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.
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.
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!
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.
As I was snapping some shots, I heard a scraping sound from near the staging lanes. I turned around to snap these shots.
But it wasn’t enough to distract me from the stars of the Houston Drift scene.
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.
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.
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.
I quickly ran back to the track to snap some photos of the tandem action.
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.
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.
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!