Control Freaks


so-rad: Society Of Regional American Drifting by kOOpA
March 25, 2009, 12:58 pm
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if you drift in the us of a, you should be on so-rad.

simple as that.

goooooo!



meet mike by kOOpA
March 24, 2009, 3:22 pm
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mike’s a long-time friend of control freaks, and he recently asked if he could join the team. the kid has serious cars, and serious skills to boot. so why not?

here’s a video he made of himself, check out the rb20 s14! bitchhhhh!



Enjoying the evening by koukicrisp
March 22, 2009, 11:14 am
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Just practicing!



WE AINT FINISHED! Nashville driftin’, y’all! 9/20/2008 by kOOpA
March 13, 2009, 1:17 pm
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this one was an interesting event. tons of good drivers, lots of st. louis representation, and a lot of us qualified for tandem in Southeast Drift events.

this event also marked the start of st. louis’s own Sad Panda Productions, a couple who dudes who have since been filming and editing videos of st. louis drifting.

here’s their first video!

and now, piiiiiiiiiics!

here’s yoshi, who we featured before in the cool grassroots cars post
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

here’s trevor, who i believe is from tennessee, but don’t quote me on that =p super cool dude
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

this is howard, father of shawnShawn, member of Team Rowdy, who’s also home to team member marty, 2nd place winner at Southeast Drift’s competiton deemed top of the foodchain, southeast drift challenge at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA
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whew, that got outa hand fast.. photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

here’s rob of another one of st. louis’s teams, coupes > hatches
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photo by erin, sister of dan, girlfriend of andy, owner of blonde hair

this is tony, another coupes > hatches dude
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

another coupes > hatches car, don’t forget andy’s rb20 s13 coupe. a really iconic car in st. louis drifting
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

here’s chris crane, another st. louis local who made it down
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

our buddy aaron baird, out of tennessee, tearin’ it up
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photo by erin, who loves team america, still sister of dan, girlfriend of andy

here i am, throwin’ the miata around
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photo by Roadkill of Southeast Drift

and here’s dangerdan, another control freaks dude (you should know that by now)
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photo by his sister, erin, girlfriend of andy, who will tell you all about it

when we weren’t sliding, erin was trying desperately to make our cars look good under the bleachers for the racetrack. here’s the miata
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and dan’s s14
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and to finish off the event, we parked by each other, awwwwwwwww!
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thanks to everybody who came out to drive, photographers for doing what they do, and especially marcos at Southeast Drift for putting on an awesome event!



old fashioned fun by kOOpA
March 12, 2009, 2:15 pm
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if you can excuse the fanboy factor, this looks like a hell of a good time.



grassroots! team tandem! top of the foodchain @ atlanta by kOOpA
March 9, 2009, 9:01 am
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this weekend, turner field hosted one of the coolest grassroots competitions i’ve heard of in the US so far. there was single run and team tandem competition! doesn’t get much better than that!

check it out!


video by Brady Stribling of Drift Mechaniks



inaugural kansas event 2008 by stlcankles
March 6, 2009, 2:10 pm
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KCDA held their first event last july out at heartland park topeka. quiet a few of us made the short trek out there across missouri and into the wastelands of kansas to participate. don’t believe me? well look below for evidence.

here’s kyle’s car on the way to the flattest state ever
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koopa and dangerdan.. it was kinda hot that day..
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dan reppin cf!
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a local KCDA dude known to most as “krazi”, because he rips it like “krazi” in nearly stock cars
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another KCDA dude, alexey, lookin good in the z33
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here’s koopa, looks like this was his last event on stock suspension with the miata, thank god
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dangerdan with his signature blood wheels in the front
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photo by rhino

and let’s not forget kyle, puttin’ down some decent smoke
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by the end of the day, koopa was able to reach overdrift in kyle’s civic
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that’s EXTREEEEME!

now on to videos! all shot by yours truly.

first is koopa on his first run out showing his distaste for some of the course.

now an actuall run of koopa.

dangerdan out there driving the course

and crangle out at his only out of town event with us.

in closing it was a rather good event. it was ran really smoothly for it being a first event. then turnout was somewhat low, but that just ment more practice for the drivers there. good times!!



dmax coilover install complete write-up by kOOpA
March 5, 2009, 1:16 pm
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first, my 240 was all,” yeehaw! monster trucks!”
coupebeforedmax

then dmax coilovers were all,” sup,”
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then my 240 was all,” i’m so hoooooood!”
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memphis drift & drag, august 3rd, 2008 by kOOpA
March 4, 2009, 9:52 am
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this is an event i’ll definitely never forget. the day before we were going to pack up and head to memphis, there was one of the local events going on, midnight madness. MM, as we call it, is basically a drifting demo setup for st. louis guys to come out and practice drifting. there’s not much room, so it basically ends up as some sort of 2nd gear figure 8 deal. nothing spectacular, but at $20, it’s a cheap and legal way to burn off some tires.

however, my miata really felt like understeering on one of my runs, and i couldn’t brake quite enough in time, and ended up hitting a wall, severely bending my passenger-side lower control arm, and the tie rod. so i got the car towed to domi’s and we stayed up the rest of the night replacing the control arm with one from his project miata, and i just so happened to have my brand new secret element tie rods with me, so we threw those on too ^^ then we proceeded to meet up with everyone else, and i had erin (dan’s sister, and andy’s girlfriend (he’ll tell you all about it)) drive my car to memphis. thanks erin!

anyway, that’s the story, here’s some pictures!

andy got us major street cred points by lighting some stuff on fire, i believe this was one of aaron baird’s wheels, as they’re trying to get the tire seated.
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i’m in the background lookin’ exhausted, along with johnnychon on the left, and justin on the right.

here’s most of the cars parked, waiting for our next chance to get awesome
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photo by rhino

here’s cf’s own dangerdan, putting down a little smoke
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photo by rhino

here’s team rowdy’s struka, god i love the car’s graphics!
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this is our buddy from nashville, aaron baird, who caught on to drifting what seemed like over night
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aaron got into drifting through andy, they knew each other through being awesome at bmx

and my miata, i’ve got some closer shots of it, but i really liked this one
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photo by erin, this guy’s sister, that guy’s girlfriend, yah yah, you remember

here’s a video of me doing a run

in-car of dangerdan

and here’s a video of our trip back, sitting in front of an auto zone (one of the nissans was having a problem, of course). jarrod noticed some lady breastfeeding her kid in a car next to us, and asked erin if she’d ever seen an overweight baby breastfeeding in an auto zone parking lot. we all laughed for a while, and this is our attempt at recreating the moment.

besides breaking my car, and getting heat exhaustion at the event, it was an awesome weekend! can’t wait to do it again!



two public service announcements, avoiding death, and cats by kOOpA
March 3, 2009, 11:35 am
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first up, i learned yesterday that s13 and s14 steering wheel hubs are not interchangeable.

i’ve had my new s13 coupe a couple weeks now, and one of my buddies gave me a hub that he had planned to use on the car (we traded cars), and mentioned that he got it from our friend dan (who drives a zenki s14).

i thought,” hell, free hub, cool.. one less thing i have to buy,” so i start pulling my tom’s wheel out of the miata (seriously sad to see her go back to a stock wheel) as domi pulls the stocker out of the s13. we get done swapping the wheels, good deal, the s13 is a lot less painful to drive with an aftermarket wheel.

fast-forward a few days. i’m driving over to domi’s house to pick up my new xxr 513’s (this is a serious budget build, sue me =p) with jarrod in the passenger seat, and i notice the wheel wobbling a bit. i don’t think too much of it, as maybe domi just needed to screw in the steering wheel hub nut a little bit more. we get the wheels and head back home.

jarrod expresses his concern about the wheel as we’re driving back, and i am mentally crossing my fingers that it’ll be okay, we’re almost there! well, AS i’m pulling in next to my miata i hear a nice “whirrrrrrrrr” sound as the wheel begins to spin freely from my steering rack.. i lock up the brakes and thankfully avoid any possible collisions.

if that would have happened 5 minutes earlier, st. louis would have been 2 drifters shorter. creepy..

on to the next public service announcement: do not forget to close your car’s doors!

well, this one is more of a no-brainer than the other one, but i’ve got a cool story to go with it, so why not?

after closely avoiding death in the s13, we decide to run up to the local mobil to fill up my old, and jarrod’s new ae86. perhaps he was shaken up from the potentially stupendous death we almost encountred, maybe he’s just a goof, but jarrod forgot to close the passenger-side door on the s13 as we left it in the parking lot outside our apartment.

when we get back, i see the door, and walk up to close it. as i’m getting close, i see a small creature moving away from me over the passenger seat, and all i could think was,” i’m not getting my face scratched off today,” so i immediately closed the door. this really set off the animal and his buddy, and my 240 now looked like some sort of sick junkyard snowglobe, as the creatures ran around and tossed themselves, frantically trying to get out of the car.

i yell to jarrod,” i think i have raccoons in my car,” as i’ve seen some running around our place before. i’m really not feeling the opportunity to open the door and unleash these guys on my balls. so i don’t even really want to walk to the car at this point, as i’ve backed off a good 20 feet. however, jarrod goes over to check it out and says,” dude, that’s a cat,” and i’m like,” OH! haha, okay… just one?” and he’s like,” yeah, just some black cat,”

so jarrod opens the driver’s side door and the poor thing headbutts the windshield a couple more times before he finds that the door’s open, and runs off. i’m still in disbelief, because i could have swore i saw two animals.. but it’s been a good 30 seconds, and we’ve heard nothing, so we resume taking my new wheels out of the car. i pop the trunk and jarrod jokingly makes the noise of an upset cat, as if one had jumped out of the trunk at him. we both laugh about that, and no more than two seconds later, the second cat rockets out of the trunk and off into the bushes.

we laughed pretty hard for a while, and jarrod told me after all that, i definitely owe him a new pair of pants.

what a night.