So, as the day wound out, we’re all recovering from such an awesome experience! Fan-boying it up with some of our favorite drivers and media moguls alike, the rush of these powerfully performing drift cars hitting angles at unprecedented speeds; in fact, probably one of the best ideas we had all day was handing over the official “Myculture Dry Erase Board” to our man Kevin Philips, a local drifter, and clever bastard! He had the entire crowd laughing with his dark humor, an array of jokes that he would marker out in huge letters, holding the board above his head and leaving everyone in tears! It even caught the eye of resident MC of Formula Drift, Jarod DeAnda! There were some he couldn’t repeat over the megaphones, but the jokes weren’t lost to him at all!
Palm Beach’s new layout was such a huge improvement from last year, offering amazing tandems and wickedly fast entries. Some drivers found themselves over their respective limits, touching dirt and tire barriers multiple times over, but fortunately, there were no major accidents or crashes. There were some intense moments throughout the day, performances that truly provided a spectacle, but none came close in comparison to the incident with Daigo Saito, and Justin Pawlak! Staged, and awaiting their turn to run, apparently some words were exchanged, some pretty close words, the sort that would put two dudes up in each other’s faces! I though we were all about to witness the first ever FD fist fight; my money of course was on Saito, had an altercation arose. Thinking back on it, it would have been a pretty confusing fight, I’m not sure either of the two drivers could actually understand each other!
In the end, the performer everyone was anxious to see go full bout was Saito, and his mind boggling 1200 horsepower, six-cylinder inline 2JZ powered, Lexus SC-430; a beast would be an understatement! These and other various match-ups throughout the day sparked a fervor among the crowd, with 2JZ > V8 chants sprouting up here and there; Saito himself has been proving a status worthy of championship this season. It would be awesome if the FD “Rookie from Japan”, a D1Champion title holder, were to step in and take over after winning his first Formula Drift championship!
Photo x Jake Downs and shane prescod
Location @ Palm Beach International Raceway, FL