This past weekend we ventured out to Austin, Texas to catch a little bit of drifting in the sun at a local show called Mean Streets, where the streets are mean. Anyhow, this event was by no means of normal standard because the infamous Will Roegge and Joshua Herron were on a mission, a Keep Drifting Fun mission, and this event was one of their nationwide stops for their documentary.
So, in a nutshell, the MAIN reason why we ventured out to Austin was to meet the Keep Drifting Fun crew and to check out their totally rad 1974 VW Westy that only makes 35 horsepower. Hailing from the west coast, these guys had trekked it across the U.S. of A at a max speed of 60MPH in their retro beast all the way to Texas to witness some local drifting for their KeepDriftingFun documentary. When we asked Will about the documentary he pretty much summed it up as a high definition, hella crazy, up to date record of the grassroots drifting across North America. It sounded crazy as hell, and we can’t wait until it comes out!
For guys like us that live on the 3rd coast, people such as Will Roegge, Joshua Herron and their various friends and colleagues are the ones that provide the media of national and worldwide tuner events that we all love. So it is almost like you know them before you even get to meet them in person because you are literally following their media moves on a weekly basis.
One would think that it would be hard to approach the figures that provide you with content of national events, but that is not the case with Will and Josh; these guys were legit as hell. As Peanut butter masters, they were out their on the field sweating it with the rest of us, it was really cool.
Most of the day I was wondering what Joshua Herron reminded me of, then it dawned on me, a Jedi Master. Seen here it almost looks like a scene from Star Wars as he looks down upon the track, very close to that of Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. Oh man, I’m geeking out.
Check out Will’s mean of track transportation. Baller Status.
One of their sponsors is the clothing line Dstroyr, which can be seen on Josh Herron here. He prefers to walk as his mode of transportation around the track.
With practice rounds starting at 10AM, the KDF crew had a full day of shooting ahead. The initial track was setup with a nice amount of speed, but was very dangerous as a main transition point occurred right at a small ditch with poles surrounding it. Seen here is our friend Michael fall right into the trap. Sorry Mike!
So the track was changed up a bit and the drifting commenced throughout the day. Everyone got after it because 1500 bucks was on the line for the competition later in the evening.
After the practice rounds, the course went cold for a bit and we cruised the car show. Though not big, we saw a couple of cars that we liked. The was a variety of cars in attendance, from imports..
To newer domestics..
After we cruised the show a bit, we ventured back to the track where Stewart Leask was seen here dropping some lines with Will and Josh as he preps for the showdown. I wonder what they are talking about.
The commencement of drifting. Our coverage however is a bit limited as we were running around a bit.
After all was said and done, Chelsea DeNofa took podium driving consistent all day.
The way things were going, it looked like the finals were going to be a duel between Chelsea and Stew, but, as luck would have it, Stew’s rear end was not cooperating at all and he had to sit out of the finals unfortunately. Sitting pretty, check out that Rebel 8 west coast love, where you at JROD?!
I just have to throw this in, this S13.5 looked hella clean in this light, man, have to love VS-KF!
All in all it was an ok event, but what made it super rad was the chance to meet the masterminds behind the drift ladder (inside joke). Will Roegge and Josh Herron were genuine dudes and we cant wait to meet up with them again in Atlanta for Formula D!
And to leave this post off on a great note, the Keep Drifting Fun Shaggin Wagon. Total bronerness.
All Pictures Taken Exclusively for MaydayGarage by John Peterson and Fabio Pontes.