Having siblings with kids is a pretty cool deal. It’s like having children without doing all the heavy work, you show up have all the fun and when it’s bedtime you go back to doing whatever you want. Now I don’t know what was done to finally convince my nephew’s parents to grant me my wish of taking my lil manns to a glorious sporting event of drifting. (If he dies, he dies right? lol…) MICAH is their first child and at 6 years old he is quite an awesome dude! He does exceptionally well in school and is constantly found doing one of the many extra curricular activities from taekwondo, hip hop dance class and his favourite OCR(Obstacle Course Racing) like ninja warrior stuff.
About 2 years ago, Micah gravitated towards Disney/Pixar’s “Cars”. Literally it was McQueen this and McQueen that, with various random lines and catch phrases from those movies. He has weaned himself off those shows and these days prefers to talk to me about two things. Real sports cars and the Megalodon shark which is his favourite. Additional fact that my aunt and myself have supplied a huge part of his hot wheels collection, he is very keen on automotive brands. Lucky for him a perk of growing up in downtown Brickell Miami, is that he is exposed to the sights and sounds of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes, McLarens as often as taking a stroll to the grocery store. Being in this environment he develop a liking towards hyper/super cars and his parents both drove Mercedes which also played a part in that. Beyond his extended knowledge of cars outside of luxury sport six figure variety, he also knows a lot about the Honda Integra GSR thanks to his father owning one which he used to race. He also knows about Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes, BMWs, Toyotas, Nissans and so on. He even knows what 240sx’s are. Thanks to me he considers them all to be drift cars.(YES!) However when it came time to introduce him to the myculture’s S14, the first thing he noticed was that the front bumper was missing. This lead to him to constantly tell me you need to fix your car uncle shane, because without a front bumper your car can’t be fast and it would be slow and never win a race. Coming from a 6 year old even though I told him it was a style choice and the car is still fast, he would belly laugh at me saying no no no your car is slow!(burned). Some might say I StyleUP!! With a front bumper since then.
Micah, has had his share of motor sports events. From the zip zip of Nascar, to the carnage of Monster jam and my brother making it a staple to watch Lewis Hamilton and Team Mercedes win F1 races on tv. But what kind of uncle would I be if I didn’t open his eyes to the coldest motorsport of all time(my opinion).
PHOTO X JAYYSHOOTZ
Micah’s First Drift Event.
The evening of July 6th his mom secretly handed me his protective ear muffs so he wouldn’t know where I was taking him. This event was his first and I wanted it to be a super surprise! Midway throughout the 2 hour journey from Miami to palm beach my co-pilot passed out. Maybe it was my jokes, maybe it was the long car ride. I attempted to surprise him outside the gates of Palm Beach International Raceway as I queued the Jurassic park theme song, I woke him up to video his reaction, but Instead of Joy, he had the most awkward face of “what?!” That quickly turned to tears as he found out he slept on his leg wrong. I laughed at the moment but at the same time I was like please don’t die!
As soon as we parked I asked him if he needed his ear muffs, and he dismissed the idea for he love to hear the loud cars plus he had the most excited look on his face. He also said the cars were not as loud as the trucks at monster jam and at that event he didn’t wear them there.
Walking the pits was more of a non stop question fest from the lil manns. “Uncle shane, why is this car like that, which car is the fastest, what are the best wheels for drifting?” and more. I did my best to answer his every question which was fun to explain to someone of his age.
We finally made it to the Go Kart track staging area as we looked through the fence his eyes filled with excitement as he finally got to see drifting! After a few smokey laps of joy he turned into a fan cheering people who completed the course and heckled people who spun. Trust I did my best to let him know that people are practicing and even the drivers who are good spin, but needless to say it was funny.
At some point the urge to take a photo came to me. Especially now that he assured me that he wasn’t going to do something I would do at his age or even now. I took one photo and right after that he asked me politely if he could take some photos. And that was the last time I held my camera for the event.
After a very brief tutorial on how to use the camera and me switching the settings from manual to the no flash setting. Micah took to photography like a champ! Zooming in and out and panning with cars as they whizzed by. He has a fascination for engines and how cool they looked. Luck for him his first subject was Rick Taveres aka “Slick Rick” KA24DET inside of his zenki s14 240sx. After snapping some shots of the engine bay he did something I wasn’t expecting. Micah asked Rick if he could take a picture of him sitting in his car. I was amazed because just five minutes ago he was playing with a camera and now he directing his first car shoot. Lol
Who shoot Leo from Gutter Club USA car better? I shot the drifting photo and Micah shot the hard parked photo. I am really happy with his composition on that one, something I’ve noticed about his photos is that they are at the perfect height (Maybe it’s the fact he is about 4 feet tall).
As Andres’s FRS passed by he was happy that he got the passengers face in the shot. I’m super impressed with his ability to pan with moving cars. It’s really shows he has an eye for this stuff.
Some engine bay shots he really loved!
He also has a thing for exhaust pipes and spoilers! He was amazed by the heart shaped tail pipe on Alex’s car! As for Danny’s spoiler he said it was cool! And said he had never seen a car so low that it touches the ground before in his entire life.
A quick photo set of Alex Puig’s S13 came out of the blue. Micah explained to me that this was his favourite drift car at the event!(because my car wasn’t there lol I kid) Upon approaching Alex’s pits he became super stoked and ask politely if he could take some pics of this s-chassis. To witness his sheer enthusiasm as he milled about the car taking shots of different details from the lights to the wheels on the ground. It was like seeing someone who has been into automotive photography get busy and lost within the subject.
The event was a success! He didn’t die under my care! WOOT! Way passed his bedtime, the car ride home. We made it home safely and brushed his teeth and got him ready for bed. But before I tucked him in, I had to ask what he thought of the event?
Shane: So what do you love most about today?
Micah: Um I liked, I,I, (he pauses to think) um I loved… At first I love um drag racing.
Shane: So you loved drag racing.
Micah: But then I realized drifting is way more fun! Because you can actually drift on the side like (sssh shss -“his version of drift sound FX”) try not to hit stuff! But today we saw a tire in the middle of the road. And all of the drift cars didn’t hit it but one of them broke to their light on a tire!
Shane: Do you mean the fender?
Micah: Yes, and also love drifting because the engines are loud all the time! I like the loud sound.
Micah: And then! Like drifting was cool too, and then monster jams is like old stuff and nascar is like baby stuff.
(he laughs and I laugh too)
Micah: Oh well,… The one that is first place is um…is drag racing, second place is drifting, third place is monster jams, and fourth place is nascar. The end
Shane: Well it’s time for bed say goodbye.
Lol I love this lil guy.
Photo x Micah Prescod, Jessica Hernandez, Jayyshootz, RMH and shane prescod
Location @ Palm Beach International Raceway, FL