15 July 2009
yeah so the event went awesome, I didn't have much time to actually do a full update before, so here it goes. So woke up early in the morning and rounded everyone up and headed out on the 2 hour drive to Charlotte for the event and for like the first time in 2 years I showed up early, and I remembered why being early sucks. Well with that out of the way we set up shop there by the fence by getting the grill ready and grilling up some delicious meat in the form of burgers. The little pop up awning I bought was a cheap POS that wouldn't stay up without being tied to every heavy object in our disposal but it gave us the shade we needed for the long wait to drive that is normal at these events.
Tech went smooth and soon we were set up in run groups, I was in group C and Alan was in group D ( which was nice since I had a vynal "D" on my windshield from the last event. First runs were great aside from a spin or two since the tires I was running were worn down to steel even before I made a run on them ( NOO grip at all) And I was told those runs were the best first runs by anyone there, Idk if this is true or not but yeah. The set of tires I was on only lasted 3 runs and on the 3rd run the passengers side blew up and popped my rear bumper halfway off (LOL) people seemed to enjoy that. Went in and changed tires then it was Alan's turn. This was his first serious time trying to drift in a car (Instead of a truck on dirt der'her) so its understandable that he was a little cautious. He spun most every run but made good progress throughout the day and managed to pull off a few nice transitions at the end of the day and completed some decent slides. More seat time and he'll be set.
Then it was my turn again and this time I actually had a set of tires on the back that had grip. Plus they are my favorite slide tires of all time (Continental sportcontact 2's) so this time I had alot more control over the car and proceeded to rip the tracks face off, with linking every one of my 5 runs in my run group and blowing up the passenger side tire in the middle of run 5. The tire blew on the second corner of the last run but I still held control over the car and completed linking the course with a flat tire (VIDEO BELOW).
Threw on my next set of tires to drive home on and then went out for one run on them to see that they were like. I had never driven on these brand and model tires before (Dunlop direzza DZ101) before so I was excited to see if they were as good as Chelsea used to say they were. They were very good first run on them I linked the course again and felt very confident on them even though one tire had 30psi in it and the other had 40psi (Oops..)
Then actually the highlight of my day. I got to drive a bone stock '08 ford mustang GT manual. When I say drive I mean slide that bitch around like it owed me money. The young man who let me drive it was cool as hell for letting me take a spin in it. I was amazed at how good it was straight out of the factory, it understeered a little bit but nothing you couldn't drive around. I linked the entire course first time out in it no problem (sorry no video :( ). I used to hate mustangs and ford but after driving that car I have had thoughts about buying one lol, don't worry though in too broke to do that anyway.