Car Meets. Must. Change.

This is another mild rant on car meets. I’m hoping this will make a few rounds and people will read it and try to change things for the better…Especially in Southern California.

 

I went to a car meet this past Friday night here in San Diego. This is the first time I’ve been to a meet in about 4-6 months. I’ve noticed a gradual change since moving out here in 2006-for the worst. When I arrive at the parking lot meet this past Friday, I back my 350Z into a parking spot of the back row, no biggie-I’m not trying to show off my daily, I just want to chat with other people that have similar interests in cars as I do. I get out of the Z and start walking around. There is a good selection of cars to look at and many rows to weed through. Everyone seemed to be standing or sitting in chairs by their own cars, which is fine, but when I tried talking to these people about their cars and try to share what I liked about them, most of their answers were really short and didn’t seem to want to talk to someone who wasn’t in their ‘squad’ ‘group’ ‘team’ whatever you want to call it. Nobody is welcoming. Shit, all the money that these people dump into these cars you would think that they would want to hear about it, or at least be more enthusiastic about someone else enjoying their passion as much as they are. Instead the ‘scene’ seems to be headed into limited interactions. could this be the cause from Instagram or Facebook un-teaching us how to communicate or show emotion?

 

Just as a comparison, I went to a car meet in Georgia a year or 2 ago. The people out there, while yes, some were camped out by their cars, most were out walking around getting to know one another and when asked what the others favorite car was that day… it was something other than their own… it was shocking, and then to top it off, they would even bring me to the random nice car and explain why that car was so awesome.

 

This is what I’m getting at-> Recognize the world doesn’t revolve around your car. People are not expected to like it, and when they do-show gratitude that someone else feels the same way you do about something you have. Be welcoming, talk to people. If we cant talk to one another and have sticks up our ass this community has no future. It will no longer be a community.

 

-Melissa

 

(the featured image is not of reflection of the Friday night meet I was talking about)

Stocking Stuffers

IMG_7427 Ok I know what your thinking, Black Friday has long past & December has started, but you still need that little extra something for your loved one. That’s right I’m talking about your Z or G. Well, Z1 motorsports has you covered on that final stocking stuffer that you have had your eye on. Let’s talk pedal feel, your ripping down the track in the top of 3rd, you shake the wheel right kick that clutch hard oh what’s that! It’s more solid than ever then throw your car sideways into that corner, feeling that thrill as you exit and straighten out but what!!!! Dude in front spun! You downshift and get on the brakes, response is amazing. “Thank you Z1 brake master brace thank you!” You say to yourself as you avoid nailing your front end. Glad you followed me on that one, now your thinking but Melissa, I don’t want to spend more at the snap on truck than on the parts just to install them. I got you, here’s everything you will need: 15 minutes of your afternoon, 2 10mm, 14mm, 17mm and a 17mm open ended wrench!

And don’t forget to ask Shanna to draw something special on that shipping box!

Stock;

With the Z1 Brace;

 

 

(Pictures by Melissa, write up by Chris Waters)

 

SEMA 2015 Coverage

SEMA this year I was skeptical about going,  I’ve been every year for the past 6 years or so. (I know some people that have been going for like 20 years in a row, so I really had no excuse). Earlier on in the day there was a guy shooting off gunfire by the airport in San Diego so they shut the airport down for incoming flights, which made our flight from San Diego to Las Vegas delayed one hour at a time for 4 hours.

Two words about this year. Worth it. I had a blast and got to hang out with some of my favorite people along with meeting someone I really look up to Jon Kosmoski-the creator of House of Kolor.

Here are a few pics of the experience…

86 Fest 2015

 

It was the fourth annual 86 fest at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana Ca on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Although it was about a billion degrees outside, the show did not disappoint.
This year the 86fest did not only include FRS, BRZ and AE86 owners, but all Subaru, Toyota and Scion owners and enthusiast.
One of the cleanest corollas at the show was actually owned by a female which was pretty cool in my opinion. The car was practically perfect from the inside out and it was nice to look at and read about.

One of the things I look forward to the most is probably seeing all the different wheels on the same chassis.

The weather certainly did not stop these car enthusiast to come out and show off their cars and or their appreciation for these cars.

They also had a section in the back of where the show was held at with a few cars doing some autocross and also where Scion was letting a few lucky peeps test drive their Scions.

I am already looking forward to next years 86fest! Every year this show gets bigger and better and I’m hoping my Corolla makes it to the show next year!

StephanieDrifts for MelissaDrifts @ 86 Fest!

Japanese Classic Car Show

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JCCS is a pretty neat car show for car enthusiast to attend because it celebrates Japanese vintage cars. It was awesome to see so many different cars you don’t normally see and so many different vendors as well. It’s a show that not only attracts locals car owners but people from all over Southern California. The location of JCCS is one of the things that I think makes this car show a unique and sweet experience. The cars are parked in a lot overlooking the water with the Queen Mary as a backdrop. Although it was close to 80 degrees the ocean breeze kept everyone cool. JCCS is a show that can entertain not only the young folks but the older folks as well. The show was from 9am-3pm and for $15 the entrance I say it was well worth it. I look forward to JCCS 2016.

❤  @StephanieDrifts (on behalf of MelissaDrifts)

ZDAYZ 2015; Journey

This year ZDAYZ for us started in San Diego, stopped in Tucson AZ for Mothers Day to visit my mom, went off-roading in her new jeep, then off to Dallas.

West Texas is not for pussies. Going eastbound there was a series of potholes and raised ground… avoiding one patch of shitty road led us directly into another patch of even shittier road. We got a bit of air in the Z and then lost all tire pressure in the left rear tire. The Drag Wheel was perfect, not even a bend, just a tear in the sidewall.

In Fort Worth we stayed with a long time friend of mine John Gamble and his girlfriend, caught up on his recent move and crashed at his house. From there, the next morning we visited my Z32 that Mitch from EP Racing has rebuilt and was at Wireworks Performance for the tune, took some pictures to let people know the car still exists and it is still mine😉 and headed out to Dallas where we met up with Billy, Vince and the guys ant Courtesy Nissan, grabbed lunch, and headed out to Birmingham, AL to stay with Todd and Nicole Weld.

Once in Birmingham Nicole and I stood in the grass for .5 minutes while we watched Chris Waters wash my Z when I got so many mosquito bites that my ankles formed kankles—tmi? nahhhh.

Leaving Birmingham with Chris, Todd, Nicole, and Amanda, our next stop… ZDAYZ.

ZDAYZ this year was a little bit mellower than years past, maybe i’m getting older, maybe everyone else is getting a little older, maybe a combination. The Z1 Deck party was still awesome as usual… got a little rowdy at midnight when a couple cars turned on in the parking lot and started rev’ing and shooting flames-thats how I knew I wasn’t in CA anymore…Freedom…’Murica… yah.

Chris Forsberg showed up with his rig of awesome. He brought his 240Z, NOS 370Z FD car, and the really mean M45 and took out the 370Z out for a little drifting in Fontana Village streets.

Photos by @Chris_Waters^^

Video of Forsberg Below by Killboy.com

SpecDrift @ Horse Thief Mile

At the start of this trip to Willow Springs I had a series of unfortunate events, which started turning around. Cruising up from San Diego to Lancaster I’m cruising up the 2-lane highway and hit a tire-which surprisingly keeps my front lip in one piece, but takes the paint off of it😦 We make it to the hotel the day before the event, and everything was fine, wake up the next morning and I’ve got a flat tire… which means drift spares are going on…less tires to cruise on during the event! We start driving to Willow Springs from the hotel in Lancaster and there was a cop that was going the opposite way as me, noticed i was speeding a little bit (flat tire made me late for the event so I had to hurry!) and turned around to start following me on the freeway…. I managed to downshift and slow the car down enough so by the time he actually did get behind me and follow me for a few miles he realized I wasn’t going to do anything wrong and got back on the median and busted a U-turn…phewww!

 

Overall this event once we got there was a blast. Much more structured than the usual drift events I’d been in attendance to. I only had the tires at this point that I had rolled in on for the whole day of drift and to get me the 4+hour drive back to San Diego. Horse Thief is a much faster track than just your basic parking lot event or skid pad, so conserving tires was hard… Some straits I wouldn’t manji and I would just cruise, and other times I would go all out. At the end of the day, my last run I ended up hearing “THUD THUD THUD THUD” on the second to last corner…oops… i babied myself off track, took a razor blade I had in the car for times like these and cut off the excess tire tread, packed up the car, and went home. I basically closed my eyes, crossed my fingers and hoped that everything would be OK and I would make it home safe.

And I did… but it was sketchy.

Photo Cred. @Chris_Waters

Girls Day at Willow Springs Raceway

One Sunday, three girls-Melissa, Denise and Stephanie decided to shred some tires.  We get to the track to have a little fun, and it’s about 45 degrees and raining… The day called for pretty much perfect drifting weather for practice, cool for the motor and wet for the tires.

We decided to do some super sexy hair flips and make some skids. Here’s the low-down in pictures and video…

Video Creds; Jim Rivera and Chris Waters

Picture Cred; Chris Waters

The Return of Drift Buffet!

Drift Buffet is back! When Terry Henderson moved to China quite a few years ago, he left all of us grassroots drivers without his great events too.
Well, 2015 is the return of Drift Buffet! Thanks to Bryan Rogers for the resurrection of these great events. The first one was a smashing (no pun intended) success.
Here are a few photos from the event:
(Picture creds to Tyler Barnick, Chris Waters, Limuell Casinio, Myself, and Rachel Hernandez)

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