Event Coverage: NST 5th Anniversary Drift Competition & Car Show Part 2.

They say a picture says a thousand words, and if that’s true, we have a ton of things to say in this second installment of our coverage of the Drift and Show competition held at Gulf Greyhound Park in LaMarque, TX.

Whos got dat ass covered?? MAYDAYGARAGE!

Who's got dat ass covered?? MAYDAYGARAGE!

Let’s get to it.

With so many spectators in attendance, it’s easy to see what the main entree was at the event: the drifting. Now that practice sessions were over, it was time to do some qualifying runs. The competition was fierce to say the least.

A group of drift cars look like a spilled bag of skittles.

A group of drift cars look like a spilled bag of skittles.

Drivers patiently await their qualifying runs in the staging lanes.

Drivers patiently await their qualifying runs in the staging lanes.

Stew gets ready for his turn with his beastly S13

Stew gets ready for his turn with his beastly S13

Cody Surman’s Chaser was a crowd favorite. He was nice enough to give anyone who had a helmet a ride, and even drifted the car rolling four people deep! That takes some serious skill! Look for his ride in a stand alone feature soon!

The blurple Chaser is not only HellaFlush, but its also quite the performer.

The blurple Chaser is not only HellaFlush, but it's also quite the performer.

Cody Surman on the wrong side of the car

Cody Surman on the wrong side of the car

The Chaser was a crowd pleaser

The Chaser was a crowd pleaser

Codys Chaser sans front lip.

Cody's Chaser sans front lip.

Cody’s front lip coming off was only a part of the mayhem. At this drift event, many parts flew off, got dragged, aero parts would break or just plain come off.

After hitting a cone, zipties brought this side skirt back into the fray.

After hitting a cone, zipties brought this side skirt back into the fray.

As I was snapping some shots, I heard a scraping sound from near the staging lanes. I turned around to snap these shots.

LOL. Awesome.

LOL. Awesome.

But it wasn’t enough to distract me from the stars of the Houston Drift scene.

Will Parsons AE86

Will Parsons' AE86

Stew Leasks LS1 S13

Stew Leask's LS1 S13

Fielding Shredders Kouki S14

Fielding Shredder's Kouki S14

Joshua Steeles 350z

Joshua Steele's 350z

Ameen Rizvis Toyota Cressida

Ameen Rizvi's Toyota Cressida

Joshua Steeles S13

Joshua Steele's S13

Chelsea DeNofas BMW

Chelsea DeNofa's BMW

Russell Walkers S13 hatchback

Russell Walker's S13 hatchback

After the qualifying runs, I had a bit of time to kill, so I got a chance to meet some of the other photographers for some tips and whatnot. J.Evins, DFan and some others were by the pits and I got a chance to say hello. I also noticed that there were alot of other photogs out, and it was interesting to see what people were shooting.

+1 for Nikon! This guy was shooting an R32

+1 for Nikon! This guy was shooting an R32

An onlooker takes a photo of Garys wheel fitment

An onlooker takes a photo of Gary's wheel fitment

This photographer has all his gear with him at the ready.

This photographer has all his gear with him at the ready.

Mr. dfan adjusting something on his bazooka

Mr. dfan adjusting something on his bazooka

Henry Swasey and company

Henry Swasey and company

Michael cutiepie Martin pretends he knows what hes doing. Ha!

Michael "cutiepie" Martin pretends he knows what he's doing. Ha!

Teaching them young!

Teaching them young!

While I was waiting for the tandem runs to begin, I got to also check out the parking lot for cars that were not drifting, or were a part of the car show.

A seriously sick Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

A seriously sick Mazdaspeed MX-5 Miata

You already know I had to get a side shot so you can see how low this car was

You already know I had to get a side shot so you can see how low this car was

RoyalTs 350z even came out to show his support!

RoyalT's 350z even came out to show his support!

Look! But dont touch!

Look! But don't touch!

Yaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!

Yaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!!!

A nice group of Nissan Zs

A nice group of Nissan Z's

Johns Top Secret Infiniti G37 attracted a lot of attention in the parking lot!

John's Top Secret Infiniti G37 attracted a lot of attention in the parking lot!

John says hi to some friends

John says hi to some friends

So after the announcement for tandems was overheard, I stood by where everyone else was at, right by the track. I got a great sense of how the action looked on the sidelines with the fans. There were a TON of people braving the cold, and all standing up watching the intense drifting that was about to take place.

You can see how cold it was by just looking at the crowds

You can see how cold it was by just looking at the crowds

Drifting is great for kids of all ages!

Drifting is great for kids of all ages!

Check out the crowd lining up to watch the cars

Check out the crowd lining up to watch the cars

What a turnout to watch the drifting!

What a turnout to watch the drifting!

I quickly ran back to the track to snap some photos of the tandem action.

Stew and Chelsea battle it out for 1st and 2nd place

Stew and Chelsea battle it out for 1st and 2nd place

Ameen on the chase

Ameen on the chase

Fielding vs. Stew

Fielding vs. Stew

Nacho and Ameen going at it

Nacho and Ameen going at it

Russell walker gives chase to Victor Sun

Russell walker gives chase to Victor Sun

After the dust and tire smoke settled, Mike of NST gave checks for the first four place finishers: Chelsea 1st, Stew 2nd, Ameen 3rd, and Victor in 4th place. After a quick shower of beer, the festivities didn’t stop there, as more spectators got more rides with the drifters, and even did some 6 car tandems to finish off the day. We even got to see some gross displays of power as the drivers did a few burnouts for the crowd.

Chelsea lights up his tires as his 3.0L turbo six belts out the power needed

Chelsea lights up his tires as his 3.0L turbo six belts out the power needed

Stew burns out whats left of his tires

Stew burns out what's left of his tires

Like a magic show, Russell suddenly appears among the smokescreen

Like a magic show, Russell suddenly appears among the smokescreen

The spectators gather around as the awards are given out

The spectators gather around as the awards are given out

Aaron Losey announces the winners

Aaron Losey announces the winners

So that’s all I have from my perspective! I did want to do a quick shout out to two people behind the scenes though. Derrick Rogers of Bubba Drift fame (think El Camino) has a huge hand in how these events go as does Aaron Losey. Without either of these guys, the Texas Drift Scene wouldn’t be as strong as it is today. Aaron can be heard on the microphone throughout the event, and not only commentates on the drifting, he also does a phenomenal job explaining how drifting is fun and easy and how drifting is judged to those that are new to the drift scene. Thanks guys. Your work does not go unappreciated.

Mr. Losey is all smiles

Mr. Losey is all smiles

Aaron Losey at the helm.

Aaron Losey at the helm.

The very sexy Derrick Rogers

The very sexy Derrick Rogers

Derrick talking to Russell

Derrick talking to Russell

Thats it kiddos!

That's it kiddos!

I’ve only posted a few pictures here, but if you want to see all 500+ photos that I took on sunday just click HERE!

Don’t forget that we’re also working on a video for your viewing pleasure!

Thanks for looking!
–David–
David@MaydayGarage.com

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