I love these Peidmont events. It reminds me of Clubloose back before the roadcourse was cut. Just a bunch of fun and cool people. This event I didn’t drive so I got to take photos and more time chatting with people, specifically Ryan Deavers the founder of Peidmont Drift. He explained he was trying not to Americanize drifting but keep the best parts of what got him into drifting alive. He says he took big inspiration from Club Loose back in they days, so that feeling I got was no mistake. Ryan starting off in Motorsports doing professional rock crawling, then fell into drifting. He had a pretty successful career and wanted to give back to the community and help the next wave of drivers. He has some great stories of his competition days, but has no plans to bring competition to Peidmont. He wants to keep the matsuri style format alive, and it works. With 67 drivers at this event staging was at a minimum. The historic dragstrip is used as an access road back to the staging lanes. 1/8 mile to cool off your engine and compose yourself for the next run is perfect. The owner of the dragway was on hand to help run the event and announced plans for expansion and a road course. With people coming from Virginia, SC, NC, and more the plans will be put to good use.
If you have the chance, purchase a car that you can put OZ Futura’s on.
I’m blessed to have some friends at work that are into cars. Just a few floors down is David who drives a Dinan M5.
This thing shakes the building whenever he starts it. I have never heard an M5 sound quite like it.
He unfortunately lost his previous black on black M5, but this Carbon Black Dinan is a lovely consolation prize.
Mr. Lu is also a very talented photographer. Check him out on instagram @KietLu.
Last weekend I went with a friend to NJMP to do HPDE at the Lightening course.
To no surprise there was a ton of nice cars in attendance with equally impressive drivers.
A few 911’s and 911 Turbos.
One of my favorites of the day an Ariel Atom (not the V8 one though 😦 )
BMW’s definitely ruled the day and various trims.
This beauty was probably my favorite car from the day.
240Z’s are one of the most iconic cars ever made. This owner made a monster out of this particular one. A small block V8 with E36 brakes, suspension, and drivetrain. All metal fabrication done in his garage.
Even the entire rear subframe.
I particularly liked his interior.
He said he is working on making it fast, then he will finish the looks.
One driver in particular was very special. Back in the late 80’s I lived in Pittsburgh and my family attended a small church. We left around 1990 and have not seen some of our old friends in about 24 years. The Pastor of that church just so happened to be driving his S2000 that day. A very cool surprise.
He took me for a few laps and I must say he does not drive how you would imagine a pastor would.
This gentleman in his Z4M coupe I hear is a legend on BMW forums. His car was quite impressive, but he had to retire early due to a power steering leak spraying onto his rotors. I hope he made the trip back to Boston okay.
The staff was friendly and helpful even though they did not like stretched tires and slammed cars.