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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.