Control Freaks


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!

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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!!



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!



back when by kOOpA
February 27, 2009, 2:51 pm
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these cars were nice!
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since then, my miata’s hit all kinds of stuff at drift events. it’s a lot more battle damaged now, but runs perfectly!

thor, who’s since moved to california, rear ended some dude one night on the highway. high-speed traffic + rain + too much braking = trouble. apparently some mail truck just slammed on his brakes, the dude behind him slammed on his brakes, and thor, the third in line, slammed his brakes, but was unable to stop in time. the car in front of thor actually did a flip after the impact, but he was totally fine. crazy night.. i remember running up to the scene of the accident with nate to pick up thor.. his car was completely totalled. after he worked on keeping it nice almost constantly after picking it up. so much work, gone so fast.

and that just leaves greg’s 86, who kissed a wall at a local drift event, leaving the front of the car all twisted up. now he has a s14, i hope he plans tearing it up this year!



Rocket Bunny Style Photo Shoot by stlcankles
February 26, 2009, 9:44 am
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we found ourselves messing around late last august and painting a car, bb-q, and stuff and decided to visit the local mobile station to shot a Rocket Bunny styled photo shoot.