A Mexican standoff is a slang term defined as a stalemate or impasse, a confrontation that neither side can forseeably win. In popular culture, the Mexican standoff is usually portrayed as three or more opponents with guns drawn and ready, creating a tense situation. Neither side is willing to shoot for fear of being shot in return, yet neither side wants to relinquish its weapons for fear that its opponents will shoot them. This situation forces the participants to resolve the situation either by diplomacy, surrender, or a pre-emptive strike.

Everything IS bigger in Texas. That includes Carbon wings.

Fielding Shredder's Cheddar colored S14 sliding across the hot pavement

That’s a pretty good definition of the term found on Wikipedia.

This past Sunday, myself and a few fellow photographers (J.Evins, Venn, Cutiepie and DFan) all rolled out to Mineral Wells, TX about 5 hours away from Houston for the Fabricated Motorsports‘ Mexican Standoff held at Mineral Wells Airport. Fabricated Motorsports is known for their dedication in serving the drift community here in Texas and is spearheaded by local drift hero Aaron Losey in an effort to raise both skill levels and awareness to others seeking the art of sliding.

Ah I love the smell of fresh rubber in the morning (insert gay joke here)

Aaron shows Cutiepie where to replace his Fedora with a real hat.

Chelsea DeNofa is a one man pit crew

Jonas takes the 86 out for a few spins while transferring Tofu.

This boro S14 was out strutting his stuff

If you’ve never seen drifting at an airport, let me be the first to tell you that it’s big. Just like all things in Texas, the bigger the lot, the faster you can go. The faster you can go, the more exciting it becomes. While there was a good amount of drifters having fun on track, there was even more people in the spectating crowds that were having even more fun as they cheered on their favorite hometown hero while grilling up some hot dogs and downing some adult beverages.

Derrick Rogers looks for the ice cream truck to roll through. It never happens.

A relatively clean S14 sweeps the dirt off of the track

Pedo Bear's favorite drift car.

Robert's super cool Cressy flying low

Not gonna lie, I don't think this guy drifts.

3rd place finisher Joshua Steele receives an awesome prize from local shop NevrSlo

NOS Energy drinks also came out to show their support, which was appreciated by the many enthusiasts attending the event. Ice cold drinks were a plenty, and that was a good thing because while everyone watching was under the shade of a nice pop up tent, I was out on track working to even up my farmer’s tan (which got worse). The good news to this was everyone seemed to be prepared, as everyone took cover under the tents and covered themselves good with some good ol’ fashioned sunscreen and kept hydrated. A 120 degree heat index can get dangerous.

Parking Lot pimpin'

This V8 Sil-Eighty wasn't exactly preserving his tires

Aubre getting ready to cool off Stew by pouring Coors Light into his lap

A chip off the old banana boat.

Mexican Standoff was strictly a BYOP event. Bring your own pool.

In TX, we do it shirtless

Nate's LS2 powered, show ready car streaks up the background

Mineral Wells, TX is just west of Dallas/Ft. Worth, and is considered to be a centralized location of Texas. This makes for a well diverse crowd, with people coming in from different parts of Texas. The usual suspects were in attendance, Stewart Leask, Chelsea DeNofa, Fielding Shredder, Joshua Steele and others you may have seen from Import Reactor Drift were out in force. But that’s not to say they were the only good drifters there as the results of the competition proved.

Brad Burnett's badass Lexus V8 powered AE86 in a rare rest moment.

Purple stuff Chaser

Drifting fanfare

A very unique Corolla says HI

Justin shows Edafe his nudes.

Brad forgets his wallet too

Stew Leask suffered a few blows to his car in the form of a hood flying up and smashing the shit out of his windshield and even a busted axle. He was able to compete again thanks to another enthusiast (don’t know the name) lending an axle, and the busted windshield wasn’t enough to keep Stew down.

Yikes. That is some serious crack.

Stew tells us that the reason it's still together is b/c of this awesome sticker.

Stew lost his credibility when he told me that he could see fine. That's ok, I gave him some more stickers

Stew getting his manicure dirty by changing out an axle.

back to work!

Another interesting story here was the tale of Robert Lee, a drifter from Team Silhouette. Team Silhouette was well represented at Mexican Standoff, with all team drivers qualifying in the Top16. Justin, Brad, Nacho and Robert all drive what is considered “low horsepower” cars and are a good representation of balls to the wall, door to door street style. What’s interesting here is they did pretty well against their higher horsepower brethren, be it a fully tuned SR20DET or an LS2 powered 240sx, they held their ground.

Brad looks for the secret ingredient in Nacho's car. (psst. it's jalapenos)

What? You expected racing stripes?

Papa Smurf would be proud.

Hoodless is the new shirtless.

Guess who they were rooting for?

Robert basically came out of nowhere and dominated his opponents using a borrowed car from teammate Nacho in a turbocharged KA24DE powered S13 hatchback. Nobody saw Robert coming and as a result, finished 2nd place, being edged out by veteran drifter, Chelsea DeNofa. Kudos, Robert! I love rooting for the underdog, and it seemed a lot of others agreed with me as well!

Smoking is bad for your health. Except now.

I spy a MotorMavens Sticker!

The Final Battle. Robert vs. Chelsea

The show must go on.

At the end of the day, as the crowd joined in around the back of the “awards pedestal”, everyone at the event was all smiles. And even the little kid that busted the pinata (this IS a mexican standoff by the way) had a huge grin on his face, a reminder that drift events are fun for not only the drivers, but the attendees as well. We hope to cover more of these kind of events, and by the look of things, that seems like a really good chance as Aaron Losey and the rest of the Fabricated Motorsports crew are already planning out the next drift event for us all to look forward to!

Too easy.

Robert getting what looks like a gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond.

Aaron teasing little kids by telling them the pinatas are filled with Nintendo DS's

For the ALL of DFan’s photos, click HERE!
For ALL of my photos of the event (including high res versions), click HERE!

All photos were taken by Danh Phan and David Do exclusively for MaydayGarage.


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