Having nearly soiled myself in a joyful fit from the best time of the year, where the air alludes a mixture of purple and the pleasant, yet somewhat harmful scent of racing fuel and tire smoke from a variety of manufactures! Yes, it was Formula Drift season; round 3 in sunny South Florida! The gang and I wasted no time in gathering funds, gas, snacks, and tickets for Saturday’s main event!
This year we approached FD from a different perspective, with our recent incorporation and obtaining our first locally sponsored driver, we started to take our place in the drifting community much more seriously, armed with thoughts and ideas on how we could improve ourselves, and become much more attractive on this level as a company. We met up with familiar faces who were in attendance from last year while FD was in town, such as Matt Powers, my favorite driver, and many more; it isn’t easy maintaining a business styled attitude while you’re having so much fun! It was really in that moment that something sort of hit me: We love drifting! Why spend so much energy taking it so seriously? There isn’t of course anything wrong with that, but, I mean, FD is as best a time to unwind and enjoy the sights!
It was interesting to note how things have developed with Palm Beach hosting FD, this year felt refined, much more concise than the year before. But, enough of that, I want to take a moment to touch on something that will stay with me for the rest of my life; I got to meet two power house individuals in the drifting community, Larry Chen of Speedhunters, and Will Roegge of Keep Drifting Fun! It took a lot to keep myself together! My chat with Larry granted a swath of wisdom, mentioning the idea of simply enjoying the moment for the experience, especially when you’re so up close and personal, keeping in mind that there are many who may never share this experience, accessible only through what guys like us capture through our lenses. My buddy Luis mentioned the inconvenience of our footage being obscured by the amounting fencing in and around the tracks, but Larry helped to bring us back down a bit, and reminded us on how lucky we are, and to stay humbled. A word of thanks to you, Larry Chen, you’re forever our hero! It was interesting to see how things have developed at Palm Beach from hosting FD. This year felt refined. But enough of that business side of the show. Let talk about one moment which will stay with me for the rest of my life. This moment is when I geeked out when we finally got to meet Larry Chen of Speedhunters and Will Roegge of Keep Drifting Fun. From our chat with Larry he bestowed us with the best words of wisdom. It was something like enjoy the moment of experiencing what we are fortunately able to see the sport up close and personal, while there are others who will never get the chance to see something like this. For the majority its only through what we capture in our lens that our audience can have some what of a window of how awesome a spectacle like FD is. I know this came from my buddy Luis complaining about it sucking because we were getting nothing but fence in our shots. But Larry did a good job of teaching us that we are lucky and that we should be humble. Thank you Larry Chen forever my hero.
Photo x Jake Downs and shane prescod
Location @ Palm Beach International Raceway, FL