We don’t go to Jersey too often, but when we do, it always has something to do with god damn drifting. We’ve been going to The Wall Stadium Speedway for the past 4 years, this was the year we finally got to meet Robb Ferguson. You may know Robb’s recent build of a BASF Datsun gold Rocket Bunny Boss 1996 Nissan 240SX which dropped a lot if not all the jaws at last years SEMA. But we’ve known Robb since way back in the day when myculture was just an idea, and Robb became of one the first people to rock our brand on the West Coast.
In recent purchases from certain West Coast vendors, shane noticed his packages would always come with drawings of drift cars on shipping boxes. It was totally bizarre, and he couldn’t figure out why this was happening. Especially since the parts were coming from completely different vendors. The only clue he had was Robb. After noticing the similarities of some drawings on Robb’s instagram, shane slid into his DMs, and he found his culprit. Robb has always been an awesome dude, and it was a pleasure to finally meet in person for the first time.
We also got to meet up with Mike and Yin form SNTRL, who gave me a shout the day before. It was great to have a chat since the last Ready Set Drift event at Lime Rock Park up in Connecticut. Which unfortunately got in a legal spat with the surrounding neighbors, and RSD hasn’t been able to have an event there since (As far as I know form their updates). Its really sad to see another track go around the east coast area, and we have witnessed what that can really do to the community, especially in our home turf of South Florida.
With Top 16 to take the main stage, the drivers did their parade to the line of their introductions to kick off what must be one of the most controversial events in Formula Drift history. There were plenty of sick runs as each bracket moved into the Great 8, such as the mirror dance of Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck, which went into OMT twice.
The driving skills have really gone to another level in recent years with minimal mistakes, giving the judges one of the hardest jobs to do. But the elephant in the room seemed to show its ugly head with the bout of Chris Forsberg and Forrest Wang. Forsberg lead the tandem session, with an excellent lead run, however Forest was on him not giving an inch. As we reach the second half, Forest leads by flicking the car like a madman into the bank with plumes of tire smoke engulfing Forsberg. This style daddy has what it appears to be maximum drift angle coming off the bank.
BOOM!!! Out of the of barrier of smoke, Forsberg hurtles into Wang’s driver side front tire, causing contact
When the mess of the accident settled, and the smoke show dissipated, what seem to be a obvious win for Wang was nodded to Forsberg. The surrounding crowd erupted in a sea of “boos”. For the rest of the show the crowd was very unsettled about the call, which ultimately knocked Wang out of competition. We’ve seen this before. We felt this before. That feeling like something is not right. Like if someone is being dealt a better hand at the poker table of Formula Drift. These emotions were only amplified the next day with Wang’s decision to retire from the Formula Drifts competition. This decision had the whole drift community in an uproar, a goody bag of mixed emotions, and seemed that Formula Drift had hit a new low within the series. Has Formula Drift become a series where the judges criteria to a run trumps overall driving skill of the driver when tandems take place? Has the series lost the true aesthetics of what drifting is? Or is it that Formula Drift is trying to evolve the sport so that sport is always driver vs the track instead of each other.
Photo x Katarina Rdultovskaia and Shane Prescod
Location @ Wall Stadium Speedway, NJ