Home   Rules   Scores   Drivers  
  Technique   Gallery   Track Layout   Merchandise  
  Glossary   Sponsorship   Videos   Message Board  
 

December 20, 2003
Drift Session 2

 

Articles

Back

 
 
Contact Us:

info@driftsession.com

(808) 551-1164

 

 
 

December 20, 2003 the final Drift Session event in the 2003 season. Gates opened at 8am, as sleepy eyed drifters made their way into Hawaii Raceway Park and started unloading their spare tires. The morning was unusually quiet and still for a Saturday in Kapolei, but not for long.

DSCF0060 copy.jpg (48812 bytes) DSCF0061 copy.jpg (57306 bytes) DSCF0062 copy.jpg (66178 bytes) DSCF0064 copy.jpg (55641 bytes) DSCF0128 copy.jpg (66620 bytes) DSCF0129 copy.jpg (47958 bytes)

Shortly after a quick driver's meeting at 9am, the short course was opened, allowing drivers to take to the track at will. Beginners proceeded down to long course turn 1 with Tom Bryant to work on some basic drifting skills before being turned loose on the short course.

DSCF0065 copy.jpg (56255 bytes) DSCF0066 copy.jpg (49623 bytes) DSCF0068 copy.jpg (57441 bytes) DSCF0069 copy.jpg (39955 bytes)

The day quickly started off with a bang as Denny Cabal completed his first ever connected topside drift through the chicane, off camber, and entry to the sweeper. The thrill was short lived, however, as Denny performed his choku-dori into the staging lanes only to have his rear wheels hook up suddenly, causing him to brake instinctively and send his car head on into the telephone pole at the Skid Pad exit. Thanks to some helpful drivers and spectators, the car was quickly taken off the track and returned to the pit area where damage could be inspected.

DSCF0070 copy.jpg (64243 bytes) DSCF0072 copy.jpg (53188 bytes) DSCF0074 copy.jpg (49973 bytes) DSCF0075 copy.jpg (47069 bytes)DSCF0103 copy.jpg (49942 bytes) DSCF0108 copy.jpg (52558 bytes) DSCF0109 copy.jpg (51311 bytes) DSCF0110 copy.jpg (47960 bytes)

Upon inspection, Denny found his radiator punctured and front end pretty banged up. Tie straps were soon found and plans were made to tow the vehicle home for repair. But the day had only just started and Denny had yet to master the top side of the track. After a quick guillotine leg drop onto his smashed hood, Denny turned to his brother Kenny and said, "Eh, I like borrow your car."

DSCF0076 copy.jpg (39527 bytes) DSCF0078 copy.jpg (51044 bytes) DSCF0079 copy.jpg (49373 bytes) DSCF0080 copy.jpg (55805 bytes)

Kenny put his faith into his younger brother and let him jump behind the wheel of his 240sx coupe. A few laps later, Denny was finally able to get the hang of the topside, allowing him to connect all corners perfectly at the top of 3rd gear. 

DSCF0081 copy.jpg (73122 bytes) DSCF0082 copy.jpg (65636 bytes) DSCF0083 copy.jpg (51457 bytes) DSCF0084 copy.jpg (55893 bytes)

Another driver that ran into trouble early on in the day was Barry Wong, who ended up stalled out on the quarter mile straightaway. After towing his car back to the pit, Barry couldn't manage to start his car again, Quickly attaching a tow bar to his car, Barry took his GTS back home, only to return a hour later with his 240sx hatchback with brand new SR20 DET engine swap.

DSCF0085 copy.jpg (71196 bytes) DSCF0086 copy.jpg (58947 bytes) DSCF0087 copy.jpg (51841 bytes) DSCF0088 copy.jpg (54787 bytes)

With much delight, Barry found that many of his GTS rims and tires fit nicely onto his 240sx. Quickly bolting up his spares, Barry returned to the track to test his new setup in his daily driver. The SR20 engine provided Barry with the power that his GTS lacked, allowing him to perform his drifts with ease.

DSCF0089 copy.jpg (60406 bytes) DSCF0091 copy.jpg (57856 bytes) DSCF0092 copy.jpg (51972 bytes) DSCF0093 copy.jpg (50647 bytes)

A short while later, Barry's car returned through the middle access pit road, appearing to be hobbling back to the pit. Upon arrival we could see that Barry made contact with the quarter mile straightaway guardrails on his driver's side, smashing up 2 rims and dotting the side of his car with dents and scrapes. After popping off his front rims, Barry also saw that one of his control arms was bent as well. One cell phone call to veteran driver Steve Oliberos and Barry would soon have the parts necessary to get back onto the track again.

 DSCF0104 copy.jpg (56374 bytes) DSCF0105 copy.jpg (61764 bytes) DSCF0106 copy.jpg (50257 bytes) DSCF0107 copy.jpg (51338 bytes) 

By the time Barry's car was put back together again, the day was just about over. People were packing up and the track was being cleaned, but there was still time for donut practice in the skid pad. Jon Nasu, Steve Oliberos, Kyle Arai and Barry Wong jumped into the middle of the skid pad to display their donut making skills. Kyle Arai's Honda Civic put up the most smoke with his reverse donuts, leaving everyone watching with black boogers in their noses.

DSCF0094 copy.jpg (52019 bytes) DSCF0095 copy.jpg (52665 bytes) DSCF0096 copy.jpg (62031 bytes) DSCF0097 copy.jpg (53037 bytes)

Barry, Jon, and Steve put on an impressive display with their 3 man donut exhibition, with Barry and Jon performing nose to nose donuts in the middle of the skid pad, while Steve performed wide sweeping donuts around them.

DSCF0098 copy.jpg (51636 bytes) DSCF0100 copy.jpg (64643 bytes) DSCF0101 copy.jpg (54371 bytes) DSCF0102 copy.jpg (51600 bytes)DSCF0112 copy.jpg (62201 bytes) DSCF0126 copy.jpg (46569 bytes) DSCF0127 copy.jpg (49105 bytes)

DSCF0119 copy.jpg (34630 bytes) DSCF0120 copy.jpg (31853 bytes) DSCF0121 copy.jpg (30166 bytes)DSCF0122 copy.jpg (27397 bytes) DSCF0124 copy.jpg (41491 bytes) DSCF0150 copy.jpg (33387 bytes)

Despite some minor incidents, the Drift Session 2 was a great event for drivers and spectators alike. Stay tuned to driftsession.com for the 2004 event schedule to be posed soon.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Sponsors


Cutter
Mazda of Waipahu

JULIUS

Drift Session's Sponsor Reference Letters

 

2003 Drift Session, LLC.  Any and all contents, concepts and / or creative ideas contained within this website are the sole property of Drift Session, LLC.  Unauthorized duplication or use of this website in any form including the execution of any recommendations / ideas / promotions / etc. contained herein, whether in full or in part, is expressly forbidden and constitutes fraud. All images are property of the Drift Session, LLC. Unauthorized duplication, reproduction, or usage of these images is strictly prohibited.

Home | Rules | Scores
| Drivers
 Technique| Gallery | Track Layout
| Merchandise
 Glossary | Sponsorship | Videos
| Message Board