Posts Tagged ‘vegasdrift’


April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Vegasdrift had its VD018 event this last Saturday as well. Shown above is Mike Bolanos, aka BOMAC Las Vegas veteran drifter since about 2002-03 back in the $30 Hankook Tire drift clinics!!

Also, check out the new watermark for my personal stuff. Its pretty gnarly. Thanks again to Lennon Franz @ Dorkidori clothing for the logo and my current business cards.

I haven’t shot drifting in a while, almost 3 months now! I kind of lost interest because from a media aspect, its hard to make it worth your time, and I usually end up going to support friends. I’m hoping to maybe take some time off in July and hit up FD Seattle @ Evergreen Speedway. I just need to find someone that will pay me!! That track looks awesome, and…well its Seattle!! The main reason I went out there was to show support to a buddy Josh Herron who’s part of KEEP DRIFTING FUN .

Here is one of Josh doing his thing this past weekend. Josh and Will are two of the drifting communities best videographers hands down. There might be maybe one or two more others that I can think of, but definitely those two are definitely KICK-ASS. (btw you all should watch that movie, its hilarious!)
I don’t think he’ll be making his way back to Vegas until August for Formula D Round 5, good luck buddy! To keep this short and sweet, they are traveling across the US making a DVD that covers drifting in all forms, street, track, competition, and all that entails to “KEEP DRIFTING FUN”.


Vegasdrift 015

December 7, 2009 7 comments

This past Saturday was Vegasdrift’s 015 event, which included a small competition and toy drive out at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Nick and his staff always pull through for the vegas community. Tons of track time with two course layouts side by side, and 2 run groups! Good thing its not the summer! Majority of the cars there would be overheating! I’m just messing, only talking about the rotary guys. HA! Actually the night before the event was about 30 degrees! Probably one of the coldest nights we’ve had in a while, so by the time the event was over (when i started shooting the drifting) my hands were freezing! I could barely press the shutter! This is going to sound….., but it might be a wardrobe malfunction, I gotta start wearing jackets that insulate heat!!

So when I arrived at the track, I used two lenses only, both being manual focus, and both being semi new to the arsenal. One was a Korean GEM by the name of ROKINON 85 f/1.4, and the other being approximately 50mm f/4 lens baby composer! I haven’t shot primes in a while, and I do enjoy it over zooms, but not when I’m rushed or expected certain images. I definitely think a full morning of manual focusing can make your brain work as hard as any history book. I just cant justify the price of the AF model of the 85 f/1.4 when optic wise they’re so similar!

Here are a few shot with the 85 f/1.4 particularly of the AZ240SX.ORG drivers!! I miss PIR soo much!

I like the stance of this car, and the motor, still up in the air about the custom sheet metal pull in the rear. I’ve felt this way since the first time I saw this car in PHX a few years back.

Its rocking now ITB’s from the GTIR which by itself is a ton of work. If I recall correctly, new throttle cable, plenum, fuel rail. Whatever, getting off-topic. heres a pic!

lens baby composer pics! Heres one of local Just Drift Drivers, Mike Bolanos! He sure has come a long way since the Hankook drift events!

and one of a local driver who’s car never runs conveniently during an event who also runs Royal Flush Appearal, but needs more t-shirts, RAY! (I’m just kidding, but didn’t I warn you about deathworks injectors when you got them?)

and finally two action shots, this pretty much sums up grassroot drifting I think from cars built from the bottom up, to cars with bare essentials to have fun in!

and lastly my favorite of the day. These images don’t look bad for no post processing, just batch processed the watermarks on because I’m so far behind on updates!

Thanks for checking in! I’ll have more updates soon! Thanks again to Nick and staff for putting on THE only drift events for the las vegas grassroot community.

Formula D> Judgment Day!!

October 21, 2009 5 comments

I just drove back home to Las Vegas after a surprisingly hot weekend in Southern California! For the first time ever it got hotter on the drive to California, which led me to believe this weekend was going to be nuts! Lots of privateers in top 16 such as Michael Essa, Matt Powers and Las Vegas’ own Tommy Suell! I have to admit that this year of Formula D has by far been my favorite, literally anything can happen, and its a lot more exciting from a spectator’s POV. I have to thank FD for constantly raising the bar and keeping things interesting for sure! Congrats to Ryan Tuerk, Tyler McQuarrie, and Tanner Foust for Top 3 in that order! Also Chris Forsberg for the overall points champion of 2009 FD season!!

Heres one of Tommy Suell listening in on the drivers meeting!! Tommy was on some kind of crazy pills throughout the weekend because he was straight killing it throughout the weekend! He made it to top 16!! Tommy’s SR’d 86′ entry speeds were among the fastest in top 32!!

Heres Michael Essa sitting at the grid patiently waiting during top 32. His FC didn’t go home looking so pretty, but he put on a helluva show!
Outside of the pit area there were tons of cars at the show, but one that stood out by far was this quad rotor beast sitting at the APR-Performance booth. This car will be running in the Redline Unlimited Time Attack class!

First thing from afar that stood out was the huge fender flares, gt wing, stance and cage. upon further inspection its NA quad rotor sealed the deal!!!

This 370z stood out, as I think 370z’s are growing on me, and it also made me wonder when they will make an appearance in Formula D. Maybe someone will have one in 2010? Either way, I think these things look great, even though this thing needs to be slammed into the earth! (lower!)

Samuel Hubinette had his Dodge Viper wrapped in Shaun Carlson livery, and seriously never looked any better! He definitely got this thing done quick! There was also a short video of Shaun Carlson played “in memory of” before the main event! In this photo, a few repairs were being done on the Viper the night before the main event and gave the opportunity for this shot!

Another buddy of mine, Ireland’s own Eric O’Sullivan killing it during practice! One of many who suffered engine failure throughout the weekend, but still put on a show! I hope to see all the Irish guys’ bring the heat next year!! Notice the cast of South Park on the back window! Supposedly Matt Stone and Trey Parker were out in the crowd somewhere!!

Heres one for the privateers! One of Michael Essa KILLING IT! Hopefully we see them next year all next year.

Overall it was a great event and I had tons of fun! Can’t wait for next season!

::Brenton Ho

VegasDrift14 @ Nellis AFB

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Vegasdrift014 was at nellis air force base this time around. Awesome for drivers, 2 tracks (one mocked like FD vegas, and one as wsir’s balcony). You’ll notice I barely took any pics of cars drifting, I hate how media meetings are super early, and people aren’t killing it until noon or later. I think I stuck around until 1130? One thing about this event for drivers, you get TONS of track time, it made me wish I drove still. Speaking of which, I actually was backing up my PC as I’m slowly collecting pieces to upgrade to a way better/faster/windows 7 based system when I found some PIR (phoenix international raceway) videos from US DRIFT events that I attended, boy did that take me back! dg trial stickers, daily driven drift cars, fno1rc’s when they were new, blair’s bass boat!

Nothing really new besides just planning for future shoots. I’ve been location scouting almsot every chance I get and have some dope spots for the future. I do have a few more edits of the laundromat that i’ll be posting up in a few days, but for now, heres a few pics I took from nellis. I spent the little time I was there shooting with ND filters, and it gave the images the awesome tone it has straight out of camera. I actually like it a lot, I just need to shoot more next time. I also actually had my first goomba/lurker photographer following me at the track for the first time ever, trying to get the same shot I did, or trying to ruin every shot by standing by every car I walked passed in the pits on the opposite side, he wasn’t slick at all about it, I think I waited almost 5 minutes for this dude to move but decided it wasnt worth it. So yeah, I have no action shots……its okay though because the local vd photographer was there and coverage from wrecked and motormavens were there as well.
On a side note, today didn’t feel like Las Vegas at all, the weather has been really cool and I can’t wait for snowboard season!

and one of josh herron, local videographer. He was driving, and actually one a “longest slide” competition they had later in the day! so dope! i liked the background/comp of this picture. no homo!

I have a new automotive rig being built right now, and I can’t wait. Also, I’ve made the switch from photoshop CS3->CS4 and CS4 is AMAZING. I think my CS3 was in due for an update, but CS4 just overall works better!


June 3, 2009 Leave a comment

So heres a pretty sweet flyer MSHL put together for the event. photo by yours truly!