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TXDF: Same-Same But Different

Yet Still the Same.

Oh buddy, you better believe that the Houston Drift Scene has been waiting for this for a long time. Kudos to StatusWorks for delivering two things that we’ve all been asking for: 1)Drifting events in the winter months of Lone Star Drift’s Off Season and 2) A totally rad, new place to do it.

Starting near the end of last year, Status Works has been hooking us all up with access to the Houston Police Academy’s test track, giving many of us our first tastes of a non skid pad event.

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Lone Star Drift: Drift Clinic

Ahhh, Gulf Greyhound Park. To some it’s known fondly as GGP Sportsland. It ain’t Ebisu but if you hit that crest in the lot at the right speed and your car’s stancey enough, you can pretend you pulled off the rumble strip jump drift. For me, it was where my drift game began. Not just the location of the first time I attended or shot a U.S. drift event, but also where I myself started learning to drive. Just over a year ago I began drifting right here at Gulf Greyhound Park, and this past weekend, I got to watch some others get their feet wet for the first time as well. Specifically, the track was host to a three day Drift Clinic organized by Lonestar Drift, and I was eager to see new faces and cars.

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TXDF: A New Take on Sideways Sunday

Lots of tires were killed during the event, and the air was thick with their remains. The clouds sting your eyes and flair the nostrils, inspiring unwanted errectio…. um joy? TXDF by StatusWorks shows that they are a true drift competitions for those that want to take a bite at Lone Star Drift or just want to destroy tires and slide their cars across the track.

5Z8B4056Winner of TXDF, Ian McDougall won free admission to LSD competition.

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Another Sideways Sunday Snippet

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting anything from this past weekend’s Sideways Sunday. Hell, it hasn’t been that long since I was out at the last one! A good handful of my friends registered to drive so I was certainly going to come out and show emotional support and encouragement (you go, girl!), but I myself did not register, so staying for an extended amount of time wasn’t in my intentions.

Of course, as soon as I got there I instantly became restless and wanted to drive. Watching everyone else have fun drifting was really tempting, but scrounging 50 bucks and driving another hour and a half to fetch tires wasn’t going to happen. Still, I did bust out the camera and hop on track for an hour. Well, looks like I just can’t completely say no to Sideways Sunday.

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Memories of Offsetkings and FDTX 2015

This past weekend marked the Formula D’s third year at Texas Motor Speedway. There’s no arguing that American professional drifting has come a long way since its inception, and since its debut, Texas Motor Speedway has been a fresh stop along Formula D’s seasons so far. But just when it started settling into a routine, the folks at Formula D flipped the script and twirled the course layout around. This year, Formula D brought that new new.

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San Japan 8Bit

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Ya know? Some times you just run into a perfect storm. I mean everything that could happen just comes together so perfectly that good or bad all one can do is simply gawk at how perfectly things fell in to place. That in a nutshell was San Japan.

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Now this was my very first time shooting the convention and in fact I was merely back up called on short notice, nevertheless, we gotta live up to our motto: Have Camera, Will Travel Trespass. To say this convention left an impression on me is a severe understatement. San Antonio’s Riverwalk area and the B. Gonzalez Convention Center offered such a great backdrop for photos I was instantly smitten!

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This instasmitt was even smittener with some of the best cosplayers around. It was great running into old friends from the Houston circuit as well as make new friends and contacts.

Speaking of the convention itself, it was fairly well organized for its size and there was quite a lot to do. My fellow photog and I had to plan ahead on which events we would capture and which shoots we’d attend. All in all we were far from disappointed. In fact the only criticism I had was the hellish weather which was two notches below excruciating and a tick above stroke. Que sera, sera. (more…)

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