her 180SX
Robby gave his 300ZX a good beating all weekend. See that rear bumper cover? "Ain't care"
Robby gave his 300ZX a good beating all weekend. See that rear bumper cover? “Ain’t care”
Taylor Staffy had fun with his highboost all afternoon getting his angle on. Super cool dude.
Taylor Staffy had fun with his highboost all afternoon getting his angle on.
Anthony Thiessen killing all tires. All day, non stop.
Anthony Thiessen killing all tires. All day, non stop.

 

 

Everyone loves tandem. The drivers love tandem. The crowd goes wild for tandem. My spot of choice was best picked on the bank end of corner 4 where the smoke, dust, and tire bits would fly up and hit me in the face.

Chase moves fast, his first tandem drift he was solo.
Chase moves fast, his first tandem drift he was solo.
Jessie's Subaru was quite the spectacle. It is odd and awesome at the same time watching whats to be an AWD car pushing the rear out
Jessie’s Subaru was quite the spectacle. It is odd and awesome at the same time watching what is to be an AWD car pushing the rear out
From what I had seen Kelvin and Jessie got a standing ovation for their performance after this tandem
From what I had seen Kelvin and Jessie got a standing ovation for their performance after this tandem

 

Chase and Ryan getting it together, literally.
Chase and Ryan getting it together, literally.

Unfortunately for Kevin – his competition ended as soon as it had began. Rest in pieces. Don’t take this accident as a reflection of his driving skill; Kevin is one of the most consistent drivers out there but this freak accident took him out. We are all glad he is okay and his powertrain/drivetrain will surely end up in another BMW for next season

Cuddington crash day 2

Two of the most aggressive drivers made a great tandem duo
Two of the most aggressive drivers made a great tandem duo
Anthony and Ryan
Anthony and Ryan
Anthony and Robby
Anthony and Robby

In the end of the tandem competition for day two the results were as follows!

4th Jon Fiorante
3rd Robby Kubica
2nd Kelvin Erza
1st Anthony Thiessen

Congratulations to Anthony Thiessen for driving his way to first and taking home the win!

Anthony Thiessen made it through all of the rounds of tandem and was judge on driving skill and style to advance his way to first place!
Anthony Thiessen made it through all of the rounds of tandem and was judged on driving skill and style to advance his way to first place!
The forever humble Kyle Zimmer was down for a stop-drop portrait to show off his nit and grit through his helmet
The forever humble Kyle Zimmer was down for a stop-drop portrait to show off the nit and grit his face collected through his helmet

 

For a video summary of the event check out Anastas Maragos’ video here:

In closing: as the term goes – “Keep Drifting Fun”.

-Lee.

 

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