Hotlanta lived up to its name this year. Last year when i was down in Braselton for Round 2 it rained and was not as hot as it was this year. Wednesday night i got into my car and started the 12 hour drive to Georgia with a fellow photographer. He did not drive manual, so the 12 hour drive was up to me to conquer. 13 hours later and a 15 minute nap in a BP gas station we arrived at Road Atlanta. We went straight to the track to pick up our media credentials and make the meeting.
Sikky Racing is made up drivers James Evans and “Rapper” Dan Savage. James and Dan have been driving together from as far back as 2008 when they were competing in US Drift, the premier east coast Formula Drift Pro Am feeder series. It wasn’t until 2011 when James and the crew at Sikky Manufacturing / JE Import Performance would approach Dan to join forces. Dan piloted a Nissan S13 Hatch alongside James in a Nissan 350z. In that inaugural year as team, they traveled up and down the east coast of the United States, competing at XDC events and other various grassroots venus such as Drift Nirvana and East Coast Bash.
Although there were MANY cars at All Team Bash in Rosenberg a few weeks ago, there were only a small handful of cars that caught my eye. This yellow CRX was definitely one that stood out from the rest. It’s small, petite, boxy stature reminds us of a time where it wasn’t about having lots of turbocharged horsepower, it was about it’s nimbleness, it’s ability to zip in and around traffic and be constantly engaged in the drive, something a lot of modern cars took away with it’s stability/traction controls, paddle shifters and electronic suspension. It was built in a time when having a small, lightweight car was what people wanted, and to this day, I still want one.
Few years ago, David posted about the colorful JACCS accord for Nostalgic Wednesday. I must say, the functional style of these cars never get old. One of the reasons why I <3 Hondas were the JTCC Accords. These Accords stood out compared to the other cars on the track. The JACCS, Castrol Mugen, and the PIAA; I personally dubbed them the “3 Kings”. I loved the high-revving symphony from the naturally aspirated F20Bs, the tucked uni-lug 17 inch OZ wheels, and the unforgettable liveries on each car.
Nowadays, Honda head are drawn more towards the Civics, S2000s, and NSXs; attention to the accords are declining especially towards the CD6 sedans.
With the prices of gas fluctuating, the trend has pushed automakers to produce cars and trucks that can squeeze the best gas mileage. Options such as Hybrid, bio-diesel, EVs, and natural gas are becoming more prevalent. Other than “green” tech rolling out the production line, we notice more smaller cars on the streets; Scion iQ, Nissan cube, Smart fourtwo, Fiat 500, and just the other day, I saw a Mitsubishi “i”. Are Kei-cars invading the US market? Honestly, these small economical “green” cars may be cheap, reliable and can be a mileage-meister, but they sure are ghastly.
One thing I admire about the Japanese car culture is they work with what they have. No matter what car they drove, they made/mod it their own; without an exception of the Kei-car culture. From VIPstyle, deko, Boso and race inspired, kei-cars were modified to fit one’s taste.
The month of December is an overall festive time of year that brings friends and families together for joyous celebrations. Specifically, for the East Coast grassroots drift community, it’s time for the annual 100 Drifters of December event hosted by Summit Point Motorsports Park and Drift Nirvana. This two-day “Slide Festival” draws in over a 100+ homegrown and semi-pro drifters. They travel from several surrounding states to this awesome track located in small town West Virginia. For drivers, spectators, tailgaters,and photographers alike, a good time to be had by all!