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@Mike Garrett Do it man, Eric will hook you up.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Welcome To Nippon Motor City
@Larry Chen I think we would like to see him cover some MSC (is that even around anymore?), D1SL, or whatever other drift series are going on in Japan. If D1 is stagnant, find what isn't! :) Is there any reason for not doing this?
1 year, 5 months ago on Discussion: Let’s Talk About Drifting
Drifting, for me, has always been about reaching the next level of car control. It was always about becoming a better driver, improving my abilities behind the wheel, and growing as a person. This concept is not new, and it's certainly not the only one. everybody uses drifting for their own ends, and thus a lot of different people have different interests, desires and ideas about what drifting "is".
Where should drifting go? Well, grassroots/ non-competitive events should keep doing what they're doing. Free-form, open, and focused on fun track time with friends. Competitions should probably start trying to move towards an augmented judging system: that is, the traditional subjective judging by experienced, respected drivers with corner judges to see what they can't from the judges stand, along with more impartial info in the form of datalogging/ telemetry.
For qualifying, data will reign supreme, with line angle and speed all left without doubt - the subjective part of qualifying judging comes from the judges making calls based on things like car type/ power output, and sharpness/ speed of transitions and initiation.
In tandem battles, data takes a back seat to whatever criteria the judges deem important. In D1 style judging, proximity/ passing/ blocking the lead car's line are all deemed important, so the judges will be judging with that in mind. In FD, it is considered more important to exactly replicate the lead car's run while trying to maintain as much proximity as possible, so judges will be looking at those things. Data is less important, but still useful here, and we've seen more and more impartial data being used in recent years in FD - the introduction of the radar gun for entries, the on-car brake lights in the windshield, and the light-up clipping points - while the judge's decision remains the final word.
I think the judges and announcers in FD need to do better with describing what they're looking for in tandem battles and justifying their decisions by using replays and specific incidents. The recent introduction of the protest system is a step in the right direction, but I don't know enough about it to say whether or not there is a review/ replay system like in the NFL.
as much as the fanboys hate this stuff, it's important if FD is going to get away from the stigma of biased judging accusations. Data and replays allow the judges to show the drivers, teams, and fans WHY they made their decision, leaving no doubt in the minds of anyone involved exactly what happened to differentiate the winner from the loser. As FD competition becomes closer and closer (I'm pretty sure this season saw a record number of OMT's, at least since the 2 OMTS per competition pair rule came into effect) This stuff will become crucial to retain the big money sponsors and teams that FD needs to survive and grow, while still attracting privateers.
TL:DR - Drifting am fun and do need sum thing for to be am better!!`11
When I lived in Ventura my loop was PCH -> Decker-> Mulholland -> back to PCH. There were a million variations on that theme, but that was a pretty good one. Any time I could make it all the way down to stunt road and Tuna Canyon I did.
I live in Michigan now... Let's just say it's not the same.
1 year, 8 months ago on OLE ORANGE BANG: TILL DEATH DO US PART
@CraigBowles To put it simply: lie, lie, lie. Hustle yourself a pass by any means necessary. make friend with people who run a blog or a car show or a tuning shop. Make a fancy letterhead for yourself. The effort will be worth it.
1 year, 10 months ago on #maximumattack: Revisiting My Favorite Photos
@RodChong I... I HAVE to see that. 8-|
1 year, 11 months ago on Bilsport Elmia Show: The Feature Car Search
That Amazon is the craziest thing since crazy came to crazy town. Does the owner drive it, or just show it off?
The Singer. Nobody has put more effort into improving and massaging a classic car up to modern car standards while maintaining the car's original look and spirit. The work they do is worthy of Porsche, and the tuning industry has much to learn about how to treat classics from Singer.
2 years, 2 months ago on 2012 Speedhunters Awards: Car Of The Year
Hey Rod, are you guys looking for a copy editor? I'm a huge nerd (both for cars and language) and every time someone posts an article rife with grammatical or spelling errors I die a little inside. Maybe this is an internship opportunity? :-D
2 years, 8 months ago on Frequently Asked Questions