It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged or posted anything on the Mayday Garage site but what better timing than to post about our past event, the 2015 Wekfest Pre-Meet. Every year, the Wekfest show tours around the nation and one of their stops includes Texas. Thankfully, Houston was the city chosen this year to represent Wekfest Texas or #WFTX. When the announcement was made, we were hesitant to throw a pre-meet, but who throws a better meet nowadays than Mayday Garage? We do it for the young kids, enthusiasts, photographers, car spotters, builders who want to show off their #wekfestprep builds the night before, and for the people who can’t make it to the show to come out and support. Our usual venue choices always comes down to either 8th Wonder Brewery or Moon Tower Inn. We went with the latter because Canal St. is much wider and parking logistics is a lot better, plus they do have a great selection of beers on tap, and the exotic weiners are pretty good.
The best follow run is only possible when the best lead run is also ran.
-Rapper Dan Savage
Wall Speedway is known for is cheese grater guard rails. They have destroyed many Formula D cars over the year. Shredding the bumpers as the drivers try to get the closest to the rail to maximize points. Usually Wall Speedway claims at least one victim during the weekend. This year, that wasn’t the case. James Evans, Michael Essa, and Dave Briggs fell victim to the cheese grater but they were all able to come back and compete.
After skipping Round 3 in Orlando, i was excited to be back on track for round 4. Wall Speedway is known for its carnage, tight tandems, and close battles. But this year at Wall there was not many crashes, which is a good thing! Due to impending bad weather Formula Drift pushed Saturdays schedule up 1 hour to try and beat the torrential rain that was on its way. The rain held off for the most part with some showers through out the day, but just enough to make the track slick and things interesting. Certain parts of the track were dry, and some parts were still wet and slick. The skills of the drivers were really put to the test. The conditions would set the men apart from the boys.
When i think of Joon Maeng i think of heart. He has been battling it out with the best since 2007. It has been a bumpy road for Joon so far this year, but no matter what happens he always seems to have a smile on his face. No matter how many times you test your new car before the season their will always be problems that present themselves during the season. Whether he qualifies or not you will see him at the autograph table signing and taking pics, or at his car in the pits talking to fans and letting kids sit inside the car. He drifts for the passion and for the fun.
“My goal is not to win but to have rad battles with rad dudes and make a rad show for the fans.”
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.